Last Century Inventions That Could Come in Handy Today
History is full of outstanding personalities and their inventions that were supposed to change the world, or at least bring a new era closer. It is worth noting how difficult it is for inventors to anticipate the needs of society, especially given the time in which we live. It is extremely difficult to see a picture of the future world, which accordingly affects the relevance of certain inventions. These days, we are using different gadgets and are looking forward to their improved versions. But this has not always been the case, so many designs will never become popular…although, everything can change in this strange world.
- Submarine Tube
Many years ago, everyone predicted a great future for the sinking tube. Invented in 1911 by Charles Williamson, the pipe was used to search for sunken ships and their treasures. Later, the inventor stated that the submarine tube is a unique opportunity to see and explore the ocean. The layout was pretty interesting, but the project went downhill with the introduction of waterproof cameras in the 40s.
- The Helio-Motor
The past century has given us many outstanding scientists and inventors, including Dr William Calver. One of his most successful projects is considered to be Helio-Motor, which was supposed to appear in every American home and possibly even in other countries. Hmmm, do you have Helio-Motors installed in your home? Its idea was to use the sun’s rays that were caught by mirrors, but for proper use, the homeowner needed superconducting materials that are not available in 2020. Therefore, we can return to this development in the future.
- Daylight Motion Pictures
In the 1910s, Americans thought that fully lit movie theatres would become a new fad as dark places, especially during horror films frightened women. Due to the new need, daylight motion pictures were developed and at first, the idea was successful, appearing in almost all states. The development was used until bright films with 3D and 4D effects, which we enjoy today appeared in cinemas.
- Spokes for cars
In 1905, engineers tried to design a wheel layout with complex spokes that would make the car move more smoothly. In 1914, a team of engineers suggested that this new wheel would send pneumatic tires to the past, but as you can see, the miracle did not happen. We cannot say that the idea died because it is used in some bicycles and military vehicles.
- Electrified water
In the 1900s, engineers and inventors were obsessed with the “electrified water” project. The idea was to fill the water with the miraculous qualities of an ordinary electrical discharge. In 1904, people started using electrified water to clean (and sterilize) clothes and even drink. No one was going to stop, and in 1920, doctors recommended treating a hangover with wonderful electrified water. A hangover, Carl! Probably you understand that this does not work, and besides, there are more effective pills and medicines.
- Flying Cars
Flying cars are not a new technology for a long time, but they are still not able to change the whole world. Why? Everything is quite simple: manoeuvring on-air roads is quite difficult, as evidenced by a large number of daily accidents on the ground. The statistics will shock you! The truth is that our brains are incapable of driving flying cars, but that could change if the developers offer quality tutorials. Perhaps the role of the air driver will go to AI, and we can relax. Who knows?
- The Reading Machine Of Fiske
Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske’s portfolio has many successful projects, so people had high hopes for his reading machine. How did it work? Stories and books were printed on small pages in tiny letters, and readers used a magnifying glass to enjoy the story. Fiske said his invention would make the process of printing books cheap and people could take their favourite stories with them. It sounds good, but what could have gone wrong? Money! The paper business is a successful industry, and no one wanted to change its size with a new invention.
- Google Glass
“The future of mobile technology” is how Google Glass has been dubbed by the world’s leading media. You can watch movies while walking in the park or during dinner. What’s not to love? If this project was proposed by any other company, the users would not say anything, but the technology is owned by Google, so everyone expected amazing results. However, the company intends to bring the concept to perfection in the next 5-10 years, so it’s too early to talk about the success of Google Glass.