Auto-Tune, introduced in 1997, which uses a proprietary device to measure and alter pitch in vocal and instrumental music recording and performances was named one of the 50 worst inventions by Time magazine. content.time.com/time/spe…
In 2018 a French historical theme park named Puy du Fou trained six Rooks, a member of the crow family, to pick up cigarette butts and trash. When one of them takes a piece of trash to a special box the device dispenses bird food. gizmodo.com/french-theme-…
In 1965 the Soviet Union detonated a nuclear device near the Chagan river to create an artificial lake with a volume of about 10 million cubic metres under it's Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. To date the lake is slightly radioactive and is nicknamed "the atomic lake". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
After crashing, a driver in German was fined for using Tesla touchscreen wiper controls, under the same rules as using a phone while driving. The German court decided touchscreen car controls should be treated as a distracting electronic device bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
IUDs(Intrauterine Devices) originated from nomads placing small stones in the uteri of female camels to prevent them from getting pregnant during transportation. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Today I learned about Dr.Beatrice 'Tilly' Shilling who, during the Battle of Britain, invented a device preventing fighter planes engines from shutting down during negative G maneuvers. The device became known as "Miss Shilling's orifice". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The use of a phone jammer, GPS blocker, or other signal jamming device designed to intentionally block, jam, or interfere with authorized radio communications is a violation of federal law. gps.gov/spectrum/jamming/
The IAEA uses secure cameras, seals and other sophisticated monitoring devices to ensure the peaceful use of nuclear materials iaea.org/topics/basics-of…
"flushometer" is the technical term for the device used to flush tankless toilets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flu…
Today I learned of Smart Dust, a miniature sensing chip with an autonomous power supply, computing and wireless communication in a space that is typically only a few millimeters in volume. With such a small size, these devices can stay suspended in an environment just like a particle of dust. theneweconomy.com/technol…
Marconi believed, late on in life, that no sound ever dies completely. He dreamt of building a device strong enough to pick up the actual words of Jesus at the 'Sermon on the Mount'. americanscientist.org/art…
The unit of speed the knot, used extensively throughout the world in aviation, weather, and nautical contexts, comes from literal knots of the "common log" device. This 17th century device was a coil of rope with uniformly spaced knots, attached to a piece of wood shaped like a slice of pie. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
In 2004, a woman's steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot's authority. abc.net.au/news/2004-02-0…
Today I learned about the Mirai botnet, a network of malware-infected devices that was used to shut down the internet for most of the US East Coast in 2016 and sparked fears of an attack from a hostile state. The botnet's creator? A group of college students trying to get more players on their Minecraft server. csoonline.com/article/325…
John von Newmann was a child prodigy who could divide eight-digit numbers in his head by age six and learned calculus by age eight. He developed the computer architecture that virtually all computing devices use today. He became a US strategic adviser and his game theory led to the MAD doctrine. content.time.com/time/mag…
Today I learned about Crypto AG, a Swiss company that produced encryption devices and sold them to 120 countries for 50 years. In 2020, their products were revealed to have contained backdoors that allowed them to be compromised by Crypto AG's real secret owners - BND and CIA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Alexander Graham Bell invented the metal detector to try and find the bullet lodge in President James Garfield. The device worked but had interference from the metal springs in the bed. The chief physician only allowed a search of the right side of the body. The bullet was on the left side. history.com/news/10-thing…
In the 1960s the CIA paid climbers to put nuclear powered spy devices in the Himalayas to monitor Chinese nuclear weapons tests. Some of the devices were left unattended and were subsequently lost. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
Bollinger Champagne used the James Bond film series as a marketing device for more than 30 years, beginning in 1973 in the film 'Live and Let Die' through to the 2006 film 'Casino Royale' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
When in 2014 OnePlus did a contest where people who destroyed their previous phones could get a chance to buy a OnePlus One for $1, the "smashable" phone list was limited to high-end devices. For example, the only Samsungs allowed to be smashed were the Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2 and Note 3. droid-life.com/2014/04/25…
A Laser Microphone is a surveillance device used to capture sound vibrations in a distant object. It can shoot through a window and reflect off an object that’s vibrating due to pressure waves created by noises in the room, then return to the receiver converting the beam to audio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
The first ever IoT device was a 1980's vending machine at Carnegie Mellon University. ibm.com/blogs/industries/…
South African inventor Charl Fourie invented a car-mounted flamethrower in 1998 to deter carjackings. The device was legal in South Africa when used in self-defense, but proved to be unprofitable, leading the inventor to design a pocket-sized flamethrower instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
A British company rebranded a golf ball locator device and sold it to several various militaries, and clamed it could detect explosive devices. In 2013, the inventor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud. The device was a form of dowsing rod, and profited about Β£1.35 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Today I learned of the Pedersen device, which was developed for WWI by John Pedersen that allowed the modified 1903 Springfield rifle to fire a .30 caliber (7.62 mm) pistol-type cartridge in semi-automatic mode. The war ended before they can be deployed in combat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
The Federal Aviation Administration banned β€œadvertising in outer space that is capable of being recognized by a human being on the surface of the Earth without the aid of a telescope or other technological device." techradar.com/news/the-gr…
In movie making a MacGuffin is an object, device, or event that is necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
There's a scientist named John B. Goodenough who was responsible for the invention of RAM, creation of Li-ion batteries in the 1970s (used in virtually all devices today), and is current working on the next breakthrough in revolutionary Solid State batteries at the age of 97 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Tempest Prognosticator was a device that kept 12 leeches inside small bottles. They attempted to climb out of the bottles when a storm was approaching, causing a bell to ring. The number of times the bell was struck indicated the likelihood of a storm. amusingplanet.com/2019/07…
In his college days, Steve Wozniak used a blue box (an illegal phone hacking device) to call the Vatican. He pretended to be Henry Kissinger and asked to speak with the Pope but was denied because the Pope was asleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Only female bees can sting, because the stinger is a modified egg laying device. terminix.com/blog/bug-fac…
The first videoconferencing device was made by AT&T in 1927 and was able to handle color by 1929 engadget.com/2014-09-07-l…
The International Space Station carries a large memory device, which contains digitized DNA sequences of a select group of humans, including physicist Stephen Hawking and talk show host Stephen Colbert, to preserve human DNA, in case some global cataclysm occurs on Earth-called Immortality Drive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
The first successful penis transplant went to a soldier who suffered a devastating injury from an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan hopkinsmedicine.org/news/…
Today I learned of the Catherine Wheel- A torture device used widely from the Middle Ages until 1841. A victim was tied down and had each limb broken by a cart wheel, and then the limbs were braided between the spokes and the person left to die. One man lasted 9 days before passing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaki…
The design of carburetors in British WWII fighter aircraft had a fault that would shut down the aircraft's engine during a negative-G force maneuver. In 1941 a female engineer solved the problem with a simple device, which British pilots then named after her. It was named Miss Shilling's orifice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Paul C. Fisher created the space pen. The device writes upside down, in frigid or hot conditions, underwater, and in zero gravity. Pressurized cartridge ink, a gel-like solid turns to fluid to write. Pressurized nitrogen prevents air from mixing with the ink, so it cannot evaporate or oxidize. scientificamerican.com/ar…
:Race car driver John Fitch designed the "Fitch Highway Barrier System" road safety device after his friend died in the worst racing accident ever. His barrels have saved thousands of lives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
A grandmother was killed at a gender reveal party when the partygoers mistakenly built a pipe bomb instead of a clever gender reveal device. cnn.com/2019/10/28/us/iow…
From 1985-1987, the most powerful computing device Apple sold was the LaserWriter, one of the first generally-available laser printers. It had its own built-in CPU which was 50% faster than the Macs available at the time, which was needed to drive the printing engine lowendmac.com/1985/apple-…
Today I learned about the 'Blink Comparator' which was used by Clyde Tombaugh to first identify Pluto on two photographic plates. The device would quickly 'blink' between two photographs, allowing the user to easily identify any differences between the two. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Thanks to a genetic algorithm, Dr. Adrian Thompson produced a prototype voice-recognition circuit distinguishing and responding to "stop" and "go" using only 37 logic gates; 5 of them weren't connected to the rest of the network, yet if they were removed, the device stopped working talkorigins.org/faqs/gena…
In 1985, the Soviets developed Dead Hand, a doomsday device that is still around. In the event of a total decapitation of the Soviet/Russian chain of command, an automatic system could detect a nuclear first strike and launch a retaliatory strike completely autonomously. science.howstuffworks.com…
In 1888, Edward Bellamy predicted the credit card. He wrote a book called "looking backwards" in which everyone uses a mechanical device to monitor and use their money/credit. The device he describes is almost identical to the credit card we are today. bbc.co.uk/teach/live-less…
In 1973, a chess tournament in the American city of Cleveland was raided by law enforcement officers, who arre-sted the tournament director and confiscated the chess sets, on charges of allowing gambling (cash prizes to winners) and possession of gambling devices (the chess sets) thechessworld.com/article…
To get around EU regulations banning Lightbulbs over 60W, two Germans began importing 75W and 100W filament bulbs as "Heatballs" and "small heating devices", as they are so inefficient 95 percent of their energy usage winds up as heat. uk.reuters.com/article/id…
"The Present" begins January 1st, 1950. For radiocarbon dating, identifying anything after this date is unreliable due to the skewering of Carbon-12 and Carbon-14 that detonating nuclear devices in our atmosphere has caused. portablepress.com/blog/20…
In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Horseshoe crab's blue blood is used by pharmaceutical & biomedical companies to test drugs & medical device safety. frontiersin.org/articles/…

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