Posts By: Paul Wagorn

Micheal Jackson’s patent

Not all inventions are new cars that run on strange fuels, new drugs that cure cancer or novel methods of digging wells in the third world.  Sometimes, patents are issued for devices that simply entertain us.  This leads us to Micheal Jackson: Micheal Jackson’s untimely passing has obviously been very bog news – there have… read more »

Video games for kids that are played..outside?

Sometimes innovation comes from completely discarding most everything about an idea that defines it.  One of the major complaints about videos games for kids is that they keep kids indoors, staring at a computer screen or television when they could should be outside playing and getting some exercise. Playing video games makes us forget how… read more »

Creative people are crazy

When I was a child, a doctor once told me that he suspected that I might have attention deficit disorder – ADD (or ADHD as it’s now called).  He went on to say “..but, only a touch of it.  Basically enough to make you creative”. I suspect that he was joking at the time, but… read more »

A story about a physics exam …

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught within the bounds of where an accepted solution “should” come from.  We need to look a the tools that we are given,  and get creative not just with the solution, but with the tools themselves. The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam at the University of… read more »

The Speed Vest

Sometimes someone comes up with something that makes everyone else think “Why didn’t I think of that ?” Have you ever outpaced cars and been honked at? Had a car almost wipe you out while making a turn? Do you ever ride your bike so fast that you wish that everyone else could know how… read more »

Photography for the Blind

Sometimes the ideas that initially sound the most absurd are the most brilliant ones. Suppose for a moment that someone told you that they were going design a camera for blind people. Well, a design team at Samsung has done just that. My first thought was “Why?” … My second thought was “ok, but…How?”