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 been tribute CD’s, tribute movies, tribute youtube videos, tribute magazines, books, and just about everything else. Michael Jackson has definitely left an impression on this world, not the least for his patented dance moves.
Actually, one of his dance moves is patented. Well not quite, but at least the mechanical contraption that he invented to facilitate one of his moves is patented.
In Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” video, he and the other dancers performed a trick that almost seemed as though they defied gravity – they leaned forward past 45 degrees, keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground.
In the video, they did the trick with wires, but when it came time to perform the song and trick on stage, a new method was developed. As it turns out, the solution that he came up with turned out to be novel, so he decided to patent it.
A special set of boots were developed, which resembled shoes combined with Jackson’s trademark white socks. These boots had metal fasteners which, when clipped into metal fittings on stage, would keep the boot solidly attached to the ground. The wearer could then lean forward without falling, much like you can do in ski boots while wearing skis.
So, maybe take a break from working on your next-gen fuel or your iPhone killer, and spend some time working on your dance moves!
If you;re interested in taking a look at the patent itself, you can take a look at it here, thanks to Google Patent Search.
Oh, and here’s some video of Michael Jackson’s (patented) anti-gravity move. Enjoy: