Micheal Jackson’s patent

October 13, 2009 By Paul Wagorn

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 big 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.

Anti-Gravity Illision Patent
Anti-Gravity Illision Patent

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.

Anti-Gravity Boots
Anti-Gravity Boots

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:

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Michael Jackson is truly the king. Whenever i listen his records i feel like he is still alive. Certainly one of the best pop music superstars ever!
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Posted by Carpet Extractor  on October 19, 2010

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Posted by Alexandra Gibson on October 4, 2010

Fans of pop legend Michael Jackson will soon be able to step into his shoes (and sequined socks) and hit the virtual dancefloor with the release of ‘Michael Jackson: The Experience,' a new videogame from Ubisoft. It'll be lively.
Posted by Lady on September 24, 2010

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Posted by Emilia Palmer on May 3, 2010

I really miss Michael Jackson. He is truly the greatest pop singer of the century. Farewell king of pop..
Posted by Vernice Perng on April 26, 2010

other figures show a bolt that rises up from holes in the floor and the dancer slides his or her heels over the bolt
Posted by Connor on January 1, 2010

One of the dancers, the guy to the left behind Michael Jackson had a little trouble unhooking his right shoe from what looks to be a well hidden link in the floor there.

His patent diagram does not describe how the shoes link to the floor.
Posted by Eric on November 6, 2009

Cool! A musical genius AND an inventor!
Posted by sundial on October 14, 2009

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