Penicillin, microwave ovens and x-ray images are all examples of accidental inventions. The idea for Velcro came about when a man hunting with his dog saw how burrs stuck to the animal's fur. The first evidence of the Bi... More » History Inventions

The Healthy Pillow, the Bag Tracker and the Wrist-Mist are some examples of student inventions, according to the National Museum of Education. Each of these inventions are winners of the museum's annual Student Ideas for... More » History Inventions

Notable inventions of the 1980s include the hepatitis-B vaccine, MS-DOS, IBM-PC, the scanning tunneling microscope, the human growth hormone, The Apple Lisa, contact lenses, Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, CD-ROM and the Apple... More » History Inventions
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A few examples of inventions that have not made it to the market yet are robotic insects, injections without needles, clothing that serves as a gadget, tissue regeneration and a house that walks. Future inventions like t... More » History Inventions

Many of the most promising and celebrated inventions of 2014 were those intended to solve humanitarian or energy concerns, such as the GravityLight and Soccket. Both are capable of providing light and charging electrical... More » History Inventions

Thomas Edison was an American inventor who had over 1,000 inventions accredited to him. Among his most important were the phonograph, light bulb and motion picture camera. He was also a pioneer in telecommunications and ... More » History Inventions

The 1920s saw inventions like the handheld hair dryer in 1920, penicillin in 1928, the television in 1924 and the electric razor in 1927. The 1920s was a time of many inventions and brand new technology. More » History Inventions