Curious Inventions – which would you pick?

by Matthew Pope

‘The value of an idea lies in the using of it.’ is a great quote by the famed inventor of the light bulb, motion film camera, phonograph and more – Thomas A Edison. You have an idea – so put it into practice, build it, try it! That is what inventors do. They develop an idea, persist and see failure as a learning curve. ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’ is another apt quote from Mr Edison.

Some ideas and inventions do work and some don’t. They are often conceived out of a need to solve a problem – ‘Necessity…the mother of invention’ Plato.

Some inventions might seem odd and funny but they came from a desire to solve a problem. Go through our slideshow of some fabulous examples and play a game. You are a moderately wealthy individual of the time and will invest in one of these inventions – which one would you go for?

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