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Dr. NakaMats Is the World's Most Prolific Inventor

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the patent-troll-slayer dept.

Patents 194

MMBK writes to share an interesting look at Dr. "NakaMats" Nakamatsu, mastermind behind a world-record 3,000 patents. The 81-year-old scientist has inventions like the "PyonPyon" spring shoes, the karaoke machine, and others. He's also at least partly to blame for things like the digital watch, the floppy disk, and CDs. "Dr. Nakamatsu harbors other ambitions too: in 2007, he took his penchant for political campaigning to a new level, becoming a candidate in the gubernatorial election in Tokyo, and the election for the Upper House. Although he failed to get a seat, Dr. NakaMats has other tricks up his sleeve. In 2005 he was awarded the Ig Nobel prize for Nutrition, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years (and counting). By the time he dies at the age of 144 (a goal he maintains with an elaborate daily ritual that rejuvenates his body and triggers his creative process), he intends to patent 6,000 inventions."

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So, is he rich? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375596)

... is he rich?

Re:So, is he rich? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375690)

Nope, which is why he didn't get the seat.

Re:So, is he rich? (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375702)

No .. but that's OK - neither is Professor Farnsworth and he's widely respected by his employees.

He also invented the first post (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375602)

[Removed for patent infringement]

I wonder if (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375632)

he had any correspondence with Tesla when he was a kid. Wow.

Hamburger Earmuffs (4, Funny)

Will2k_is_here (675262) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375638)

I don't think he's invented Hamburger Earmuffs (TM) yet. He's likely still struggling with the pickle matrix.

Re:Hamburger Earmuffs (4, Funny)

Nick Number (447026) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376012)

I don't think he's invented Hamburger Earmuffs (TM) yet. He's likely still struggling with the pickle matrix.

I hate this place. This zoo. This prison. This reality, whatever you want to call it, I can't stand it any longer. It's the smell, if there is such a thing. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your pickle and every time I do, I fear that I've somehow been infected by it.

Re:Hamburger Earmuffs (3, Funny)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376214)

I feel this way about /. too sometimes...

Re:Hamburger Earmuffs (2, Funny)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376230)

There's really no good reason to lick your computer.

Re:Hamburger Earmuffs (2, Funny)

Nick Number (447026) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376316)

You know, I know this pickle doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, Slashdot is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious.

After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.

Re:Hamburger Earmuffs (1)

ryantmer (1748734) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376318)

There's really no good reason not to lick your computer.

There, fixed that for you :)

Re:Hamburger Earmuffs (2, Insightful)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376328)

What if it's a PowerMac?

Unless he's invented (2, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375648)

A way to cap telomere's he's not going to see 144. Antioxidants can keep in-gene encoding errors low but when the telomere's unravel there's nothing we can currently do to reverse the effects.

Re:Unless he's invented (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375744)

A way to cap telomere's he's not going to see 144. Antioxidants can keep in-gene encoding errors low but when the telomere's unravel there's nothing we can currently do to reverse the effects.

Is there anything we can do to reverse the unnecessary apostrophes?

Re:Unless he's invented (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375846)

Is there anything we can do to reverse the unnecessary apostrophes?

Perhaps patenting a punishment for bad grammar?

Re:Unless he's invented (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376236)

What about iBeatings?

I wonder if this guy or Steve Jobs has patented it already...

Re:Unless he's invented (1)

ryantmer (1748734) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376342)

What about iBeatings?

I wonder if this guy or Steve Jobs has patented it already...

Judging by most Apple patents, I'd imagine this one would read something along the lines of "Patent: A way to do things, with stuff."

World, be ready to get your pants sued off (for wearing pants, nonetheless - a way to conceal your naughty bits, with cloth).

Re:Unless he's invented (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376036)

Is there anything we can do to reverse the unnecessary apostrophes?

Perhaps you should ask him to invent a method.

Quit with the fucking (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375748)

starting sentences in your subject line the continuing them in your post. Damn is that irritating.

Please mod (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375796)

this guy way up. I hate that too.

It's called a "title bar", not a "start your sentence here bar".

Stop whining -- it cou (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375994)

ld be a lot worse.

Agreed, there's a lot of leeway her (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376050)

e.

Ho (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376066)

w?

You m (5, Funny)

ean li (1760690) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376290)

ke this?

Re:Please mod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376058)

"What th... Damnit! In my caffeine-buzzed haste, I started typing my response in the wrong field AGAIN! This ALWAYS fucking happens to me! Slashdot is so confusing! Grr... it was so much effort to type THAT much out! Like hell I'm going to type it AGAIN in the real text field! I'll just start from where I left off..."

Quit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376046)

whining about that shit. Nobody cares.

What's really bad id (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376174)

When you start a message in the title bar, write a bit in the message

Re:Unless he's invented (3, Funny)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375800)

He's Japanese, just give him some used electronics, a paper clip, and some used panties and he'll whip up a Super Fun Time Telomere Re-Raveler.

Re:Unless he's invented (1)

srussia (884021) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376084)

He's Japanese, just give him some used electronics, a paper clip, and some used panties and he'll whip up a Super Fun Time Telomere Re-Raveler.

In fact, forget the electronics and the paperclip!

Re:Unless he's invented (2, Funny)

Jay L (74152) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375894)

he's not going to see 144

Man, you people complain when projects are behind schedule, you complain when projects are -ahead- of schedule... Slashdotters are never happy.

Re:Unless he's invented (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376244)

There is a way, telomerase [wikipedia.org] , an enzyme produced naturally by the body that adds DNA sequence repeats to the end of DNA strands. Scientifically we don't know much about telomeres or telomerase, but there is no reason to believe that with a correct diet/exercise/sleep/stress management, he wouldn't be able to naturally produce more telomerase in his body.

The science around telomeres and telomerase is not very clear, and a few quotes from the 'pedia [wikipedia.org] should help you see how unclear the subject is:

it is not even certain whether the relationship between telomeres and aging is causal. Changing telomere lengths are usually associated with changing speed of senescence. This telomere shortening, however, might be a consequence of, and not a reason for, aging.

in vitro studies (von Zglinicki et al. 1995, 2000) have shown that telomeres are highly susceptible to oxidative stress. Telomere shortening due to free radicals......has a greater absolute impact on telomere length than shortening caused by the end-replication problem.

In 2003, scientists observed that the telomeres of Leach's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) seem to lengthen with chronological age, the first observed instance of such behaviour of telomeres

As you can see, it is still an area full of research potential.

Needs to cap telomeres to live that long (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376414)

Any reason why you didn't choose a useful subject line like "Needs to cap telomeres to live that long".

Re:Unless he's invented (2, Informative)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376426)

A way to cap telomere's he's not going to see 144. Antioxidants can keep in-gene encoding errors low but when the telomere's unravel there's nothing we can currently do to reverse the effects.

I'm going to need a citation for the rate here to prove he wouldn't be able to make it to 144. One person [wikipedia.org] lived to 122. I have no idea what she eventually died of, but I don't see any evidence to suggest that 22 more years would be impossible due to telomere shortening. How fast the telomere burns down until further cell proliferation is no longer possible, how many divisions this requires, and how many divisions are happening in the important tissues per year? Because I don't think most of those things are known or even necessarily estimated, and I'd be suprised as all heck if that estimate suggested somewhere between 122 and 144.

While it's quite obvious he won't live to infinity, I've never seen anything to indicate that his intestinal stem cells, for example, are going to be exhausted before the age of 144. The current textbook model for intestinal stem cells is that they divide rarely, and when they do they usually produce one stem cell and one transiently amplifying cell that divides like mad to actually produce the terminal cells that don't proliferate further. So while there are now maybe 200 cells from that one cell division, the stem cell that is going to continue has only effectively divided once.

Furthermore, cell proliferation doesn't happen in the entire adult body. You brain cells for example don't continue diving and would not be directly limited by telomere shortening.

That being said, I kind of doubt that antioxidants are going to keep him from getting cancer or heart disease, or dying of an accident.

Re:Unless he's invented (2, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376578)

Actually keeping you from getting cancer is exactly what antioxidants are good for. Neurons do in fact divide (or at least we now know new neurons do grow, not sure if the genesis of that growth is known). The upper bound on divisions for cells appears to be about 50 (known as the Hayflick limit) which is speculated to be at the heart of current human maximum lifespan with other factors causing the majority of deaths before the limit is reached for key stem cells.

TFA is a video. (5, Insightful)

bughunter (10093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375692)

Warning: TFA is a video with a summary that's got little more than what's in the submission: Naka is obsessive about his food, and wants to run for office.

I know I'm not the only one who doesn't have patience for video articles. It's like sitting in class waiting for the teacher to explain every concept at the speed of the slowest learner in class. I can read a written article in 1/5th the time it takes me to watch a video.

Besides. Video is so twentieth century.

(My lawn. You're standing on it.)

Re:TFA is a video. (1)

Drethon (1445051) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375736)

Not to mention when you are browsing from work and they block a majority of video services or you don't want to listen to audio. I just want five minutes or less to read an article and back to work thanks...

Re:TFA is a video. (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375888)

Agreed.

My computer speakers at work aren't even plugged into my computer, they're plugged into the MP-3 player.

Re:TFA is a video. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375906)

They re-enabled streaming video transfer protocols at my workplace, because it was preventing some training/webcast from working properly. They still block the YouTube site (the embedded player works on other sites), but my computer doesn't have any sound drivers installed, so I can't listen to audio even if I want to.

Re:TFA is a video. (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376096)

TLDW -- Too Long; Didn't Watch?
How many forms of lazy can one cater to? If it were written down, others might say it was too long -- and most Slashdotters don't RTFA anyway, they barely skim the summary. Next we'll be slashdotting twitter messages.

WTFA (1)

ukemike (956477) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376272)

so the correct acronym when someone is being clueless would be WTFV instead of RTFA.

Re:TFA is a video. (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376422)

I agree... never watch video articles. I don't want to watch TV, let alone a shitty low-rez version of TV that needs to constantly buffer on my slow internet.

Bah (1, Interesting)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375712)

I'm feeling vitriolic, so I'll start the trolling thread:
Having a sheer amount of parents simply means that he's a frequent flier at the the parent office. The real question is how much of an impact his inventions have made. The storage-related inventions (like the floppy) are mostly attributed to other inventors, where he solved part of the problem, but didn't invent the whole package. Personally I wouldn't put much weight on the spring shoes (no pun intended), and anyone who even participated in the popularization of karaoke should be tried by an international court.

*pouts and crosses arms*

Re:Bah (1)

SomeJoel (1061138) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375786)

Having a sheer amount of parents simply means that he's a frequent flier at the the parent office.

This is definitely true. Most people stop at 1 or 2, and some unfortunate people don't have any at all. To be fair though, the office is often in a bad part of town.

Re:Bah (4, Funny)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375790)

I'm feeling vitriolic, so I'll start the trolling thread: Having a sheer amount of parents simply means that he's a frequent flier at the the parent office.

I don't think that's how it works; 2 is the max. However, having a sheer amount of children means he's a frequent flier of something else and not a fan of protection. :-)

Re:Bah (1)

hrimhari (1241292) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376136)

Actually, some even less fortunate people may end up with 4 parents [dailymail.co.uk] .

Re:Bah (0, Troll)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376194)

I don't think that's how it works; 2 is the max. However, having a sheer amount of children means he's a frequent flier of something else and not a fan of protection. :-)

So this guy claims to have invented fucking too???

Re:Bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375812)

Patents?

Never mind....

Re:Bah (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375820)

Having a sheer amount of parents simply means that he's a frequent flier at the the parent office.
 

There's a parent office? You mean I had the option to change my parents..?

Re:Bah (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375874)

Wow, I actually repeated the error. Freudian?...

Re:Bah (2, Funny)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375876)

anyone who even participated in the popularization of karaoke should be tried by an international court.

Tried. Fuck that. Nuke the bastard from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Bah (1)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376352)

Nuke the bastard

He's 87 and Japanese. Someone already tried that. Twice.

Re:Bah (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376010)

anyone who even participated in the popularization of karaoke should be tried by an international court.

I know! Fucking assholes having fun *singing*! How dare they! Bastards!

Most prolific? I doubt it. (4, Informative)

ffflala (793437) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375750)

He's got nothing on Shampoo.

Re:Most prolific? I doubt it. (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375960)

You shouldn't use shampoo, you should wash your hair with real poo.

Re:Most prolific? I doubt it. (1)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376480)

He's got nothing on Shampoo.

This is Slashdot, most of the readers don't know what (non-caffeinated) soap is, much less shampoo!

Correction (4, Insightful)

bit01 (644603) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375766)

He is not necessarily the world's most prolific inventor but simply the one with the most patents. They are not the same thing despite what the patent lobby would have you believe.

---

Creating simple artificial scarcity with copyright and patents on things that can be copied billions of times at minimal cost is a fundamentally stupid economic idea.

Re:Correction (2, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376324)

Even still it's pretty damn impressive considering Edison who had an entire research and development team working for him only had 1093 patents [google.com] !

More info about his lifestyle (4, Informative)

y4ku (1681156) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375774)

I found an article detailing this daily regiment of his. I don't know how good sleeping only 4 hours a night and getting nourishment from a powder composed of 55 essential nutrients is. Here it is: http://www.brainsturbator.com/articles/yoshiro_nakamatsu_we_salute_you/ [brainsturbator.com] Fascinating man.

Re:More info about his lifestyle (1)

plover (150551) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376186)

I found an article detailing this daily regiment of his.

Is that the 1st Regiment of the Imperial Guard? Because I'm pretty sure they dissolved the Emperor's Guard after WWII, or at least made it a part of the civilian police force.

Not sure why he'd eat members of the regiment on a daily basis, though. Even ground into a powder, that'd still be like eating soylent green. Nasty.

Re:More info about his lifestyle (1)

McDozer (1460341) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376270)

I actually read an article once about some cannibals who said that the Japanese taste the best, especially Japanese Women. Pretty crazy!

Re:More info about his lifestyle (3, Interesting)

nido (102070) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376758)

That's a very interesting article - thanks for sharing.

There were two parts that I think are very important. The first is about his inventive process:

Inventing is a Dangerous Business

What really sold me on Dr. Nakamats was when I came across the following passage from some German interview. The question was one the author has probably asked hundreds of times--"so, where do you get your ideas?"--and Nakamatsu has the last answer anyone but him would ever suspect:

(picture of person holding their breath underwater)
Is there a secret to becoming an inventor? How do you come up with new ideas?

        I am teaching philosophy at the University of Tokyo. The base for everything is a strong spirit, followed by a strong body, hard studies, experience and finally leads to a "trigger" experience. You "trigger" a bullet which contains spirit, body, study and experience - and finally that releases the actual invention.

How do you "trigger" an invention?

        A lack of oxygen is very important.

A lack? Isn't that dangerous?

        It's very dangerous. I get that Flash just 0.5 sec before death. I remain under the surface until this trigger comes up and I write it down with a special waterproof plexiglas writing pad I invented.

Do you do that a lot? Putting yourself in that kind of situation to come up with a new invention?

        Of course. This is the Dr. Nakamatsu method.

U.S. Creativity expert Win Wenger, PhD talks about the mammalian diving response [winwenger.com] as a way for anyone to increase blood flow to the brain, thereby increasing one's intelligence. When the Co2 concentration in a mammal's blood rises, arteries to the brain open up so that the brain doesn't starve to death. With repetition, the arteries become permanently enlarged.

I myself have spent some time holding my breath underwater at the pool. I haven't done the full 30-day protocol, but at one point I built up to over 2 minutes underwater. This is not a lot (the record for free diving is over 19 minutes [telegraph.co.uk] ), but many people can only hold their breath for 15 seconds...

Furthermore, we had a pool in our backyard when I was a kid (before I turned 5), and I remember doing held-breath underwater swimming then. I'd dive down to pick stuff up off the bottom of the pool, and swim through underwater rings.

Furthermore, I had a VHS copy of Star Trek IV, and I repeatedly tried to hold my breath for the entire time that Captain Kirk (or was it Mr. Spock?) held his breath to release the whales, after the bird of prey crashed into San Francisco Bay... I was never able to do it, but I now think the effort was good for something.

I don't know that I'm a genius now, but I think I do pretty well.

According to Dr. NakaMats' research, the unhealthy body has a poor blood circulation to extremities resulting cold feet. This is the same state with the stressed body in which your sympathetic nervous system took over parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic nervous system anticipates your body for "fight-or-flight" situation.

My hands were cold as ice for a long time... Then I built a "radial appliance", which is said to balance the body's parasympathetic nervous system. My hands are now warm.

I think my website (above) links to the radial appliance stuff... This is kooky esoteric shit, so don't bother clicking if you just want to scoff...

Anyways, thanks again for the link!

Ewwww. (1)

msauve (701917) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375780)

photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed

That sounds like past tense. Yuck.

Re:Ewwww. (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375998)

Howard Hughes did this with his urine. In the end, it didn't help much.

Wait...what? (1)

Last_Available_Usern (756093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375794)

...he was awarded the Ig Nobel prize for Nutrition, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years

Am I going to get a Nobel prize for all of my zany OCD's too? I'd like to open with my daily organization of my shoes based on the size of the animal their leather was crafted from. I also forbid myself to have a bowel movement during the 8th day of the lunar cycle (don't ask how I regulate this). There's two right there. Scanned PDF's of the awards will be just fine. I'll append this post with the rest later (after I'm done organizing my shoes).

Re:Wait...what? (1)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375868)

Ig Nobel != Nobel

Ig Nobel

Re:Wait...what? (0, Redundant)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375878)

If you collect data on it, analyze it and write it up you might well be in line for an Ig Nobel prize [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Wait...what? (2, Informative)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375912)

Ig Nobel (note the Ig) prizes are awarded for weird, but actual research. Unless there was some scientific value to your organization of shoes you wouldn't get one. His photographing of his food is at very least interesting for nutrition. It looks like he also did some sort of analysis on it, though I can't find what exactly. So, this is actually a very long running study, and not just an OCD thing.

Re:Wait...what? (0, Redundant)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375922)

he was awarded the Ig Nobel prize

Am I going to get a Nobel prize

You’re welcome. [google.com]

MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376064)

Unfortunately I ran out of points and couldn't [slashdot.org] mod [slashdot.org] you redundant [slashdot.org] . Too bad, as that would be the correct moderation for it.

Re:MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376198)

And you are redundantly pointing out that my redundant post was redundant? Got it.

Re:MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376312)

And you are redundantly pointing out that my redundant post was redundant? Got it.

I wrote that before it was modded Redundant. It was just "Score 3" with no descriptor. But you can get sore about it and try a little Freudian projection by assigning your flaw to me if that makes you feel better. It certainly gave me a chuckle to see you lower yourself to that.

Re:MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376754)

First of all, it was redundant before it was modded redundant. Replying with a statement of what it already was... yes, was redundant.

Second of all, it wasn’t “Score 3”, because I just checked the moderation history and it was never moderated up. Oopsie, did you make a typo? Awww.

Third, you reloaded the page before you wrote that? No? Then how do you know you wrote it before it was moderated redundant, hmm? (The irony in this one is simply delicious, because that’s exactly the mistake that you’re berating me for. I had no idea that 4 people had responded in the 4 minutes between the post I replied to and my reply.)

Fourth, I recognised my flaw. My post was redundant. So was yours. I’m not assigning my flaw to you, simply pointing out that you apparently have it too. LOL.

Fifth, I’m not sore.

Sixth, thanks for the chuckle.

Re:Wait...what? (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375928)

Am I going to get a Nobel prize for all of my zany OCD's too?

If I don't turn the light on and off 23 times every time I leave the house, my family will be kidnapped. I don't want an award for this, I'm just glad I've finally found someone who can relate.

Re:Wait...what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375932)

Ig Nobel =/= Nobel

Page loads more content as you scroll down... (1)

DarkWicked (988343) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375804)

I was trying to find your website's footer you blistering idiots !

3,001 (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375814)

a goal he maintains with an elaborate daily ritual that rejuvenates his body and triggers his creative process

He should apply for a process patent on that ritual.

gadgets you probably use every day... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375824)

responsible for a universe of genius gadgets you probably use every day, like the “PyonPyon” spring shoes [pingmag.jp] , the karaoke machine, CinemaScope [wikipedia.org] , the “Cerebrex” armchair, the sauce pump, the taxicab meter, and a hydrogen-powered engine.

...no, I can’t say I’ve used ANY of those. Ever!

Well, I think I did ride in a hydrogen-powered vehicle a couple of times.

Re:gadgets you probably use every day... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376410)

The sauce pump is also used in hand lotion containers, therefor many of us owe our "social lives" to this guy.

Really? (1)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375830)

I could have sworn that Shampoo had him beat...or are we only considering successful inventions?

Inventor? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375920)

World's most prolific patenter could be more accurate way to describe him. Not taking away his merit, but maybe in the past there was more people that invented more things, but as not documented or patented their inventons aren't taken into account.

Digital Watches are Good (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 4 years ago | (#31375940)

He also at least partly to blame for things like the digital watch...

Digital watches are great. They're multi-functional, cheap, accurate, low maintainable, and sturdy.

I know human factors/designer types have their diatribe about them, but they're just being whiny.

Re:Digital Watches are Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31375954)

So how come dolphins do just fine without 'em?

Re:Digital Watches are Good (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376222)

Not to mention. Easier to read.

Lack of Oxygen (2, Interesting)

Prien715 (251944) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376002)

Now this is just weird:

How do you “trigger” an invention?
A lack of oxygen is very important.

A lack? Isn’t that dangerous?
It’s very dangerous. I get that Flash just 0.5 sec before death. I remain under the surface until this trigger comes up and I write it down with a special waterproof plexiglas writing pad I invented.

From This longer article [brainsturbator.com]

Re:Lack of Oxygen (2, Funny)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376146)

Kids today are doing something completely different just prior to choking.
(if you got that reference, I'm almost as sorry for you as I am for me)

Re:Lack of Oxygen (1)

Saishuuheiki (1657565) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376156)

From his interview it seems he's slightly mad

It's entirely possible that because of this, when deprived of oxygen, instead of becoming slightly mad, he becomes entirely sane....who knows

I will never forgive him (3, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376018)

I believe there's a special place in hell reserved for the inventor of the karaoke machine. I'm pretty sure it was even mentioned in Dante's Inferno - he walked past a "reserved for..." sign just before seeing Brutus, Cassius, and Judas Iscariot.

Re:I will never forgive him (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376606)

It's a karaoke bar called "That's a Hell of a Song".

I will go immolate myself now.

faggots (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376060)

i see where an open source nutjob was trying to kill people at the pentagon. what up with that open source apologists?

Call me skeptical (5, Insightful)

osgeek (239988) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376160)

Okay, the guy is 81. I hate to rip on him too much, but it really seems like he's mostly known for submitting patents.

None of the floppy disk history that I looked up mentioned anything about him except that IBM has some deal with him to prevent a "conflict". Patent troll? The CD history I glanced through didn't mention him either. At best, I think he could say that he made some minor contribution to the CD - not that he had invented it. The video showed a bunch of his other inventions, like a magical chair that makes you more creative or something. He mentioned that a US cancer patient wanted to sit in it. And that proves what? Quack quack quack.

Then he's ragging on Edison in the video... a guy who actually invented useful shit.

Seems like a bit of a whack job with an image of himself out of proportion to what he's actually accomplished.

But did he really? (1)

Cyberllama (113628) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376262)

Other articles have covered him as a nutjob who claims to have invented things which he had no hand in. He's definately a controversial figure with some controversial claims. This story sorta just took him at his word . . .

Your Rights Online? (0, Offtopic)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376296)

So, I realize slashdot doesn't have superbly high classification standards, but how in the hell is this categorized under your rights online? Is ScuttleMonkey really just a perl script that files anything with the word patent in it under YRO? Shouldn't this be filed under something like Science maybe, or Hardware, or hell, even Idle or Interview? I really have no comprehension of how an interest piece video could have anything to do with my rights on or offline. ....

Weird.

yeah, right! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376446)

I got $20 here that says he won't make it a day past 120 years!

gene research needed (1)

hduff (570443) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376580)

Is the wacky gene associated with the longevity gene? Or is it just associated with the really smart gene?

What about this? (1)

Shabazz Rabbinowitz (103670) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376704)

Did he invent the flying car? No? Then, he's no good to me.

Nickname (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31376736)

So his nickname is the phonetic pronunciation of his name? With all those patents, couldn't it be a little more inventive? ;)

Filing a patent != invention (2, Informative)

chainLynx (939076) | more than 4 years ago | (#31376780)

This guy sounds like the most prolific patent filer, not necessarily the most prolific inventor.
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