Inventions – Many Creation Sun, 10 Oct 2021 11:28:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inventions – Many Creation 32 32 UM Engineering Professor Invention Receives MDA Grant Sat, 09 Oct 2021 14:15:00 +0000

By Shea Stewart

University of Mississippi Communications

UM chemical engineering professor Paul Scovazzo (third from left) receives a $ 5,000 development grant from the Mississippi Development Authority in a “Pitch in the V-Quad” competition in August. Scovazzo and his brother Anthony Scovazzo hold a patent for a humidity control system in air conditioners that was chosen by the authority’s Mississippi V-Quad Incubator Network grant program. Scovazzo members are (left to right) Bill Ashley, director of business research and workforce development at MDA; Sumesh Arora, Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Division of MDA; and Joe Donovan, director of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship at MDA. Submitted photo

The invention by an engineering professor at the University of Mississippi is part of a grant program from the Mississippi Development Authority that aims to commercialize technologies related to energy and agriculture.

Professor of Chemical Engineering Paul Scovazzo and his brother Anthony Scovazzo hold a patent for a humidity control system in air conditioners that could lead to more efficient air conditioning systems and healthier indoor environments in buildings commercial and residential.

The Brothers Vacuum Sweeping Dehumidification System was chosen as a project for the inaugural Mississippi V-Quad Incubator Network by the Mississippi Development Authority. Thanks to MDA, the project received a development grant of $ 5,000.

The mission of the V-Quad program is to create a network of innovative virtual incubators to support Mississippi entrepreneurs and innovators who launch businesses focused on energy and agriculture-related technologies.

“Many of the technologies developed in university research are struggling to move to application,” said Paul Scovazzo, an assistant research associate professor in chemical engineering who joined Ole Miss faculty in 2003. “Mentoring and helping that come with being part of the cohort help with the transition of our technology.

“I am also delighted that the funding provides an educational opportunity for a University of Mississippi undergraduate student in manufacturing research and development.”

The vacuum sweeping dehumidification system received a US patent earlier this year. The device features a new method and design for better removal of water vapor from the air which results in overall energy savings for an AC system as the removal Water vapor from the air is a major factor in the amount of energy needed to keep a home or business cool and dry.

The system saves up to 86% energy.

This technology can be used with existing commercial, industrial or residential air conditioners, as well as new construction. The system can also be used effectively in confined, small or difficult to access spaces.

“The technology can improve air conditioning and dehumidification / drying operations in residential, commercial and industrial spaces,” said Paul Scovazzo.

The Scovazzo brothers were inspired to invent their system after discussions with industry leaders that produce membrane separation systems. They also spoke with leaders in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry about unmet needs in AC applications.

Academic studies and laboratory experiments have indicated that the technology may address an unmet need in the market, but there is always a risk involved in scaling an idea into a new product that will be commercially adopted. .

“Without commercially viable prototypes, this risk will remain,” said Paul Scovazzo. “Therefore, the Accelerator Program assists in our commercial / commercial development through the production of viable commercial prototypes for long-term testing in commercial facilities using real process flows.

“Prior to the production of viable prototypes, the risk multiplier for cost-benefit analysis could result in a negative business assessment of the economics of the technology.”

These studies allow the team to identify the limitations of the humidity control system and develop solutions before building large-scale systems.

Alex Lopez, assistant professor of chemical engineering at UM, was the principal investigator of the MDA award.

“The Accelerator program is a great resource for innovation in Mississippi,” Lopez said. “This program connects inventors from UM and across the state with business experts to mature their ideas for commercial success.”

The university’s technology commercialization office briefed Scovazzo on the V-Quad opportunity, and that office, along with marketer Derek Stephens of the Mississippi Small Business Development Center, helped develop the V-Quad opportunity. grant proposal. The two organizations also made the patent application successful.

In addition, Ole Miss students helped inventors create previous test modules and system benchmarks.

With the patent for the vacuum sweeping dehumidification system in place, proof of concept testing has been performed and the university is seeking a development and marketing partner for the system.

The project is just one example of how the university is focusing on economic development in the knowledge and technology economy for the state, said Allyson Best, director of the Office of Technology. Marketing.

“MDA is a strong partner of the University of Mississippi and together we are helping to grow the Mississippi entrepreneurial network,” said Best. “It’s exciting to see Unified Messaging technology included in this great MDA program that will advance the state’s knowledge economy. “

The invention of Scovazzos is among 10 inaugural projects of the V-Quad program, which was created by MDA to produce public-private partnerships connecting Mississippi research universities, industry, government and organizations with purpose non-profit to form an entrepreneurial network based on technology.

Some of the other winning projects include the recycling of roofing shingles and the production of biomass-based graphene nanomaterials using renewable and sustainable by-products from the wood products industry.

V-Quad is one of 20 winners of the National Energy Program for Innovation Hubs Award, a U.S. Department of Energy program to recognize innovative and significant incubators focused on developing regional innovation hubs strong for energy-related technologies and entrepreneurship.

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Heard of a rack for drying a golf glove, a cricket ball for rainy days and a portable soccer goal post Sat, 09 Oct 2021 01:52:31 +0000 While retaining their key values ​​and traditions, most sports have made serious efforts to modernize over the years. Thousands of patents have been filed for inventions aimed at finding new and improved ways to train and compete in various disciplines. Golf – considered by many to be one of the most traditional sports – is the most innovative in terms of patents filed since the start of the new millennium.

According to data from Sagacious IP, a global intellectual property research and advisory firm, 83,267 golf-related patents were filed between 2000 and 2019. Football is far second in this regard with 22,397 and tennis third (20 195). Cricket, meanwhile, saw 1,916 patents filed during that time.

Understanding “patents”

A patent, once granted, guarantees the intellectual property of the inventor for a specified period in return for monetary compensation.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), “A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is the product of a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. “

There is, however, a difference between “published” and “granted” patents.

According to UpCounsel, a website providing legal services, “just because a patent application is published, it won’t always be granted. Patent applications are published in order to make known to the public what requires patent protection. This means that, if the patent is not actually granted to the work, the public can learn from the work anyway.

“Granted” patents mean what the term suggests – that the patent has been approved and is protected by intellectual property rights.

Golf leads the way

Jordan Spieth in action at the Masters golf tournament in April 2021 (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)

The first patent filed for golf dates back to 1891 when Frances Archibald Fairlie introduced improvements in metal-head golf clubs.

The sport has seen more than 83,000 patents filed between 2000 and 2019. However, so far only 26,541 of those applications have been “granted”.

Some of the patents issued relate to data collection, storage and analysis – data such as a golf swing or a player’s scoreboard.

Interchangeable club heads

Quite simply, this patent published in July 2014 relates to a single golf club shaft equipped with interchangeable heads. Usually a golf bag will contain many clubs with different heads on the top – a putter and a driver, for example. With this new invention, however, the size of the golf bag decreases because a different club head can be screwed onto or off a single shaft.

Golf glove holder

Another published patent – dated 2002 – is the golf glove holder mounted on the golf cart. It has been specially designed to provide players with a quick way to dry their gloves which may have become wet from perspiration.

Making football modern

Between 2000 and 2019, 22,397 patents were filed in football and 7,392 issued. The first patent filed in football dates back to 1907 when Maria Henriette Godey created an outer shell or envelope for soccer balls, according to Sagacious IP.

The online gambling industry has developed several football games, which have also been patented.

Portable football goal

The invention in 1986 of the portable football goal is probably one of the most important inventions that has contributed to the current trend for multipurpose sports venues around the world. Essentially, the soccer goal post frame can be easily taken apart and stored when not needed, and can just as easily be erected when a soccer match is to be played.

Animated graphics on the balloon

Visual designs on a soccer ball don’t just serve as a cosmetic effect. In 2017, Nike obtained a patent for the animated graphics of a balloon. Essentially, this means that there are patterns in one or more contrasting colors on the housing of a soccer ball that allow data to be evaluated – for example, the number of rotations per minute of a ball in flight after a hit. frank, etc.

Chirping Patent Cricket

Cricket has only seen 332 of the 1,916 issued patents between 2000 and 2019. The sport’s first patent dates back to 1894, when William David Cameron invented improvements for bats.

A large number of modern cricket patents were for applications that collect and disseminate data. But there have been a decent number which also relates to changes on the pitch.

Rain cricket

In 2011, George William Beldam invented a cricket ball that does not lose its shape when wet and can be used for playing in the rain. However, various other factors hampered the implementation of this patent, such as poor visibility and damaged bats.

Mongoose cricket bats

Mongoose bat Mongoose bats were made popular by Matthew Hayden. (TO FILE)

As the 2021 IPL season draws to a close, it’s worth remembering that in the second T20 league season in 2009, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden decided to play with a Mongoose bat. The bat had a longer handle and a shorter wooden face at the bottom. The face, however, was much thicker – almost three times that of a conventional bat. He offered greater power against yorkers or low throws.

Despite Hayden’s success with this bat, it didn’t work.

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Artists pay homage to 9th-century Central Asian inventor of algorithm – The Calvert Journal Thu, 07 Oct 2021 14:47:55 +0000

Seven artists pay homage to the 9th-century Persian mathematician Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwārizmī, father of the algorithm, in a new exhibition at the Tashkent Center for Contemporary Art (CCAT).

Bringing together both Uzbek and international conceptual and visual artists, whose work spans craftsmanship, performance, film, music, architecture, design and critical theory, Dixit Algorizmi promotes a more inclusive discourse on the technological advancements that dominate our world, celebrating non-Western sources of innovation.

Al-Khwārizmī was born in Khwarazm, a region that is now part of present-day Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The exhibition centers around the book of al-Khwārizmī Kitab al-Jabr wa-al-muqabala (The Short Book on Completion and Balancing Calculus), written in 820 CE, whose Latin translation gave rise to the word “algorithm”.

“The algorithm shapes all possible interactions in modern culture through applications on our smartphones,” says curator Joseph Grima.We know the word, but we don’t understand it. Through the multisensory and illustrative exhibition, we retrace its origin and the great impact it had on societies and cultures, from Antiquity to modern times.

Artists Charli Tapp, Elisa Giardina Papa, James Bridle, Navine G. Khan Dossos, Neil Beloufa, Saodat Ismailova and Space Caviar all worked with local artisans to create works exploring the biography of al-Khwārizmī and the relationship between daily life and the history of science and technology.

Highlights include the work of artist Khan-Dossos, who collaborated with Ikat weavers in the Margilan region of eastern Uzbekistan to create onion and pomegranate painted silks that mimicked Soviet-era postage stamps that once depicted Al-Khwarizmi. They also incorporated the algebraic diagrams of the mathematician into a Ikat model.

The exhibition takes place at the Tashkent Contemporary Art Center (CCAT) until November 15. Find out more here.

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[Video] Discover “The History of the Electronics Industry That Changed the World” from the Samsung Innovation Museum – Samsung Global Newsroom Thu, 07 Oct 2021 01:07:03 +0000

Recently, the Samsung Innovation Museum (S / I / M) presented an animated video series titled “The History of the Electronics Industry That Changed the World”.

Each video in the series, listed below, tells how a 19 or 20 the invention of the century contributed to the development of science and technology, and how the invention itself has become an important part of our daily life.

1. Samuel Morse and the network

The first episode of the series explains how Samuel Morse’s development of the telegraph laid the groundwork for the eventual introduction of the 5G networks we rely on today.

2. John Baird and TV

The second episode chronicles how John Baird’s invention of the first mechanical television, which he called a “television set,” enabled a rapid exchange of information, thereby improving people’s daily lives.

3. Alexander Bell and the telephone

The third episode sheds light on the ins and outs of the Bell phone and explains how telecommunications technology has made it easy for people to communicate with each other over long distances.

4. James Harrison and the Refrigerator

The fourth episode examines Australian composer James Harrison’s invention of an ether-based vapor-compression refrigeration system, and the incredible impact refrigerators have had on the global wholesale industry.

5. William Shockley and the semiconductor

The latest episode reveals how the inventions of three semiconductor transistor scientists led to the development of integrated circuits (ICs) that allowed electronic devices to become smaller and more commercially available.

You can learn more about these and other game-changing innovations by visiting the Samsung Newsroom YouTube channel and the Samsung Innovation Museum website.

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10 tech elements from comics that people would hate in real life Wed, 06 Oct 2021 15:11:53 +0000

There are a number of superheroes and villains in the Marvel Universe who are known for their technological inventions. Sometimes they dress in very advanced armor or have managed to create a unique tool to help them navigate New York’s skyscrapers, and there’s always a deadly doomsday device lurking somewhere.

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While some fans would love to own any of these tech from the comics, there are just as many that would prove to be hated if they existed in the real world. Whether they annoy the community or be used inappropriately by ordinary people, some of Marvel’s technological inventions certainly wouldn’t be so impressive in reality.

ten Doctor Doom’s aggression enhancer is said to be the worst type of crowd control

Doctor Doom's aggressiveness enhancer inciting a riot against the Fantastic Four

Reed Richards’ frequent rival, Doctor Doom, has a number of potentially dangerous inventions under his wing, including a device known as the Aggression Enhancer that he created as a joke during the Acts of revenge Event. The little robotic device emitted a signal that affected the area’s super-villains and caused them to attack the Fantastic Four with increased aggression.

in reality, most people would agree that there is already enough aggression in the real world, which makes the idea of ​​a mobile armored agitator that can be thrown into tense situations frightening and far from the “joke.” “that Doctor Doom originally wanted. Or maybe it’s the perfect kind of joke for someone like Doctor Doom.

9 If everyone had their own spider signal, there would be a lot of annoyed neighbors

Spider-Man's spider signal surprises criminals and blinds JJ Jameson

Most Spider-Man fans would definitely love to have their own pair of web shooters, which is generally considered to be one of the crawler’s best inventions. However, it really was the spider signal he incorporated into his belt (and later versions of his costume badge) that would prove to be incredibly annoying in reality.

If everyone had their own high-power belt signal, there would be quite a few upset neighbors who would be fed up with having their living room inundated with a bespoke logo. Not to mention the number of accidental blinding incidents that would occur due to misused signaling flashes.

8 The image inductor would probably be used for criminal purposes in reality

Nightcrawler using an image inducer to disguise his appearance

The X-Men were among the first characters in the Marvel Universe to use image inducers to disguise their identity. X-Men like Nightcrawler or Beast could freely walk in public without being persecuted by the public, who historically hated and feared what they didn’t understand.

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Unfortunately, a powerful holographic disguise provided by real-world image inducers would more than likely be used for crimes if they were readily available. Wearing a balaclava to rob a store would be a thing of the past if you could just use an image inducer to look like Tom Hanks and really confuse people instead.

7 Noise complaints would reach another level thanks to Klaw’s Sonic Blaster

Ulysses Klaue is better known as Klaw, the Soundbender due to the invention of his powerful sonic blaster, powered by the vibranium he stole from Wakanda. The devastating sonic blaster even altered his own body and turned him into a being of his own, though he is hated in the real world for a number of other reasons.

Sound complaints are already a recurring problem in cities, whether it’s loud parties or motorcycle races in the streets. If ordinary people had access to the powerful sonic blaster, there would at the very least be an increase in sonic complaints, without even considering the dangerous aspect of the weapon.

6 Reed Richards Coma Cannon Has Health Benefits But Could Be Very Dangerous

Mister Fantastic Coma Cannon

When Franklin Richards was born, he was already harnessing his eventual cosmic abilities, although his young mind didn’t know how to control his powers. They even raged uncontrollably while he slept, sometimes bringing his nightmares to life. During one of these events, Reed Richards was forced to use a device now known as the Coma Cannon to render his son unconscious.

This was obviously considered one of Mr. Fantastic’s more questionable inventions, highlighting some of the issues with the device if it was created in the real world. Aside from some of the health benefits that come with inducing coma in patients, there are obvious issues with the ability for people to be able to instantly knock out whoever they wanted for as long as they wanted.

5 Superior Iron Man’s Extremis 3.0 app highlights the worst aspects of social media

Tony Stark and his Extremis app from Superior Iron Man

Following the AXIS Eventually, a number of heroes and villains were magically reversed, including Tony Stark, who became a selfish, greedy, and indifferent version of himself known as Superior Iron Man. He took the body remapping virus known as Extremis and turned it into an app that he sold to the public, which allowed them to physically reinvent themselves.

It sounds like an interesting idea in theory, although he also made it temporary so that he could charge the general public incredible amounts for what has essentially become a drug on social media. It would be devastating technology in the real world that is already battling an addiction to social media, often filled with negative body images and poor beauty standards.

4 The Time Platform is said to be just as dangerous in reality as it is in the comics

Time travel is not something everyone should really have fun with, which has been proven time and time again in various forms of entertainment over the years. There are a number of time travelers and machines in the Marvel Universe, although one of the more well-known versions is Doctor Doom’s Time Platform.

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This is usually what heroes of the Marvel Universe are looking for when they need to time travel, although several villains have used the time platform in an effort to change their own stories for the better. It would cause chaos in the hands of almost anyone who tries to step back in time, as most theoretical physicists would probably agree.

3 The multisect’s ability to explore alternate realities would likely be exploited

A hologram of Reed Richards holding the Multisect

Another of Reed Richards’ powerful inventions has seen a number of different forms over the years, starting with his portal to the Negative Zone. He then created an alternate reality viewer known as the Bridge that connected him to other Reed Richards across the multiverse. He then used his research to create the Multisect as a way to explore the multiverse.

While it is interesting to explore our own possible multiverse to see how other versions of us live, it is more than likely to be used to mine these universes for resources or as a way to continue the cycle of war. seemingly ubiquitous that permeates our own reality.

2 SHIELD helicarriers reportedly crash into the world at an alarming rate

The Territory’s Strategic Response, Enforcement, and Logistics division is best known in the Marvel Universe as SHIELD.

Although he impressed fans during his MCU debut the The Avengers, the reality is that humanity still struggles to keep some ships floating in the ocean and planes in the air, so combining the two would likely result in an overwhelming number of devastating accidents around the world that we would probably be better off without. them in the air.

1 Ultron is the worst version of AI that some people are already worried about

What if Ultron Multiverse Threat 1

Some readers may be familiar with some of humanity’s real attempts at artificial intelligence, such as the ever-creepy robot Sophia who learns humans as quickly as we learn about her. However, we haven’t reached real artificial intelligence yet, which could be a good thing if the comics have shown us anything.

Hank Pym was one of the founders of the Avengers who managed to unlock the secrets of AI when he created his first version of Ultron, although the robot quickly got out of hand and launched his human extermination plans. which continued to grow as rapidly as his. consciousness. Maybe we should be using our brightest minds for something other than AI if Ultron is the result.

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Okanagan wine industry invention wins prestigious nomination – Okanagan Wed, 06 Oct 2021 00:39:33 +0000

An Okanagan invention was nominated for a grand prize.

The AromaLoc was designed as a non-invasive way to preserve the bouquet of wine which is normally lost in the fermentation process.

Now it has been nominated for the 2021 WINnovation Award in California, recognizing those who are making innovative strides in the North American wine industry.

It was invented in 2012 by Dick Jones, and for nine years he has been perfecting his invention with his team to enclose and boost the nose of wine.

“As the yeast ferments the sugar in the wine, it also produces aromatics that dictate the quality of the wine, and unfortunately the aromatics are very volatile, which means they want to leave the liquid,” Jones said.

“When they leave the liquid, the CO2 that is produced at the same time simply blows them into the cellar and you have therefore lost a good part of the aromas produced by the yeast.

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“So my idea was to find a way to prevent these aromas from leaving and to keep them in the wine. “

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AromaLoc is attached to the top of stainless steel cellar tanks during the fermentation process and is a non-invasive way to enhance the wine tasting experience.

“So you drink it [the wine] and then when you swallow the wine, of course, it heats up in your throat as it swallows, then you get vapors going up your nose, which is called a retrograde odor, ”a Jones said.

The Pentage winery in Penticton has incorporated AromaLoc in the production of the cellar’s white and rosé wines.

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“We are putting AromaLoc on everything we can,” said Paul Gardener, CEO of the winery.

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“We installed these AromaLoc machines on these floating top tanks and we have some of the Letina tanks, it depends on the volume of wine we produce. “

Okanagan’s invention even went international, having been studied at universities in Europe and North America and used by a handful of wineries around the world.

“At this point, we’re using it on the white fermentation and the rosé, which is mostly stainless steel,” said Walter Meyer, marketing and sales director of AromaLoc.

“We made a test in California on red barrels, therefore fermentation in barrels, on an experimental basis. [and it was] very successful, so we are still working on this part.

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Products created by Wilmington and locally developed inventions Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:04:48 +0000

When Talia Afoa, a Leland resident, talks about what she does, she uses the term “product development”.

That’s because, she says, “If you say you’re an inventor, everyone thinks you’re crazy.”

Landmark footage of a mad scientist in a laboratory, emitting howls of maniacal laughter.

This stereotype does not apply to many product developers, including Afoa, who saw their first invention hit the market last August. It licensed its anti-leak, non-stick silicone baking mat to Grand Fusion Housewares, Inc., which specializes in products with innovative designs.

The mat, which sells for $ 20, can be laid flat to bake things like cookies. Or, snaps can be used to turn the mat into a waterproof tray for cooking foods like fish or vegetables. The mat is easily cleaned in the sink and is dishwasher safe.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say ‘Wow that’s so obvious I wish I had thought about it,'” she said.