“One of the great events in my life was my first meeting with Edison. This wonderful man – who had received no scientific training – yet had accomplished so much with all his Inventions, filled me with such amazement, motivation & inspiration, I wanted to do the same”. Nikola Tesla
Creative Topics: Visions, the Thought Camera, Live-streamed Video, Wireless Electricity, Aliens, Cell-Phones,
8 Inventions: AC, Fluorescent, X-rays, Radio, Remote Control, Electric Motors, Robotics, Lasers
Modern Society owes a lot to Nikola Tesla. The Serbian-American scientist’s inventions led to the Alternating Current, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, X-Rays, Radio, Lasers used today. Over the course of his life, the creative Tesla registered some 300 patents under his name, and traces of his inventions can be found in many modern-day devices as you’ll see in the list of his Inventions at the end of this post.
Win most; Lose a few. Not all of Tesla’s futuristic visions came to completion. Some of the inventor’s most far-out and ambitious dreams went un-realized, such as his vision for the wireless transmission of energy. In other cases, what Tesla invented was simply not practical enough to replace existing systems, such as the bladeless steam turbine, or was too dangerous to use, such as a steam-powered electric generator that came to be known as the “earthquake machine,” after Tesla claimed the generator caused an earthquake in New York City in 1898. And there were other times when Tesla’s ideas were just too revolutionary to fathom, or were so bizarre that they were ridiculed by other scientists. Some of Tesla’s theoretical inventions, such as a “death ray” weapon and force field, existed only in science fiction.
Lots of his Visions came true. But in the 70+ years since Tesla’s death, some of the eccentric, creative inventor’s ideas have come to pass — the “mad scientist” may have actually been on to something. Here is a look at some of Tesla’s most bizarre ideas that had some ties to reality.
The Thought Camera. Tesla thought about inventing a machine to read mental imagery & thoughts. In an article published in a KC Newspaper 1933, he told reporters about several projects he had been working on, including a device that concerns “photographing of thought. If this can be done successfully, then the objects imagined by a person would be clearly reflected on the screen as they are formed, and in this way every thought of the individual could be read. Our minds would then, indeed, be like “open books” he continued. Tesla’s plan never became a reality, but researchers are still studying vision and exploring the idea of mind-reading machines. Scientists have developed algorithms that can learn to interpret brain signals and reproduce a rough version of images “seen” in a person’s mind.
Live-Streamed Video. Tesla may have had a good grasp of what it feels like to watch real-time streaming of video on modern-day laptops & smart-phones. In a news clip published on 1926, Tesla predicted that by applying the principles of radio, future devices, will enable people to carry a small instrument in their pockets to see distant events. The futuristic idea was described in an interview published in the days issue of Collier’s Weekly, in which Tesla says, “We shall be able to witness the inauguration of a president, the playing of a World’s Series baseball game, the havoc of an Earthquake, or a Battle just as though we were present.”
Wireless Electricity. Perhaps the greatest ambition of Tesla was his dream to wirelessly transmit energy across long distances, using only air as a medium. He demonstrated it was possible to wirelessly light up lamps using a method called inductive coupling, but he wasn’t successful in building a long-range system to broadcast energy. But now, researchers have refined and developed several techniques that may have brought Tesla’s dream a few steps closer to reality. The areas of exploration range from wireless charging of digital devices at home to potential power supplies for space elevators.
Contact with Aliens? In 1899, during the time Tesla spent in Colorado Springs experimenting with high-frequency electricity & wireless telegraphy, he picked up peculiar radio signals on his instruments. He believed the signals were extra-terrestrial in origin. “The changes I noted were taking place periodically and with such a clear suggestion of number and order that they were not traceable to any cause known to me. I was familiar, of course, with such electrical disturbances as are produced by the Sun, Aurora Borealis, & Earth currents, and I was as sure as I could be, that these variations were due to none of these causes,” The scientific community didn’t believe Tesla had made contact the Aliens, but later, it was suggested that he may have picked up Cosmic Radio Waves, a phenomenon that was not known at the time.
Cell-Phones. In 1901, when working on creating trans-Atlantic radio, Tesla proposed what now sounds like a modern-day Cellphone to his Funder, J.P. Morgan, Banker (now Chase bank). The idea was to create a plan for a “World Telegraphy System” that allows instant communication of news to individual handheld devices. Tesla believed Morgan could make money by manufacturing such receivers that could be used by anyone, and could pick up Voice messages or Music played in distant places. According to W. Bernard Carlson, a historian at The University of Virginia, and author of “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age”, Tesla had envisioned Cell-phones, and his prediction was a vision of it consumer culture that would characterize the 21st century. (But he could never have predicted the madness of 24/7 Texting. Wiz4biz)
8 top Inventions of Nicola Tesla
#1. Alternating Current: Unlimited Distance vs Edison’s DC only 2km
#2. Fluorescent Light Bulbs: which use 1/3 the current of the old incandescent Light bulbs that Edison invented
#3. X-Rays mainly used for Medical to: a) determine condition of Broken Bones, Teeth, Cancers, b) kill Cancer & Tumors
#4. Radio [AM] that travels long distance. Marconi used Tesla’s patents
#5. Remote Control: a) of little Boats on a pond originally, but b) later used for Radio Control & now Drones.
#6. Electric Motors that power Electric Cars, Clocks, Fans, Fridges, Vacuums, Washing Mach, Fridges, Hard Disk Drives, DVDs, etc.
#7. Robotics, used for: Assembly of Cars, Planet Exploration [Mars], delivering Inter-Office Mail, Vacuums, Lawn Mowing
#8. Lasers, used for Bar Code Scanners, Surgery, Printers, Cutting Metal, Light Guns, Fiber Optic Cables, Reading CDs & DVDs
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