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Benedetto Vigna: the inventor behind the Wii console 3D motion sensor

A lots of inventions, directly or indirectly, deeply change everyday lives of most of the population of the World.

Today MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems), for example, are everywhere: who ever got simply a mobile phone, a game console or a simple washing machine, uses them without even knowing they exist.

The man who brought this technology to main consumer goods, pioneer in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), is the Italian engineer and inventor Benedetto Vigna.

Before to continue, let’s clarify: what the MEMS are?

Basically, they are systems that integrate sensors with microchips: the first capture information, the other process it, making decisions and giving orders to implement the appropriate actions. A typical application of MEMS were airbags.

In 1995, Benedetto Vigna started to work for STMicroelectronics, one of Europe’s leading electronics and semiconductor manufacturers, where he started to work on a great innovation: not only miniaturize the MEMS to a scale never seen before, but create a completely new type, with the third dimension and therefore able to interpret the movements of the real world.

The result was a great invention: a highly successful 3D motion-control-sensor, heart of the Wii console from Japanese company Nintendo. (more…)

2019-04-19T06:20:07+00:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , , , |

Luke Alphey: finalist of European Inventor Award 2015

Some of the most brilliant brains in the world, along with their inventions, are competing to get one of the most important awards about people, science and great discovers: the European Inventor Award.

European Inventor Award 2015 has arrived to its 10 edition, and the prize awarding ceremony will take place in Paris next June 11.

The finalist are the best 15 inventors and entrepreneurs which has found solutions to climate change, medicine, health, etc. in a few words: trying to make everyone’s life better.

From Protectia, while attending the verdict of the international independent jury (and the public which will be able to assign the popular prize by online voting), we have decided to present in the next few weeks some of the great inventors finalists of the European Inventor Award 2015.

To start, we are going to talk about: Luke Alphey, finalist of European Inventor Award 2015 for the category “Reserach” and inventor of a control system for dengue fever desease. Before getting into know a little bit more about his revolutionary invention, let’s see the video developed by the EPO (European Patent Office): (more…)

Jaap Hartasen: the inventor of Bluetooth

[..]there is also an element of luck. Nine out ten research projects fail. You have to be at the right time at the right place with the right people….for researchers my main message would nonetheless still be: keep an open mind, think outside textbooks, do not make decisions too quickly” (Dr. Haarsten)

Mobile devices are nowadays everywhere; they often makes our lives “easier” and they incorporate a lot of technology that we consider natural but, if we stop thinking about it, it’s not so obvious having it.

For our “Patents world” section, we are going to pay tribute to a very special dutch engineer, researcher and inventor: Jaap Hartasen, the inventor of Bluetooth or, in other words, the revolutionary technology that allows to connect electronic gadgets to each other at short range without the use of cables, using a variety of low-power radio frequencies.

In the short video below, developed by the EPO (European Patent Office), Jaap Hartsen talks a little bit about his inventions:

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2019-04-19T06:20:09+00:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , , , |

Popular Science Inventions of the year 2014

As we are approaching the end of this year, we thought that might be interesting going on a curious “travel” among some of the 2014 best inventions.

That is why we choose for our “Patents world section” the following video, presenting a few of Popular Science’s picks for best inventions of 2014 for its annual “Invention Award”: the editors of popular magazine choose the most innovative new gadgets and ideas.

Collapsible helmet, charges gadgets and much more…:

As we lately focused our attention on transportation technology and bike-related new gadgets, one of the most interesting inventions shown in the video we would like to talk about is the portable bike helmet, Morpher. (more…)

2019-04-19T06:20:15+00:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , , |