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…)

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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:


2019-04-19T06:20:09+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , , , |

The inventor of video game: Ralph Bear

Nowadays video game techonology is so sofisticated that the world created are so accurated and real that we forgot how they looked the first home console systems.

Today we decided to go on a little travel inside the video game history, presenting the man who made possible for us today enjoying the modern video console: Ralph Bear, also known as the serial inventor who built the world’s first video game console.

The video has been developed by David Friedman, from the series of video portraits “Inventors”, for PBS Digital Studios.



2019-04-19T06:20:18+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , |

European Inventors: inflatable bike helmet

Altough the European Inventor Award ceremony concluded last 17th of June, and while we wait the next inventor’s nomination for 2015 edition of the so called “Oscars of technology”, we are going to present for “Patents world” section one of the finalists under the “Small and medium enterprises” category.

The invention is actually really helpful for everyday life in the city, for example, where more and more we use a healthier and sustainable way of transportation: the bicycle. Two Swedish industrial designers, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, invented the inflatable bike helmet: a protective headgear that is both functional and fashionable.

This revolutionary solution (named HÖvding) looks like a scarf or collar; it transforms itself into an helmet only if a crush is produced: the airbag inflates in a few seconds and covers the head.
But, how does it work?


2019-04-19T06:20:21+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , , |