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+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , |

Patents meet magics: Mark Setteducati

In our constant will to bring to our public the most interesting, useful and curious patents of invention from all over the world, today we came across with an “unusual” but real interesting field applied to intellectual property: magic.

From the great “Inventors” portrait created by filmmaker and photographer David Friedman, today we propose a short video presenting how patents meet magics through the brilliant Mark Setteducati: magician, artist, magic toys and puzzles inventor.

As we will see in the video, Mark uses principles of mathematics and illusions to invent his puzzles and toys. 



2019-04-19T06:20:17+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , |

Carles Puente and the Fractal-Based antennae revolution

Which would you say is one of the most incredible and useful revolutions of the last 20 years? It is indeed the mobile phone revolution. With a mobile phone we can now easily make calls and surf the web from almost everywhere: location does not matter anymore.

The possibility of having this kind of global connection can be credited to the genius of a Spanish inventor: Carles Puente, who, along with his team, has created the so-called “Fractal-based antennae” for mobile-phones.

This invention assure reception anywhere in the world and utilize various radio-technology such as GPS, Wi-fi and Bluetooth and basically opened the door for the “internet everywhere” revolution.  (more…)

2019-04-19T06:20:24+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , |