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On Friday, June 21, InventHelp teamed up with Pittsburgh Cares to volunteer at South Allegheny Education Center. Their mission? To help transform the school from an early education center into a new education center for older students.
Pittsburgh Cares is an organization dedicated to bringing custom volunteer events and programs to companies in the Pittsburgh region. The organization helps connect volunteers to schools, parks and non-profits in need of a helping hand.
Pittsburgh Cares invited members of the InventHelp team to paint walls in order to bring a new atmosphere to the South Allegheny Education Center. The school, which previously catered toward younger children, is in the process of being turned into a place where older students can feel inspired and excited to learn.
“A big shout out to BNY Mellon, InventHelp, Pittsburgh Cares, SA Football Team, SA Varsity Girls Basketball Team, SA Faculty & Staff, and Parents for making HUGE progress on transforming the learning spaces at the new SA Education Center,” writes Holly Turkovic, Director of Youth Programs for Pittsburgh Cares.
Volunteers helped paint new rooms including a Student Union, Peace Room, and a new Teacher’s Lounge featuring a coffee bar. The school is set to open for the 2019-2020 school year.
Game of Thrones is a show that has broken several records including most Emmy Awards for a drama and most “in demand” TV show. When it comes to filming a show like Game of Thrones, there’s no denying it takes an incredible amount of technology and innovation. Trying to make flying dragons that breathe fire look realistic on screen takes a team of highly skilled engineers, creative minds, and visual effects artists.
So, what technology does it take to create such an incredible show? For starter, it takes an incredible budget. The technology alone can cost millions, but for a show as popular as GOT, every bit of technology is necessary. But without these inventions, the show would not be possible.
The first use of a green screen dates back to 1940. Larry Butler used a green screen to create a scene featuring a genie floating out of a bottle. This was an incredible invention that would go on to be used in almost every form of filmmaking. Nearly 80 years later, green screen is being utilized in ways filmmakers in the 1940s would never have dreamed. By utilizing green screen, animators and illustrators are able to use CGI to take audiences to an incredible world of creatures and kingdoms like the ones in the fictional GOT continent Westeros.
Green screen is utilized in nearly every episode of Game of Thrones. Large castles, Dire Wolves and entire armies were all created using the magic of green screen and CGI. For example, Daenerys’ dragons are brought to life by using green screen on a very large scale. Actress Emilia Clarke has even said how difficult it was acting as if she was flying through the sky when she was actually on a large machine covered in green. Nevertheless, there is no denying the end result was well worth it.
Fans are always looking for ways to find Game of Thrones spoilers while the crew is filming. Drones are often used to fly over the set in an attempt to get sneak peek footage of what’s going on down below. Of course, the team behind the making of the final season of GOT had to do everything in its power to keep this from happening. This is where Drone Disablers came in, or as it was commonly known on set as “Drone Killer.”
So, how did it keep fans from spoiling the show prior to it airing? The “Drone Killer” is an electronic device that disables a flying drone, forcing it back to the ground. The beam shot by the device has a 30-degree field and a range of almost half a mile, making drones easy to take down. Of course, these are extreme measures, but a show as sensational as GOT must take these precautions to ensure the show remains confidential until the premier.
ARRI Alexa Camera
For a show as intense as Game of Thrones, it takes an intense camera. ARRI ALEXA digital cameras were used to shoot in Northern Ireland and Malta. This camera helps provide a more “cinematic look” and truly express the atmosphere and scale of a show or movie. ALEXA also makes it easier to film in places with extreme highlights and shadows.
Fast-moving battle scenes, close-up interactions, and wide-shot landscapes are all necessary to film Game of Thrones. The show makers needed a camera that could provide high-quality footage for a number of scene types. GOT films in a wide variety of locations in order to create scenes taking place in snowy Winterfell to sunny Dorne. They needed a camera that could film Jon Snow battling the army of the dead beyond the wall and also film Daenerys and her Dothraki in sunny Meereen. ALEXA was only a prototype when the crew began using it to film GOT, but luckily it was able to perform up to the standards needed to film a scene in a rainy grassland or a sunny beach.
There is no denying the fact that Game of Thrones will go down in history as one of the most amazing television series of all time. We often reflect on our favorite actors and writers that make this show possible, but we must not forget the amazing inventors who helped make filming GOT possible.
If you’re an inventor, you probably know that the invention process can be a long and difficult road. It takes plenty of courage to take what starts as an idea and turn it into reality.
Although inventors face challenges, it is also true that throughout the course of history, society has relied on inventors to develop new technologies, make life-saving devices, and improve society as a whole. These individuals are great examples of what happens when an inventor beats the odds with their idea.
Being a woman in the 1940s meant not being taken as seriously as your male counterparts. For Hedy Lamar, a Hollywood beauty icon and movie star, few people were able to see her as someone capable of developing brilliant ideas. This could not be further from the truth, and we now know we can thank Lamarr for what we now know as Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.
During World War II, Lamarr developed what is known as frequency hopping, which helps to keep third parties from interfering with your radio signal. In 1942, she received a patent for this incredible idea and sold it to the United States to help in the war effort. Unfortunately, Lamarr’s idea was not taken seriously and the U.S. Navy chose to not utilize her idea during World War II. After the war, her invention was utilized to secretly communicate on gadgets we use today.
After decades of denying Lamarr the recognition she deserved, the Electronic Frontier Foundation honored her inventions in 1997. The story of Hedy Lamarr can teach us never to judge a book by its cover, and even after decades, you can beat the odds and receive the praise you deserve.
Many of us have fond childhood memories of playing with Super Soakers during the summer months, but few know the story behind the popular toy. Lonnie Johnson, inventor and engineer, who had even worked for NASA, knew what it meant to face challenges in life. Johnson stated that for most of his career, he was often the only person of color in the room.
Johnson remembers often being the minority in the room throughout his career as an engineer. From a young age, he had experienced discrimination. During a high school competition, where he developed a robot powered by compressed air, Johnson and his teammates were not welcome and were shown the door.
Despite years of hardships, Johnson went on the have continued success. In 1982, while working on a heat pump that utilized water, Johnson invented the Super Soaker when he accidentally shot water across the room. He decided to put science on hold to develop a toy that would go on to make more than $1 billion in sales.
One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of classic toys is the yo-yo. Although the yo-yo has been a staple in the toy industry for decades, it was not always meant for children. Instead, it was utilized as a weapon in the Philippines featuring sharp blades. Pedro Flores, inventor of the famous toy, was born an immigrant from the Philippines before moving to the United States. He went on to study law but was unable to finish.
Prior to its development, a version of the toy was popular in Europe and Asia. Flores has a feeling a version of this toy could be popular in the United States, so he began making the toys by hand in the late 1920’s. Eventually, machinery for mass production was financed, and in 1930, Flores trademarked the term “Yo-yo.”
The yo-yo went on to sell 45 million by 1962. The toy is now deeply ingrained in the culture of the United States. Almost every child has played with a yo-yo at some point in their lives. Flores’ story tells us that although it can be difficult moving to another country and being an immigrant, it is still possible to do big things. Despite never finishing law school, Pedro Flores created a legacy in the United States.
No matter where you come from or who you are, it is possible to have a brilliant idea. Although it can be difficult to move forward with an invention idea, it can be made easier with a company like InventHelp on your side. Believe in yourself and get started today!
Almost everyone experiences writer’s block at some point in time. Whether you’re an experienced writer or someone with basic skills, you may find yourself at a road block.
When it comes to writing copy for your invention idea, it can be even more difficult to overcome writer’s block. How do you put into a few short words exactly what your invention idea is capable of? Who are you writing to? Why is it important for your audience to know about your invention idea? Answering questions can be easier with these 4 tips on overcoming writer’s block as an inventor.
The first thing to do when struck with writer’s block is to visualize exactly the overall goal of your writing. Simply ask yourself “what am I writing?” Once you’ve figured out the “what” you can then visualize the “who,” in other words, who are you writing for? Next you will visualize where your writing will be featured. This can be important, because it will help drive the direction in which your writing will go.
Once you’ve visualized the “what”, “who,” and “where” you will want to think of the “when.” Will your writing be featured a certain time of year or holiday season? Let’s say you’re writing a piece on your invention during the month of December. Visualizing how you can Incorporate the holiday season can help your creative juices begin to flow. Lastly, you will want to visualize the “why.” Why are you writing your piece? Why is it important to get your message across to your audience? Once you’ve finally tackled these 5 basic questions, you will have visualized your writing.
It may seem obvious, but when experiencing writer’s block, it is important to remember to relax. Although it is a simple tip, remaining calm can be difficult. You may be up against a deadline or experiencing pressure to finish your writing in a certain time frame. Even so, you won’t get anything decent accomplished if your brain is focused on a deadline. This is where it is important to relax.
So, you’re up against a deadline, how can you relax? Obviously, everyone relaxes differently, but there are a few things you can try before diving into your writing. One way is to take a break and go for a walk. Stepping away from a project even for a few moments can help clear your mind to get the ideas flowing. Another trick is to eat your favorite snack. It can be difficult getting around writer’s block when you’re constantly being reminded of your hunger.
Believe in Yourself
One of the most important aspects to overcoming writer’s block is to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, it will be impossible to believe in your writing. This is easier said than done, since we are oftentimes our own worst critics. Nevertheless, it is important to persist in your endeavors and believe in yourself.
One way to help yourself gain confidence is to look back on your previous writing. This is simply to tell yourself “I did it.” You were able to overcome writer’s block on several occasions, so you know you’re capable of it now. Looking back on your work can also bring inspiration. Using other works of writing for inspiration is always helpful, but when it is your own work, it can be even easier to pull encouragement to write this next body of work.
Combine Knowledge with Action
You’ve taken the time to visualize, relax, and believe in yourself. Now it is time to take action. For some, the moment you decide to take action can be the most difficult part of overcoming your writer’s block. It is the final step before you are able to effectively dive back into your work.
When taking action, be sure to take all of your knowledge on the subject and put it to good use. Do so by making a list of your collective knowledge and building sentences from there. Although this sounds obvious, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Consider the possibility that you aren’t as well-versed on the subject as you may have thought. Lay out your knowledge and look to where it could use some improvement. Once you’ve filled in the blanks, put that knowledge to good use and you’ll finally be ready to take action on writing!
Self-doubt oftentimes goes hand in hand with writer’s block, making it even more difficult to overcome. Although this is true, it’s important to remember that even the best writers experience it. You may have the urge to give up, but don’t let it ruin an entire piece of writing! By visualizing, relaxing, believing in yourself, and taking action, you’ll be ready to write again in no time.
For inventors, the most wonderful time of the year is also a time for creativity and innovation to blossom. Although there are a multitude of holiday inventions that made the season great, a few products have stood the test of time. Some inventions even evolved each year to become staples for gift-wrapping, decorating, baking and more. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or another holiday you can appreciate these inventors who developed some of the most important holiday inventions of all time.
Almost all inventors look up to Thomas Edison for his incredible innovation. The inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, Edison also created a holiday decorating staple. Families had long decorated their homes with candles and fire light, and in the early 1880’s, Edison created the first strand of electrical lights.
In 1882, Edward H. Johnson, partner to Edison, strung together the first string of electric Christmas lights. Johnson hand-wired 80 colorful bulbs and wrapped them around a Christmas tree. Decades passed before these string lights became a staple during the holiday season, but on Christmas Eve 1923, President Calvin Coolidge lit the National Christmas Tree with approximately 3,000 string lights. From then on, Edison’s invention of the electric string lights became a classic holiday invention.
The Hall Brothers
The early 1900’s meant inventing long-lasting products for the Hall Brothers. The pair behind the Hallmark company began by marketing their famous greeting cards. In 1917, the Hall Brothers changed holiday gift-giving by inventing the modern day gift wrap. That year, during the peak Christmas season, the Halls began selling fancy printed French envelope lining.
So, why did the Hall Brothers begin selling fancy decorated envelopes? This was simply a solution to running out of solid-colored gift dressing. Once the new gift-wrap quickly sold out, the duo realized there was a large market for printing gift-wrap. The brothers found a problem and made a solution by inventing something still used today in large quantities.
Richard Gurley Drew
Another invention that changed the holiday season was the creation of Scotch Tape. Richard Gurley Drew was an inventor and college dropout working for a small sandpaper company in the early 1900’s. The company, known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, would go on to become 3M, which still produces Scotch Tape. Drew developed the idea after years of experimenting with different adhesives and crepe paper. The tape was eventually created using cellophane, giving us something similar to the Scotch Tape now used to wrap holiday presents.
Although originally developed for the use of painting cars, Scotch Tape would go on to become a holiday invention used in almost every American household. Today, millions of families go through millions of rolls of Scotch Tape in order to wrap gifts for the family and friends. Without the popular holiday invention, gift-giving would have a much different look.
Bob McCormack & Gregory Harding Keller
One of the most delicious holiday treats are candy canes. Although we now think of them as a holiday classic, these peppermint flavored candies didn’t become popular until around 1902. Bob McCormack started his own business called Bob’s Candies where he started making canes for his loved ones. McCormack’s brother-in-law, Gregory Harding Keller found an easier way to turn straight peppermint sticks into canes by inventing the Keller Machine.
Without the Keller Machine, candy canes would not have been sold in such mass quantities. Prior to Keller’s invention, McCormack’s candy canes could not be produced nearly as quickly. Candy canes could now be sold to millions, rather than thousands. Today, candy canes are still a popular holiday invention with over 1.76 billion being made within one year.
Thanks to these inventors, the holidays were changed forever. These holiday inventions made it easier to wrap presents, decorate and enjoy our favorite peppermint candies. Innovation and new products shape our daily lives, but we often forget to appreciate the inventors who made our lives easier during the holidays.
On Monday, October 22nd, employees from InventHelp headquarters volunteered at New Academy Charter School. Their objective? To give students fresh paint on book shelves, an outdoor area, and bathroom murals with inspirational quotes.
The team joined with Pittsburgh Cares, an organization dedicated to advancing a culture of volunteering and giving back to the community. With the help of Pittsburgh Cares representative, Danielle Allison, the InventHelp team was able to connect with school leaders at New Academy Charter School.
This unique charter school gives students in need the opportunity to achieve success. Holly Turkovic, Climate and Culture Coach at New Academy Charter School told InventHelp employees of the difficulties students face and how teachers help them on a daily basis. When asked what sets the school apart from other public schools in the area, Turkovic explained “I would say the door to door transportation and the small student to staff ratio. This allows students who have challenges with getting to school on a daily basis experience more success with attendance at the Academy.”
When it came time to decide what quotes to use for the murals, InventHelp employees put themselves in the shoes of these young students and decided to include quotes from relevant musicians and athletes.
“Our team of volunteers spent time creating the themes for each of the rooms and then brought those ideas to life. It was truly amazing to watch the InventHelp team exceed all expectations of school personnel by reflecting the teamwork and conscientious attitude demonstrated daily,” says Melissa Renninger, Human Resources Manager and coordinator of InventHelp Gives Back.
If you would like to give back to New Academy Charter School, volunteers are always needed for painting, assembling equipment, and job-shadowing. You can contact Pittsburgh Cares through their website.
Fall is here, which means the temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling. The change in weather also means it’s time to get cozy. Whether you enjoy curling up with your favorite blanket, sipping hot tea, or venturing outside on a chilly day, there is a fall product to keep you cozy.
Inventors are always looking to improve on existing products. This is no exception for cozy inventions popular in the fall. These are the cozy inventions and products to made even better by inventors.
The Foot Rest That’s Also a Foot Warmer
Cold toes are never any fun! That’s where the Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Foot Warmer comes into play. The inventors behind this cozy product took the already useful footrest, and improved it by adding a warmer. This energy efficient heater allows you to remain comfortable as the temperature goes down. The heater is also adjustable to accommodate a variety of sitting and standing positions. Users can even adjust the heat depending on personal preference.
If you’re someone who frequently experiences cold toes, the Toasty Toes heater can help keep you warm. Staying inside on a rainy day? Simply cuddle up with your favorite blanket and plug in your foot warmer. You can even bring the heater into the office for use while seated at your desk.
Heated Shoe Insoles
Now that your feet are warm inside the house, you’re going to need a cozy invention when it’s time to venture outside. Thermacell Original Heated Insoles fit inside of your shoe to keep your feet cold while on the go. Not only will these insoles keep your feet warm, but they will last for up to 500 uses. They also feature a battery life of up to 5 hours.
Watching a sporting event or enjoying a fall day at the park? Simply slip these insoles into the bottom of your shoe. They can even be trimmed to match your specific shoe size. You won’t even have to fear fall rain due to their water resistance.
The Beanie with Secret Headphones
The beginning of fall also means adding a wider variety of accessories to your wardrobe. This includes cozy scarves, gloves and hats; but it wouldn’t be 2018 without adding a little tech to those accessories. The BTFBM Bluetooth Hat Beanie does just that. This wireless hat connects to your device allowing you to listen to your favorite music while also staying warm.
With a rechargeable battery and up to 33 feet or wireless range, you can enjoy your music in the chilly fall weather. You can even wash the beanie after a day of skiing, hiking or running. Make phone calls while on the slopes, all while remaining hands-free.
Coffee Mug Warmer
Hot coffee is a great way to stay cozy in the fall. Unfortunately, colder weather also means your coffee will cool down much faster. Luckily, the Mr. Coffee® Mug Warmer will keep your drink warmer longer. Simply plug in your warmer, place your mug full of your beverage on its heated surface, and enjoy a hot beverage even longer than before.
Although the mug warmer was invented with coffee in mind, it can also be used for hot teas and soups. If your fall favorite is a warm cup of soup, use the warmer to keep your meal warm for every bite.
You’ve got the toe warmers covered, now it’s time to keep your fingers warm this fall. Gloves are the obvious choice when it comes to warming your hands, but they’re not the only option available. The ActionHeat Premium Heated Gloves offer battery powered warmth for up to 5 hours. These heated gloves are rechargeable and include the ability to change the temperature with ease.
Outdoor activities are incredibly popular during fall. Don’t let a chilly day ruin your planned activities. Fall also means falling leaves, which adds an outdoor task to your chore list. When it’s time to rake leaves, you will be thankful for these heated gloves.
These fall products are the coziest inventions to have on hand this year. If you’re an inventor, you can take inspiration by the ways in which these everyday fall products were improved upon by a slight modification. For example, one inventor took gloves and added heat, another took the coffee mug and gave it its own warmer. An inventor even took a winter hat and incorporated technology to give it an audio feature.
The biggest takeaway for inventors, is that these were all basic products given add-ons to make a whole new product. Inventors just might benefit from looking at everyday products and asking: how can I make this better? This fall, get comfortable with your cozy products, and brainstorm how you too can improve upon an already existing product.
As many inventors know, coming up with an invention idea is the first step in what can be a long and difficult process. Moving forward with an invention idea requires hard work and dedication, but it also comes with the responsibility of maintaining strong organization and time-management skills.
For some inventors, organization and time-management does not always come easily. A creative mind can often mean a messy work space and a disorderly schedule. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks to staying organized and managing time effectively.
Prioritize the Needs for Your Invention Idea
When it comes to your invention’s development, there are a variety of steps you could take to make it come to light. In order to stay organized and use your time wisely, decide what steps need to come first.
Although it can be difficult, it is important to realize your invention idea’s specific needs. Those needs may include creating a prototype, which first requires a drawing, making a CAD drawing, and eventually a rough prototype. Other steps may include exhibiting at a trade show, or looking for a manufacturer, but it is crucial to prioritize the order in which they come. For example, you wouldn’t want to put exhibiting at a trade show at the top of your list without first considering things like making a prototype or seeking advice from a patent attorney.
Keep an Inventor’s Notebook
Once you’ve realized you have an invention idea, it may be time to start keeping track of the process. This is why it is crucial to keep your very own inventor’s notebook. An inventor’s notebook is a confidential place to keep your thoughts, document your progress, and remain organized. Even the most famous and influential inventors, such as Thomas Edison, found it important to keep an inventor’s notebook.
So, what should you keep in your notebook? For starters, it is important to document your progress, whether that means receiving a patent or building your first prototype model. It is also important to use your notebook to jot down any ideas that come to your mind. This way, you won’t forget them later on down the road. No matter what you decide to keep in your notebook, be sure to keep it nice and neat in order to ensure complete organization.
Create a Plan
No matter your invention, creating a plan of action can be a great idea. Creating a plan allows you to focus on your goals, and decide how exactly you are going to achieve them. Planning also gives you the opportunity to see your dreams as an achievable goal. When it comes to your invention, short-term and long-term planning can both be effective.
How do you choose between short-term and long-term planning? The truth is, you may not have to choose. Both types of planning can be used for your invention idea. For example, your short-term plan may be to seek information from InventHelp. This can be easily achieved by making a phone call. As for long-term goals, maybe you decide you want to have your invention manufactured. In this case, you must first plan how you will get there. Will you need a prototype, patent attorney, or a company to get your idea in front of? These are all things to consider when developing a long-term plan.
Maintain a Filing System
As an inventor, you may be receiving plenty of paperwork both electronically and physically. This is why it is important to build a system for filing important documents prior to beginning your journey. By taking the time to decide how you will file your documents, you are setting yourself up to maintain organization and save yourself the time and stress of searching for lost information.
A great way to file physical documents is a good old fashioned filing cabinet. Filing folders are affordable, and can be placed in the cabinet in order to separate your papers by category. As for electronic documents, you will want to place your information in a safe folder in your computer. For added safety, be sure to print your documents and file them in your cabinet.
You’ve figured out your needs, bought your notebook, created a plan, and developed a filing system. Although these are all great tips for maintaining organization and time-management, it can still be a difficult journey to bring your idea to life. Remember, every inventor and idea is different, so don’t be afraid to mix things up depending on what works best for you.
The approach of fall means it’s time for NFL Football. If you’re a fan of the sport, Sundays will now include plenty of time cheering on your favorite team. Many fans pack their cars and trucks with food, supplies, radios, and drinks to park their vehicles outside of the stadium before the big game. If you’re an inventor, your mind may be thinking one thing: “What are the coolest tailgate products and inventions for this football season?”
NFL Sunday Ticket App
There is no denying that apps are one of the coolest new advancements in tech, so of course the NFL would develop their own app for football fans. The NFL Sunday Ticket App is the best app to download before the tailgate. The app includes statistics, game schedules and more to get you excited for the big game.
Are you staying outside of the stadium to continue the partying during the game? Luckily, the app also includes live streaming of any game, no matter where you are. Fans can also keep up with their Fantasy Football team by utilizing the app’s fantasy analysis in real time.
One of the biggest essentials to any tailgate is the food and drinks, and if you’re going to be bringing perishables to the tailgate, you will need to keep them on ice. The Yeti Cooler offers a great place to store your food and drink before the big game. Keep your burgers and dogs fresh until it’s time to get grilling! Your drinks will stay cool long enough for you to enjoy a beverage until it’s time to pack up and head home.
So what makes the Yeti stand out among other coolers? Yeti was founded when the inventors became frustrated with the cheap quality and poor design of the coolers that were available. They decided to build a cooler to withstand the outdoors, all while keeping your items icy cold. With the Yeti, your snacks and beverages will also make it throughour tailgate.
Portable Charcoal Grill
Every tailgate has one person who is in charge of handling the grill. Of course, it’s not easy to travel with a large grill to cook your burgers and hot dogs. This is where the Portable Charcoal Grill comes in handy. The small grill allows for easy transportation to the tailgate. It also takes up less space, meaning more room for fun and games.
The Portable Charcoal Grill is not only convenient, but affordable. Your designated griller will be able to set up their grilling station quickly in order to cook up some pre-game goodies. Not into meat? Use the grill to cook your favorite vegetables! Just supply your own charcoal, and you’re good to get grilling!
The Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot
Now that you have your grill, you’re going to need a way to clean it after you’re done cooking. Here is where the automatic grill cleaning robot, or Grillbot comes in handy. The Grillbot offers grillers an easy, hands-free cleaning experience. Instead of scrubbing and scraping, you can enjoy your tailgate with your friends or family.
So, how does it work? Simply place the robot on the grill and close the lid. While you’re enjoying your pre-game activities, the Grillbot will be hard at work cleaning your grill. Inventors behind the robot incorporated features including three strong electric motors, an alarm, a timer and a rechargeable battery allowing you to grill and chill without the mess.
The Beats Pill
No tailgate is complete without the music. With plenty of noise from other tailgaters and fans, you’re going to need a quality speaker. Not only will your speaker need to be loud enough for you to hear your music, but it will also need to be small and lightweight for easy travel. The Beats Pill offers both, giving you the ultimate background music for your tailgate.
The Beats Pill by Dre is wireless and Bluetooth compatible. Charge the speaker prior to the tailgate, and you’re good to go for up to 12 hours. Simply connect your smart phone to the speaker via Bluetooth and blast your favorite football pump up tunes (Renegade, Steeler’s fans?)
Staying up to date on your football stats, listening to your favorite music and eating some great food is what makes your tailgate a blast. Football Sundays are a big part of fall. This season, be ready for your tailgate with these products and inventions.
For centuries, the end of summer has meant it’s time to start heading back into the classroom. August also means it’s time to prepare the school supplies. Pencils and notebooks have always been a staple in the classroom, but there are also a variety of school supplies that have drastically evolved throughout the years. New generations of students mean a new wave of technology and advancements in the classroom.
Chalkboards to Smartboards
One of the biggest staples associated with back to school is the chalkboard. Almost every classroom in America features a board of some kind. The earliest classroom blackboard dates back to Scotland in 1801, where it was invented by James Pillans. What was known as the blackboard soon evolved to the dry-erase board, which eliminated chalk dust.
Today, classrooms throughout the country are home to new Smartboard technology; a common brand being Promethean Boards. These boards take away nearly all of the time spent using the classic chalkboards. Smartboards have features including interactive displays, new teaching software, and easy access to online resources. Say goodbye to the days of clapping chalkboard erasers, and say hello to modern classroom technology.
Typewriters to Tablets
The original patent for a typewriter was granted in 1714, but it wasn’t until 1878 that the first commercially successful typewriter was invented. One of the largest uses for the typewriter was teaching both reading and writing in the classroom. Eventually, the electric typewriter was developed in order to make the process even quicker.
Flash forward to the early 1980’s when computers were first brought into schools. Often, the only computers available were in a designated computer lab. As time went on and technology evolved, laptops were introduced, giving students even more capabilities to write papers and finish assignments. In the classroom, students have their own iPads and other tablets. This gives the modern day student the ability to quickly do their homework with efficiency.
Adding Machines to Calculator Apps
Mechanical calculators were first invented in 1642 by innovators Blaise Pascal and Wilhelm Schickard. These adding machines eventually made their way into the classroom, giving students the ability to precisely complete math and science problems. When the electronic calculator received its patent in 1972, mechanical calculators became nearly obsolete in schools.
When HP introduced the first pocket calculator, students were given the ability to bring their very own calculator to and from school. This made it easier to complete school work both in the classroom as well as at home. The graphing calculator was also brought to students, making it easier for them to solve tricky higher level math problems. Eventually, the introduction of the iPhone also meant smart phone users would have access to a calculator application at all times. This meant students could do their math homework on the device that many have on them at all times.
The always changing world of technology has made a drastic impact on the world, but it also has brought major changes to classrooms across the United States. Smart phones, tablets and more have made learning fun and efficient. There is no telling what the future of inventions may bring to the classroom, and there is no denying the incredible innovation brought to students over time.