Blaise Pascal of France first proposed the idea of the bus in 1662. However, the first motorized bus was likely the one designed by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney of Great Britain in 1830.Know More
Pascal proposed that a series of coaches should run routes around Paris, and he was able to convince King Louis XIV to grant a monopoly. However, while the coaches were initially used by many people, they lost popularity by 1675 when the routes were eventually stopped.
Sir Gurney's design used a steam engine for a stagecoach. By 1895, Germany had created its own version, but it used a standard single-cylinder engine rather than steam.Learn more in Inventions
The first projector was invented by Thomas Edison and his partner, William Dickinson, in 1892, while the movie projector was invented in 1895 by Louis Lumiere and Auguste Lumiere, two brothers living in France. Edison and Dickinson's version of the projector could not take a film recording and put it on the big screen.Full Answer >
Steve Jobs gets credit for inventing the iPad, but the idea goes back to 1987. The vision for this device occurred when Jobs was not a part of the company.Full Answer >
Sixteenth-century author John Harington conceived of the idea of the modern flush toilet, or water closet, and installed a working prototype in the palace of Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth I. The first patent for a flushing water closet was issued in 1775 to Alexander Cummings.Full Answer >
In the 1930s, an American man named Joseph Friedman came up with the idea for a bendy straw while watching his young daughter attempt to drink a milkshake through a straight paper straw. The bendy straw is not the first known iteration of the drinking straw, but it is the first to bend in a way that would make it convenient for a child to drink out of.Full Answer >