The electric drip coffee maker was invented in 1954 by the German inventor Gottlob Widmann, and the device was called the Wigomat. Electric coffee makers did not become popular in the United States until the 1970s.
The Wigomat was named after its inventor and was sometimes sold as the "FK-1," which stood for a filter coffee machine. Widmann filed for an American patent in 1978, with Kurt Fischer listed as one of the inventors of an electric coffee or tea maker. The invention included a boiler plate that heated water and a duct that moved water from the boiler to the coffeepot.Learn More
Earle Dickson, best known as the inventor of the Band-Aid, attended Yale University, where he graduated in 1913. Dickson then spent a year at the Lowell Textile Institute, which became part of the University of Massachusetts in 1991.Full Answer >
The fifth-generation computer was a project spearheaded by Japan in order to move ahead of Western computer technology. The plan was to overhaul computer technology and create their own.Full Answer >
While light is a natural phenomenon and not an invention, the first lamp was invented around 70,000 B.C., and its inventor remains nameless. It used burning moss and animal fat in a rock or shell. Thomas Edison and other inventors patented incandescent lamps in the 1870s.Full Answer >
The first television, an electromechanical device capable of producing very small and blurry monochrome images, was developed in 1884. The first transmission of images using this device occurred in 1925. Philo Farnsworth developed the first electronic television in 1927, and the first TV station broadcast the following year.Full Answer >