The electric fan was invented by Schuyler Skaats Wheeler in 1882. Wheeler's original electric fan consisted of two blades that were turned by an electric motor.Know More
Wheeler was 22 years of age when he invented the electric fan. In addition to the fan, he also invented and held a patent for an electric battery.
In 1905, he became the president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Early in his career, Wheeler was a part of Thomas A. Edison's engineering staff. He even held a supervisory role at an Edison plant in New York. His electric fan was invented after he helped to establish his own company.Learn more about Inventions
The American physician Sidney Russell invented the first electric blanket in 1912, although there is some dispute among historians as to whether Russell's electric blanket actually was the first. The early electric blankets were used under the bed and radiated heat upward.Full Answer >
The first electric wheelchair was created in Canada. Though attempts to create a proper motorized wheelchair started in 1916, there were no viable prototypes until after World War II.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
The first electric curling iron was invented in 1959 by Rene Lelievre and Roger Lemoine. This electric version was an improvement on earlier versions of curling irons as it prevented hair from being singed and hands or heads being burned. It also meant that the temperature could be controlled for easier hair styling.Full Answer >