[sotd] Delphion's Gallery of Obscure Patents [September 15, 2006]

        Site of the Day for Friday, September 15, 2006

        Delphion's Gallery of Obscure Patents

Today's site, from a commercial enterprise, offers a glimpse into the
sometimes wacky world of inventors and their patents. Gentle Subscribers
may discover they really do need a body squeegee or an anti-eating face
mask.

"Over 200,000 patents are filed each year in the US alone, while the
European Patent Office files around 80,000 patents a year." - from the
website

The site's gallery presents an array of the peculiar and amusing inventions
which have found their way into the United States Patent Office. Included
in the gallery are those indispensable products of modern civilization such
as the motorized ice cream cone and the fly swatter with sound effects.
Some items seem destined to tap into a ready market, like the Graffiti
Prevention Apparatus, which theoretically creates an electromagnetic field
to repel spray paint, while the whole house "cloaking system using
optoelectronically controlled camouflage" sounds like a sure-fire consumer
hit, too.

Saunter to the site for a look at this collection of bizarre patented
inventions at:

http://www.delphion.com/gallery

  A.M. Holm
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