Interested in a smartphone that flashes LED lights at you when you have an incoming call? How about a coffee mug that looks like a crayon? Good news. Inventors have filed patents on both of these items. You are able to view them online by visiting Google Patents.
The Wonderful World of Google Patents
Haven’t heard of Google Patents? You’re not alone. This offering by the Internet search giant Google is an interesting one. It lets you peer into the future – or at least a possible future – by viewing the numerous patents issued by the United States. As you may imagine, the patents range from the serious – new ways of delivering vaccinations – to the absurd – an electronic pickle jar game. By simply plugging random words in the Google Patents search engine, you can sift through these useful and decidedly useless futuristic marvels.
Organizing the World’s Information
According to Google, Google Patents is one more step in the company’s mission to organize the world’s information. Google Patents gets its info from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). When a patent is issued in the U.S. it becomes part of the public domain so Google can distribute this information. One of the amazing things about Google Patents is the quantity of Patents it includes. The service displays patents issued within the United States from 1790 to the present. That’s a lot of data that users can explore.
A Patent History Lesson
The site also provides an interesting history of technology advancements. You can see Alexander Graham Bell’s 1880 patent for an automatic short-circuiter for telephones or a patent given in 1889 to Thomas Edison for the incandescent electric lamp. If you have not yet visited Google Patents take a look. The site offers a good look at where we’ve been technologically as a country and where we are going.
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