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Yesterday's Failed Ideas Are Today's Great Inventions
A look back at when today's technologies were way ahead of their time

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Yesterday's failed ideas

  1. 1. Yesterday's Failed Ideas Are Today's Great Inventions A look back at when today's technologies were way ahead of their time [email_address]
  2. 3. Pedal-powered stilts were a whim back in 1930. Today, mechanical legs from the Japanese company Cyberdyne help disabled or elderly people walk.
  3. 4. Pedal-powered stilts were a whim back in 1930. Today, mechanical legs from the Japanese company Cyberdyne help disabled or elderly people walk.
  4. 6. The “Phrenometer” brain-wave detector dates to 1907. Now Japanese companies are developing less immobilizing versions to provide alternative controls for video games.
  5. 7. The “Phrenometer” brain-wave detector dates to 1907. Now Japanese companies are developing less immobilizing versions to provide alternative controls for video games.
  6. 9. Wintertime tanning under UV light was tried in the 1940s but remained very rare for many years after that. Now tanning is a huge commercial business, with tens of thousands of often-compulsive customers.
  7. 10. Wintertime tanning under UV light was tried in the 1940s but remained very rare for many years after that. Now tanning is a huge commercial business, with tens of thousands of often-compulsive customers.
  8. 12. In 1961, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. lit up tires with rear-mounted incandescent bulbs, which was rather impractical. Now we have tiny, long-lasting LEDs, and lights are appearing throughout today’s cars, both inside and out.
  9. 13. In 1961, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. lit up tires with rear-mounted incandescent bulbs, which was rather impractical. Now we have tiny, long-lasting LEDs, and lights are appearing throughout today’s cars, both inside and out.
  10. 15. This 1954 vertical-takeoff craft, dubbed the Flying Bedstead, is a forerunner of the U.S. Marine Corps Osprey, here seen in an Air Force modification. The aircraft lifts off like a helicopter, then flies like a plane.
  11. 17. Infrared light was used to cook a turkey at a 1966 U.S. exhibition in London. Now it’s in a product from Char-Broil, which claims to provide a deep-fried taste without adding a drop of oil.
  12. 18. Infrared light was used to cook a turkey at a 1966 U.S. exhibition in London. Now it’s in a product from Char-Broil, which claims to provide a deep-fried taste without adding a drop of oil.
  13. 20. The Urbania—a seat-rotating Italian automotive novelty—was the smallest functioning car in 1964. Its soul lives on in the Smart car.
  14. 21. The Urbania—a seat-rotating Italian automotive novelty—was the smallest functioning car in 1964. Its soul lives on in the Smart car.
  15. 23. Now the concept has been applied to surgery in the da Vinci Surgical System. A pair of remote-controlled robotic hands, used for handling dangerous substances, was also sensitive enough to shave a man back in 1959.
  16. 24. A pair of remote-controlled robotic hands, used for handling dangerous substances, was also sensitive enough to shave a man back in 1959. Now the concept has been applied to surgery in the da Vinci Surgical System.
  17. 26. Sony’s original car TV debuted in 1963. Now a potpourri of channels on satellite TV can mesmerize nearly any kid, saving parents a lot of trouble.
  18. 27. Sony’s original car TV debuted in 1963. Now a potpourri of channels on satellite TV can mesmerize nearly any kid, saving parents a lot of trouble.
  19. 29. A wired hands-free phone headset in 1950 still kept you tethered to the wall. Today we’re all wireless and hands-free.
  20. 30. A wired hands-free phone headset in 1950 still kept you tethered to the wall. Today we’re all wireless and hands-free.
  21. 32. In 1928, a woman dried her hair with a big, intimidating contraption. Now she can use a handheld device.
  22. 33. In 1928, a woman dried her hair with a big, intimidating contraption. Now she can use a handheld device.
  23. 34. Yesterday's Failed Ideas Are Today's Great Inventions however… [email_address]
  24. 35. Yesterday's Failed Ideas Are Today's Great Inventions however… [email_address] It is always instructive to examine how successful firms can go wrong, even in markets that they think they understand well. Thank You For Staying With The Presentation

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