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I just missed becoming rich and famous… again…

Clive Maxfield
11/16/2011 11:04 PM EST

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   12/1/2011 6:42:55 PM
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Hmmm... a "beer bong"... now I know what you can give me for Christmas :-)

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zeeglen   12/1/2011 6:41:02 PM
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I wish! 3 of them have already given me grandchildren. There was also the "beer bong", an upside-down recycled water cooler bottle with multiple hoses for party goers. But I don't think this was their own invention, all the college students with any engineering aptitude were building those back then.

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Max The Magnificent   12/1/2011 6:20:14 PM
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That's amazing (aren't your kids 2 years old? :-)

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zeeglen   12/1/2011 6:18:38 PM
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My kids "invented" a modified beer cooler with a built-in stereo system and battery but still with room for the beer. They have a working prototype but their only use for it is on camping trips. Wonder if this is patentable?

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Max The Magnificent   12/1/2011 2:44:14 PM
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Congratulations to him ... maybe one day I will come up with something that hasn't already been invented :-)

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alpha60   12/1/2011 7:34:46 AM
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One engineer we know claims to have got the patent (and rich from royalties) on the "cooler with wheels" . . . http://www.oempromo.com/upload/Prod_128/120-Qt-Igloo-Cooler-W-Wheels_30338434.jpg . . . by one day noticing two guys carrying an regular old Igloo Cooler filled with beer to the beach, and the next day noticing the (then new) suitcases-with-wheels some passengers were carting around at the airport. He put 2 & 2 together, and came up with a significant variation on an established product. And, yes, this 'rich' fellow does still work with us.

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Max The Magnificent   11/22/2011 2:59:12 PM
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I bet that in the not-so-distant future houses will be totally wired for all sorts of monitoring and detection capabilities and will alert authorities and/or call you on your cell phone if there's anything to report...

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Max The Magnificent   11/22/2011 2:58:05 PM
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I hadn't even thought about waterbeds -- good call...

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electrofun   11/22/2011 2:10:38 PM
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I took that a step farther once. I used to have a waterbed, so I placed a grid of water sensor electrodes under the bed, tied it into one of those water sensors, and tied the alarm output to an alarm autodialer via an optoisolator. That way the dialer would call me to tell me that my house was floating away. Fortunately it never needed to trip the dialer.

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2011 9:34:41 PM
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You should have patented the concept of voicemail...

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