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G-Speak (Gestural Technology System)

John Steven Underkoffler makes a point of bringing his vision of the technological future into the present, as often as he can. The inventor and entrepreneur has created a variety of innovative systems that have been considered futuristic and ahead of their time. In fact, his concept of a novel human-to-machine communication system known as G-Speak has been featured in the science fiction film “Minority Report.” However, the technology is very much real, and Underkoffler continues to work on bringing it to the masses through his Los Angeles, Calif.-based company, Oblong Industries.

Friable Pill

Before the turn of the 20th century, when faced with an illness that required medication, patients were accustomed to ingesting pharmaceuticals in liquid form or as pills with hard coatings. The problem was, however, that these coatings were so hard that sometimes the pills did not dissolve in the patient’s system; in these cases they passed right through, and the person being treated received no benefit at all. Dr. William Erastus Upjohn solved this issue with his 1884 invention of the friable pill, which means a pill that is easily crushable.

Alkaline battery

Lewis Frederick Urry, creator of the world’s first long-lasting alkaline battery, was born in Canada in the city of Pontypool, Ontario, on January 29, 1927.  His invention today powers countless portable electronic devices around the world, from flashlights to cameras to computer games.