In this patent, ‘wet fecal sludge’ is vaporized to a dry solid fuel. In the process, steam is collected and condensed to clean potable water. The dry solid fuel is used to power a steam-powered electric generator. Thus, the system takes poop, and turns it into potable water and electricity, bucking the old saying “you can polish a turd but it’s still a turd”.
The Squatty Potty is a special stool that a user places in front of the toilet when it’s ‘time for business’. The user places her feet on the stool to elevate her knees, thereby helping the user assume a squat position when nature calls. The squat position apparently ‘opens everything up for better evacuation’. The stool was invented by a family who was helping one of the family members with her constipation. They have since made millions from their stool.
Here, Tesla’s design patents USD860056S1 and USD844521S1 provides a peak at a Tesla semi-truck. USD860056S1 is directed at the entire ‘Cab with elevated roof’. This means that the ornamental design of the cab, as a whole (in the solid lines), is patented.
NIO (aka Wallstreet’s second favorite electric vehicle manufacturer) has a patent that covers a removable battery pack that attaches to a chassis of the vehicle. A month ago today, NIO’s stock was $3.63. At the moment it is trading over $13.00. This patent is compatible with NIO’s battery […]
Part of the novelty and improvement here is that the vaccine is made by growing the measles virus in a chick embryo tissue sample instead of monkey-tissue. This avoids the problem of simian viruses that are associated with those vaccines that were developed with monkey-tissue.
For the holidays our family took a trip to Arizona to visit my in-laws. On the way, I noticed a tower full of shiny vehicles off of the 10 freeway in Ontario, CA. This tower is one of Carvana’s vehicle vending machines. Car buyers can buy a car […]
Disney has recently launched a new streaming platform, Disney +. Here, we have a patent application (US2019/0340659A1) by Disney that relates to reviewing of content (similar to how Netflix allows users to review watched content).
Taco Bell has a long list of patents related to various aspects of its business. One invention not on that list, is an abandoned patent application (published as US20080020106A1) that attempted to patent what appears to be their ‘Crunch Wrap’ food item. https://www.tacobell.com/food/specialties/crunchwrap-supreme Taco Bell’s claim read as […]
My six-year-old, Jasper, has been obsessed with Beyblade for over a year now. A Beyblade is a spinning top that you and your opponent ‘rip’ into action in an arena. The tops (or ‘Beys’) spin and move about emphatically in the arena where they bump into each other. […]
Beyond Meat IPO’d recently and has been going gangbusters since. As I write this today, the stock closed above $79.00, which is nuts considering that the first traded stock of the IPO was $46 less than a week ago. The stock is so hot that even though the […]