What makes a great invention? Technology? Usability, disrupting current means or the impact it can have on the lives of people? Here are 10 inventions we will never get to see because they did not have all the characteristics of a great invention or investors were just too scared to invest in them.
#1. Free energy
In 1989, Nikola Tesla figured out a way to harness free energy that did not require burning of fossil fuels. It could be achieved by using ionization of upper atmosphere to produce electrical vibrations. But unfortunately, the people funding his research did not approve of it because free energy wasn’t profitable.
#2. Carburetor by Tom Ogle
The modern hybrid cars give great mileage but that’s nothing compared to the carburetor invented by Tom Ogle in the 1970s. Although it was tested and proved that a single process could take up to 48 kilometers on one liter, it was never commercialized.
The legend calls it “the summoner of rain” and this is what it did. Wilhelm Reich, a scientist after seeing the drought affecting blueberry harvest in Maine created this machine. Just after few hours of setting up his machine, there were storm clouds and rain. Unfortunately, some government institutions found this machine threatening and his machine and research was taken away.
#4. Water Cars
There might be various prototypes for cars running of water but no automaker wants to work on them. One such type was a buggy created by Stan Meyer that could run up to 43 kilometers on 1L of water. But of course, it never saw the light of the day.