History of Invention

Location: Connecticut

Monday, May 01, 2006

Geocaching History

Our Jestcaching Blog is running a series on the history of Geocaching.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

The first patent

Humans have been coming up with novel ideas for uses of technology since the beginning of time. They can all be considered to be inventions, but inventions as we know them today started in the 15th century.

Some will argue that the first recorded inventions were in Italy, but the first recorded patent record was actually a patent letter granted to John of Utynam in 1449. King Henry VI of England granted the patent for a 20 year monopoly detailing the manufacture of stained glass that was used for the windows at Eton College. The document was sealed with the King's Great Seal.

This patent was the beginning of the current patent system where a government grants a limited monopoly in exchange for publishing the technology for access by anyone. This leads to more discovery and more inventions.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

History of the GPS

The Jestcaching Blog had a post about the developments that led to the current day GPS system. It is amazing that a short time after the first satellite was launched into space that scientists were already thinking about using satellites for navigation.