My Million Dollar Invention uses a compelling drama documentary format to showcase ideas with impact - from dynamite to electric chairs, television to the first toothbrush, running shoes to roller coasters. Each week the series focuses on a new theme: vision, danger, speed, crime and more. Every episode then tells the stories behind four major innovations and the inventors who imagined them, the painstaking efforts to bring the ideas to life, and what kind of legacy these inventions have left behind.
Many stories involve some of the biggest names in science and industry - including Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, Alfred Nobel, David Sarnoff, Sam Colt, Charles Goodyear, and more. Others show viewers how a single idea by a single obscure individual, borne out of necessity, can become the seed that grows into global corporations, like Xerox. Each episode interviews the living inventors and experts, delves into the archives, and explores the intrigue, pitfalls and triumphs of a single inspiration that led to a business empire.
Runtime: 60 minutes
My Million Dollar Invention - Alan Amron - Netflix
Alan Amron (born November 20, 1948) is an American inventor who holds 40 United States patents. He is also involved in a popular dispute of $400 million with 3M for the invention of the Post-it note.
My Million Dollar Invention - Inventions - Netflix
Noteworthy Amron inventions include: The Photo Wallet, invented by Amron for his company VideoChip Technologies, was the first handheld battery-operated digital photo frame. It could display JPG and MPG files, and read Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word documents. The product was licensed to Nikon. Amron invented the first battery-operated water gun. In the first year, this invention had earned him $250,000 in royalties. Amron has invented and designed a First Down Laser Line system, which would extend the concept of the computer-generated first down yellow line seen on-screen during televised football games by projecting such a line on the physical field at the stadium. Amron met with the NFL in 2003 and again in 2009, and in 2013 a league spokesman said “We have not been convinced that it would work for us, but we are open to further discussion after the season.” A similar Leading Mark Laser invented by Amron was used in the 2013 and 2014 NCAA National track and field championships at the University of Oregon. Amron's laser line projection system was also used to replace the costly painted yellow cautionary lines in warehouses.
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