Blueprints of Some of the Most Significative Inventions of the Last Century

(From Daily Mail)

Inventions from the Wright brother’s flying machine to Apple’s iPod are some of the most instantly recognisable in the world and define entire eras.

Now a group of artists have sourced the patents for the game-changing gadgets and recreated their designs in a collection of stylish blueprints to celebrate the iconic designs.

They include inventions as simple as the Lego brick and other more complex designs, such as the first typewriter or a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The designs were the idea of the Florida-based art company Oliver Gal Artist Co, whose works feature not only the intricate designs of the objects but also the history behind each.

The company hopes that in a world where inventions are becoming ever more complex, the images will stand as a reminder of the thinking that went into each of the classic designs.

Since the Danish company began making its interlocking bricks in 1949, around 560 billion have been produced.

The blueprints also feature another childhood favourite – the Slinky – which was patented in 1947. The toy was invented by naval engineer Richard James in 1943 and was a sell-out hit when it launched for $1 two years later. In 60 years it has sold over 300 million units and has been used as a toy, teaching tool, wartime radio antenna and even as a physics experiment by Nasa.

Blueprints of the Rubik’s Cube go some way as to explain its fiendish difficulty to solve. In a classic Rubik’s Cube, each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers in white, red, blue, yellow, green and orange and an internal pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently to mix up the colours.

World-changing inventions such as the gun and the first flying machine are also included in the series of blueprints.

One of them shows the firing mechanism of the revolver handgun, which was patented on December 6, 1881.

The ingenious structure of the Wright brothers’ flying machine was patented in 1906 by the two American aviation pioneers who built the world’s first successful airplane and made the first controlled and powered human flight in a machine heavier than air, in 1903.

In more modern times, objects such as the vinyl record, the iPod and Nintendo Game Boy are easily recognisable and are part of the series of artwork based on their original blueprints.

The U.S. patent for Nintendo’s Game Boy was awarded in 1993. It was Nintendo’s second held-held games console and together with the Game Boy Colour, sold almost a 119million units across the world. The console has been a huge success since its launch, when it sold its entire shipment in the U.S. within a few weeks.

The iPod might have spawned a hundred imitations, but the original AppleMP3 player was patented as recently as 2008.

The first iPod was released on October 23, 2001, just over eight months after iTunes was released with 5GB of storage but because it was expensive and only compatible with Macs, sales were pretty slow until 2004. Since then there have been six generations of iPod, the largest of which has 160GB of storage, as well as more compact iPod Minis, Nanos and Shuffles and the iPod Touch, which has a touch screen much like the iPhone.

Read the full article here.

For more blueprints and other artwork by the artist, visit the official website of Oliver Gal Artist co.

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