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Thomas Alva Edison And Edison's Inventions

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One of the most well known technological innovator and manufacturer was Thomas Alva Edison. He invented many devices which are still being used today, with some modifications. He even built a vote-recording device before he was twenty-one. Some inventions were the phonograph, incandescent light bulb, and the kinetoscope, which was much like a motion picture camera. In total, he has patented 1,093 inventions. He earned the nickname “The Wizard of Menlo Park”. While Edison was in Newark, NJ, he and a team of researchers worked on different aspects of projects. He would hire unique and brilliant individuals. Each were given specific research responsibilities. He took the time to take meticulous logs off everyone’s responsibilities, their progress, …show more content…

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  • Describes thomas alva edison as one of the most well-known technological innovators and manufacturer. he invented many devices which are still being used today, with some modifications.
  • Describes how edison and his team of researchers worked on different aspects of projects while in newark, nj. edison moved with some workers to menlo park, new jersey in 1876 to allow this place to be an "invention factory".
  • Explains edison's concept of technology brokering, which connects distant communities and allows technology to be applied to other industries.
  • Explains that edison's competition with other innovators grew to see who could get a patent for an invention first when multiple companies are working on similar ideas.
  • Explains that edison's most significant event was when he found a way to make electricity useful. he worked with george westinghouse and nikola tesla to bring electric lighting into houses and offices.
  • Narrates how edison was able to get investors, such as j.p. morgan, to form edison electric illuminating company of new york in 1880.
  • Explains that edison removed gas lamps and any danger they caused during the commercialization of direct current and indoor lighting. with lighting commercialized, edison can find different ways of using light bulbs.
  • Explains that there was a rivalry between nikola tesla and edison. tesla announced that he had found free energy while it was wireless energy, but couldn't find funding for this project.
  • Describes how edison built a five-story laboratory in west orange, nj in 1887. he focused on motion pictures, storage batteries, and mining.
  • Explains that in the 1890s, carey started working on storing power with alkaline batteries. it was made with a purpose of powering homes that didn't have electricity to "powering telegraph signals along remote stretches of railroad track."
  • Explains that edison was an inventor and a businessman. edison's business strategies and innovation strategies are part of today’s technology company structure.

Competitions grew to see who could get a patent for an invention first when multiple companies are working on a similar idea. For example, Edison, Alexander Graham, and Elisha Gray were competing for the telephone patent. Bell won since he was able to publicly display a working telephone model. Later on, the telephone that Bell manufactures eventually uses parts from Edison 's design (Carey). Other inventions that Edison made, such as a way to strengthen in longer distances, eventually were integrated into Bells other models. This type of competition is extremely time sensitive. Having Menlo Park 's lab as just a research and development area helps with the researchers since they would only need to focus on their research. Bell Labs is a company that is still up and running even today. This brings up some questions. If Edison and his team finished the telephone on time, with a demonstration ready, how different would today’s telephone company 's be? With Bell Labs, they created many departments that grew and eventually separated from the company. Would today be different if Bell Labs never existed and none of the companies were …show more content…

He worked with George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla during the late 19th century so bring electric lighting into houses and offices. Incandescent lighting is when light is produced by heat. Around 1870s, there was already lighting called arc lighting. Those were placed in large indoor rooms such as a stage and outdoors in streetlight lamps. Arc light was proven to be impractical in housing or offices. During the 1879, Edison did research in an entire electrical systems which would deal with a generator, a distribution system, and a light bulb. His main focus though was the light bulb. It needed to be strong enough so that the heat wouldn 't cause the light bulb to explode. He worked with carbon filaments which burned inside a glass globe as electricity flowed through the filaments. During the same year, Edison worked with Francis Upton to make a generator that produced direct current, which is also what Edison is very well known for. Direct current was used for incandescent

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