There is an nice article over the online version of BusinessWeek titled “The Greatest Innovation of All Time”. The article lists the most important innovations of all time. Some of them are arguably inventions… but the list is interesting nonetheless because it does not feature specific products at all.
Marketing plays a really large role on the realm of inventions and discoveries. The person who is attributed with the invention is not necessarily the one who first developed the concept but rather the one who market himself better. The Shuzak blog has an interesting article listing 9 inventions that Thomas Edison did not make, contrary to the popular belief.
What were the top 10 innovations coming from Apple though? The Apple Gazette has a comprehensive list covering those break-through products, check it out:
If you work inside an office then you probably will find some of the stuff below useful (let alone funny). Those inventions appeared on the InventorSpot site in a list called “Best Office Products of 2006.
Time magazine just released a list of the best inventions in 2006. The first place went to YouTube, and here is Time’s description “Famous people have been embarrassed. Huge sums of money have changed hands. Lots and lots of Mentos have been dropped into Diet Coke. The rules are different now, and one website changed them: YouTube.”
Once you come up with an invention, should you license it to a third party or develop and manufacture it yourself?