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February 3, 2010

AN INVENTOR FOR OUR TIMES

AN INVENTOR FOR OUR TIMES



We have just wasted a delightful ten minutes watching trailers of a soon-to-be-released documentary film about 2005 Ig Nobel Prize winner Dr.Yoshio Nakamats. Dr. Nakamats was awarded his Ig for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years (now 39 years, and counting). That is but one of his thousands of accomplishments.


Wikipedia - Yoshiro Nakamatsu born June 26, 1928, also known as Dr. NakaMats, is a Japanese inventor claiming to hold the world record for number of inventions with over 3,000, including "PyonPyon" spring shoes and the basic technology for the floppy disk, the CD, the DVD, the karaoke machine, the digital watch, CinemaScope, armchair "Cerebrex", sauce pump, and the taxicab meter.

Nakamatsu claims that he licensed about a dozen of his patents related to the floppy disk technology to IBM Corporation in 1979, but the details of the arrangement are confidential. A spokesman for IBM said that the company has an "ongoing relationship" with Nakamatsu, and, in another media report, said that the company owns the legal patent to the floppy disk and that it reached several nonexclusive patent agreements with Nakamatsu in the late 1970s to avoid conflicts.

In 2007, Nakamatsu became a candidate in the 2007 gubernatorial election in Tokyo, and also ran for the Upper House election, but failed to get a seat. He is known for frequently entering and losing elections in Tokyo.]

In an interview, Nakamatsu described his "creativity process", which includes listening to music and concludes with diving underwater, where he says he comes up with his best ideas and records them while underwater.


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