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Innovations

Early Adoptions/Combinations

Existing Products

 

Use of Ozite, outdoor miniature golf carpet, in Exhibit at Cobo Hall.  Eighteen months later Ozite launched new market for indoor/outdoor carpet.

White Trucks

1963

 

 

Production of  precision tractor driving  as square dance participants  at State Fairs.  This has become a standard event.  

International Harvester

1963

 

 

Introduced a “to-scale” simulation of the official Master Driver Obstacle Course using miniature radio controlled tractor trailers at the American Truckers Association Annual Conference.  Radio controlled devices in kit form did not become commercially available until the early 1970’s.

White Motors

1963

 

 

Design/construction of air structures as theatres.  Five hundred seat portable theatre with 16 channel stereo sound system, 35 mm projection & independent power supply for State Fairs.

International Mineral and Chemicals

1965

 

 

Concept of combining classical ballet with professionally trained acrobatic performers. 

Expo 67

1967

 

 

Floating icebergs from Arctic to Southern California to obtain abundant fresh water supply.

J Y Cousteau/LSC

1968

 

 

Concept for synergistically integrated entertainment anchored destination resort. 

Nemo's Secret Harbour  

1970

 

 

Hydraulic motion  simulations in public attractions. 

Nemo’s Secret Harbour  

1970

 

 

Underwater travelator aquarium.

Nemo’s Secret Harbour

1970

 

 

Computer driven planetarium Starball projector with Imax’s Omnimax projector system. 

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theatre, San Diego

1971

 

 

Modern-day concept for adapting one of Seven World Wonders, The Great Pyramid of Egypt, as antiquities museum for the Egyptian Continuum. 

Howard Hughes Corp.

1974

 

 

Engineering designs for ‘hanging’ structural floor system utilizing four main inclined supports, greatly minimizing vertical support requirements for the Egyptian Continuum.

Howard Hughes Corp.

1974

 

 

Engineering designs for high speed inclinators mounted on pyramids four main structural supports for Egypltian Continuum 

Howard Hughes Corp.

1974

 

 

Engineering designs for pre-manufactured easy assembly for exterior cladding of pyramid by fusing polished aluminum with foamed insulation and interior wall treatment for the  Egyptian Continuum.

Howard Hughes Corp.

1974

 

 

Modern day concept for adapting one of Seven Ancient World Wonders, The Lighthouse of Pharos, as a  hotel/casino and marina. 

Government of Egypt

1975

 

 

Adaptation of MonopolyBoard  Game as a new theme depiting the holdings ot a multi-billionaire.  Game earned Game of the Year Award from London Telegraph.

The Venturers Group/III

1979

 

Sponsored, Produced and Chaired Europe’s First Mass Entertainment Technology Conference – Theme Parks America’s Newest Export - Attended by 345 International Delegates (bankers, developers, government agencies, designers) in London, England

Romm Doulton Organisation

1981

 

 

Inventors of first ever patent granted to the magnetic compass. 

Sensortron Technology

1985

 

 

Hand held, sub miniaturized, battery supported, PDA information device. 

Sensortron Technology

1985

 

 

Surface mounted component assembly technology in consumer product. 

Sensortron Technology

1985

 

 

Celestial chronometer with in consumer product (pre-production model). 

Sensortron Technology

1986

 

 

Postage sized modem (pre-production model). 

Sensortron Technology

1986

 

 

Telephone accessible atomic clock for consumer product (pre-production model). 

Sensortron Technology

1986

 

 

Dynamic, real time, customer driven, interactive, closed loop, operational management system employing EPROM smart card technology.

Schlumberger

1992

 

 

Satellite communications in kiosk technology (proof of concept).

Infinit-i  Satellite Kiosk Corp.

1994

 

 

Flash ram technology in paperless publishing (proof of concept).

XLNT, Inc.

1995

 

 

Innovative design for appreciably lowering covered stadium profile for Olympia II

D3V

1996