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Top 10 Celebrity Inventors

by ncoles   August 03, 2011 at 7:00AM  |  Views: 19,965
Just because you're filthy rich and famous and in the public eye doesn't mean you don't have a mind full of brilliant ideas that could change the world, or at least warrant the issue of a patent.

10. Michael Jackson – Anti-Gravity Shoes



Source: U.S. Patent Office

U.S. Patent Number: 5,255,452

The late King of Pop is credited with co-inventing a device that made him appear to defy gravity while performing one of his signature dance moves. The move, where Jackson leans dangerously forward without falling over, first appeared in the music video for Smooth Criminal.

Jackson and his two co-inventors applied for a patent in 1992 for "a system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forward beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface." (Gosh, patents are so wordy). Jackson's special shoe would lock into the stage, allowing him or the performer to lean forward as far as possible without falling over. The device was used in Jackson's Dangerous World Tour. Previously the effect, as seen in the music video for "Smooth Criminal," was created using a harness and an intricate system of cables.

9. Steve McQueen - Bucket Seat Shell



Source: U.S. Patent Office

U.S. Patent Number: bnA7AAAAEBAJ

Legend has it that Steve McQueen performed most of his own stunts in films like Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Getaway. The actor, known as "The King of Cool," was an avid racer and actually supported himself while studying acting by racing motorcycles. McQueen's love of cars and motorcycles inspired him to design and patent a bucket seat and a transbrake for race cars.

McQueen's holds a design patent for the "Bucket Seat Shell." He obviously he didn't invent the seat. The cool, futuristic, curvy car seats weren't widely manufactured, but can be seen in the Ford Mustang McQueen drove in Bullitt.

8. Harry Connick, Jr. – Digital Sheet Music Display



Source: U.S. Patent Office

U.S. Patent Number: 6,348,648

Harry Connick, Jr. is a man of many talents. Not only has he conquered the fields of music and cinema (and amassed a large fan base of middle aged women who swoon at his sultry songs and delectable Louisiana twang), he is also a bona fide inventor. Harry's invention is an editable digital sheet music reader. The musician dreamed up and brought the device to life in 1999 after performing outdoors with a large band and having his sheet music blown away.

According to the U.S. patent office the device is a "system and method for coordinating music display among players in an orchestra. An electronic system, a device with a screen, used to show the sheet music for the musicians, for example in an orchestra, while they are playing, instead of the more commonly used paper." It's kind of like the iPad for sheet music, though Harry's invention came way before Apple's digital tablet.

Harry uses his invention whenever he's on the road. It's unknown whether other performing artists have adopted its use.

7. Bing Crosby – Window Sash Holder



Source: U.S. Patent Office

U.S. Patent Number: 3991521

Bing Crosby is an American icon with a velvety, silky smooth voice and calm demeanor. He's also a man who didn't like to struggle opening up a set of blinds. Who does? So what does Bing do? Like any good-hearted American he takes the problem on and works his darndest to come up with a solution. Bing's solution was a device he called the "Window Sash Holder." Yep, Crosby invented something that holds the string that open and closes window blinds.

According to Crosby's patent, which was granted November 16, 1976, his device is "a holder adapted to develop a frictional resistance between a sash and a window frame sufficient to hold the sash in a selected position, but insufficient to prevent the sash from being raised or lowered." And like that Crosby solved this dreaded issue.

6. Fabio – Slim-Fit Fat Burning Water



Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

U.S. Patent Number: 2011/0027192 A1

Wanna look all buff and svelte like Fabio, but don't want to work out? Well you can, and Fabio's counting on it to make him rich. You see, Fabio is set to launch his own brand of water that makes you slim by burning fat. It's a miracle. You can drink water and karate chop the pounds away. Hallelujah, we'll all be thin thanks to Fabio.

Fabio was granted a patent for his "Slim-Fit Fat Burning Water" in February of this year. The drink is "a fat-burning, energy-producing water composition. The water composition contains spring water and a premeasured, effective amount of L-carnitine dissolved in the spring water at a concentration of no less than 100mg and no more that 2000mg per 16oz of spring water." Fabio also says he will include at least one vitamin such as B-6 or B-12.

The beefy model goes on to outline how his drink will burn fat. He says L-carnitine, his secret ingredient, is shown to increase the rate at which cells burn fat. Hmmm, sounds a little too good to be true.

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