January 18, 2012 |
Calling all inventors: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wants you to parade your stuff. The nation's largest retailer is holding a contest, called Get on the Shelf, for a chance to snag a spot on its stores and website for your product. Think of it as American Idol: Retail Edition “That's uncovering the next great singer, this is uncovering the next product,” said Chris Bolte, vice president of @WalmartLabs, the retailer's social media and e-commerce arm. “This is a way for us to really provide our consumers with a voice on the kind of products that Wal-Mart carries.” That's because the contest will be determined by the public, who will vote on videos created by contestants and posted onto http://GetOnTheShelf.com . Aspiring businesses and individuals have until Feb. 22 to upload a clip about their product onto the site.
November 3, 1990 |
One thousand saxophonists from throughout Europe will gather here Sunday to pay tribute to the instrument's neglected inventor. The golden horn that Adolphe Sax created 150 years ago revolutionized 20th-Century music, but he never heard the long, lonely flights of Lester Young, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. His life, however, played like a melancholy jazz solo. It was marred by nearly fatal accidents, the first at age 3 when he fell three floors.
May 23, 1990 |
Inventors of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your naivete. Such could be the motto of Joseph Gray, a youthful consultant here who has launched a new computer service for independent inventors. His hope is that by communicating and sharing experiences electronically, the lone wolves tinkering away in their garages can help each other avoid being victims of rip-offs. "We need to make people aware that they can be taken advantage of," Gray said.
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February 9, 1987
Orange County industrialist Arnold O. Beckman was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on Sunday during a ceremony in Arlington, Va., for his invention two generations ago of a meter to measure acidity and alkalinity. The 86-year-old founder of Fullerton-based Beckman Instruments Inc. attended the invitation-only induction and accepted a plaque and medallion from John R. Kirk Jr., president of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
June 8, 1995 |
Virginia Click was breathing heavily as she carted two white plastic bins the size of milk crates from her car into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office here Wednesday afternoon. "It's normally nothing like this," said Click, who works for an Alexandria, Va., law firm that prepares applications for clients ranging from small inventors to big businesses. But as was apparent from the hundreds of patent applications in her two bins, this is not a normal week at the patent office.
February 10, 2007 |
Eighteen inventors were picked this week for induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, including Paul C. Lauterbur, for the MRI; Robert M. Metcalfe, for high-speed networking known as Ethernet; and the late Peter C. Goldmark, for the long-playing record. The 2007 class of inductees includes seven living and 11 deceased inventors, bringing the number of inventors honored to 331. The hall of fame was founded in 1973 by the U.S.