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VideoBoomPicture Here MOST JUST DIED ON THE PAGE... As you can see from the VideoBoom ad at least one invention made it into commercial production. In fact, two models of the VideoBoom were produced and sold through mail order; however, like most under-capitalized business ventures, VideoBoom failed. Fortunately, I broke even by selling the inventory to private individuals and schools.

 The scribbles at the top of the page are for a machine which separates cans, and glass and plastic bottles; it uses a recycled A.B. Dick 385 printing press for conveyor, compressed air and glass-crushing. No prototype was ever built. This was initially designed to provide the small recycling operation with a cheap, high speed, separation capability.


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My original prototype 3-D imager worked, but with mixed results. The optical convergence was difficult to control and the unit itself (now collecting dust in my garage) weighed about 6 lbs. A second lightweight prototype was much smaller (weighing about 12 oz.) and eliminated the convergence problem. The quality of the 3-D effect (when viewed with 3-D glasses) on a standard television was okay, but like most 3-D systems, it left the viewer with a headache. Obviously, I am NOT the inventor of 3-D, nor do I claim to be, my invention was to make 3-D Video cheaply available to anyone with a standard video camera. A third prototype (which would have refined the 3-D effect) was never attempted, and of course, this was never a commercial product.



Perhaps my most useful video invention to date combines a counter-weighted steady-cam with a floating boom mic. Photos of the VideoBoom AudioCam in action are forthcoming. This impressive unit is a one-of-a-kind prototype that has seen extensive use, and was used in my latest music video, I'm Running. It's designed with adjustable counter-weights so it can handle both 8mm and VHS video cameras. The prototype cost about $200 to make (including high-quality shotgun microphone), which is far cheaper than any steady-cam currently on the market.



As the name implies, this is a very small jet engine. The Micro-Jet engine is designed for use with Radio Controlled Model Airplanes. It uses compressed air from and can (like what you use to blow the dust off of your computer) and lighter fluid. The compressed air is blown through a tube, which is attached to the fuel tank, drawing an air-fuel mixture into the combustion chamber where it is ignited. Hey kids, don't try this at home! The exhaust is forced out through a turbine at the rear which in turn causes a turbine in the front to turn, which draws air into the combustion chamber, and so on. No prototype was ever made because some things are better left to professionals, and besides, I didn't want to blowup my house.


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