kottke.org posts about David Friedman

Inventing the Aerobie and AeroPressAug 25 2015

One man invented both the Aerobie Flying Disc and the AeroPress coffee maker. In this short video documentary by David Friedman, inventor Alan Adler tells the story of how those products came to be.

I still remember the first time I threw an Aerobie. The week-long science camp 1 I attended in northern Wisconsin the summer after middle school had one, and I was astounded at how far it flew compared to a Frisbee. As Adler notes in the video, an Aerobie was once thrown 1333 feet (that's over a quarter of a mile) and stayed aloft for 30 seconds. (No word on far an AeroPress can be thrown.)

  1. Let me just pre-empt you here: neeeeeeeeeeeerd!

The father of video gamesMar 07 2013

Poignant video profile of Ralph Baer, the inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home console gaming system. He's still inventing at age 90.

The first software patentFeb 01 2013

David Friedman profiles Martin Goetz, who received the very first software patent granted by the US Patent Office in 1968.

Goetz's patent is here.

Inventor of the digital cameraApr 13 2011

As part of his inventor portrait series, David Friedman profiled Steven Sasson, inventor of the digital camera.

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