First the Hills Hoist and now Wi-fi. Australians are full of great inventions.
The National Museum of Australia (NMA) has chosen Wi-Fi hardware as Australia's greatest contribution to world history. The NMA will shortly host an exhibition titled A History of the World in 100 Objects featuring a variety of artefacts from the British Museum and other institutions, and chose to add an Australian object. …
Fail, the Fridge is not australian, a yank in the UK built the first working unit in 1834, a pom build a large scale plant in australian in 1856.
But the first "fridge" was in 1913 in the states.
The electric drill was patented in australia but never built, the first one was built in germany.
I'm not Australian but I would still award Google Maps to Oz, on the basis that the environment that Lars found himself in played a major contribution to the invention.
If you get lost in Palo Alto, it's not too bad: keep driving until you hit the water (less than a day either way). But you really, really don't want to take a wrong turn in Australia. "Hoping you'll hit Alice Springs" is not a strategy.
What about all the inventions that are not permitted to become public because of the theft of the patent system by the patent attorney industry.
I refer to 'absolute novelty' - the dictum that your own disclosures can be held against you and used to quash your rightful IP.
Best CPU cooler
Best 4WD system.
Best many others -
Under arm bowling.
Roundarm style bowling was introduced in the first half of the 19th century by a woman IIRC. Until that time, bowling was performed in the same way as in bowls (hence the term "bowling"), the ball being delivered with the hand below the waist.
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Motorola actually product-launched a wireless network called Altair (compatible with that new Ethernet thing) for office use in early 1990 and tested it in what was then the Sears tower in Chicago. It was a huge commercial failure because the business plan was for a $300 per node device but the engineered product was ten times more expensive.
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