Mr. Electric - Thomas Edison http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/458 en 5 Things Edison Taught Us http://www.33pulse.com/blog/5-things-edison-taught-us <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>5 Things Edison Taught Us</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre_-_5_things_edison_taught_us.jpg?itok=ePRPcykl" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3133" height="1571" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre_-_5_things_edison_taught_us.jpg?itok=ePRPcykl" width="3133" height="1571" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:13am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Inventor Thomas Edison is world renowned, not only for the array of inventions which continue to significantly impact the modern world to this day, but also for the positive attitude and relentless approach he took to his endeavors. On this anniversary of Edison’s birthday, February 11, 1847, let us celebrate not only his vast array of contributions, but also the spirit of the man himself.</p> <h2>Amazing Contributions of Thomas Alva Edison:</h2> <h4>Incandescent Light Bulb</h4> <p><em>“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”</em></p> <p>Though Edison did not invent the first light bulb, as most people believe, he did invent the first incandescent light bulb. Though prior bulbs burned out after only a few minutes, Edison’s?incandescents?were practical, staying lit for hours and hours, and amazingly are still in use today after over 135 years.</p> <h4>Electricity</h4> <p><em>“There are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”</em></p> <p>Thanks to Edison’s dynamo technology, devices similar to generators, which make direct current (DC) electricity with the help of electromagnetism, a complete system was created capable of delivering DC electricity to large areas. In 1882, the formation of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York, constructed the first commercial electricity generation and distribution system. It powered a one-mile square of residences and businesses in Manhattan, offering Americans more affordable, efficient electricity and lighting. The company would later take part in mergers leading to the formation of General Electric in 1892, which would later become innovators in AC electricity, though Edison would not play a starring role.</p> <h4>Phonograph</h4> <p><em>“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”</em></p> <p>One of Edison’s favorite inventions, the phonograph, revolutionized sound recording. Though devices existed capable of recording sound, none had the capability for playback, as Edison’s 1877 phonograph did. The two needled device – one for recording and one for playback – led to the development of recorded telecommunications, improvements in dictation and letter writing, phonographic books for the blind, music boxes and toys, and music portability.</p> <h4>Motion Picture Camera</h4> <p><em>“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”</em></p> <p>After the phonograph and with the help of employee W.K.L. Dickson, Edison spent years inventing the motion picture camera. He wanted to do for the eye what the phonograph did for the ear. Following the invention of the?kinetograph?(motion picture camera) and?kinetoscope?(peephole motion picture viewer), he constructed a motion picture production studio for filming. The Boxing Gordon Sisters, fighting cats, and films starring Annie Oakley and Native American Dancers from Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West Show” were some of Edison’s first productions. He would later be beaten by Jenkins and?Arnat’s?vitascope?before creating his own device for displaying movies to large groups, the?projectoscope, forerunner to today’s movie projectors.</p> <h4>Alkaline Batteries</h4> <p><em>“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”</em></p> <p>After thousands of experiments involving metals and other materials in an attempt to create a lighter, reliable, more powerful storage battery for the electric cars of the time, Edison discovered an alkaline solution, which produced a longer lasting battery. Though gasoline powered cars took over the market before the battery's completion thanks to Henry Ford, it was nevertheless hugely successful in industrial applications and one of Edison’s biggest moneymakers in later years.</p> <p><em>"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second,?stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”?</em></p> <p>Thanks, Mr. Edison, for empowering us all, and to everyone else: always remember, we at Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> are here to help power your tomorrow, too!</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/5-things-edison-taught-us" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:13:18 +0000 Super User 5483 at http://www.33pulse.com Thunderstruck: Tesla vs. Edison http://www.33pulse.com/blog/thunderstruck-tesla-vs-edison <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Thunderstruck: Tesla vs. Edison</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicthunderstruck_1.jpg?itok=kvzFbegj" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with the title &quot;Thunderstruck: The Tesla Edison Feud&quot;" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicthunderstruck_1.jpg?itok=kvzFbegj" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with the title &quot;Thunderstruck: The Tesla Edison Feud&quot;" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:43pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>One studied alternating current (AC), and the other, direct current (DC). And yet, the world would not be where it is today without their contributions to science and electricity. In light of Nikola Tesla’s birthday on July 10, <em>Mr. Electric</em> is taking a look at the electric Tesla vs. Edison feud.</p> <h3><strong>Tesla and Alternating Current</strong></h3> <p>The main focus for Tesla was alternating current: an electric charge that periodically reverses its direction and is delivered to customers through a transformer. It travels at a much higher voltage than direct current and is more effective because of its ability to travel greater distances while maintaining a constant voltage.</p> <h3><strong>Edison and Direct Current</strong></h3> <p>Edison focused his research of electricity on direct current. A key difference between alternating current and direct current is that direct current only flows one way. The voltage of direct current is also constant but it is better when the electricity produced has to travel in short distances.</p> <h3><strong>The Feud</strong></h3> <p>Edison was working on a system to generate direct current. When he could not get it to perform correctly he hired Tesla, an engineer and graduate of The Polytechnic Institute, who studied electromagnetism, promising him $100,000 if he could correct the problems Edison was having with his research and invention. Tesla corrected the problems but was not given the money. Tesla resigned and Edison spent the rest of his career trying to discredit Tesla’s research and work with electricity.</p> <h3><strong>The Outcome</strong></h3> <p>Today, nearly every home and business in the world is powered using Tesla’s alternating current. The ability of alternating current to travel over long distances and efficiently power everyday home and business electrical equipment eventually overtook Edison’s research on direct current. Edison did not lose out completely, as most battery-powered devices, fuel cells and light emitting diodes use direct current. As the push for alternative energy sources is on the rise, many manufacturers are looking at how batteries and electricity can change the way we look at fuel and the way goods are produced. Whether the electricity being used is AC or DC, Tesla helped us get where we are today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/thunderstruck-tesla-vs-edison" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:43:15 +0000 Super User 4270 at http://www.33pulse.com

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