Daisuke Inoue was a drummer for several Japanese bands, and spent hours memorizing popular songs. At least, that is, until he realized how much easier life would be if he could automate the band. Learn more in this episode.
After making millions from a new photo paper, many people would retire. Leo Baekeland, on the other hand, was just getting started. Learn more about how he invented Bakelite -- and how it changed the world -- in this episode.
Dallas secretary Bette Nesmith Graham hated typos, because erasing an error left smears and smudges. Luckily, she decided to tackle the problem with paint rather than erasers. Learn about her Stuff of Genius in this episode.
Before the invention of the modern copier, companies across the world depended on time-consuming -- and, often, incorrect -- duplication methods. Learn how Carlson's Stuff of Genius made Xerox a household name in this video.
Josephine Cochrane didn't exactly enjoy washing dishes -- then again, who does? Luckily, Mrs. Cochrane happened to enjoy design and a flair for invention. Learn more about her Stuff of Genius in this episode.
Flat-head screwdrivers have been around for centuries, but when Henry Phillips realized he'd need a better screwdriver for power tools, inspiration struck. Learn more about his Stuff of Genius -- the Phillips Screwdriver -- in this episode.
As an electrician, Charles Fritts was intimately acquainted with the drawbacks of coal-powered electricity distribution grids. Tune in and learn how he used selenium, gold and glass to make his own solar-powered Stuff of Genius in this episode.
Although toast itself dates back into prehistory, the toaster is a very recent -- and convenient -- invention. Tune in and learn how Charles Strite's Stuff of Genius became a fixture of the modern kitchen.
Although the idea of an aerosol spray back to the 18th century, Erik Rotheim was the first person to make a working device based on the concept. Tune in and learn how his Stuff of Genius has changed the world -- for better or worse.
Before the advent of the modern blood bank, blood could only be stored for about two days. Luckily, when Charles Drew began researching ways to prolong the usefulness of stored blood, his Stuff of Genius struck. Tune in and learn more.