I’d say the jury is still out on that question. But, according to the genius himself, Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu, there is no debate.
Dr. NakaMats is undoubtedly the most prolific inventor of all time (he does hold more than 4,000 patents), and certainly one of the more inventive creators the world has ever known (just consider his creative process, “Dr. NakaMats’ Underwater Invention Method, which includes listening to music and concludes with diving underwater, where he says he comes up with his best ideas and records them while underwater – yes, he is the creator of the first and only underwater notebook!). But if you ask him who the best inventor of all time is, NakaMats will proudly state that he is certainly one of the top five (just ask the US Science Academic Society who sent him a plaque that ranked his name next to Archimedes, Michael Faraday, Marie Curie and Nikola Tesla).
Now that I am sure I’ve piqued your interest, aren’t you curious to learn a bit more about this great minds’ impact on the world? After, all, if he is up there with Archimedes, NakaMats must have conceived some pretty spectacular inventions …
… well, the “Self Defense Wig” was a real game changer. You know, it’s an invention for those times when you are walking alone down a dark street late at night, wishing you had something to keep you safe – mace, a taser, or maybe martial arts lessons? Lucky for us, the Dr. NakaMats Self-Defense Wig can protect you from any potential attackers, as long as you’re wearing the hair piece. As the patent application above shows, it’s an easy and effective tool to stopping assailants dead in their tracks; with a strip and a weight attached to the wig, the wearer only has to swing his head to hit an attacker. Genius!
Then there are the “Pyon Pyon” shoes. NakaMats figured out that the creator of jogging died at only 41 because of the high impact of the activity on the body. Thus, while running is good for exercise, it is hard on the body, hmmm … (light bulb) why not put springs on the bottom of running shoes to lessen the impact?! The Pyon Pyon shoes allow you to bound across distances with the greatest of ease, or jump really high like the good doctor above is doing, and it’s all easy on the joints. They can be yours for the low, low price of $180 on Dr. NakaMats’ site!
His house is also a den of invention, full of fake doors, a gold-plated bathroom (he claims that the gold blocks out all outside distractions), furniture of his design, extra strong glass of his creation, NakaMats floor tiles with special energy-regulating properties to keep the room’s heating and cooling to a minimum, energy-saving lights, and a showroom of all of his inventions, of course.
NakaMats’ biggest claim? He invented the floppy disk in 1950. And, after six of Japan’s leading corporations turned down his request to have them produce the item, he granted the sales license for the disk to IBM, which now holds the patents for sixteen of his inventions. But, an IBM spokesman, Mac Jeffery, said that while the company does license some of his patents, the floppy disk was their own creation. Another source has mentioned that IBM reached nonexclusive patent agreements with Nakamatsu in the late 1970s to avoid conflicts. Tricky, tricky.
The one thing that we can all agree to say about Dr. NakaMats … he is one unique dude.
The Inventions of Dr. Nakamats, a documentary created by Kaspar Astrup Schröder, captures his spirit perfectly. Watch it as soon as you can!