Historically, patents are not just abstract concepts, for they have played an invaluable and practical role in everyday life of the common masses, at large. By rewarding ideas, patents encourage the development of innovations and new technologies in every field. As pointed by the WIPO, innovation knows no bounds and thus, a patent idea can only be limited by the human imagination ! Here is a record of the weirdest and the most transmogrifying patent ideas throughout the modern-day history.
Anti-eating face mask
Getting fat is the creepiest dreams of most of the people, and a huge cause for depression, especially among the younger generation. However, a weird but effective idea was developed by Lucy L. Barmby, who built a device that can prevent the consumption of food by the user and therefore an solve the overweight problem. In her Patent application number US4344424A, she described an anti-eating face mask which included a cup-shaped member conforming to the shape of the mouth and chin area of the user, together with a hoop member and straps detachably engageable with a user’s head for mounting the cup-shaped member in overlying relationship with the user’s mouth and chin area under the nose thereby preventing the ingestion of food by the user.