Since gravitational waves are disturbances in the curvature of spacetime, I would certainly put this in the ‘odd patent’ category. This was granted to the mysterious Dr. Pais, who has more than a few notorious patents. In future posts I will detail some of the strange circumstances associated with his work.
Abstract: A high frequency gravitational wave generator including a gas filled shell with an outer shell surface, microwave emitters, sound generators, and acoustic vibration resonant gas-filled cavities. The outer shell surface is electrically charged and vibrated by the microwave emitters to generate a first electromagnetic field. The acoustic vibration resonant gas-filled cavities each have a cavity surface that can be electrically charged and vibrated by acoustic energy from the sound generators such that a second electromagnetic field is generated. The two acoustic vibration resonant gas-filled cavities are able to counter spin relative to each other to provide stability, and propagating gravitational field fluctuations are generated when the second electromagnetic field propagates through the first electromagnetic field.
Here’s an odd one. The Hieronymus Machine has the unusual distinction of being the only psychically operated or psychotronic device to have received a U.S. patent.
The Hieronymus Machine has the unusual distinction of being the only psychically operated or psychotronic device to have received a U.S. patent.
Fortean author Mark Pilkington
This device, patented in 1949 by Dr. Hieronymous is intended for the detection and analysis of minerals using a new aspect of the physical universe discovered by him which he calls “eloptic radiation”.
From Wikipedia: the original radiation analyzer consisted of a chamber to hold a sample of material, a glass prism to refract the “eloptic” emanations coming from it, and a copper wire probe on a rotating armature to adjust the angle formed by the prism and the probe.
Supposedly, “eloptic” emanations are refracted by the prism at different angles depending on the material. The detected “eloptic” signals were fed to a three-stage vacuum tube RF amplifier and conducted to a flat touch plate surrounded by a copper wire bifilar coil.
By stroking the touch plate an operator could supposedly feel a sensation of “tingling” or “stickiness” when the “eloptic” energy was detected. As such, a human nervous system is considered to be necessary to operate a Hieronymus Machine.
Ah, there’s the rub – this dependence on human interaction for an effect. And where it gets even weirder…
In the late 1950s, John W. Campbell, in his role as the editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, was a big proponent of eloptic energy and promoted these devices. However, he was convinced that these machines were based on psionics, and related to the users paranormal or ESP powers.
He believed that he could obtain results from the Hieronymus device even if the electronic components were removed and replaced with a paper schematic of the circuit. Campbell speculated that the symbolic device actually worked by using the operator’s psi or what has been called the “human instrument.”
Look for my later post detailing a build for this Symbolic Hieronymus Machine and my test results!
This invention relates to the field of electronic detectors and controllers, and more specifically to a method and apparatus of generating values and detecting whether the values fall outside chance probabilities.
Patent 5830064A – Apparatus and method for distinguishing events which collectively exceed chance expectations and thereby controlling and output
Apparatus of generating values and detecting whether they fall outside of chance probabilities. One embodiment can be used to control a toy, game, appliance, or computer display based on whether or not a chance expectation has been exceeded by a measured sequence of values.