Combine Your Interests

How can you combine your interests in new ways?


Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. wanted to combine his two interests: cars and movies. It was the early 1930s, and his vision was of an outdoor movie theatre where patrons could watch from the comfort of their cars.

He experimented in his own New Jersey driveway by mounting a 1928 Kodak projector to his car and projecting it onto a screen nailed to trees. He placed a radio behind the screen for sound. After experimenting with everything from sound systems to car spacing, he received the first patent for the drive-in theatre in May 1933.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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