Solve Your “Real Life” Problems

Can you think of a way to solve your ”real life” problems?

Vacuum cleaners in the early 1800s were hand powered and difficult to use. In New York, a custodian named Murray Spangler suffered from coughing spells, especially while using the old-style carpet sweeper. Realizing that he had the tools for a solution, he built a vacuum cleaner from a fan motor, a soapbox, a broom handle, and a pillow case. The machine did the job and was easy to use. Spangler patented his invention in 1908 and went into business with William Hoover. The Hoover® vacuum cleaner became the standard around the world.

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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