Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: DALLAS and ESPOO, Finland—Meta Watch Ltd. announced that a team of investors led by Juha Pinomaa, former President of Suunto and a former Nokia executive, acquired the Meta Watch branded connected watch business and related IPR assets from Fossil Inc.
Joining Pinomaa as investors and key managers are Bill Geiser and David Rosales, who previously led Fossil's Watch Technology Division.
“Over the next 10 years billions of people will carry smart phones changing how consumers live and creating new opportunities and markets for connected watches and other wearable devices,” said Juha Pinomaa, chairman of Meta Watch. “Acquiring Meta Watch not only gives us a head start in this emerging growth market, it brings us the industry's most experienced management team who have been designing and shipping connected watches since 2006.”
“We are very excited about the opportunities ahead, as initial shipments of the Meta Watch development system are now underway,” said Meta Watch chief executive Bill Geiser. “Our unequalled experience in this new category will allow thousands of mobile application developers to quickly and easily extend applications to the wrist, helping consumers to stay connected and to stay in style when they are really mobile and on the go.”
Meta Watch will be based in Dallas. The company will also open a research and development center in Espoo, Finland to capitalize on the rich history of Finland-based innovation in wrist-top computing and mobile devices.
Meta Watch is a privately-held design and technology development company focusing on reinventing the watch as a stylish and relevant mobile accessory. The Meta Watch platforms enable developers to quickly and easily extend the interfaces of devices and applications to the wrist. Target markets and applications include: messaging, alerts, and notifications; social networking service updates; turn-by-turn directions; LBS notifications, sports performance feedback; music controls and more.
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