Steve Jobs was an amazing inventor of computer and digital technology, which has transformed the way we create, communicate and live our lives.
However, few people know of the many other inventions that were important in the development of Steve Jobs. Some were not as visible to the public and some not meant to be visible! Some were simply first steps, or miss-steps along the way.
Inventions like the idiaper, which he invented for his first born child. This diaper looked like any other, but it potty trained all of his children in one month with its incredilble microprocessor that gave digital readouts for the parent and verbal instructions to the child.
An early invention in 1974 the iSpatula was created when Steve was a bachelor its combination am/fm radio, 8 track cassette tape player. The 8 track tended to get jammed with burger grease.
In the early 1980s the iWeed-Eater was an attempt to combine the Mac with yard work it failed to make it past the first prototype. The problem was it required two people to operate it, one person would need to operate the weed eater while the other operated the computer strapped to the first person's back.
1992 the iSocket Wrench attempted to put a diagnosis pc in the hands of mechanics it also had pac-man. This device was sold to the Pentagon in early development for 5 billion dollars. Considered by Pentagon officials to be a steal compared to the 10 billion spent on Japanese electronic toilet seats.
1998 the iScratchNSniff was intended to be a pixar electronic magazine however the smells often would not match up to the animations. So for example when the bird in A Bugs Life crashed and burned, instead of burning leaves it was more like burning grasshoppers. (Have you ever smelled burning grasshoppers?)
In 1999 the iCandle was actually created by an Amish summer intern while it had promise as a candle it never became a prototype. The idea was to create a wireless modem to blend in with traditional Amish decor.
In 2000 the iCandy was at the top of the development ladder. It had everything! Sexy design, touch screen, virtual keyboard, wireless, bluetooth, but the world just wasn't ready for such an incredible can opener. One year later, many of the features of the iCandy found their way into the iPod and later the iPad.
Perhaps the one invention that showed Steve's sense of humor even at a difficult time, when he left Apple the first time was the iWHOOPI, a virtual version of the famed "cushion".
"It was on everyone's computer," said an employee,"You never knew when to expect IT. Somehow he got motion detectors on everyone's computers and it triggered...well you know!"