Some celebrities aren't just pretty faces. A few of them are also touched with that Yankee prowess for tinkering and invention. In this weekly series, we introduce you to the Patents of the Rich and Famous. And maybe you learn a little bit about how patent literature works along the way.
Inventor: Paula Abdul
Known For: Paula Abdul
is was the sweetest American Idol judge, but she's really a dancer at heart.
Abdul choreographed her way to fame. Discovered by the Jackson family during a performance as a Laker Girl, she got her start doing the choreography for their "Torture" video. After the success of the video, she worked with other celebs, including Tom Hanks, crafting the keyboard sequence in Big. She then made some workout tapes and segued into a career as a successful '90s pop-star, singing (and dancing) her way to Billboard hits.
Even after she took a break from the music industry, she continued crafting dances, including the cheerleading scenes in American Beauty.
After a few years behind the scenes, Abdul came back, this time critiquing others' choreography as a judge on Fox's hit show, American Idol.
Invented Apparatus: "Dynamic microphone support apparatus"
It's a microphone stand. But, unlike an old-school flat stand, the pole is stuck into a hemispherical apparatus.
An apparatus comprising: a base having a concave-shaped bottom portion that is positional on a surface; a compartment in the base that stores an adhesive material; a base cover that is positioned over the base and covers the compartment such that weight of a user positioned on the base cover applied in a direction causes the base to tilt with respect to the surface in the direction; and a rod member
It works like one of those punching-bag clowns: the support is weighted, restricting the tilting of the base, allowing the performer to stand atop the stand and sway around as they belt a tune.