Reading patents online at the United States Patent and Trademark Office can actually give you a glimpse of the future. One notable example is Apple’s new patent application number 20060197750, filed on April 26, 2005. According to Tech News World, the application covers technology for a new iPod using an on-screen interface, rather than a click wheel.
I did not think anyone other than myself rifled through patents online for fun. Last Saturday, however, I had dinner with a gentleman who markets a new chemical scent eliminator for the hunting industry. I was surprised to find he had no background in chemistry. When I asked him how he came up with the formula, he said it was from reading patents.
If you get a chance, check out some patents online. Who knows, the future you see, may be your own.