If you have been reading my other posts then you already know that there are some great Canadian inventions. Today I am going to highlight some more of great innovations that have come out of Canada. Canada has certainly made it’s mark on the world we know today as you will see from these important inventions.
- IMAX Movies
This great entertainment medium was created by Filmmakers Graeme Ferguson and Roman Kroiter along with Engineer Robert Snow. They founded IMAX in 1967 and Kroiter produced their first IMAX film in 1970. These movies have an incredible cinematic experience. If you have never seen an IMAX film I highly recommend it.
- McIntosh Apples
These delicious apples were not naturally made in nature. They were created over time by a Canadian Farmer named John Mcintosh starting in 1811 when he started to graft wild apples on his farm. By 1835 he had created the Mcintosh Apple and people all around were beginning to enjoy it. These great apples are still enjoyed today around the United States.
- Canada Dry Ginger Ale
This staple was created in 1904 by John McLaughlin.
- The Prosthetic Hand
This important inventions was created by Helmut Lucas in 1971. This invention has made a big difference in many people’s lives. The prosthetic hand helps people do ordinary things they would otherwise not be able to do.
- Goalie Mask
It shouldn’t be surprising that there are more ice hockey related inventions in Canada considering how popular the sport is there. The Goalie mask for Ice Hockey was created in 1959 by Jacques Plante. This helps protect the goalies face from damaging shots and accidental hits to the face by a high stick.
- Electron Microscope
The first Electron Microscope in North America was built by J. Hillel, A. Prebus and E.F. Burton at the University of Toronto in 1938 (Keep an eye out for future posts detailing some more great inventions coming out of the University of Toronto).
- Cardiac Pacemaker
John Hopps was one of the pioneers of the artificial pacemaker. He worked on this creation at the University of Toronto. This was a critical first step for an invention that would make a difference to many people around the world.
- Explosives Vapour Detector
This was created by Lorne Elias in 1985. This was an important safety device to protect people against the buildup of harmful gasses.
This Famous Character was created by Canadian Joe Shuster and American Writer Jerry Siegel in 1932. The superman character has now been featured in 100’s of shows and movies as well as comic books. The character has entertained countless children with stories of bravery and good vs. evil.
- Key – Frame Animation
This important technological advance revolutionized how animators could create their 3D graphics. Key-Frame Animation was invented by Canadians Nestor Burtnyk and Marcelli Win in the early 1970’s. Animators everywhere are thankful for this innovation.
- Java Programming Language
This incredible important programming language was designed by James Gosling and Developer Sun Microsystems in 1995. This program helped application developers be able to create code that could then run on multiple platforms. It is a very useful programming language.
- The Canadarm
This vital piece of equipment is used on the space shuttle. It has robotic arms that are used on the space shuttle to maneuver payloads and to help inspect the interior of the shuttle for damage. This was developed beginning in 1969 by Canadian company DSMA Atcon. DSMA was invited to NASA to help construct a remote manipulator system because of their robot they had created to load fuel into nuclear reactors. NASA felt the technology would help them with space shuttle loads. The joint project created the Canadarm.
Keep an eye out for future posts about Canada’s Universities and the great innovations happening there.