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8 brilliant, everyday things invented by kids

By: Melissa Breyer on May 19, 2014, 4:06 p.m.
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While the creation of television has been credited to a number of inventors, 15-year-old Philo T. Farnsworth was one of the most important contributors. In 1921, the teen had sketches, diagrams and notes to make an electronic television system; in 1922, he showed his high school chemistry teacher plans for his "image dissector" vacuum tube that would revolutionize television, something few people had heard of at that point. By 21, he had transmitted his first electronic image and had held the first public demonstration of a working television set. By the time he died in 1971, the average TV set included around 100 items that he originally patented.