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Tesla was born an ethnic Serb in the village Smiljan, Lika county, in the  Austrian Empire (present day Croatia), on 10 July [O.S. 28 June] 1856.  His father, Milutin Tesla (1819-1879), was an Eastern Orthodox priest.

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While Tesla is best known for his work with electricity, this isn’t the only area Tesla worked in. Another major area of work for Tesla was military technology. Like Alfred Nobel,  Tesla believed that the best way to prevent war was to make it either  utterly pointless or so catastrophic for the participants that no one  would be mad enough to go to war again.

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With this in mind, Tesla invented a small boat that he could start, stop, and steer with radio signals.  He hoped that the by removing humans from the equation that “battle  ships [sic] will cease to be built and the most tremendous artillery  afloat will be of no more use than so much scrap iron.” 7 Inventions of Nikola Tesla That Were Never Built

Nikola Tesla is one of the greatest inventors of all time, but these 7 inventions of the master inventor never came to fruition..Nikola Tesla is one of history’s great inventors  and his work has captured the imaginations of the generations who’ve  come after him, living in the world he helped build. As the holder of more than 270 patents in 27 countries—including 112 in the US  alone—Tesla rightfully earned his place in history, but not every  invention of Tesla made it to production. With that in mind, we combed  through the records and found 7 of Tesla’s most substantial inventions  that never got built.

As someone almost completely associated with  electricity, it shouldn’t be surprising that many of Tesla’s patents are  in the field of electrical generation and transmission. We have Tesla to thank after all for Alternating Current (AC), which has been used to wire much of the world with electrical power. 

What a lot of people don’t know is that Tesla also tried to build a tower that would transmit electricity through the air and even got  American Financier J.P. Morgan to finance the building of Wardenclyffe  Tower on the North Shore of Long Island, which Tesla hoped to adapt to  transmit electricity to New York City.

Morgan balked at the electricity transmission scheme  and refused to fund the rest of the project, which Tesla had to abandon  in 1906, tearing down Wardenclyffe Tower a decade later in 1917. As someone almost completely associated with  electricity, it shouldn’t be surprising that many of Tesla’s patents are  in the field of electrical generation and transmission. We have Tesla to thank after all for Alternating Current (AC), which has been used to wire much of the world with electrical power. 

What a lot of people don’t know is that Tesla also tried to build a tower that would transmit electricity through the air and even got  American Financier J.P. Morgan to finance the building of Wardenclyffe  Tower on the North Shore of Long Island, which Tesla hoped to adapt to  transmit electricity to New York City.

Morgan balked at the electricity transmission scheme  and refused to fund the rest of the project, which Tesla had to abandon  in 1906, tearing down Wardenclyffe Tower a decade later in 1917.

When wireless charging of your phone or tablet was introduced several years ago, we all thought it was revolutionary. Nikola Tesla, meanwhile, would chide us all for thinking so small.

 In 1919, Tesla described his idea for a supersonic airship powered entirely by wireless  electrical transmission from ground-based towers that could fly 40,000  feet off the ground and fly 1,000 mph, making the trip from New York to  London in under 4 hours. 

While Tesla is best known for his work with electricity, this isn’t the only area Tesla worked in. Another major area of work for Tesla was military technology. Like Alfred Nobel,  Tesla believed that the best way to prevent war was to make it either  utterly pointless or so catastrophic for the participants that no one  would be mad enough to go to war again.

RELATED: TOP 10 INVENTIONS OF NIKOLA TESLA

With this in mind, Tesla invented a small boat that he could start, stop, and steer with radio signals.  He hoped that the by removing humans from the equation that “battle  ships [sic] will cease to be built and the most tremendous artillery  afloat will be of no more use than so much scrap iron.”



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The Thought Camera

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 One of Tesla’s most outlandish ideas was that it would be possible to photograph one's thoughts.

In 1933, he told reporters at the Kansas City  Journal-Post, “In 1893, while engaged in certain investigations, I  became convinced that a definite image formed in thought, must by reflex  action, produce a corresponding image on the retina, which might be  read by a suitable apparatus.

“Now if it be true that a thought reflects an image  on the retina, it is a mere question of illuminating the same property  and taking photographs, and then using the ordinary methods which are  available to project the image on a screen. 

“If this can be done successfully, then the objects  imagined by a person would be clearly reflected on the screen as they  are formed, and in this way, every thought of the individual could be  read. Our minds would then, indeed, be like open books.”

Obviously, this is not how thought processes work,  but there is so much we don’t know about the biological mechanism of  human thought and consciousness that we cannot say for certain that  Tesla wasn’t on to something. While the mechanisms employed are different, who's to say what technology will be able to produce in the next 50 years?

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The Earthquake Machine

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In 1893, Tesla was granted a patent for his  steam-powered mechanical oscillator whose vibration could be utilized to  generate electricity. As he would later tell reporters,  while calibrating this machine for an experiment, it began to shake his  New York City laboratory so violently that it almost brought the  building down. 

“Suddenly all the heavy machinery in the place was  flying around. I grabbed a hammer and broke the machine,” he said. “The  building would have been down about our ears in another few minutes.” 

“Outside in the street there was pandemonium. The  police and ambulances arrived. I told my assistants to say nothing. We  told the police it must have been an earthquake. That's all they ever  knew about it.”

This gave Tesla the inspiration for  his telegeodynamic ocillator—an earthquake machine—which could be used  by scientists to discover the geological properties of the Earth and for  engineers and prospectors to locate mineral and metal ore deposits  underground. He never got to build his earthquake machine, but  scientists and engineers use the same principle to do exactly as Tesla  imagined.Site Content 

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the death ray

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Or the Peace Ray, as Tesla called it.

Tesla believed that by accelerating mercury isotopes to 48 times the speed of sound, the  resulting beam would produce enough energy to destroy entire armies at a  distance limited only by the curvature of the Earth.

Tesla apparently tried to shop this idea around to  several governments in the years before his death, including the United  States, but the Soviet Union was the only one to experiment with it at all, and it never produced the kind of results Tesla hoped. 

Which is probably a good thing, all things considered.  

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