Patents, love them or hate them, are all about providing encouragement for innovation.
1. Globular Phonograph Light Show Cabinet
2. Psychedelic Clock
3. Psychedelic Reflection Device
Another product of the early 70s was this psychedelic lighting machine which claims to produce a psychedelic light show that appears to "hang in space" beyond the original light source. Is this guy talking about 3D holographic projections like the Star Wars chess set ? Sadly no, this one is a little more like, well, I'm not entirely sure but it looks cool in the drawings anyway !
4. Trippy Old School 70s TV Cover
In 1970 inventor Paul Turnrose came up with this idea for a psychedelic TV cover which when placed over the front of a regular TV set, colored lights from the the TV tube are transmitted through a series of colored molded plastic filters to create a homegrown stoner light show in the comfort of your living room. So 70s it would probably be worth a fortune to collectors now if it was ever produced.
5. Multi Glow Stick
Glowsticks, those horrible sad artifacts of the 1990s rave scene are still occasionally seen waving about in a kind of prolonged ravey death. Long before ecstasy gave rise to fluffy ravers inventor Robert Lochrage saw a need for glowsticks in 1969 ! This glowstick granddaddy didn't stop at just one or two glowsticks however. His invention called for the use of four "flexible elongated members" ( oooo errr ! ) connected to a handle. These "light pipes" would then flex about producing random psychedelic glowing patterns in the air much like a modern glowstick does in the hands of a gurning nuff-nuff.
6. Mind Expansion Chewing Gum
7. Nintendo Sanity System
8. Rotatable Peg Illumination Board
9. Uber Group Mind Control Method
Check out the very first line of the introduction to this patent - "The present invention is the method and apparatus for providing sound or visual cues to provide the synchronization in time of groups of individuals in meditation, contemplation, prayer and physical movement". Sounds pretty Orwellian huh. But wait, it gets better ... "The user of said devices experiences a sound or visual cue at one or several given times a day. On the cue the patient consciously takes some moments to engage in said activities. As a group of individuals are using the same moment to engage in the same or similar activities the user may feel a sense of belonging to the group". Ummm.... WTF !
10. Artistic Reflector Viewer
This one is a kind of 3D kaleidoscope with a twist. In theory it produces a never-ending series of reflected oval and square tunnels that appear to have infinite depth. This uses the basic "point a mirror at a mirror" idea that we have all tried at some point in our lives. This would be a cool little trippy toy to play with when "in the mood" and it's compact size would make it great for taking along with you to festivals and parties.
11. Sleeping And Meditation Bag
You know how when you go camping and you just wish that your sleeping bag could double up as a self contained meditation tent. Well, wish no longer ! This is one were a picture definitely speaks more than a thousand words, especially if the words are Aum. Check it out at the following link.
12. Psychedelic Sound And Light Machine
13. Global Rainbow Highway
This one is a classic. Korean ideas man Keum Kyu Kim is calling for the installment of an environmentally friendly world-standard rainbow colored highway in all continents of the planet earth ( plus Korea ) so that it may slow down global warming and aid in the global peace process. The idea is that people will take to ditching their gas-guzzling motorized systems of transport in favor of a leisurely bicycle ride on the new psychedelic super highway. You have to applaud the vision.
14. Meditation Enhancing Article
Now this i like. Here we have what is essential two crystals dangling from a hat. Or in the words of inventor Napoleon Epps, a mediation enhancing device that can conduct electromagnetic and other energy directly into the brain. Hmmm, I'm thinking of replacing those crystals with vegetarian cocktail sausages which would probably be more effective in the long run ( and it would save on production cost ! ). And just what is "other" energy anyway ?
15. Portable Brain Vibrator
Okay now I'm think someone in Korea is just having a laugh at the patent officers' expense. After the wondrous rainbow highway we have some more oddballs from Korea who wants to patent a miniature, portable vibrating brain to be used for "relaxation and meditation" and "improved blood circulation". Almost as trippy as the invention itself is the name of the company behind it - "The Korean Research Institute For New Human Science" which is actually located in America and has since been renamed the less eugenics sounding Korean Brain Science Institute. It is headed by a kind of cult leader, Ilchi (Seung Heun) Lee , who has been under a lot of fire recently for claims of medical fraud, shady business dealings and a other dodgy practices.
16. Altered States Device
Continuing with the oddball leader theme we have author on shamanism and doctor of anthropology Michael Harner who came up with a device he claims can induce altered states of consciousness by means of little more than spinning around while lying down flat. A kind of "human centrifuge" if you will. Harner and his group "Foundation for Shamanic Studies" are well known to debunkers who warn people to steer clear of his pseudo-science shamanic teachings and this invention kind of confirms it for me. I suspect all this machine will alter is the relative location of your stomach's contents to the nearest available bathroom.