Thomas Edison Receives an Academy Award

In 1929, Edison was given one of the first honorary Academy Awards for his work in founding the motion picture industry. This celebration marked the approximate 40-year anniversary of the original motion picture achievements of Edison, and his building of the first motion picture studio—the Black Maria.

Movie film magic started at West Orange where many early short films were originally made and commercialized. This later gave way to longer films, generally shot on location and/or in a larger better equipped studio in New York City.

A 1954 reproduction of the original Black Maria –the world’s first motion picture studio at TENHP.

A 1954 reproduction of the original Black Maria –the world’s first motion picture studio at TENHP.

The 1931 Edison Academy Award

The 1931 Edison Academy Award

That honorary academy award now hangs in Edison’s famous library/office at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (TENHP) in West Orange, NJ. Over forty of the great artists of the time including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Sarah Bernhardt signed their names on the award parchment.

With this new film industry, the first Hollywood and major film production companies took root in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In the early 1900s, Universal and 20th Century Fox studios were born in Fort Lee; and prior to WWI, there were 17 movie studios in town, employing many of the people there. By the mid- 1920s, the high cost of heating these studios and sunnier skies beckoned elsewhere, and the Hollywood we know today was born; but Fort Lee was America’s first film town.

Later, famed actors Mickey Rooney [Young Tom Edison, March-1940] and Spencer Tracy [Edison, the Man, May-1940] both portrayed Edison on the big screen.

Thomas Edison said, “If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves …”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM – Adventures for Kids

It’s all rolled together in the show called Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab® with the following story line … ”Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison had a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a nearly-completed robot to show kids how fun science can be! The secret lab, Edison’s virtual alter ego, and his prototype robot remained hidden until a 12-year-old prodigy cracked the secret coded message that Edison left behind. The young genius and her friends moved into the lab and added a virtual link for kids everywhere to join in their hilarious adventures”. The show has magic from the Big Bang Theory, a touch of Inspector Gadget, and a dash of The Jetsons.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM - Adventures for Kids

The series combines clever comedic concoction of wild visual experiments and inventions with crazy characters getting caught up in amazing adventures. Meet the cast!

Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM - Adventures for Kids

In various articles appearing on this website, we have discussed numerous times the powerful connection between Thomas Edison and the highly popular STEM learning paradigm now so visible in our nation’s middle schools. Several years ago, Genius Brands International in partnership with the Edison Innovation Foundation developed an animated STEM-based comedy adventure series for young students.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM - Adventures for Kids

Check it out on YouTube

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Thomas Edison said, “My desire is to do everything within my power to free people from drudgery and create the largest measure of happiness and prosperity.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Intel-® Edison Awards for 2017

On March 24th, 2017, Intel and the Edison Innovation Foundation officially announced the winners of the 2017 “Tommy” award, named in honor of the great inventor, Thomas Edison. The winners are selected because they have used the Intel® Edison multi-function module in ways that epitomize the spirit and creativity of Edison. Here are the honorees.

Beacon Of Hope

Beacon Of Hope

America and Penelope Lopez are known as the “The CyberCode Twins”. As Latina twin sisters born and raised in East Los Angeles, Now, they are on a mission to make communities safer thru wearable tech and mobile apps. Using Intel Edison, they built a device called Beacon of Hope designed to help in the fight against human trafficking. [For more info: Beacon of Hope]

Openaps/900 Mhz Board

Openaps/900 Mhz Board

Dana Lewis, Scott Leibrand and Morgan Redfield for their work on the OpenAPS / 900 Mhz board. Keeping diabetic children alive at night. [For more info: WSJ Article – Tech Savvy Family Uses Home Built Diabetes]

Smart Underwater Artificially Intelligent Camera Technology

Smart Underwater Artificially Intelligent Camera Technology

Dr. Ryan Kastner and Antonella Wilby, researchers from the University of California, San Diego who built an artificially intelligent camera technology, powered by an Intel Edison module, that could lead to autonomous monitoring systems for tracking endangered species. [For more info: Smart Underwater Imaging Aims to Save Endangered Marine Species]

Congratulations to all!

The Intel® Edison multi-function module is a tiny, SD-card-sized powerhouse designed for building Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable computing products. The Edison module contains a high-speed, dual-core processing unit, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, low energy, storage and memory, and a broad spectrum of input/output (I/O) options for interfacing with user systems. Because of its small footprint and low power consumption, the Edison module is an ideal choice for projects that need a lot of processing power without being connected to a power supply. All this can lower the barriers to entry for a range of inventors, entrepreneurs, and consumer product designers.

Thomas Edison said, “If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves …”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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