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From the Quadcopter Drone to the Bionic Eye, These 15 Patents Changed the World

Esquire Logo By Jay Bennett of Esquire | Slide 1 of 16: Forget the image of the lonely inventor tinkering away in a workshop. Today, it’s more common that numerous technologies developed by a variety of inventors suddenly come together to form a cohesive whole, such as the iPhone or the self-driving car. Other inventions, such as the quadcopter drone and 3D printer, were designed decades before the surrounding technology suddenly transformed the core device into a worldwide phenomenon. Innovation may be different today, but it is alive and well. Here are 15 patents that shaped the modern world.

Forget the image of the lonely inventor tinkering away in a workshop. Today, it’s more common that numerous technologies developed by a variety of inventors suddenly come together to form a cohesive whole, such as the iPhone or the self-driving car. Other inventions, such as the quadcopter drone and 3D printer, were designed decades before the surrounding technology suddenly transformed the core device into a worldwide phenomenon.

Innovation may be different today, but it is alive and well. Here are 15 patents that shaped the modern world.

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