05 – M&M’s Replaced The Popcorn

M&M’s Replaced The Popcorn

It was great to see Herb alive and smiling. Herb was cautious, and happy. Herb eventfully left St. Elizabeth’s hospital to live and work on his own. A funny note I remembered as I completed the last entry. The last time I saw Herb I was with my new wife Sherry. She joined me on a trip to visit Herb. As we were leaving the hospital I was explaining how sever Herb’s injuries were and how close to death Herb was, when we heard someone behind us. It was Herb in his regular, not an electric wheelchair. Herb, by now, had the partial use of both of his arms. He could use his arms enough to push his own wheelchair and type on his keyboard.

M & M”s


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04 – 911 For An Apple IIe

911 For An Apple IIe

The First SoftVoice SystemAfter several months of therapy, rehabilitation, and instruction on how to live as a quadriplegic, Herb returned home, was working as an engineer, earning a good living, and doing very well on his own. In the fall of 1998; however, we lost Herb due to medical complications. Because of the quadriplegic’s paralysis, they remain physically inactive and often contract pneumonia and die of infection. This is how most quadriplegics die as we have recently seen with the actor, Christopher Reeves who became a C-2 Quadriplegic due to a horse ridding accident. Chris was the last disable person I got to work with using my SenSei System.


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03 – Handshake And A Smile

Handshake And A Smile

(Is It Possible?)Herb Smith Using The SoftVoice Computer

As I left ST. Elizabeth’s hospital that morning I had a strange sense of profound satisfaction. It was the first time I had ever designed and built something for someone who was so in need. It was gratifying. It was very exciting for me to see that someone could benefit so greatly from a product the I developed. I never experienced anything like this before. (more…)

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02 – One is for On, & Two is for Off

One is for On, & Two is for Off

During the remaining four days before the demonstration, I retreated to my garage both day and night. What would this country be without its garages? Some people think that it’s the entrepreneurial spirit that makes us so innovative, but it may very well be that most everyone has a garage.FIrst Voice Recognition Computer System


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01 – Founding The Assistive Technology Industry

Founding The $15.3 Billion Assistive Technology Industry

In The Beginning…

I’m going to step away from the technical aspects of Innovative Thinking for this entry and interweave actual practical examples. Below is the story of how I co-founded the $5.3 billion Assistive Technology industry and how Innovation helped me to develop the first commercially available voice recognition, voice synthesizing, environmental control, the HeadMouse, and the first fully graphic operating system, computer system for the physically disabled.

One morning at 10:30 AM PST, on Saturday January 5, 1985, the rollercoaster started to “click, click, click”.  This very moment was the beginning of successes and failures that took me on an Innovated journey that allowed me to work with Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak, spend a day with Bill Gates’ dad, meet and brainstorm with the Father of Virtual Reality, become friends with the inventor of the Data Glove and the author of the American with Disabilities Act, sue Microsoft and win, sue Apple and lose, go through Wall Street Road Shows for my I.P.O., initiate and survive two R.I.C.O. filings, a near S.E.C. scandal, develop more than 125 copyrights, have 18 inventions and 30,000 corporate records in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, 14 more inventions placed in the Computer History Museum, write nearly a million lines of code, bring to market 30 hardware peripherals, open up 25 national and 3 international sales offices, designed the “first computer to save a human life”, hostile shareholder takeovers, V.C. attacks and come out the other end safe and sound with the ability to Innovate on a dime. (more…)

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Are We All Drug Pushers & Voyeurs?

BY FC Expert Blogger Lon Safko
Mon Nov 15, 2010

This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert’s views alone.

We are all total voyeurs, eavesdroppers! That’s what makes YouTube so popular. Flickr photographs, blogs (web logs or on-line diaries) are what people love to share and sneak a peak at. (more…)

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A New List Of Some Old I.P.


SenSei Virtual World 1992

The SenSei Operating System

“Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don’t add up.”

James Magary (more…)

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Three ‘C’s Of Innovation

(An Introduction)Glass Innovation Head

Welcome to Innovation…

I wanted to launch this blog with what I believe is the most important thing you should do–become better at Innovative Thinking. Innovative or Creative Thinking has the highest rate of return of anything you can do for yourself and your company.


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First Six Rules Of Innovation

Rules(WII-FM)Whenever I go into a company or organization to train, or teach any marketing class the first thing I teach is always ask “What’s In It For Me?”, WII-FM. What do I get out of it? What do I walk away with? What are my take-a-ways?


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7.5 Secrets To A Winning Blogging

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