Nikola Tesla's patents for aircraft, ships, railways, autos, and more


With his Lightning-Protector, Nikola Tesla attempted to improve upon the Lightning Rods originally created by Ben Franklin in the late 18th century. One fundamental flaw that he overcame was the fact that a lightning rod attracts more lightning than the building it was mounted upon. His design was to affix curved metal bars upon the vertical rod roughly in the shape of an umbrella.

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