March 16, 2018

3 Irish Inventions in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and in honor of this holiday we’ll take a look back at three tech related inventions Ireland and those from Irish decent has contributed to the world.  After all, St. Patrick’s Day should be more than eating green bagels or having a pint (if you’re 21+ of course), so let’s also celebrate these inventions that truly helped advance our society.

  1. The tractor: Harry Ferguson was a bicycle repair man who had a strong interest in mechanics. He was the inventor of the tractor—a machine that made agricultural tasks much easier and less manual labor centric. Harry also invented the first four-wheel drive Formula One racing car.
  2. Color photography: John Joly was the first to invent the color photograph all the way back in 1894. Though this isn’t when it became well known, it was the beginning of the color photography movement. We’re especially thankful for this invention. It has allowed us to come up with state-of-the-art color cameras in our ZTE devices.
  3. The submarine: John Philip Holland was an Irish engineer who invented the world’s first submarine. It was commissioned in 1900 by the US Navy and allowed it to carry out more stealth tasks.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!