Inventors Push Boundaries With Lost Technologies

Lightning blasted in all directions of Richard Hull’s home laboratory, jittering louder than a buzz saw as sparks flew from the giant Tesla coil he and his team dubbed “Nemesis.”

The power from the 15,000-watt device set fire to parts of the lab before finding its way into Hull’s home wiring, destroying two computers 100 feet away, blowing out his washing machine, and setting his television ablaze.

Like any true inventor, Hull was ecstatic. From his home in Richmond, Virginia, the electronic systems engineer accomplished what others had attempted for decades—he built an electric magnifier based off notes left by famed inventor Nikola Tesla from the early 20th century.

“[Tesla’s] magnifying transmitter—which was his greatest thing—was probably his best invention, yet his least understood,” Hull said.

Hull is one of thousands who are following the footsteps of past inventors—taking the reins on unfinished technology to realize dreams that are otherwise lost with time.

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(Image courtesy of Richard Hull)