When you hear Tesla what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the electric car company or the Serbian-American inventor that it’s named after? Nicola Tesla was many things: an electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, a futurist, a genius inventor. Without him, we wouldn’t have the Tesla coit that’s used in radio or the alternating current electricity supply system that’s used all over the world. He invented a lot of things that influenced the future and shaped the modern world as we know it, but there were some inventions that he came up with that never got built. Some were deemed way too crazy, others just couldn’t be built because the technological possibilities weren’t advanced enough at the time. Let’s take a look at those brilliant inventions that Tesla never got the chance to build.
In 1989 Nicola Tesla showed off his new invention at the New York City’s Madison Square Garden. He invented a radio-controlled mini boat. It is considered to be one of the first steps towards creating robots and he thought it would be beneficial to society because once created robots could do most of the heavy lifting instead of humans. Some people saw this radio-controlled boat as a weapon and Nicola did offer up the design to the US and UK military. But as per usual he was far ahead of his time and no-one understood the potential of this invention.
2. Wireless Energy
Tesla believed in wireless energy. From the experiments he did on radio and microwaves, he thought he could power cities by transmitting electricity through the air. He got as far as starting construction on a tower on Long Island called the Wardenclyffe Tower. It was financed by J.P. Morgan to transmit messages to ships across the Atlantic ocean. However, once J.P. Morgan caught wind of Tesla’s plans to try and supply New York with electricity through thin air the funding was cut and the tower was dismantled several years later before it even became operational.