The view from Venus
Jacque Fresco designed a society without politics, poverty and war. Will it ever leave the drawing board?
Published: October 13, 2011
A selection of Fresco's designs from Scientific Research Laboratories, a business he established in 1947 occupying a small office roughly a mile northeast of Hollywood. Fresco's Los Feliz research center was operational for less than a decade—in the mid-'50s, the state of California bulldozed the lab to make way for the Golden State Freeway. This was the precipitating event for his relocation to Miami, though Fresco would subsequently tell a reporter there that he moved to the East Coast to "escape the Los Angeles smog." The designs are as follows:
Page 1 – A hologram projector commissioned by producer Jack Moss, who then worked for Paramount Pictures.
Page 2 – A mechanism for viewing three-dimensional vectograph images.
Pages 3, 4, 5 – Medical devices designed to rotate the femur. These were, according to Fresco's partner Roxanne Meadows, only a few among hundreds of such designs commissioned by Dr. Irving Fixel of Hollywood, Fla., who allegedly reneged on his promise to share the ensuing patents with Fresco.
Pages 6, 7 – Fresco's model of an "enclosed sanitary system" in which one could watch television while lying in bed within a hermetically-sealed chamber.
Page 8 – An ultraviolet lamp.
Page 9 – A sketch of the Sonomix, designed to mix food with ultrasonic sound rather than blades.
Page 10 – A serving tray made completely out of aluminum, designed for an aircraft company.
Page 11 – A lamp that could "snap" together without the need for traditional assembly tools.
Pages 12, 13, 14 – The Volk Pipe, the innovations of which included an all-aluminum composition to lower the temperature of the smoke.
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