|Welcome to Inventors Emporium|
Founded in 1990, Inventors Emporium exists to develop the inventions of Joel M. Sciamma and as an umbrella for other activities such as R&D in electronics, computing, light mechanical engineering and just plain curiosity.
Youll find an evolving mix of ideas, software (for the Macintosh and Newton), information and images which I hope you will find interesting. This site has a complete absence of frames, animations, Flash, Java, blinking text, fancy fonts, noises or advertisements - Ill try to keep it that way.
I have a number of inventions that have been granted a patent or that are in the works, a few of which are:
They are a tremendous fund of knowledge in all aspects of the process that a small inventor must overcome and can help to locate the necessary professionals.
I am a member of the Royal Institution <http://www.ri.ac.uk> which, under the directorship of Baroness Susan Greenfield, has been enjoying a substantial expansion of its programme and is a wonderful venue at which to learn about the latest developments in science and technology through their discourses and public lectures.
The UK Patent Office <http://www.patent.gov.uk/> is the home of UK intellectual property rights and the place to which all official communications should be made. They have a free information pack for inventors. Tel: +44 (0)645 500505
With the developments in the innovation side of my business I am scaling back my Macintosh and Newton application software development but I am still involved in a few significant software projects:
My programming environment of choice for the Mac was Prograph CPX, a fully visual, object-oriented, dataflow language that is surely how programming should be. The developers of Prograph, Pictorius, Inc. were not able to devote the necessary resources to continue their development efforts on the Mac but there is an open source effort underway to rewrite Prograph for Mac OS X at <http://www.ospgli.org/>.
FileMaker database development
Inventors Emporium relational database suites have been commissioned by the UK Automobile Association, Campers & Nicholsons International, Beaumont and Sons and numerous other organisations. Some FileMaker solutions can be found on this site.
One of my first hobbies was electronics and I still dabble and like to keep my hand in with new technologies as they appear. All hobbies have their tools and I recently bought a hand-held oscilloscope in the form of the Velleman HPS10 for which I wrote a short guide to to help myself learn about it.
In designing this site, I have tried to conform to HTML 4 as far as possible to ensure the widest compatibility for now, so there are a bunch of deprecated tags like <FONT> and <CENTER> in here to offend the purists.
The site was originally built on a Macintosh PowerBook G3 / G4 with Adobe GoLive 4 to 8, which seems to have done a decent job and was a big help in managing the changes I kept making. It's a shame that this environment has disappeared and I have not found a really good alternative. Texts were originally prepared in MacWrite Pro 1.5 and graphics with good old SuperPaint 3.5, Photoshop and GraphicConverter <http://www.lemkesoft.com/>. I used ClarisImpact 2.0 for the outlining, which kept my head together, and the excellent NotePad Deluxe <http://www.ibrium.se/> to keep snippets of code, ideas, and notes.
Until recently I used iCab <http://www.icab.de/> as my main browser with Mac OS 9 because it's fast, compact, reliable and adheres to web standards. It's also a European product, which is nice. I have now switched to Mozilla 1.3.1 for Mac OS 9 which handles CSS layouts properly <http://wamcom.org/>. The browser from Redmond has good UI design and generally works well but its lethal instability and voracious appetite for memory was just too painful. Now it's only used (with trepidation) for testing.
Now I am also on Mac OS X, my favourite browser is OmniWeb.
I am indebted to Elizabeth Castro <http://www.cookwood.com/> for her book in the Visual Quickstart Guide series called HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition (Peachpit Press <http://www.peachpit.com/>, ISBN 0-201-35493-4). It was the only book I could find from which I could absorb HTML painlessly and fast. GoLive seems to generate pretty clean code but her descriptons of basic concepts and tips on good design practice were very valuable. Updates to the site are now being handled by SubEthaEdit, which I also use for writing the VectorScript commands used in VantagePoint.
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