Top 9 inventions that were banned because they worked too well

Inventors are misunderstood (or not) geniuses whose work carried out at night in small laboratories leads to major changes for our societies. At least, that’s how we imagine them, although things don’t always turn out that way. Sometimes, inventors invent extraordinary things, so extraordinary that the competent authorities hasten to prohibit their use.

1. Javelins had to be redesigned in the mid-80s

They were so aerodynamic that they sometimes went out of bounds of the stadium. So we changed their center of gravity to prevent people from getting them in the eye.

2. Joystick banned by CapCom

The publisher banned the use of a joystick during a Street Fighter V tournament because it made it too fast to execute combos.

3. Lucky Patcher

This application allows you to modify paid and free apps from inside an Android by removing ads and preventing license verification, in short, to give admin tools to whoever uses it without having to root the app. ‘device. Suffice to say that he was banned fissa from the Google Store.

4. The LZR speedo, prohibited because it is too performative

This integral swimsuit was modeled on sharkskin and broke 24 swimming world records at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and 130 in two years. The international federation banned it in stride, in 2009.

5. Air flyboard (authorized since)

The air flyboard is a completely crazy thing and its inventor is French (his name is Franky Zapata, which is funny). This kind of flying board is of interest to everyone: the army, the Americans, civil engineering… But it was banned from flying because it was deemed too dangerous. Since then, there have been conclusive trials, even though Zapata’s Channel crossing ended in water.

6. The first electric cars

Who killed the electric car is a documentary that tells how the success of the EV1, the very first electric car marketed on a large scale by General Motors, led the American automobile market to close the parenthesis of the electric for 20 years. The EV1, a car only offered for long-term rental, was released in 1999 and allowed you to travel 160 kilometers on a charge, which is not nothing. Silent, comfortable, it met with great success and met the requirements of the State of California in terms of reducing gas emissions by personal vehicles. But this success freaked out the whole sector and the lobbies managed to relax the law and develop slightly less polluting fuels based on fossil fuels to dissuade manufacturers from investing in electricity. And we have, therefore, lost 20 years.

7. RealDVD or the app that allowed you to copy DVDs to your computer

This app made it possible to save the content of DVDs that we had purchased on a hard drive in anticipation of the wave of dematerialization that affects us today. But an American court prohibited its use, considering that if it was legal for a person who bought a DVD to want to make a backup, it was illegal on the other hand to provide this person with a tool to achieve this. Absurd.

8. Big Bertha Golf Clubs

This driver displayed such striking power that the American Golf Association banned its use in competitions. This did not prevent competitors from copying the design.

9. The spaghetti string

In the 1970s, Werner Fischer invented the spaghetti string for tennis rackets, a string that provided exceptional lift without forcing. And it works. Starting in 1976, Fisher teamed up average players from the world’s top 100 and they achieved crazy performances, beating world top 10 much better than them… But in 1977, Nastase beat Vilas, then unbeatable on clay, with this rope and the controversy explodes. Quickly, the string is prohibited by the official tennis authorities.

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