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The Lemelson Center's oral and video history projects increase historical documentation on invention and innovation in the United States.
Above: Guitarist G.E. Smith is featured in the Electric Guitar Video Documentation Project. Smithsonian photo by Jeff Tinsley.

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Chuck Hoberman, inventor of expandable domes and spheres (1996)

Video documenting the “Innovative Lives” program presented by Chuck Hoberman, inventor of expandable geodesic domes and spheres. Hoberman invented the Hoberman Sphere, Iris Dome, and a collapsible frisbee, tent and briefcase. Hoberman's intriguing creations, based on both basic geometry and complex mathematics, solve problems or offer opportunities in the real world. In 1990, Hoberman founded his own company, Hoberman Associates, Inc.

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