With over 1,000 patents and iconic inventions such as the record player, video camera and electric light bulb to his credit, Thomas Edison is widely considered the greatest innovator of all time. But if there is one person who has the right to be unimpressed by such accomplishments, it’s Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu.
In fact, with over over 4,000 patents to his name, the 84-year-old invention wizard of Japan makes Edison look somewhat like a slacker. While the exact figure hasn’t been verified, an article in The New York Times does credit the man better known as Dr. Nakamats with the all-time world record for holding the most patents.
Some of the most notable inventions claimed to be have originated from his mind include the floppy disk, digital watches and the Karaoke machine. Though IBM is credited for introducing floppies, Nakamat says he had licensed several his patents to the company in 1979 under a confidential agreement. While the tech giant declined to verify his claim, a spokesman told the New York Times that the company maintains an ongoing relationship with NakaMats.
But beside the innovations that have become household names, the vast majority of his inventions are far-from-mainstream byproducts of his quirky and, some would say, eccentric personality. For instance, there’s the a toilet seat lifter, a magnetized condom that improves sensitivity, a wig that can be used for self-defense and eyeglasses designed to mimic the appearance of real eyes so it doesn’t appear as if the wearer had glasses on.
But perhaps his most provocative (for lack of a better word) invention is the Love Gel. A concoction designed to boost a woman’s level of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone when applied to her private parts. Basically, it makes that desirable part of a woman’s body even more desirable to men.
Vice Media’s Motherboard site recently conducted an interview with the legendary idea man in which he talks about his goal of patenting over 6,000 inventions before his passes away at the modest age of 144.
“Edison stopped invention at the age of 45,” Nakamatsu said. “I am going to be 82 and also, for 60 years more, I can make more inventions.”
Of all the tributes he says he has received, he is perhaps proudest of having been invested as a knight by the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, an ancient Roman Catholic charitable order. “Which is why I should be addressed as Sir Dr. NakaMats,” he explains.
He’s saying this from behind a desk in an office of Dr. NakaMats House, a central Tokyo high-rise of his own design. Naturally, the front gate is shaped like a colossal floppy disk.
His office is a riot of not-quite-finished projects. A blackboard is slathered in mathematical equations. File folders are piled on chairs. Copies of books he has written—among them, Invention of Politics and How to Become a Superman Lying Down—are scattered on the floor. Everywhere Dr. NakaMats goes, he dislodges great stacks of scientific papers last examined in, say, 1997. While rummaging for a diagram of his Anti-Gravity Float-Vibrate 3-Dimensional Sonic System, a heap of magazines starts a sort of tsunami across the room, dislodging other heaps in its path. He looks straight ahead, firm and unsmiling.
Dr. NakaMats is lean, moderately intense and 92 years old. He wears a sharp, double-breasted pinstriped suit, a striped red tie with matching pocket square and an expression like Ahab looking for a crew to hunt the white whale. Scrupulously polite, he offers a visitor from the United States a cup of Dr. NakaMats Brain Drink (“Lose weight. Smooth skin. Avoid constipation”) and a plate of intellect-enhancing Dr. NakaMats Yummy Nutri Brain Snacks.