By Rochelle Broder-Singer | 9/2010
Outside the halls and laboratories of its universities, Florida is home to a thriving community of inventors working to turn their ideas into commercial success . The creations of some, such as Ronald Sargent, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, are high-profile: Sargent invented both the Porta Potti camping toilet and the "Dancing Water" fountains at Walt Disney World's Epcot park. Other inventors, such as Thomas Arthur of Medley, create high technology: Arthur invented a "medical systems integrator" that combines displays from multiple pieces of medical equipment onto one flat-screen display. Yet other inventions reflect Florida-born inspiration: ImpactShield, a hurricane shutter made from a fabric that stretches over windows, was invented by Miami's Cameron Gunn. The History Channel's "Modern Marvels" selected ImpactShield as one of the top inventions of 2007.
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