While Ms. Goode’s invention has nothing to do with technology, I thought she needed mention here because I know alot of us didn’t know this. Ms. Sarah E Goode is the first African American Woman to file a patent.
Goode applied for and was awarded a patent on July 14, 1885. (Patent #322,177, for a cabinet bed). Her invention was a something that was needed because of space in the small homes of america.
While her invention took a piece of furniture and converted it to a full bed, like a Transformer it was not popularized until years later. Thirty years later in 1916 the Murphy bed was created. It was concealed behind a closet door or wall, rather than inside a piece of furniture, such as the cabinet bed.
Today it is known as a “folding bed” or the “hide away bed”.