Dr. Nakamatsu, colloquially known as Dr. NakaMats, claims to be the most prolific inventor in the world. He holds 3,500 patents and counting—more than any other inventor living or dead.
He recently celebrated his 88th birthday and plans to live to 144, while dealing with his greatest challenge yet: treating his cancer.Motherboard met up with Dr. NakaMats at his birthday party to talk about the importance of inventing, and why he plans to keep innovating for another 60 years.
In his interviews, Nakamatsu described his “creativity process”, which includes listening to music and concludes with diving underwater, where he says he comes up with his best ideas and records them while underwater.
Nakamatsu claims to benefit from lack of oxygen to the brain during his dives, making inventions “0.5 seconds before death.” He also claims that his “Calm Room,” a bathroom constructed without nails and tiled in 24-karat gold, encourages creative thinking by blocking television and radio waves.