Because of his involvement in a love triangle, White was shot and killed while attending the opening of Madison Square Garden's roof show in the building he had designed, leaving Wardenclyffe as his final creation.
In an article published on his 50th birthday, Tesla announced his bladeless turbine to the world. The invention was based on adhesion and viscosity, two fundamental properties of all fluids.
Tesla made great efforts to obtain funding for the Wardenclyffe project after J.P. Morgan withdrew his support, but was unsuccessful. Unable to pay his employees, he was forced to lay them off and construction of the tower ceases.
Tesla was contracted by Waltham Watch Company to build the world's first and only air-friction speedometer, which he also patented. It was used in Packard, Lincoln and Pierce-Arrow luxury cars.