It’s interesting to think what life would be like without these gadgets. Take the Camera, for example, catching all our memories and documenting our lives, but what would life be like without one?
No more tagging pictures on Facebook, no more pictures in magazines or newspapers. It’s crazy to think a little gadget like a camera can have such a big impact on all our lives.
Read on for even more Gadgets that changed the world:
17. Fridge, 1834 – Jacob Perkins invented probably the most important Kitchen convenience the refrigerator. Jacob was the first to describe how pipes filled with volatile chemicals could keep food cool. Unfortunately Fridge’s would not be commonplace for another 100 years.
18. Syringe, 1844 – The first Syringe that used needles thin enough to pierce skin was developed in 1844 by Francis Rynd an Irish physician. However Syringes have been in use since the 9th Century. An Egyptian surgeon used a glass suction tube to remove cataracts from a patient.
19. Pneumatic Tyre, 1845 – Robert Thomson, a civil engineer, realised the potential of air to soften car and bicycle transportation. Before Robert Thomson realised the potential of a tyre, people suffered bone-jarring rides due to poor surfaces of our roads. In 1888 John Dunlop, a Scottish vet, devised a rubber inner-tube model to update the original.
20. Rubber band, 1845 – Stephen Perry patented the invention back in 1845 to hold paper or envelopes together. Royal Mail gets through 342 million red rubber bands a year.
21. Light Bulb, 1848 – Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison both share credit for creating a gadget we take for granted every single day.
22. Internal Combustion Engine, 1859 – Without the Internal Combustion Engine invented by Etienne Lenoir we wouldn’t be able to drive, fly, travel by train, build factories, motor across oceans…the list is endless. Etienne converted the steam engine in 1859 which was woefully inefficient as it boasted just one horsepower, but billions of engines have been built ever since.
23. Bicycle, 1861 – First devised as a gentleman’s play thing in the 1820s, the push-powered hobby-horse quickly evolved to become the most classless form of transport, trundling by the millions along highways and byways all over the world. The French velocipede, invented in 1861 by Pierre Marchaux, is widely considered to be the first true bicycle.
24. Dynamite, 1867 – The first person to succumb to the explosive force of Dynamite was the inventor Alfred Nobel’s youngest sibling. In 1896, Nobel used his fortune to endow the Nobel Prizes that we know and love today.
25. Telephone, 1876 – Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell raced to make the first working phone in the 1870’s. Alexander Graham Bell created the very first working phone. Today there are 1.3 million phone lines in use all over the world.
26. Barbed Wire, 1873 – Joseph Gidden was a 60 year old rancher that created Barbed Wire to keep his cows from wandering. Joseph made a fortune by manufacturing miles of his Barbed Wire across farms in America.
27. Radio, 1895 – Alexander Popov and Guglielmo Marconi saw potential Heinrich Hertz didn’t while demonstrating invisible electromagnetic energy. Alexander and Guglielmo sent the first transatlantic radio message (three dots for the letter “S”) in 1901.
28. Swiss Army Knife, 1897 – Every camper’s favourite multi-tool originated in Schwyz, Switzerland more that 100 years ago, after a surgical equipment manufacturer was dismayed to learn that Germany had supplied knives for the Swiss army.
29. Vacuum Cleaner, 1901 – Hubert Booth created the first vacuum cleaner powered by a five horse power engine, unfortunately the device was huge. In 1907 James Spangler added a pillow to the invention and sold his patent to an America company called Hoover. The rest, along with the dust in millions of homes worldwide, is history.
30. Bra, 1913 – Mary Phelps Jacob created the Bra with ribbons and handkerchiefs as an alternative to corsets. She later sold her company for $1500 to Warner Brothers Corset Company who would make $15million from the invention. Today it is estimated women spend £1.2bn on Bra’s each year.
31. Zip, 1913 – Look at your flies or purse, the zip has been keeping your valuables safe since 1913. The Zip is manufactured in Qiaotou, (the same place where 60% of the world’s button are manufactured) where an astonishing 80% off the world’s zips are made. Creation of the Zip goes to Gideon Sundback who designed the Zip to fasten his high boots.
32. Television, 1925 – Without television we would be no Apprentice, X-Factor or Corrie. The Television has entertained millions around the globe since John Logie Baird first demonstrated it in 1925.
33. Sellotape, 1937 – Colin Kininimonth and George Gray inspired by a French patent, coated cellophane film with natural rubber resin. They came up with then name Sellotape, and it stuck (sorry couldn’t resist).
34. Biro, 1938 – Laszlo Jose Biro’s breakthrough had been to devise a ball-bearing nib capable of delivering to paper the smudge-resistant ink already used in printing. Today around 14 million “Biros” are sold every day, perhaps making the pen the world’s most successful gadget!
That spells the end of Part II, like Star Wars – Return of the Jedi, I have saved the best for last, check out part III coming soon.