World-changing gadgets: Old school cool

Published on August 25th, 2011
World-changing gadgets: Old school cool

There’s no doubt that gadgets can change our lives greatly (and not always for the better). But certain gadgets have played such a major role in improving the quality of life, we thought we’d give them the recognition they deserve. So here’s a quick list of a few gadgets we think changed the world.

1. The printing press
While this is not the type of gadget you can fold up and carry in your back pocket – unless you have truly enormous pants – it revolutionised literacy.

2. The point-and-shoot camera
George Eastman brought photography to the masses in 1888 with the Kodak camera. For the first time, the average person could freeze reality in images, which became worth, well, a thousand words.

3. Radio
When Guglielmo Marconi patented his radiotelegraph system in 1901, he envisioned it as a way for ships to communicate with one another wirelessly. But by the 1920s, regular broadcasts of music and news exploded, ushering in a new era of mass media.

Just think about it: life would be very different if those three gadgets had never made it off the drawing board, wouldn’t it?

Pic credit: Wilson B

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