Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The 10 Gadgets That Changed the World

1.


RCA Model 630TS TV (1946)

When soldiers returned home from World War II, they could finally kick back and watch TV. More often than not, they flipped on this set, which sold for a cool $350 –- that’s $3,600 in today’s dollars. With a 10-inch black-and-white screen and enormous speakers packed into a fine wooden cabinet that weighed almost 100 pounds, the Model T of televisions was the first mass-produced postwar boob tube. The set could receive a dozen broadcast channels, including the ill-fated Channel 1, and was considered the standard until 1954, when RCA's 12-inch color set took center stage. It was the golden age of television: Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and I Love Lucy were all on the air, and TV became the center of the family room.

2.

Western Electric 500 Desk Telephone (1949)

The clean, functional design of this rotary telephone quickly became iconic. Even the first touch-tone phone, introduced some 15 years later, was a curve-for-curve copy of the 500 –- except the dial was replaced with buttons. Nearly every phone that followed, from wall-mounted versions for kitchens to the bedroom-specific Princess model, took design cues from the 500. As the cheap, stylish objects made their way into every room of the house, they drove massive investment in the telecommunications infrastructure: Transcontinental calling became possible in 1951, and overseas calls began in 1956. Western Electric survived until the restructuring of AT&T in 1984; imitators still sell homages to the 500, dial and all.

3.

Kodak Brownie 127 camera (1953)


The Brownie dates back to 1900. The original -- named after a popular cartoon character -- was just a cardboard box fitted with a meniscus lens. That model helped launch photography as a hobby, shipping 150,000 units the first year. By the 1950s, cameras were staples of parties and family vacations. The Brownie 127, a British import molded from Bakelite, disassembled so you could load a spool of 127-size film. And, at about 5-by-3-by-3 inches, it could be wedged into a coat pocket. It also featured a 1/50-second shutter speed, fast enough to grab pics in most situations. More than a million 127s were sold over the next few years, paving the way for the snapshot camera and the point-and-shoot ethos of personal photography.


4.

Bell & Howell Director Series model 414 Zoomatic 8-mm Movie Camera (c. 1962)

For the first 40 years of their existence, moving pictures were the exclusive purview of the film industry. The 35-mm format was the single standard, film stock was expensive (and prone to bursting into flames), and the equipment was enormous. When affordable 8-mm cameras arrived in 1932, America started shooting, and the cult of Junior’s first steps was born. By the mid-1950s, Bolex, Canon and others were producing cameras for 8-mm film, but none shot more famous footage than this Bell & Howell. Dallas clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder used his to film a presidential motorcade in 1963. Today, his camera is in the National Archives. His film showed that anyone could capture history, as in the Rodney King clip and 9/11.


5.

Amana Radarange microwave (1967)

Look around your kitchen. Since the invention of the modern household refrigerator in 1927, not much has changed in the way we store and prepare food, with one exception: the microwave. It works by using, uh, microwaves to excite the molecules in water, heating food much faster than conventional ovens. The first commercial model, in 1947, weighed hundreds of pounds, was almost 6 feet tall and cost as much as $3,000. But by 1967, the appliance had slimmed down, and the idea of cooking dinner in a matter of minutes instead of hours caught on in harried suburbia. Amana's countertop Radarange cost $495 and was sold Tupperware-style. A small army of genteel sales ladies would make roasts and burgers while touting the oven's "space-age wonder." Today, find that rare Luddite home without a microwave, and you have to wonder how they make popcorn.

6.

JVC HR-3300 videocassette recorder (1976)


Say you had to attend a birthday party the night that Battle of the Network Stars was on. What were you supposed to do, miss seeing Melissa Gilbert run the obstacle course? JVC had the solution. With the market's first home VHS recorder, you could tape a show and watch it when you wanted. You could also do the unthinkable: Pause the show to grab a snack, or fast-forward through the commercials. As they overtook the sleeker, smaller, better-quality Sony Betamax with lower prices and wider availability, VCRs highlighted the dangers of proprietary formats. They also marked the first assault on the big TV broadcasters' control over our viewing habits. Cable, video games and the internet weakened the networks' stronghold even more: Prime-time network viewership has plummeted 60 percent from 1952 levels.

7.

Atari 2600 video computer system (1977)

Home gaming started with Pong, but Pong got old fast. You'd blow your allowance at the arcade, come home and play your one-game console unit. But then what? How about unlimited games, for free, in the comfort of your very own rec room? The year it was launched, the $199 Atari 2600 VCS was a much-hyped Christmas gift, and by 1979 it had become a cultural sensation. When an arcade-faithful version of Japan's Space Invaders arrived in 1980, sales of the 2600 doubled. As the home-gaming industry grew, copycats like ColecoVision and Intellivision hit the scene, and Atari rolled out more-advanced consoles. But none endured as fully as the 2600: Atari didn't officially retire the box until 1992, a 15-year lifespan unheard of today. The thing we miss the most: its groovy wood-grain paneling.

8.

Sony Walkman TPS-L2 portable cassette player (1979)

Sony has a reputation for ramming formats down consumers' throats, yet the wild success of the Walkman was due in part to the company's embrace of the royalty-free cassette format from Philips Electronics. Never mind that the sound quality was crap or that the tapes had a maddening tendency to unravel, crease and break. What mattered was that a cassette was much smaller than a vinyl record or an 8-track. The original Walkman could pop into a jacket pocket or a bag, and that forever changed the way people listen to music. The Walkman might be the most popular gadget brand of all time: Almost 30 years and 350 million units later, more than 300 different Walkman-branded portables, including CD players, TVs and cell phones, have successfully isolated their owners from noisy commutes or co-workers.

9.

IBM 5150 personal computer (1981)

Apple often gets credit for starting the personal computer revolution, but the Macintosh, which debuted in 1984, was not the original mass-market PC. On Aug. 12, 1981, IBM launched the 5150 and changed home and office life forever. The system packed a 4.77-MHz Intel 8088 processor and up to 256 KB of memory, weighed 25 pounds with "diskette" drive, and sold for $3,000. It wasn't unreasonably bulky or expensive, and its boxy form factor remains the standard for PCs. Legions of schoolchildren and small-business employees began learning the already popular VisiCalc spreadsheet along with a new operating system called DOS. Starting in 1983, on-the-go professionals opted for a Compaq, the first fully compatible PC clone and the first portable clone. Windows, multi-gigabyte hard drives, the internet and the 3-pound laptop followed. It all started here.

10.

Motorola StarTac cell phone (1996)

Before the StarTac, cell phones were monstrous bricks that few people bothered to use outside the confines of a car. Motorola changed all that with the groundbreaking StarTac, a streamlined handset that turned the cell phone into a status symbol. As light as 3.1 ounces, it seemed impossibly small, and the flip-phone design made it simple to stow. It was also the first phone with a vibrate function, which Moto lifted from its pager division. The little StarTac did have a big flaw: a mere 90 minutes of talk time. That meant many users were forced to carry a second battery. But even if the phone did go dead, it was still a conversation piece, marking the advent of personal electronics as fashion.


By Christopher Null

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

wonderful... thanks a lot!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi !.
You may , perhaps curious to know how one can manage to receive high yields .
There is no need to invest much at first. You may start to get income with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you thought of all the time
AimTrust incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

It is based in Panama with structures around the world.
Do you want to become an affluent person?
That`s your chance That`s what you wish in the long run!

I feel good, I began to take up real money with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. It`s all about how to select a proper companion utilizes your funds in a right way - that`s AimTrust!.
I make 2G daily, and my first investment was 500 dollars only!
It`s easy to join , just click this link http://ivesexyqul.wtcsites.com/jiwinu.html
and lucky you`re! Let`s take this option together to get rid of nastiness of the life

Anonymous said...

Good day !.
You may , perhaps very interested to know how one can manage to receive high yields .
There is no need to invest much at first. You may start earning with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you haven`t ever dreamt of such a chance to become rich
The company incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

It is based in Panama with offices around the world.
Do you want to become an affluent person?
That`s your choice That`s what you desire!

I`m happy and lucky, I started to take up real money with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. It`s all about how to choose a proper partner utilizes your savings in a right way - that`s the AimTrust!.
I take now up to 2G every day, and my first deposit was 1 grand only!
It`s easy to get involved , just click this link http://vecywowid.100megsfree5.com/ywyquny.html
and go! Let`s take this option together to become rich

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
I would like to burn a theme at here. There is such a nicey, called HYIP, or High Yield Investment Program. It reminds of financial piramyde, but in rare cases one may happen to meet a company that really pays up to 2% daily not on invested money, but from real profits.

For several years , I make money with the help of these programs.
I'm with no money problems now, but there are heights that must be conquered . I get now up to 2G a day , and I started with funny 500 bucks.
Right now, I managed to catch a guaranteed variant to make a sharp rise . Turn to my blog to get additional info.

http://theinvestblog.com [url=http://theinvestblog.com]Online Investment Blog[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Do you guys watch movies in theater or on internet? I use to rent DVD movies from [b]Bigflix.com[/b]. Recently I discovered that we can watch all new movies on internet on day, they are released. So why should I spend money on renting movies??? So, can you guys please tell me where I can [url=http://www.watchhotmoviesfree.com]watch latest movie Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 2010[/url] for free?? I have searched [url=http://www.watchhotmoviesfree.com]Youtube.com[/url], [url=http://www.watchhotmoviesfree.com]Dailymotion.com[/url], [url=http://www.watchhotmoviesfree.com]Megavideo.com[/url] but, Could not find a good working link. If you know any working link please share it with me.


Thanks

Anonymous said...

Sup people, great forum I find It amply helpful and its helped me out so much
I hope to be able to contribute & support other users like this board has helped me

_________________
[url=http://iphoneusers.com]unlock iphone 4.2.1[/url]

Alprazolam said...

My how times have changed.

Anonymous said...

free networking ebook http://audiobookscollection.co.uk/de/Donald-E-Knuth/m30929/ acne bible ebook [url=http://audiobookscollection.co.uk/Anger-Related-Disorders-A-Practitioner-s-Guide-to-Comparative-Treatments/p218982/]organic ebook[/url] ebook tracker

Anonymous said...

site to site backup software http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/product-20064/myNotes-1-4-Mac shopping photography digital software [url=http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/es/category-200-214/Otros?page=4]best guitar software[/url] tech tv slide show software
[url=http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/de/]Software Store[/url] world latest software
[url=http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/it/category-200-212/Multimediale-e-Divertimenti?page=6][img]http://buyoem.co.uk/image/2.gif[/img][/url]

Anonymous said...

best software tv tuner http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/de/product-37373/Active-System-Locker-3-2 where can i purchase perla software [url=http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/product-37346/Ultra-Video-Joiner-4-0]ged test software progressive download[/url] best software to create web pages
[url=http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/fr/category-100-111/Outils-de-syst-me]Outils de systeme - Software Store[/url] what is checkpoint software
[url=http://buysoftwareonline.co.uk/es/category-9/Antivirus-y-seguridad?page=2][img]http://buyoem.co.uk/image/4.gif[/img][/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/cytoxan.htm][img]http://onlinemedistore.com/3.jpg[/img][/url]
rhode island hospital pharmacy list http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/aceon.htm locating compound pharmacy [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/cozaar.htm]starting salary for pharmacy technician[/url]
work from home with your own pharmacy http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/deltasone.htm women ingternational pharmacy wisconsin [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/chloroquine.htm]chloroquine[/url]
massachusetts school of pharmacy http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/elavil.htm tri state pharmacy weirton [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/bystolic.htm]newtons pharmacy and sydney[/url]
haines medical pharmacy http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/copegus.htm pharmacy minor ailment service in england [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/atarax.htm]atarax[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/norvasc.htm][img]http://onlinemedistore.com/5.jpg[/img][/url]
pharmacy propecia http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/cialis-soft-tabs.htm information on pharmacy compounding [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/inderal.htm]pharmacy delivery cart[/url]
full pharmacy of pain killers to buy http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/catalogue/m.htm nc board of pharmacy [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/horny-goat-weed.htm]horny goat weed[/url]
pay for pharmacy techs http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/mobic.htm belmont pharmacy [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/cardizem.htm]how much does a pharmacy technician[/url]
how is communication related to pharmacy http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/betapace.htm pharmacy school in orlando florida [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/cytotec.htm]cytotec[/url]

Anonymous said...

http://www.maps.google.com/ - [url=http://www.wikipedia.org/]wiki[/url]
mail

Anonymous said...

[url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/categories/gastrointestinal.htm][img]http://onlinemedistore.com/4.jpg[/img][/url]
pharmacy diazepam http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/brand-amoxil.htm iloilo doctors hospital pharmacy [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/viramune.htm]maryland board of pharmacy[/url]
loreal mineral makeup cvs pharmacy http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/precose.htm german pharmacy [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/procardia.htm]procardia[/url]
pennsylvania medicaid specialty pharmacy program http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/zyban.htm dallas animal pharmacy [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/catalogue/n.htm]university of mississippi pharmacy school[/url]
pharmacy technician certification training texas http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/norvasc.htm tennessee certified pharmacy technician [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/ed-discount-pack-1.htm]ed discount pack 1[/url]

Anonymous said...

Great work! This is the type of info that should be shared across the web.
Shame on Google for now not positioning this post upper!
Come on over and visit my site . Thanks =)

My webpage :: waist to height ratio ranges

Anonymous said...

pregnant dating site [url=http://freeinternetdating.info/brides/problems-with-mail-order-brides]problems with mail order brides[/url] club 8 text dating
software internet dating http://freeinternetdating.info/socialnetwork/brown-eye-girl-myspace-comments enternet dating
tv dating dublin [url=http://freeinternetdating.info/socialnetwork/brownpride-myspace-graghics]background checks dating[/url] rebounding into dating circles

Anonymous said...

psychology dating compatibility test http://loveepicentre.com/ single dating questions
100 free adult dating sites uk [url=http://loveepicentre.com/faq/]matt leinhart dating[/url] purpose of dating
realistic dating games [url=http://loveepicentre.com/taketour/]internet dating the pitfalls[/url] big beautiful women dating rhode island [url=http://loveepicentre.com/user/antoson/]antoson[/url] unofficially dating deine

Anonymous said...

Askіng questionѕ arе гeаlly nice thing if you are not understanԁing ѕomething entirelу,
howеver thiѕ ρіece of writіng ρrovides fastidіous undегstanding eѵen.


My web blog ... hcg diet

Anonymous said...

Really when someone doesn't know afterward its up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it takes place.

Stop by my homepage ... sex

Anonymous said...

Hello, І enjοу reading all of your агticle.

I wаnted to write a littlе commеnt to support yοu.


Feel fгee to visit my sitе - coffee pure cleanse and colo cleanse pro

Anonymous said...

Right Encino children dentist in plano should be chosen for the right
dentures for your needs, budget and lifestyle.
Following Comprehensive Examination and Diagnosis your Holistic Dentist will be able to explain your case
to the dentist and getting trip to the dentist.
Resin veneers are thinner and do not have gum disease. Feed your child before bed and
take the impression of the teeth.

my webpage :: plano sedation dentist

Davidjohn said...

Thanks, that was a really cool read!
royalty free video clips