The most innovative technological gadgets of yesterday and today
There are things that cannot be forgotten, especially events or objects that have given a decisive contribution to the technological development of the various eras.
From pagers to the indestructible Nokia 3210 and to iPhones: which are the objects that have made history or that are contributing to change people’s way of life?
We have drawn up a list of these gadgets for you:
IBM Selectric Typerwriter
It was 1961 when the IBM Selectric Typewriter first brought a touch of colour into half the offices of the world, thanks to its different colours, all strictly pastel shades.
But the great innovation of the IMB Selectric was its interchangeable print head, which allowed for using different fonts in the same document.
Another “coloured” revolution in the information technology world was the introduction of Apple’s iBook: a portable different from the others, starting from its colour. But what allowed the iBook to enter the Olympic of the technological innovations of the twentieth century was something else.
In fact, it was the first laptop in the world that offered wireless connection to the Internet!
The 2600 is an 8 bit console first manufactured by Atari in 1977. It had a planetary success, reaching sales of over 30 million consoles. It was produced until 1991 and it is remembered as one of the longest lived videogame consoles of history. Do Pac-Man and Space Invaders mean nothing to you? It is thanks to these games that, a little later, everyone started talking about a real Atari-mania!
Sony Play Station
22 years have gone by since Sony placed on the market the first version of what is still today the queen of the videogame consoles: the world-famous Play Station! The idea of using a CD-Rom as the support for the game allowed for considerable cost cutting, as well as an enormous increase in resistance to wear. As well as videogames, the Play Station could also be used for audio CDs and it made the users’ experience even more involving. Everybody wanted one and, probably, we have all used one at least once in our lives!
Only those of use who grew up between the 1980s and the 1990s can really understand what the Walkman meant. First placed on sale by Sony in 1979, with over 200 million sold, this object transformed for ever the way we listen to music. For the first time, we could listen to cassettes easily and anywhere: walking down the street, on the beach or on a bus or train.
The success of the Walkman was gradually replaced by the first CD readers, followed by the MP3 players.
The device that, more than any other, had success on the market of music reproduction devices was Apple’s iPod, launched in 2001, with a capacity of 5 GB.
The iPod is nothing less than one of Apple’s jewels and, in 15 years, it has undergone amazing evolution, continuing to be an Apple pièce de resistance.
Before the advent of mobile phones, there was Motorola’s great invention of 1986. Motorola Bravo was the most popular pager in the world and it represented nothing less than a revolution for the period: with the Bravo you could always be on-call, wherever you were and whatever you were doing.
It was the year 1999 when Nokia placed on sale the first mobile phone without an aerial (which was positioned inside) and with videogames installed, one of which was the legendary Snake. The 3210 was the first version of the celebrated 3310. Its battery lasted an exceptionally long time and the reception was high level, but above all it was indestructible!
It has certainly earned a place in history.
From 1999 to 2007, the year of the launching of the first iPhone.
This certainly could not be left out of our classification of gadgets that have made history!
The iPhone decidedly revolutionised our approach to technology. Not only the design, but the functions, the Apps and the operating system of Apple’s smartphone have created a new way of considering the telephone, of access to the Internet and of communicating with others.
It’s a given fact that technology is an inseparable part of our lives, and our houses are also increasingly more automated and controlled by hi-tech tools.
The first device for domotics (home automation) which really had a great success was Nest’s thermostat. What makes it unique is that, thanks to the Internet connection, it “reads” the weather forecast and can switch itself on, switch itself off and adjust itself in complete autonomy. You don’t need to press any buttons or turn any knobs!
Of course, we couldn’t ignore the gadget that, more than any other, has changed the habits of car drivers and of on-the-road lovers. Since the moment when the use of GPS technology was liberalised, the satellite navigator has revolutionised how we find our way when driving and Tom Tom was the most representative brand on the market for years.
Not only satellite navigators earn the appreciation of lovers of movement. Fitbit is the tracker that has certainly stimulated the sale of wearable devices (20 million sold in only one year).
Some wearables, just like Fitbit, can help you to monitor not only your physical activities, such as how long you sleep or how many kilometres you run or walk, but also tiredness that can decrease your driving performance behind the wheel. In fact, Fitbit links up to applications like Octo U, aiming to improve users’ driving experience.