How Gadgets Make History

iconsThe history of gadgets spans as far back as humanity itself — since hominids began creating tools to make their lives easier. Humans have always created devices and appliances with specific practical purposes that were initially thought of as novelties, due to unfamiliarity with and initial unwillingness to accept the technology. Today, industry has augmented the creation of new gadgets, while certain retailers, including Brookstone and Richard Thalheimer’s RichardSolo.com, specialize in popularizing them.

What famous inventors Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Leonardo da Vinci, among others, had in common was foresight. They understood that a lifetime spent playing with what others viewed as toys and senseless gadgets would eventually result in indispensable technology. From just that small group, the groundwork for electricity, communications, film, and flight was laid because of their gadgets, which obviously possessed more value than novelty.

Perhaps one of the earliest, most well-known gadgets created is the wheel, many millennia ago. Take a ride in your car and witness how truly revolutionary such a gadget became and how much we now rely on it for transportation. A more recent gadget, the Apple iPhone, appears to be the beginning stages of yet another gadget-turned-necessity that will reshape communications.

The iPhone may someday be looked upon as the device that started a second revolution in computing. Desktop computing was the first revolution. Hand-held computing will someday be regarded as the second revolution, and the iPhone is the product that started it.
-Richard Thalheimer

All gadgets were not created equal. In fact most inventions are built on the newest technology. The world of gadgets is tiered; devices fall into one of four categories: mechanical, electronic, programmable, and application. Mechanical gadgets include the wheel, as well as later developments such as the pulley, the bicycle, the sail boat, the thermometer and the sort. Following the advent of electricity, gadgets were taken to a new level as inventors began to discover different uses for the newly harnessed energy. The television, radio and quartz watch are examples of electronic gadgets.

After electricity, inventors toyed around with electronic information via microprocessor, beginning an age of programmable devices such as computers, and later, MP3 players and the iPhone. Application gadgets include iTunes, Microsoft Office and other computer applications that customize our experience with programmable devices.

Richard Thalheimer, the President and founder of online gadget vendor RichardSolo.com, and founder and former CEO of gadget giant The Sharper Image, understands, maybe better than anyone, that there’s much more to gadgets than novelty.

Certainly most people enjoy the novelty of a gadget that introduces new convenience to their lifestyle. What they forget is that solving these everyday problems is not just entertainment, but some of these devices become functional necessities. In my personal life, I rely on my iPhone, my garage door opener, my nose hair trimmer, my electric toothbrush, and other gadgets that were once regarded as novel gadgets. 
– Richard Thalheimer

Both his former brainchild and his current venture sell quirky, useful and fun gadgets of all types, from mechanical to programmable and application. He has seen some devices, such as the Ionic Breeze air purifier, spur sensational and lasting trends based on a realization of utility value, while others collected dust on the shelves after their novelty wore out. 

~Ben Anton, 2008

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Latest Inventions! Check Out These New Gizmos And Gadgets!

electronic-gadgets-vector-set_GkP_IJYu_LIngenuity and technological advances are constantly resulting in new gizmos and gadgets. Gadgets can be both fun and functional and can save the owner time and effort. Below you’ll find descriptions of some of the latest inventions available on the market.

Microsoft Xbox 360

The Microsoft Xbox 360 is one of the latest inventions of video games. Video game lovers everywhere are rejoicing the arrival of the new system. The newest Xbox is still a gamer’s dream, but it is also being marketed as a media center. Not only can the system be used for playing video games, but it can also be used to play DVDs, CDs and MP3s. Digital cameras can be hooked up to it, as well as mp3 players and even personal computers.

Irobot Scooba

Anyone who has scrubbed a dirty floor before, take note of the latest inventions from iRobot! The iRobot Corporation has introduced the Scooba, a floor washing robot. Unlike a mop,which uses dirty water to clean, the Scooba cleans only with clean water. The Scooba is programmed to first pick up things like sand and dirt from the floor, then apply clean water and solution to the floor, scrub the floor and clean up the dirty solution. The tiny Scooba is also able to fit into tight spots that are difficult to reach with a mop. IRobot also makes the Roomba, a robot used in vacuuming the home.

Mobiky Genius

A different type of latest inventions is the Mobiky Genius folding bicycle. This bike was developed in response to difficulties encountered by commuters in maneuvering congested city streets and sidewalks. Because it folds up, the Mobiky Genius is easy to carry up and down stairs and can be easily stored.

Philips Digital Photo Display

Another of the latest inventions is the Philips 7FF1AW 7-inch Digital Photo Display. This gadget is a great way to display all those digital photos sitting on the computer that you’ve been planning to print at some point. The display looks like a picture frame, and you can choose to show a slideshow or display individual pictures. The quality of the display is great, not distorted. Photos can be downloaded from the computer or straight from the camera, and up to 50 photos can be stored on the Digital Photo Display.

Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition

While many people have digital cameras these days, most of the pictures taken with those cameras will never be printed out. It’s just too much of a hassle to copy them onto a disk, take them to the camera shop, upload them and wait. Fortunately, one of the latest inventions from Epson has made printing those pictures much simpler. The Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition is a portable photo printer. You can simply insert the camera’s memory card into the printer, view the photos on a display screen and select the ones you want to print and print them. You can even make changes to the photos, such as adjusting the brightness, before printing. The PictureMate printer produces pictures with much better quality than most digital printers do.

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