101 Gadgets that Changed the World: Part 1

By: Mai Sroor

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Duct Tape

The idea came from Vesta Stoudt, an ordnance-factory worker and mother of two Navy sailors. She wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 about her idea to seal the boxes with a fabric tape, which she had tested in her factory. The idea was approved, developed, and improved.


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Fiberglass Rod


The fiberglass rod had been developed in the 1940s by Robert Gayle. In 1946, it was improved by Dr. Arthur M. Howald.


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The first known stapler was made in 18th century France for King Louis XV. Over the years, many forms were developed in the U.S. till 1941 when the type of paper stapler that is the most common in use today was developed.


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The Roomba Floorvac was unveiled by iRobot in 2002. The idea was generated from iRobot landmine-clearing robots. Within a year from its launch, iRobot’s Roomba Floorvac became the top wedding gift in the US.


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Aerosol Spray Can

It was used in 1941 to help the American troops fighting in insect-infested fronts.




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Quick-release Ski Binding


It was a catastrophic injury that motivated Norwegian-American skiing champ, Hjalmar Hvam, to conceive the first safety binging in 1937.


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Super Soaker



Originally, it was developed by NASA engineer, Lonnie Johnson, in 1989. The CPS 2000 Mk1 was most powerful water gun ever manufactured; it shot nearly 1 liter of water per second as far as 50 feet.


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Stephen Poplawski invented it in 1922. However, Fred Waring, an orchestra leader in Pennsylvania, was the one who offered the financial backing to improve it in 1936. Today, this simple, useful gadget that can be found in most kitchens around the world.


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In 1914, Caresse Crosby, a 19-year-old Manhattan socialite, patented her backless brassiere, then sold the patent to the Warner Bros. Corset Co., who bought it the following year for $1500.


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Picnic Cooler

As the American populace went forth into the woods to camp and onto the lakes to fish after WWII, it required a gadget capable of keeping beer cool and food from spoiling. The portable cooler was patented in 1953 by Richard Laramy and popularized by the Coleman Company.


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Digital Video Recorder


In 2002, the ownership of this gadget exceeded one million. TV & advertising people worried that DVRs, by enabling viewers to skip commercials, would be the TV killers.



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It was born in 1932 in a rented room over the Rickerson and Pryde auto shop in Bradford, Penn, by George Blaisdell and two employees. They produced 82 in Jan 1933. By 2006, the total number of Zippo lighters surpassed 425 million lighters.


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Teflon Pan



In 1938, Roy Plunkett discovered PTFE in the DuPont research labs. He accidentally obtained a polymer so slick that nothing stuck to it. Today, manufacturers apply it to cookware.


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Flash Drive

Toshiba engineer, Fujio Masuoka, developed the concept of flash memories in the early 1980s and introduced it to the market in 1984. Intel’s Ajay Bhatt developed his Universal Serial Bus (USB) from Fujio’s flash memory. The original idea was finally improved in 2000 when the first USB-flash-drive stic, with 8 megabytes, arrived.


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Ginsu Knife


Originally known as the “Eversharp” brand of blades from Scott Fetzer Co. of Freemont, Ohio, Ginsu knives could cut through nails, tin cans, and radiator hoses. The company’s multi-billion-dollar success was as much about marketing as about the product itself.

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Hearing Aid

According to the National Institutes of Health, only one of five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.




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In 1929, Sam Foster switched his focus from making hair accessories for women to a new consumer product: sun blocking eye wear, targeting beachgoers in Atlantic City. Foster’s business boomed, promoting him to adopt the manufacturing technique known as “injection molding” in 1934, which revolutionized American plastic production.


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Drip Coffeemaker


In 1972, the Mr. Coffee machine simplified a brewing process. The machine’s success was also an early example of celebrity spokesman ship when Joe DiMaggio became the face of the brand. Today, approximately 14 million drip coffeemakers are sold each year in the U.S. alone.


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In 1919, Charles Strite built a box that incorporated heating elements that browned both sides of the bread at once, and the toaster was born. Today, 12 million of the gadget are being sold annually in the U.S.


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Although a flashlight is a simple device, it was not invented until 1899, simply because it required a portable power source: the dry cell battery.



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To follow …

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