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Greatest Technology Inventions

Inventions can change the way we live. Many inventions start out with design flaws and are refined later by subsequent inventors and designers. The computer, invented in 1834 by Charles Babbage and still being refined, is an example of such an invention.


From the developments of wheel and paper to today's high-tech gadgets that would blow the mind of us, there is no shortage of innovative ideas that have changed the way we live and work. In modern times, a handful of technological wonders that started out as novelties, have become indispensable to our daily routines. Here are the greatest technology inventions

1. Computer

Each generation of computers is characterized by a major technological development that changes the way computers operate, resulting in increasingly smaller, cheaper, more powerful, efficient and reliable devices with decreasing energy consumption and lesser generation of heat. From the first generation of computers to fifth generation computing devices based on artificial intelligence are still developing. Quantum computation and molecular technology will radically change the face of computers in the years to come.

2. Internet

Internet has widely changed the world more than most other inventions. The Internet was invented in the late '60s and made available to the public in the '90s. Since then, it has improved both communication and information diffusion and changed daily life for virtually everyone on Earth. The Internet is at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination, and a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location. The Internet represents one of the most successful examples of the benefits of sustained investment and commitment to research and development of information infrastructure.

3. Email

Email was never invented, it evolved from very simple beginnings. Early email was just a small advance on what we know these days as a file directory - it just put a message in another user's directory in a spot where they could see it when they logged in. Simple as that. Just like leaving a note on someone's desk.

Despite what the world wide web offers, email remains the most important application of the Internet and the most widely used facility it has. Now more than 600 million people internationally use email. 

4. Google

Google was invented by two Ph.D. students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, while they were studying computer science at Stanford University in California. These future tech titans came to create the world’s most popular search engine via very different paths.
A search engines is a program that searches the Internet and finds webpages for the user based on the keywords that you submit.  

5. Laptop

A laptop is a computer that can be folded up and carried around and lead to the development of notebook style laptops. The first laptop was created in 1979 by William Moggridge (a Briton) for GRiD Systems Corporation. GRiD's Compass Computer entered the market in 1981. GRiD was acquired by Tandy Corporation in 1988. It was invented by taking computer technology from that time and scaling it down to make a smaller, more portable computer.

6. Mobile Phone

Motorola engineer Martin Cooper changed the world by making the world’s first cell phone call. Invention of mobile phones that closely resembles today’s mobile phones is credited to Martin Cooper, employer and researcher of Motorola. He initially developed cellular phone named Motorola Dynatac in 1973. With 5 inches width and 9 inches length, this 2.5 pounds weighing phone carried around 30 circuit boards in it. With recharge time of around 10 hours, talk time of 35 minutes, this phone gave comfortable talking experience to the users. One could listen, dial and talk on this mobile phone but what was missing was display screen. With passing time, refinements were made and these mobile phones improved by leaps and bounds.

7. iPhone

Steve Jobs who directed Apple's engineers to develop a touch screen, mobile phone. Jobs at first was considering an Apple tablet computer, that desire eventually manifested in the iPad, and Apple had already produced a palm device with a touch screen, the Newton MessagePad. On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the new iPhone at the Macworld convention. On June 29, 2007, Apple began selling the new iPhone.

8. iPod

The iPod originated with a business idea dreamed up by Tony Fadell, an independent inventor. Fadell's idea was to take an MP3 player, build a Napster music sale service to complement it, and build a company around it. Apple hired Fadell in early 2001 and assigned him a team of about 30 people, including designers, programmers and hardware engineers.

9. DVD Player

The technology for the DVD player was first developed in the early 1990's. DVD players for home use became available in 1996 for purchase. DVD as an industry standard was announced in November 1995 and backed by major players in the CE, IT and movie industry. The first players appeared in Japan in November, 1996, followed by U.S. players in March, 1997. To produce DVD players, one needs to license a range of patents, owned by different companies.

10. GPS

With the GPS, or Global Positioning System, and its integration in just about everything tech-related, most of you will never get lost again. GPS was originally developed in 1978 by the U.S. military. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. (TIMExplore.com)