Humphry Davy invents the first electric light - the first arc lamp. Makes home life easier for people with the money to buy one.
George Stephenson designs the first steam locomotive. Eventually makes travel over long distances much easier. Also alows massive amounts of goods to be transported across land easily.
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce was the first person to take a photograph. He took the picture by setting up a machine called the camera obscura in the window of his home in France. It took eight hours for the camera to take the picture.
William Sturgeon invented the electromagnet.
American, W.A. Burt invents a typewriter. Alows papers and books to be written more efficiently
American, Cyrus McCormick invents the first commercially successful reaper. Reduces the amount of work needed to harvest crops. Production increases.
Henry Blair patents a corn planter, he is the second black person to receive a U.S. patent. Makes it far easier to plant one of the main staple crops of the North and Midwest
Englishmen, Henry Talbot invents calotype photography.
Solymon Merrick patents the wrench.
Englishmen, Francis Pettit Smith invents the propeller.
Charles Babbage invents a mechanical calculator
Samuel Colt invented the first revolver. makes life on the frontier more and less dangerous. this invention is widely used in the Civil War
Samuel Morse invents the telegraph. Begins a time of lightning fast communication
Samual Morse invents Morse Code. This system of tones is used to turn the telegraph into an effective mode of comunication
Frenchmen, Louis Daguerre and J.N. Niepce co-invent Daguerreotype photography.
Kirkpatrick Macmillan invents a bicycle.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Welshmen, Sir William Robert Grove conceives of the first hydrogen fuel cell.
Joseph Dart builds the first grain elevator. Makes daily life easier.
Englishmen, John Mercer invents mercerized cotton. gives cotton a glossy glow. Improves the quality and astethitic apeal of cotton clothes.
Anesthesia for Desntistry
Dr. William Morton, a Massachusetts dentist, is the first to use anesthesia for tooth extraction. Allows dentistry work to be done far less painfully making dentist appointments more pleasurable.
Hungarian, Ignaz Semmelweis invents antisceptics. A ground breaking invention in the medical industry still used today.
Joel Houghton was granted the first patent for a dishwasher. Makes home life easier for those who can afford it.
Jean Bernard Léon Foucault invents gyroscope. First used as a teaching aid. Now, it is what makes the screen "flip" on your iphone.
John Tyndall demonstrates the principles of fiber optics. First used as a teaching aid. Now it is the main cable in use for internet and phone cables.
Bessemer Process invented by Henry Bessemer, a new and easier way to convert iron into steel. This makes steel far easier to get and is used to make many things from sky-skrapers to knives.
Sleeping Train Car
George Pullman invents the Pullman Sleeping Car for train travel. Makes long travel on trains more bearable.
Hamilton Smith patents the rotary washing machine. Makes home life far easier for those fortunate enough to have one.
Internal Combustion Engine
Jean Lenoir invents an internal combustion engine. leads to the firts automobiles, motorcycles and many other motor driven vehicles.
Elevator Safety Brakes
Elisha Otis patents elevator safety brakes, creating a safer elevator.
Linus Yale invents the Yale lock or cylinder lock. Makes door locks easier and cheaper to manufacture. Similar locks are still used today.
Richard Gatling patents his machine gun. Revolutionalizes war.
Alexander Parkes invents the first man-made plastic. Makes a lighter, cheaper solid to use in industry. Very widely used today.
Alfred Nobel invents dynamite. An explosive that makes excavation easier and more dangerous. Still widely used today.
Englishmen Robert Whitehead invents a torpedo. A new weapon used to deystroy ships. Newer versions are still used today.
Christopher Scholes invents the first practical and modern typewriter. Typewriters are easily available. This revolutionalizes the business and writing worlds.
George Westinghouse invents air brakes.
Robert Mushet invents tungsten steel.
J P Knight invents traffic lights.
A.M. Ward issues the first mail-order catalog. Makes products easily available for people in the back country.
Joseph Glidden invents barbed wire.
Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone. Makes long distance instant comunication posible for the everyday person.
Internal Combustion Engine
Nicolaus August Otto invents the first practical four-stroke internal combustion engine.
Thomas Edison invents the ylinder phonograph or tin foil phonograph. Makes home life more enjoyable to those who can afford it.
Eadweard Muybridge invents the first moving pictures or movies
Sir Joseph Wilson Swan was the first person to invent a practical and longer-lasting electic lightbulb. Begins the electric revolution.
First Practical Light Bulb
Thomas Edison invents the first practical and commercially available light bulb. Electric light soon becomes widely abailable making home life far easier.
The British Perforated Paper Company invents a form of toilet paper.
Alexander Graham Bell invents the first crude metal detector.
David Houston patents the roll film for cameras. Will allow for millions of Americans to posses cameras and use them easily.
Edward Leveaux patents the automatic player piano. A great entertainment peace for homes or resturaunts for those who could afford it.
Lewis Edson Waterman invents the first practical fountain pen..
James Ritty invents the first working, mechanical cash register. Changes business life drastically.
Charles Parson patents the steam turbine
Harim Maxim invents his machine gun.
Karl Benz invents the first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine.
Gottlieb Daimler invents the first gas-engined motorcycle.
Gottlieb Daimler builds the world's first four-wheeled motor vehicle.
John Pemberton invents Coca Cola. A drink we all still drink today, minus the cocain of course.
German, Heinrich Hertz invents radar. Still used today to detect airplanes, read the speed of moving objects, and many other things.
Emile Berliner invents the gramophone.
F.E. Muller and Adolph Fick invent the first wearable contact lenses. These are the begining to the vast contact industry of today. They were not very practicle at the time though.
Nikola Tesla invents the AC motor and transformer.
Sir James Dewar and Sir Frederick Abel co-invent Cordite - a type of smokeless gunpowder.
Jesse W. Reno invents the escalator. newer versions are still in use today.
Rudolf Diesel invents the diesel-fueled internal combustion engine.
American, W.L. Judson invents the zipper. Revolutionalized the clothing industry.
Lumiere Brothers invent a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector called the Cinematographe. Lumiere Brothers using their Cinematographe are the first to present a projected motion picture to an audience of more that one person.
Edwin Prescott patents the roller coaster. Provides fun for the Whole Family! Begins amusement parks.
John Thurman patents the motor-driven vacuum cleaner. Cheaper and more modern looking vaccumm cleaner. Made life easier for the wealthy
The zeppelin invented by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Made Air travel possible, even across the Atlantic Ocean.
King Camp Gillette invents the double-edged safety razor.
The first radio receiver, successfully received a radio transmission. The very begnings of radio brodcast that we all enjoy today.
Hubert Booth invents a compact and modern vacuum cleaner.
Willis Carrier invents the air conditioner.
The lie detector or polygraph machine is invented by James Mackenzie.
George Claude invented neon light.
Edward Binney and Harold Smith co-invent crayons.
Bottle-making machinery invented by Michael J. Owens.
The Wright brothers invent the first gas motored and manned airplane. This new invention eventualy evolves the transportation world.
Benjamin Holt invents a tractor. Makes the farming industry farm more streamlined. removes some of the back breaking labor.
Theory of Relativity
Albert Einstein published the Theory of Relativity and made famous the equation, E = mc2. A break through in the areas of science and mathematics.
William Kellogg invents Cornflakes.
Lewis Nixon invents the first sonar like device.
Color photography invented by Auguste and Louis Lumiere.
The very first piloted helicopter was invented by Paul Cornu. Another revolution in the newly begining flight industry.
Model T first sold by Ford Motor Company. Ford's automobile made the automobile easy to buy for many families.
J W Geiger and W Müller invent the geiger counter which measures radiaton. Used widely throughout the Nuclear industry today.
Fritz Haber invents the Haber Process for making artificial nitrates which are used in fertalizer.
Instant coffee invented by G. Washington. Makes coffe easier to make and far more enjoyable for the everyday person.
Movies With Sound
Thomas Edison demonstrated the first talking motion picture.
Electric Ignition for Cars
Charles Franklin Kettering invents the first automobile electrical ignition system. Makes starting your car far easier, before you had to hand crank the car to start it.
Motorized Movie Cameras
Motorized movie cameras invented, replaced hand-cranked cameras.
The first tank patented by Australian inventor De La Mole.
Life Savers Candy
Clarence Crane created Life Savers candy in 1912.
The crossword puzzle invented by Arthur Wynne. A new form of puzzle for newspapers to publish and for people to enjoy.
The Merck Chemical Company patented, what is now know as, ecstasy.
Mary Phelps Jacob invents the bra.
Garrett A. Morgan invents the Morgan gas mask. Used widely in WWI and 2.
Eugene Sullivan and William Taylor co-invented Pyrex a less breakable glasswere
Radio tuners invented, that received different stations.
Stainless steel invented by Henry Brearly. Reformed the steel industry, used widely today from drill bits to sailboat parts.
Superheterodyne Radio Circuit
The superheterodyne radio circuit invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong. Today, every radio or television set uses this invention.
Charles Jung invented fortune cookies.
The pop-up toaster invented by Charles Strite. Made home life easier for the everyday person.
Short-wave radio invented.
Flip Flop Circuit
The flip flop circuit invented by William Eccles and F. W. Jordan.