My Top 20 Technologies 1950s-Present

  • credit card

    credit card
    Before the advent of "plastic", consumers were forced to queue at bureaux de change and high-street banks to get their hands on cash. Today millions of us (there are 66 million credit cards in circulation in the UK – six million more than there are people) can get our hands on anything with just a swipe of a card, whether we can afford it or not (outstanding credit stands at about £60bn). We have the American Ralph Schneider, founder of the Diners' Club card, to thank for this dangerous convenie
  • Personal computer

    Personal computer
    The first computer was introduced in 1981 to much fanfare in the computer industry.
  • Remote control

    Remote control
    Helps with not getting up to change the channel every few minutes. Now you just need to press a few buttons.
  • Satielites

    Helps with maping out the world and showing how earth is changing. Weather reports. Etc.
  • The Computer Mouse

  • Seat belt

    Seat belt
    Keeps passengers and driver secure for impact. Saves lives even.
  • Walkman

  • The Disposable Camera

    The disposable camera was first developed by Fujifilm in 1986. Their Utsurun-Desu ("It takes pictures") or QuickSnap line used 35 mm film
  • Microwave

    Microwaves are electromagnetic waves with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimeter, or equivalently, with frequencies between 300 MHz (0.3 GHz) and 300 GHz.[1] This broad definition includes both UHF and EHF (millimeter waves), and various sources use different boundaries.[2] In all cases, microwave includes the entire SHF band (3 to 30 GHz, or 10 to 1 cm) at minimum, with RF engineering often putting the lower boundary at 1 GHz (30 cm), and the upper around 10
  • GPS Devices

    Oh, those folding maps. For a time, they were a staple car accessory, not to mention a road trip necessity. But now, they're almost quaint reminders of a bygone era. In 2000, the United States discontinued a feature that deliberately degraded GPS signals available to the public. Overnight, civilian users of GPS devices could pinpoint locations up to 10 times more accurately than before. And in the years that followed, led by Garmin, GPS devices found their way on to dashboards across the country
  • Wii

    Like most devices of this type, the Wii didn't appear "all at once" on a given date. The concept for the Nintendo Wii surfaced in 2001. It was not until 2003 that a big development team was assembled, and by 2005 the controller interface was up and running. Later that year the unit appeared at the Tokyo Game Show. It finally rolled out on 14 September 2006. A link can be found below for more information.
  • Bar codes and scanners

    A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products. Originally, barcodes represented data in the widths (lines) and the spacings of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear or 1D (1 dimensional) barcodes or symbologies. They also come in patterns of squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns within images termed 2D (2 dimensional) matrix codes or symbologies.
  • Wireless data networks

    (including 3G and Wi-Fi) have really changed the way we work. It's hard to remember, but most of us used to connect our laptops to the Internet via dial-up phone lines or maybe wired Ethernet. Ten years ago, the Wi-Fi name was only a couple of months old, based on the 802.11b, standard, and it was still still an expensive add-in.
  • Solar Energy

    Solar powered electrical generation relies on heat engines and photovoltaics. Solar energy's uses are limited only by human ingenuity. A partial list of solar applications includes space heating and cooling through solar architecture, potable water via distillation and disinfection, daylighting, solar hot water, solar cooking, and high temperature process heat for industrial purposes.To harvest the solar energy, the most common way is to use solar panels.
  • Bio fuels

    Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass. The term covers solid biomass, liquid fuels and various biogases.[1] Biofuels are gaining increased public and scientific attention, driven by factors such as oil price spikes and the need for increased energy security.
  • Flat panel TV

    Flat-panel televisions were pretty much unknown ten years ago; now you'd be hard pressed to find anything else in a big U.S. store. LCD displays were around but were seen mainly in laptops and in 15 or 17-inch monitors. Work by plasma pioneers such as Panasonic and Pioneer was important in popularizing big flat-screen displays, but it was the LCD manufacturers--notably Sharp, Samsung, Hitachi, LG.Phillips, and later AU Optoelectronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics--who made large flat screens
  • The iPod

    The digital music player was already on the scene when Apple introduced the iPod in 2001. But it wasn't exactly hyperbole when Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, "Listening to music will never be the same again."
    The iPod -- and its signature white earbuds -- quickly became a cultural icon. But its impact was hardly cosmetic. Along with iTunes, the iPod popularized the mp3 player and changed he music industry forever. Stacks of CDs? Gone. Trips to the ecord store? Gone.
  • DVDs

    DVDs are easily portable and a great way to watch a favorite movie
  • Dyson Ball Vacuum

    Dyson Ball Vacuum
    Dyson Ball technology it really is easy to use. The machine uses Dysons patented Dyson ball technology - a completely new concept in Vacuum technology. It's an amazing new idea - instead of relying on a single set of one direction wheels the Dyson DC24 can move in any direction with a flick of your wrist - the single ball makes this Dyson extremely easy to manouvre.
  • DSi

    Now has bigger screen, camera, voice recorder, and is even lighter. Memory is better, even better graphics!! Just keeps progressing. Repostioned buttons and stylus.
  • Refrences

    Jeromy, 17 July 2009. Web. 4 Mar. 2010. Josh, 6 November 2009. Web. 4 Mar. 2010. Faisal Alani, 22 Apr. 2009. Web. 4 Mar. 2010. Greg Alan, 30 June. 2009. Web. 4 Mar. 2010. Fredric Kemp, 21 August. 2009. Web. 4 Mar. 2010.