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The Evolution of Technology

  • 100,000 BCE

    The Fire (Pre-Printer Era)

    The Fire (Pre-Printer Era)
    The Beggining of Fire Fire was first discovered by Homo Erectus, one of the numerous ancestors of our species. Despite in this timeline de origin of fire is dated 100.000 years ago, in fact it was discovered more than 1,6 million years b.C. It’s probable that nature itself provoked it for the first time. Then, it was controlled by the human and used for different purposes.
  • 4500 BCE

    The Wheel (Pre-Printer Era)

    The Wheel (Pre-Printer Era)
    The Evolution of the Wheel The first and oldest wheel ever was created in Mesopotamia. The wheel made transport easier and it’s one of the most outstanding events in History. The most antique wheel preserved nowadays comes from Liubliana, in Slovenia. It is dated 3200 years b.C.
  • 1286

    The Glasses (Pre-Printer Era)

    The Glasses (Pre-Printer Era)
    The History of EyeGlasses Inventors: Alessandro Della Spina and Roger Bacon. It’s considered one of the most important events of the last 2000 years. Despite in the ancient times were used gadgets for improving the sight, its invention is attributed to two Franciscan monks.
  • 1450

    The Printer

    The Printer
    How does Gutenberg’s Printer Work? Inventor: Johannes Gutenberg. The printer marks a milestone in human’s history and it’s considered one of the most important and relevant invention. In its origins, oily ink was use for reproducing the different texts. The printer has progressed until our days, and now some new and novel digital models are used. We can distinguise two eras thanks to this invention: the pre-printer and post-printer ones.
  • Electricity (Post-Printer Era)

    Electricity (Post-Printer Era)
    The History of Electricity Inventor: William Gilbert. In the ancient times, civilisations were conscius of the different electrical shocks that a specific kind of fish could provoke. The word “electricity”, however, was first used in 1600. William Gilbert, was the first to distinguise between magnetic and electrical forces. This all was gathered in his work “De Magnete”. Von Guericke continued with Gilbert’s investigation 60 years later.
  • Steam-engine (Post-Printer Era)

    Steam-engine (Post-Printer Era)
    The Steam-Engine Inventor: James Watt. The steam-engine is a machine that transforms thermal energy into mechanics one. The first idea of a steam-engine cones from “Herón de Alejandría”, from the first century. The development of it is attributed to the Industrial Revolution, between the XVII and XVIII centuries.
  • Computer (Post-Printer Era)

    Computer (Post-Printer Era)
    The First Computer Inventor: Charles Babbage. The word “computer” was first used in 1613 for describing a man who made calculus. More than 200 years later, the first computer was born. That first machine doesn’t have any similarity with the ones that we know nowadays. The computer has progressed until becoming the model that we know these days.
  • Telephone (Post-Printer Era)

    Telephone (Post-Printer Era)
    The Evolution of the Telephone Inventor: Antonio Meucci. The first telephone was invented in 1854 by Antonio Meucci, who used it for talking from his office to his sick wife that had to stay in bed. His idea was taken by Graham Bell, the one who patented it for the first time. Due to this, Bell is considered by lots of people as the inventor of the telephone.
  • The Light Bulb (Post-Printer Era)

    The Light Bulb (Post-Printer Era)
    The Invention of the Light Bulb Inventor: Thomas Alva Edison. In fact, the true inventor of the light bulb was called Humphry Davy. His model didn’t work at all, but tried it 71 years before Thomas Edison patented it. Edison created and improved his model until he made it work. Then, he introduced it into the comercial market and become a millionaire thanks to it.
  • X-rays (Post-Printer Era)

    X-rays (Post-Printer Era)
    The Invention of X-Rays Inventor: Wilhem Conrad Röntgen. November 8th is the international X-rays day, in honor of the day when Wilhem Conrad obtained the first image using this method. His wife took part in the event, where an image of her hand was taken. Wilhem took 20 minutes to get it. His wife disliked the result and denied taking part in his husband’s future experiments. It’s considered one of the most important inventions in history.
  • Radio (Post-Printer Era)

    Radio (Post-Printer Era)
    The Radio Inventor: Guillermo Marconi. Guillermo got interested in electromagnetism at a young age. He once read an article of a physicist, who explained that electromagnetic waves could be transmited from one point to another thanks to an oscillator. He tried to work on it, but he had to move to England to continue with his studies. After some research and lots of experiments, he managed to transmit the first message on May 14th, 1897.
  • Vacuum-cleaner (Post-Printer Era)

    Vacuum-cleaner (Post-Printer Era)
    The Evolution of the Vacuum Cleaner Inventor: Hubert Cecil Booth. Hubert was known for building bridges and other structures, but he become famous for creating a system that was able to get rid of dust and other rubbish: the vacuum cleaner. He once saw a a machine that managed to scatter all the dust in a surface, but Hubert thought that there should be other mechanism for getting it all together by vacuuming it.
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    The TV (Post-Printer Era)

    The Evolution of TV Inventor: John Logie Baird. In 1924, John managed to transmit the first image ever. He only got to transmit it three meters away from his position, but it was the first step for achieving a bigger goal. John Logie Baird believed that, as the radio was able to transmit sounds, the same could happen with images. He inverted all his money in that idea, and he finally proved in 1926 that his sistem worked.
  • Microwave Oven (Post-Printer Era)

    Microwave Oven (Post-Printer Era)
    How Microwave Was Accidentally Invented Inventor: Percy Spencer. The invention of the microwave is just a coincidence. Percy was working with magnetos when he realised that a chocolate bar got melt when they were moved near it. He started doing different experiments with it and managed to cook different kind of food perfectly. Percy Spencer created the first microwave model, finally, on 1945. He put it on sale on 1947.
  • Artificial Pacemaker (Post-Printer Era)

    Artificial Pacemaker (Post-Printer Era)
    The First Implantable Pacemaker Inventor: Wilson Greatbach. In order to revert the wrong functioning of some patient’s hearts, Greatbach worked on a new technology that could solve those problems. The first artificial pacemakers lasted only for a few hours and were external machines that needed to be connected to electricity. The techonology developed until obtaining the pacemakers that we have nowadays. They are small devices inside the patient’s body.
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    Touch-screen (Post-Printer Era)

    The Beggining of Touch Screen Tech Inventor: Eric Johnson. In 1965, Eric Johnson realised that a touchable screen would become worker’s life easier. He created the first designs and models, and the touch screen was already a reality. However, Sam Hurts patented the invention of the touch screen and developed many other models. He also created “Elograph”, nowadays known as “EloTouch Systems”. Despite Hurts patented it, Johnson is considered its inventor.
  • Internet (Post-Printer Era)

    Internet (Post-Printer Era)
    History of the Internet Inventor: Tim Berners-Lee, Paul Otlet and others. Before Internet, the only way of communicating digitally was by the telegraph. In 1958 the US created ARPANET, which managed to connect 23 different spots in 1971. The technology developed and, in the 80’s, Internet appeared finally. It doesn’t have a single inventor. Paul Otlet, Tim Berners-Lee, Leonard Kleinrock and many other’s contributed developing Internet.