Technological Advancements (1900-2020)

  • escalator

    escalator
    the escalator is a moving staircase that takes people up or down. the first escalator was originally meant to be an amusement park ride for people, but instead it is now used as a means of transportation.
  • double-edged safety razor

    double-edged safety razor
    King Camp Gillette created the double-edged safety razor to be a disposable and safe way of shaving. They were first issued to U.S. army men who were in the First World War.
  • neon lights

    neon lights
    the neon light was created to introduce a new way for lighting. neon lamps and signs exploded in popularity and were even called "liquid fire"
  • crayons

    crayons
    the inventors noticed the need for a safe, quality wax crayon. They were confident the pigment and wax mixing techniques they had developed could be adapted for a variety of safe colors.
  • tractor

    tractor
    the inventor of the tractor was frustrated with the problems steam engines created and found them to be too bulky and hard to maneuver. so, he created an easier and more efficient solution
  • color photography

    color photography
    despite black and white photos being the social norm, color photography slowly became apart of society and is used everyday by everyone
  • life savers

    life savers
    Lifesavers were created as a "summer candy" that could withstand heat better than chocolate could
  • bras

    bras
    the inventor of the bra wanted something more comfortable to wear underneath her dress that wasn't a corset
  • fortune cookies

    fortune cookies
    the inventor of the fortune cookie was worried about the homeless people who wandered near his store, so he passed the cookies out for free
  • beginning of artificial life (first robot)

    beginning of artificial life (first robot)
    the first ever robot was built to help lift pieces of hot metal from dye casting machines
  • frozen food

    frozen food
    frozen food was invented because the inventor believed that for food to retain its taste and texture, it must be frozen immediately
  • penicillin

    penicillin
    the inventor was known to be pretty careless with his work. when he returned from a two-week vacation, he saw that mold had grown on a staphylococcus culture plate and it prevented growth of staphylococci
  • scotch tape

    scotch tape
    scotch tape was invented to help grocers and people to "attractively" seal packages. scotch tape also helped make simple repairs during the Great Depression
  • polaroid photography

    polaroid photography
    The instant camera was created as a type of camera that uses self-developing film to create a chemically developed print shortly after taking the picture
  • monopoly

    monopoly
    monopoly was first invented as a way to educate people about the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies, but it was quickly used as an amusement board game during the Great Depression
  • nylons

    nylons
    the invention of nylons were made to turn the tables of World War II. the nylons were diverted into parachutes.
  • silly putty

    silly putty
    silly putty was an accident. the inventor of silly putty accidentally mixed chemicals together when trying to make rubber, instead of rubber he got silly putty
  • atomic bomb

    atomic bomb
    atomic bombs were created during World War II to test the power of nuclear weapons
  • velcro

    velcro
    the inventor was looking for a way to keep objects attached to walls while floating in orbit
  • cake mix

    cake mix
    due to the loss of flour sales, the inventor created cake mix in hopes to boost up his sales
  • cordless tools

    cordless tools
    the first ever electric tool (a drill) was originally created for the NASA's space exploration program. they wanted astronauts in space to be able to repair loose screws without the hassle of a cord
  • MRI

    MRI
    a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a large magnet with radio waves to look at organs and structures inside your body. Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors. MRIs are also useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.
  • personal computers

    personal computers
    the computer was invented in order to automate mathematical calculations that were previously completed by people.
  • microsoft word

    microsoft word
    the purpose of microsoft word is to allow users to create, type, and safe documents in a easy way.
  • dvd

    dvd
    dvds were used to replace the ubiquitous VHS tape as the primary consumer video distribution. dvds have higher quality videos and sounds.
  • international space station

    international space station
    the ISS was originally intended to be a laboratory, observatory, and factory while providing transportation, maintenance, and a low Earth orbit staging base for possible future missions to the Moon, Mars, and asteroids.
  • facebook

    facebook
    a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg launches The Facebook, a social media website he had built in order to connect Harvard students with one another. now, the website is simply "Facebook" and connects millions of people together every day
  • iphone

    iphone
    the phone was to be designed as a "super slick phone" that was cordless and that had a keyboard to have typed messages. it also introduced the phone camera and safari searching
  • siri

    siri
    the first virtual assistant with a voice, which responded by way of technologies based on artificial intelligence, was born of this desire to make our interactions with computers more 'human-like'
  • allbirds tree dasher

    allbirds tree dasher
    the purpose of these shoes is to be a good performance shoe made of natural materials. they also can be waterproof