Technology

  • Escalators

    Escalators
    Charles Seeberger made the modern escalator. This allowed people incapable of walking stairs to finally be able to go up them. (1)
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    2000th century

  • Radio Transmission

    Radio Transmission
    The first ever radio single was transmitted by Marconi. Since this date, there has been a lot of improvement and it another year until it was broadcasted to the public. (38)
  • Vacuum

    Vacuum
    H. Cecil Booth made the first vacuum. He got the idea by putting a hankerchief on his mouth and sucking up dust of the ground. This gave him the idea for the first vacuum filter. (2)
  • Air conditioner

    Air conditioner
    The first air conditioner was created by Willis Carrier. This is such an important invention because today airconditioning is in almost every home and building in America. It is hard to imagine a life without airconditioning. (44) (A)
  • Lie Detector

    Lie Detector
    James Mackenzie made the first ever lie detector. This was the first and not as successful lie detector. Many more and improved models have been made since then. (1)
  • Airplane

    Airplane
    The first ever airplane was flown by the Wright Brothers. Imagine what life would be like today without airplanes. (45)
  • Color Photograph

    Color Photograph
    Auguste and Louis Lumiere invented the color photography. They took three different pictures with different color slides then overlapped them creating this one colored imaged. It was of a Tartan Rabbit. (51)
  • Motorized Video Camera

    Motorized Video Camera
    These cameras replaced the origanal handcranked video camera and made video taping much easier. (5)
  • Liquid Fuel Rocket

    Liquid Fuel Rocket
    Robert H. Goddard invented the first liquid fueled rocket. The first launch only lasted for 2.5 seconds and went 41 feet in the air. It led to Sputnik and The Moon Landing. (46)
  • Radio Tuners

    Radio Tuners
    The first radio tuner was invented allowing the same radio to pick up different stations. (6)
  • The superheterodyne radio circuit

    The superheterodyne radio circuit
    Edwin Howard Armstrong invented this form of technology in which the reciever mixes the frequencies to convert a recieved signal to a fixed intermidiate fequency. Whatever this means, it is the technology used in all tvs and radios today. (8)
  • Furtune Cookie

    Furtune Cookie
    Charles Jung came out with the furtune cookie. This is not necessarily technology, but it is very interesting. No Chinese restaurant would be the same without it. (7)
  • Pop-up Toaster

    Pop-up Toaster
    Charles Strite invented this. Just imagine life without ever having a poptart or toaster strudel. It just wouldn't be the same. (9)
  • Better Lie Detector

    Better Lie Detector
    John Larson invented the better and more modern lie detector. There was already one made but it didn't work very well and this was the first one that was actually used in real interogations. (C) (11)
  • Robot

    Robot
    Karel Capek created the first robot for the play Rossum's Universal Robots. The word was derived from the Czech word meaning, forced labor or serf. (10) (D)
  • 3-D movie

    3-D movie
    The Power of Love was the first movie ever made. It used dual-strip in the red/green anaglyph format in which the audience would wear one red lens and one green one. (12)
  • Traffic Signal

    Traffic Signal
    Garrett A. Morgan invented the traffic signal. (13)
  • Electric Razor

    Electric Razor
    Jacob Schick patented the electric razor. This makes shaving much easier. (14)
  • First Car Radio

    First Car Radio
    Paul Galvin made the first car radio. (15)
  • Zoom lens

    The zoom lens was invented. This is a feature that makes photography so much easier than it used to be. Frank G. Back invented this. (16)
  • Stereo Record

    Stereo Record
    Stereo records were invented by Alan Blumlein. (17)
  • First Digital Computer

    First Digital Computer
    John Vincent Atanasoff and Cliff Berry are the two men are credited for designing the first computer. (19)
  • Photocopier

    Photocopier
    Chester Carlson made the first photocopier. This was a very slow process of copier an image and was not very efficient. (18)
  • Printer

    Printer
    Chester Carlson developed the first printer in 1938. (20)
  • Helicopter

    Helicopter
    Igor Sikorsky invents the first successful helicopter. (22)
  • Electron Microscope

    Electron Microscope
    Max Knoll and Ernst Ruska invented the electron microscope. The recieved the Nobel Prize in physics for their invention. (39)
  • Modern Color Television

    Modern Color Television
    Peter Goldmark invents modern color television system. Many other inventors had come out with uncessful color tvs before this, but his was the first that really worked well. (47) (F)
  • Microwave oven

    Microwave oven
    The microwave oven was invented by Percy L. Spencer. He was working with an active radar when he relized his candy bar in his pocket started to melt. He realized it melted because of microwaves. (54)
  • Atomic Bomb

    Atomic Bomb
    The first atomic bomb was tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico. (23)
  • Jukebox

    Jukebox
    Robert Hope-Jones invented the Wurlitzer jukebox, allowing people to party. (24)
  • Video Recorder

    Video Recorder
    Charles Ginsburg created the first video recorder. This allowed television companies to record audio much more efficiently. This was the first technology that let saved information onto magnetic tapes. (25)
  • Transistor Radio

    Transistor Radio
    Texas Instruments invented the first transistor radio that allowed you to fit the radio in your pocket. It was the easiest way to listen to music and to listen to people. (26)
  • Solar Cell

    Solar Cell
    Gerald Pearson, Calvin Fuller and Daryl Chapin observed that solar power could give power to items. They were able to have 6% efficiency. (27)
  • Laser

    Laser
    Gordon Gould invented the first laser, or "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation". The theory had been noticed by Einstein but Gould was the first to make it happen. (40)
  • Cassette

    Cassette
    The Philips Company of the Netherlands invented the first audio-cassette tape. (28)
  • Spacewars

    Spacewars
    Steve Russell invented the first ever computer video game. There were a few other games but this was the first one played on the computer. Video games are a huge part of life today. (55)
  • CD

    CD
    James Russell invented the compact disk in 1965. It was made during htis time but it did not become popular until it started being sold many years later. He was an avid listener to music but he did not like how the record could get ruined so easily and wanted another form of music. (29)
  • Hand held calculator

    Hand held calculator
    Texas Instruments develped the first ever hand held calculator. It had 18 keys and could display 12 digital numbers at a time. (30)
  • ATM

    ATM
    Don Wetzel invented an American made ATM in 1968. There had been other prototypes that had been around before, but this is the one that was used in the united states. They were not put in to use until the 1980s however. (32)
  • ARPANET

    ARPANET
    Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, of the United States Department of Defense. This was the first ever prototype for the world web and was mostly used for nuclear warfare. (31)
  • Floppy Disk

    Floppy Disk
    Alan Shugart invents the floppy disk. This was the most convinient way to store information on a computer. (48)
  • Dot-printer

    Dot-printer
    The dot-matrix printer was invented and it ran with a computer. It was the easiest to use and gave the best picture. (33)
  • LCD

    LCD
    Commonly misinterpreted as LSD, LCD was invented by James Fergason. LCD technology is used in almost everything we have today, from watches, to clocks, to many more items. (50)
  • Word Processor

    Word Processor
    Seymour Rubenstein and Rob Barnaby invented the first word processor, Word Star. It was not released until 1979. (1)
  • First Mobil Phone

    First Mobil Phone
    Martin Cooper created the first mobil telephone. It was 2.5 pounds and 9 inches long. It only allowed for 30 minutes of call time. (35)
  • Personal Computer: Xerox PARC

    Personal Computer: Xerox PARC
    It was the first computer that was designed for personal use but it was not exactly a house computer. They were mostly used at a few universities and Xerox companies. (34)
  • The Walkman

    The Walkman
    Nobutoshi Kihara, a worker for Sony, created the walkman. (49)
  • Labtop

    Labtop
    The first ever labtop was the Osborne 1 created by Adam Osborne. It weighed 24 pounds and had a five inch screen. It was not very successful. (35)
  • Miscrosoft Windows

    Miscrosoft Windows
    Bill Gates came out with this in 1983, but did not release it until 1985. This has become the most widely used word processor in the world. (41)
  • World Wide Web

    World Wide Web
    Created by Tim Berners-Lee, the world wide web has become the basis for all internet usage today. (52)
  • Digital Answering Machine

    Digital Answering Machine
    Dr. Kazuo Hashimoto invented the modern answering machine in 1983, but it was not used in the public until 1991. There had been older and less efficient answering machines before this one, but this was the most modern and useful. (36)
  • WiFi

    WiFi
    NCR Corporation/AT&T invented wifi. It was not widely used until 1999 when Apple said that it would use WiFi in all of its labtops. Vic Hayes is named the father of WiFi and also the main inventor. (42)
  • Global Positioning System

    Global Positioning System
    U.S. DoD invented the Global Positioning System. Today it is the only Global Navigation Satellite System in the world. Many countries are all working on it and it costs $750 million a year. (37)
  • DVD

    DVD
    They were developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic. They could hold much more information than a CD while having the same dimensions. (50)
  • Web TV

    Web TV
    Diba Inc and Zenith Electronics came out with the first web tv. The first ever show was The Spot created by Scott Zakarin. (43)