Who Invented These Everyday Items

You may be grateful for your gadgets, but do you know who created them?

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We often take for granted all the technological advances that we use on a daily basis, from the moment we get up in the morning and throughout the day. Without gadgets like the alarm clock to make sure we get us up in the morning to the espresso maker that keeps us running to the television and computers that keep us entertained, our life would be a little less full than it is today. While you likely know that the Wright brothers invented the airplane and that Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, we've got a list of the people responsible for the technology that you use everyday.

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The Television

While John Logie Baird did complete his mechanical television in 1926, the technology that revolutionized the industry was the electronic television that Philo Farnsworth revealed to the world in 1927. Baird's TV set used discs to create images, but Farnsworth's version used tubes to create much clearer pictures.

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Alarm Clock

Levi Hutchins wanted to get up before dawn, at a set time every morning. 4 a.m., to be specific. So the clockmaker created America’s first mechanical alarm clock in 1787, crafted out of one of his brass clocks with a gear that tripped a bell at his desired get out of bed time. It was another 60 years before French inventor Antoine Redier made one that could be adjusted a time other than 4 o'clock in the morning.

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Digital Camera

If you remember the days of taking your film canisters to the drugstore, waiting a week for them to get developed, only to find out the epic snap of your birthday party was a blur, then you can thank Steven Sasson for inventing the digital camera. The Eastman Kodak engineer developed this product in the 1970s, but it wasn't ready for market until 1994.

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BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages

Johnson & Johnson’s Earle Dickson set out to create a practical solution that consumers could use at home to easily dress small wounds. In 1921, he had a prototype of cotton gauze and adhesive strips covered with crinoline that could be easily peeled off. Later that year, BAND-AID was available to the public.

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Personal Computer

While Steve Jobs was the face and co-founder of Apple, it was Steve Wozniak’s invention of the Apple I (1976) computers that started the home computing industry. In 1977, the Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive, was a hit in households looking to have a computer to balance budgets or to play Oregon Trail.

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Modern Automobile

While Henry Ford is credited with bringing the car to the masses with his factory assembly, Carl Benz was the first to design a car around the internal combustion engine. He debuted his gas-powered three-wheeled vehicle in 1886.

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Windshield Wiper

Mary Anderson conceived of the windshield wiper way back in 1903. Even though cars were relatively new at that point, she was inspired to create the wiper after riding a trolley on a snowy day.

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Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, with assistance from Thomas Watson, back in 1876, while also developing technology to improve the telegraph.

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Post-it Notes

3M’s research scientist Dr. Spencer Silver made an odd adhesive in the late 1960s, that was he used for movable bookmarks and Arthur L. Fry helped develop that into the Post-it Notes we have today. The convenient item went on sale to consumers in 1980 and has graced offices ever since.

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Espresso Machine

You may often want to offer your thanks to the coffee gods, and among them is Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy. The espresso machine inventor was granted a patent in 1884 for “new steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage.”

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Adhesive Tape

Prolific 3M inventor Richard Gurley Drew invented both masking tape and transparent cellophane tape (most often dubbed Scotch tape). He invented the masking tape to help painters at auto body shops mask off areas without damaging paint jobs, and his invention was on the market in 1925. The transparent tape came five years later.

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Josephine Garis Cochran invented the dishwasher (with the wire compartments) back in 1893, and the large washers became popular in hotels and restaurants. They became a household staple in the 1950s.

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In 1888, William Seward Burroughs invented a mechanical device that helped accountants and bookkeepers with accuracy, instead of doing tallies by longhand. His improved machine was patented in 1893 and has been helping kids through Algebra class for decades.

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Vulcanized Rubber

Natural rubber is known to melt in hot weather, freeze or crack and often stick to everything... which is not great for tires. But Charles Goodyear dropped rubber into sulfur on a hot stove (reportedly by accident) and gave the substance a new strength and pliability.

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Ballpoint Pen

Wanting a pen that was easier to use than a fountain pen, journalist Laszlo Josef Biro invented the ballpoint pen in 1938. A combination of the fast-drying ink used in newspaper printing presses, along with a ball that rotated in a socket to keep the ink from clogging up.

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