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Popular Tech Gadgets Then and Now

It’s truly amazing to see the evolution of tech gadgets and gizmos in the span of just a decade or two. We are no longer tied to the television or stereo plugged into the wall in the family room. We can wander the house with a Bluetooth headset and enjoy top quality surround sound. We can wirelessly stream video on any number of devices from pretty much anywhere. And the ubiquitous smartphone has revolutionized communication.

I just came across an article that examines what eight of the most popular tech gadgets looked like when released and what they look like and do now. It’s no surprise that Apple dominates the field. The Apple Macintosh, iPhone and iPad lead the way.

Smart Phones and Personal Computers

Tech Gadgets2The Apple Macintosh, introduced in 1984, was the first personal computer with graphical user interface, built-in screen and mouse. The concept then was to provide a fool proof unit anyone could use out of the box. Today the Apple collection of personal computers and laptops have come a long way in terms of capabilities. But they retain the simplicity of use principle envisioned by Steve Jobs.

The iPhone has revolutionized communications since being introduced in 2007. Today’s versions are bigger, and better. The features on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR are so much more advanced than we could have imagined in 2007. It’s not just a phone. It’s a powerful computer with features like Apple Pay and a Health app that can track anything the health conscious individual wants.

Fast forward to today. There is an almost infinite number of choices of computers and smart phones available to consumers. But Apple continues to lead the way. My computing needs had me choose a PC over a Mac when they first became available. I wanted more control over how the device worked and what I could make it do than a Mac would allow. But the very fact we talk about personal computers as either Mac or PC illustrates how distinct the Apple Macintosh was and continues to be.

Gaming Consoles

Tech GadgetsNintendo came out with GameBoy in 1989. It was the first hand held gaming station and sold well over 100 million units worldwide. They continued with Nintendo Switch in 2017 and over 32 million consoles have been sold already.

Sony got into the gaming arena with the release of PlayStation in 1994. They made gaming a mainstream activity then and have simply improved over time.

Not to be out done, Microsoft introduced the XBox in 2001 and then a year later XBox Live that allowed gamers to compete online. By 2017 Microsoft is said to have sold 20 Million consoles. Today the unit does away with the cords and CD drives with wireless remote controllers.

Televisions and Reading Devices

Korean tech giant Samsung started making televisions in the 1970s. By the late ’90s, it created the world’s first mass-produced digital TV. In the early 2000s, Samsung began making HD TVs, and expanded to Blu-Ray players and home theater equipment as well.

Samsung just keeps getting better. Like most newer tech products, their current lineup of TVs is faster, more vibrant and bigger. In 2019, Samsung televisions offer smart capabilities and even a huge 219-inch TV called “The Wall.”

Amazon introduced the Kindle in 2007. It came only in white and had an E-lnk display that made reading easy on the eyes. I’ve also been told it made a big difference to the reading ability of people suffering from dyslexia. Go figure! It had a full keyboard and a scroll wheel.

Today the Kindle comes in a variety of styles and sizes. They come with Amazon Audible, WiFi and cellular connectivity.

Check out this blast from the past at Business Insider. I found it pretty interesting reading. While Elegant Gizmos doesn’t have an extremely high tech gizmo to offer you, we do focus on really cool gizmos to help you get stuff done around the house and workshop, and also get the most out of your outdoor activities. We are always searching for products to serve our customers. Click the button to check out our store. If you don’t see current products we’re out of stock but on the case to launch new arrivals

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