Ever since the human race discovered fire we’ve been on a never-ending streak of inventions. Whether it’s new tools to help us shape nature to our desire or elaborate machinery, everything stems from human ingenuity. While inventions mankind made are innumerable, some stand out above others. Even if we bring the list down to only technological inventions, we are down to a huge list of impactful items. We’ve attempted to select choice inventions that have modeled our everyday life and some that are still affecting our lives today.
From idea to item
Before we proceed let’s talk about the process of making a new piece of technology. It all starts with an idea. This idea may stem from a certain scientific branch’s need or the creator’s own imagination. The idea needs to be conceptualized properly, with its features and requirements firmly displayed. Only then can actual work that turns it into an invention begin. The concept will run into many necessary changes, problems, and functionality issues.
After a lot of work, it will finally be made into a prototype. While prominent figures can find funding easily by presenting it to the fields that may use it, smaller inventors are stuck with their personal capabilities. Nowadays, getting such funds isn’t as impossible as it was before. There are plentiful loans that can be accessed, organizations that provide resources and assistance, as well as special services that support creators. It’s very important to be careful of scams in this department, which is why using verified services is important.
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You may be surprised to find out that prototypes of some of our more modern inventions have existed for a long while. What could be considered the original battery was made around 2,000 years ago and was used for electroplating silver.
The more modern battery has its primary use as a source of transportable energy. It has gone through many iterations, starting with Alessandro Volta’s voltaic pile from 1800. The battery is a commonplace item in today’s society powering most of the items we use daily.
2. Telegraph machine
A very firm focus of human technology has always been communication. Being able to bring over information to other people has been the key stepping stone towards the formation of society. Through language, human beings were able to communicate their thoughts and feelings.
While plentiful ways of long-distance communication existed beforehand, such as messengers and trained animals, the real revolution of long-distance interaction was achieved with the telegraph machine. The original telegraphs operated on an optical method, communicating messages between each other through shutters and paddles but the real upgrade came in the form of the electrical telegraph. This invention was a huge breakthrough in communication technology, something we’ll see a lot more of in future entries.
Communication may be important to mankind but so is transportation. While walking proved effective when man was limited by the dangers of the wilderness, man has found ways to get over them. After that point walking wouldn’t do so early humans started training horses. After horses came carriages, which could transport more people more comfortably. Further down the line, we have the modern transport invention the automobile.
While the early concepts looked way different than the automobiles we know today, the first patent that may be considered an automobile was patent number 37435 by Carl Benz. The invention is described as a “vehicle powered by a gas engine” and presents the turning point in human travel. While railways and horses were available, further development of cars made it easier to do personal travels without having to let your horses rest and feed. In the modern world, cars can be seen as a necessity considering how much we require transport and how much time it saves.
Food is a basic need of every human being, keeping it fresh is even more important. After all, spoiled food can cause horrible medical issues and may even carry parasites. To keep the food fresh, humans used all sorts of methods. Burying it, keeping it in cellars, even using ice for the sake of keeping the food good for longer.
However, the real advancement came in the form of artificial refrigeration and the invention of the refrigerator. The first form of artificial refrigeration dates back to the 1740s and was invented by William Cullen. From there on, refrigerators would advance until becoming available for home use in 1913.
Current day refrigerators haven’t suffered too big of a change but it’s undisputed that they are extremely important to our everyday lives, acting as a great way to preserve food and save time by allowing us to pick up more groceries in a single trip without worrying that they’ll get spoiled.
Considering how much of our life relies on electronic gadgets it’d be impossible not to mention the invention that made them possible. The transistor is an essential component of any such device. The transistors are important pieces of circuitry and have allowed us to reduce the size of most electric devices. The transistors do not have much history, being patented in 1926 by Julius Lilienfeld and developed in 1947 by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley, but it’s undisputed fact that they’ve pushed our society as a whole to a new age.
Continuing from transistors, we have a device that utilized them to further push a new, digital age. Computers are a major part of every scientific research and business nowadays, and they have been that way for a long while. Ever since ENIAC’s invention, these electric items have become more and more sophisticated with a lot of additional capabilities past their original use. Today, we can see them being integrated into other items we use daily, improving their capabilities.
7. Mobile phone
Last but not least is the most fruitful source of human communication. The mobile phone not only allows you to call anybody from any place but it allows you to do so from any location that has a mobile signal. Additionally, it showcases the interaction of multiple technologies we’ve developed before. It takes the transmission of signals and use of towers from the telegraph, the power of transistors for its operation, and batteries for the sake of providing mobility to the device.
The mobile phones haven’t only become prominent, they’ve become multifunctional. Even though they were originally meant for simple communication they’ve advanced to a point where it’s possible to accomplish many of our daily tasks through the use of this one device.