6 Recent Inventions That You Can’t Remember Living Without
There is always some new, hyped invention that comes out that everyone becomes so enamored with and amazed by. It seems crazy, but a few years after that product launches, everyone in the world seems to have one.
Think back to your childhood. Your parents didn’t have all the technology adults today have. Heck, you didn’t have all the technology that kids today have. And although some of these items seem a little arrogant, there are plenty of them that you use on a daily basis that make your life so much easier. The following are just a few six recent inventions that you can’t remember living without.
Cell phones weren’t even extremely popular until the late 1990s/early 2000s, and even then, all a person could do on those phones was actually make phone calls. As the years went by, phones become more complex, adding in the text message feature and even a camera. But in 2007, the world changed forever with the launch of the first generation iPhone. This little device gave users the ability to access the Internet, play games, shop, take pictures, watch videos, and communicate—all with one little handheld device. Today, one out of five people own a smartphone, and it’s truly something that most people can no longer imagine living without.
Back in the day, if you wanted to find out how to get to a certain location, you would have to use a map to find your own directions. Eventually, thanks to the Internet, you were able to get calculated directions and print them out from your computer to take with you on road trips. In 1995, the first GPS became available for consumers to hook into their cars; however, these items were extremely expensive. Today, most cars are now being manufactured with the GPS system built directly inside the car. You no longer have to worry about knowing how to get to a certain location, as you can just type the address into your GPS and watch as it takes you there.
3. Electric Garage Door Opener
There was a time when garage doors weren’t accessible with the push of a button. If you wanted to get in or out of your garage, you would physically have to open and close the garage door. Today, thanks to the electric garage door opener, you no longer have to manually open and close your door. Instead, simply push a button, and you can get in and out of your garage with ease.
4. TV Remote Control
The scenario goes something like this: You get all snuggled up on the couch in anticipation of watching that new TV show or movie, and you can easily navigate through your TV and other devices with the click of a remote. Years ago, this wasn’t the case. Not only did you have a limited amount of channels to surf through, but you also had to physically get up to change the channel. The invention of the TV remote control has certainly given new meaning to the phrase “couch potato”.
5. Music Downloads
Napster may have created some controversy, but it also paved the way for the current music industry we know today. Years ago, when you liked a song, you would either have to wait for it to play on the radio so you could record it with a cassette or wait for the album to come out so you could buy it (or the single) in record stores. Today, when you like a song, you can simply visit iTunes and buy the song (or the entire album) and play it right away. There is absolutely no more waiting, and no having to pay a fortune for an entire album when you only want the one song.
6. The World Wide Web
Could you imagine life today without the Internet? Could you imagine having to look in books to find the information you want, visit stores to buy products or services, and not constantly know what your friends are up to with social media? Yes, people did it before, but we have become so accustomed to the Internet and so spoiled by all the technological advancements over the years that we can’t imagine ever going back. Thanks to the Internet, you can access information immediately, play games, and constantly stay in the know, whether with general news or your own friends and family members.
There are so many items that were recently invented that we cannot live without. It can only make you wonder what other advancements will come in the future.
Guest Author: Lizzie Lau is a freelance writer who combines personal opinions and research to create appealing and informative articles on various topics.