Gadgets are our 24 hours companions. We can’t imagine our life without them. From the time we wake up to before we go to bed and while we are at sleep as well we are being aided by gadgets. It has provided huge comfort in overall lifestyle. Here we list top 15 influential gadgets listed by TIME that has changed how we do everything:
Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. The wearable computer that puts a small screen in users’ field of vision to display directions, messages or video calls. Google Glass is packed with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, speakers, a camera, microphone, touchpad. There’s the main piece, a tiny screen the size of your finger that shows you all the information you need at your fingertips. And there is much more.
Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer with a price tag to match its tiny size: about $35, without a monitor, mouse or keyboard. The Pi is being used in classrooms worldwide to help students learn programming skills. With eight million Pi’s sold as of last year, the odds are decent that the next Mark Zuckerberg will have gotten his or her start tinkering with one.
It is developed by the “godfather of the iPod,” Tony Fadell. It was the first smart home device to capture mass market interest following its launch in 2011. Pairing the iconic round shape of classic thermostats with a full-color display and Apple-like software, the Nest features considerable processing power. (For instance, its ability to use machine learning to detect and predict usage patterns for heating and cooling a home.)
Pedometers have been around for centuries (seriously, look it up), but it was Fitbit that helped bring them into the digital age and to the masses. Released in 2009, it tracks users’ steps, calories burned and sleep patterns. Priced at $99, the Fitbit showed that wearables could be affordable. The company sold more than 20 million of the devices in 2015.
Released in 2016 the Oculus Rift is a virtual reality system that completely immerses you inside virtual worlds. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, you’ll feel like you’re really there. That made it immensely popular.
It is the first laptop to offer wireless networking. The product’s reveal was a classic example of Steve Jobs’ showmanship at its best. While loading a webpage and showing off the computer’s display at 1999’s MacWorld conference, the Apple co-founder lifted the computer off its table and walked across the stage. The crowd roared in approval. In a gesture, he showed that Wi-Fi was here to stay.
Motorola’s Dynatac 8000x
It is the first truly portable cell phone when it launched in 1984. Marty Cooper, an engineer with Motorola at the time, first demonstrated the technology by making what’s regarded as the first public cellular phone call from a New York City sidewalk in 1973. The Dynatac 8000x weighed nearly two pounds and cost almost $4,000.
Nokia 3210 defined the cell phone after it was released in 1999. With more than 160 million sold, it became a bestseller for the Finnish company. The 3210 is regarded to be the first phone with an internal antenna and the first to come with games like Snake pre-loaded. It received praises even more than 10 years after its launch for its long battery life and clear reception.
Sony PlayStation transformed the games industry. With Sony’s obsession, it was made the PlayStation family an enduring icon of the living room. The PlayStation 2 was also awarded Guinness record for the bestselling console of all time.
Toshiba DVD Player
Toshiba’s SD-3000 DVD player made it possible to watch crisp digital movies off a tiny platter just 12 centimeters in diameter obsoleting noisy, tangle-prone magnetic in November 1996
Amazon Kindle changed the way we read. It took over the e-reader market, becoming the best-selling product in the history of Amazon.com in 2010. The Kindle marks the beginning of Amazon’s evolution as a digital media company. Today the company has digital stores for music, movies and video games in addition to books.
When the Polaroid OneStep Land camera, hit the market in 1977, it quickly became the country’s best-selling camera. Polaroid photographs dominated 80s-era.
Apple‘s iPad’s launch launched in 2010 redefined tablet market. Apple sold 300,000 iPads on its first day in stores, roughly matching the iPhone’s day-one numbers, and has been dominating the market till today.
With 15 years of its release it is still one of the most memorable gadgets of all time for it was the first to combine the Web-browsing and email experience with the functionality of a phone. The 6210 let users check email, make phone calls, send text messages, manage their calendar, and more all from a single device which was something unheard of then.
Canon Pocketronic Calculator
It is one of the first hand-held, battery-powered calculators. Selling for $345 at its launch, this calculator was built around three circuits that let it add, subtract, multiply, and divide with thirteen rechargeable batteries.