Posted by: htenhoope | October 1, 2012

Inventions that have formed my life

I wanted to list the inventions that were made during my lifetime that have formed and shaped me into the person I am today.
Plus, it’s kind of cool to see the list of inventions by year.
I’m only listing the inventions that had influence on MY life, not all inventions.

1964

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Permanent Press fabric
  • BASIC (computer language)
1965
  • Soft contact lenses
  • NutraSweet
  • Compact Disk invented
1966
  • Electronic Fuel injection
1967
  • The first handheld calculator
1968
  • Computer mouse
  • The first computer with integrated circuits
  • RAM (Random Access Memory)
1969
  • ATM
  • Bar code scanner
1970
  • Daisy-wheel printer
  • Floppy Disk
1971
  • Dot-matrix printer
  • Food processor
  • Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD)
  • Micro processor
  • VCR (Video cassette)
1972
  • Word Processor
  • Pong (First video game)
1973
  • Ethernet (local computer network)
  • Disposable lighter by Bic
1974
  • Post-It notes
1975
  • Laser printer
  • Push-through tab on drink cans
1976
  • Ink-Jet printer
1977
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
1978
  • VisiCalc spreadsheet
1979
  • Cell phones
  • Walkman
1981
  • MS-DOS
  • First IBM PC
1982
  • First Compact Disk (CD) produced
1983
  • Apple Lisa (The first Apple with the graphical user interface GUI)
1984
  • CD-ROM
  • Apple Macintosh
1985
  • Windows program (Microsoft)
1986
  • Disposable camera (Fuji)
1987
  • First 3D video game
  • Disposable contact lenses
1988
  • Digital cell phone
  • Doppler Radar
  • Indiglo nightlight (the light that illuminates the face of a watch)
1989
  • High Definition television
1990
  • World Wide Web
  • HTTP
  • HTML
1991
  • Digital Answering Machine
1993
  • Pentium processor
1995
  • Java computer language
  • DVD
1996
  • Web TV
1997
  • Gas powered fuel cell
2001
  • iPod
  • Wrinkle free shirt
2002
  • Wireless headset
2003
  • CD shredder
  • Camera phones
2004
  • Intel Express chipsets
2005
  • YouTube
2007
  • iPhone
These are some of the important inventions during my lifetime.
A lot are not listed as they were invented based on someone else’s earlier invention.
And some I just couldn’t find listed anywhere as being invented in a certain year.

It’s also amazing that most inventions during my lifetime have to do with technology but a lot of great inventions were made during my lifetime that are not technology related but they have not had any impact on my life (yet).

It’s great we have inventors.  They make the future interesting.  Keep inventing guys!


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