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The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

If we're talking about the most influential piece of technology you've come across in the gadget area, what would it be for you? A smartphone or VR glasses? Or would you rather look back into the past and decide on a classic: a color TV, a Game Boy or maybe the Walkman from Sony?

Time Magazine has taken on this task and, together with its editors, identified the 50 most influential gadgets from their point of view. The main thing was not how commercially successful the device was, but what impact it had and how much it shaped the market or us as users.

Apple is represented five times in the Top 50 of Time, three of them in the top ten. Also included several times: Sony (4x), Nintendo (3x), IBM (3x) and Motorola (3x). Samsung, LG or HTC companies do not even appear, even Microsoft was able to conquer the world with its software, but at least not yet score points with the hardware according to this list. After all, Google appears once, and many newer technologies such as 3D printers, drones, the Raspberry Pi microcomputer or the Oculus Rift glasses are already represented here. For the sake of suspense, I'm not telling you yet which, according to Time, is the most influential tech gadget of all time, and I'm also starting from the back - so we're working our way up from 50th place to 1st place. Let us know in the comments whether you do would have made a similar decision or whether there are devices that would have to be supplemented here.

50. Google Glass

Okay, we don't need to tell you much about Google Glass, we had it on our screen often enough here on the blog, although the big breakthrough did not materialize. Google is developing further or from scratch and the topic of smart glasses will certainly be exciting again beyond VR glasses.

49. Makerbot Replicator

3D printing is one of those technologies that is here to stay. This is currently still in its infancy and is still a long way from being an absolute mass phenomenon. In any case, the Makerbot Replicator was the gadget that brought 3D printing into the minds of many people in the first place. At below $ 2,000 in price, Makerbot made 3D printing at least reasonably affordable.

48. Segway

Segway - the company was sold to China a long time ago and there, too, they are still waiting for this strange-looking scooter to become a really commercially successful project. Everyone knows these things, some have dared to go up there, but very few can imagine acquiring such a part. If Time Magazine lists the Segway here anyway, then it probably has more symbolic character than anything else. Symbol for what? Good question - it still looks ridiculous to me when people get around on the Segways.

47. Yamaha Clavinova digital piano

As a Depeche Mode fan and generally a friend of electronic music, I would have liked to see a Moog synthesizer on this list, an Emulator II or something like that. The Yamaha Clavinova, however, is probably the instrument that was much more common back in the eighties has found its way into US households. Reward for this: 47th place!

46. ​​DJI Phantom

Absolutely correct that drones were also taken into account in this overview and which aircraft is more suitable than the Phantom from DJI? Exactly - therefore place 46 for this quad-copter. Regardless of whether it is about monitoring rooms, delivering goods or taking spectacular photos: These small flight gadgets will continue to become more and more important and DJI is really the company that has opened the door to the mass market for these drones the furthest.

45. Raspberry Pi

Take a look at what such a Raspberry Pi can do and then look again at the spec sheet of your huge desktop PC that you had in your booth ten years ago and you will see why Time Magazine also has this tiny computer among them Top 50 Most Influential Gadgets Looks. The parts are not only tiny, they are also so outrageously cheap that entire armies of curious boys and girls can throw themselves on them, who otherwise would never have had the opportunity to familiarize themselves financially with computers.

44. Nest thermostat

Google Nest cost 3.2 billion in 2014. A fair amount of money for a company that makes a thermostat. There is more to it than that, of course: The gadget developed by Tony Fadell takes the thermostat into the modern age and to the next level and can also be found in this list as an indication that the smart home is a development that will in future affect all of our lives Head will turn.

43. Osborne 1

The Osborne 1 appeared in 1981 and was hailed as the mobile computer that even fits under an airplane seat. Bad marketing and, last but not least, a computer with an outrageously small display ensured that the company was unable to turn its ambitious project into commercial success. How much the computer world, especially in terms of mobile devices, has developed in 35 years, isn't it?

42. Fitbit

At the moment it almost seems to me that the fitness bracelets are better accepted due to their alignment than is the case with the smartwatches. Fitbit paved the way for these trackers with its first tracker, which was released in 2009, and the company's success proves it right: over 20 million sports enthusiasts bought such a wearable last year alone.

41. Roku Streaming Player

Roku - that always sounds to me like times when we looked enviously at the USA, where television was virtually reinvented, while here - almost in the truest sense of the word - we looked into the tube. In 2010, Roku sent its streaming box into the race - meanwhile more and more devices from well-known manufacturers are being used.

40.Sony Discman D-50

It is probably not too much of a spoiler if, when I mention the Sony Discman, I tell you that the Walkman will still be seen in the lower places on this list. Just as the CD was really picking up speed, Sony was able to build on the success of the Walkman and from 1984 onwards allowed us to listen to our favorite CDs on the go.

39. Oculus Rift

That would have been something if the Oculus Rift glasses hadn't been mentioned here, right? No other product illustrates better how our world will change through VR. It may be that other devices will sell better, offer a better experience, etc. - but the Oculus Rift remains the glasses that first come to mind when we talk about virtual reality.

38. Apple iBook

A notebook with WLAN - something that no one else can imagine today was only available for the first time shortly before the turn of the millennium. We can now argue with a little distance about the design, but in products like this one again sees what Apple had in Steve Jobs and how the company has always understood how to revolutionize and turn entire markets inside out.

37. Motorola Dynatac 8000x

Of course, Motorola is also mentioned here. With the Dynatac 8000x, mobile telephony became acceptable in 1984. Anyone who had a slim $ 4,000 to spare for this one-kilo bone could certainly attract people's attention.

36. Palm Pilot

Palm - also a name that has meanwhile faded. The Palm Pilot was not the first PDA, but the first really successful and therefore probably a device that paved the way for what? Exactly, for smartphones.

35. HP DeskJet

How much nerve printing used to cost me. Pixelated letters from the dot matrix printer, it took forever and it was also terribly noisy. At a price below $ 1,000, HP managed to bring the first commercially successful inkjet printer to market with the Deskjet - thanks for that, Hewlett-Packard!

34. Nokia 3210

A list like this one cannot do without Nokia. In 34th place we find the Nokia 3210 - an almost indestructible mobile phone, which sold sensationally with 160 million units and brought us Snake. The game that is now making its comeback as Slither.io.

33. Jerrold Cable Box

If you think that cable television is an innovation of the late seventies or early eighties, think again: The Cable Box from Jerrold, a US company from Pennsylvania, appeared in the 1950s.

32. Nintendo Wii

Nintendo has shaken up the game market several times in its long history. The Wii appeared in 2006 and turned gamers who were just lazy on the couch into interactive gamers who actually jumped up and down in front of the TVs and enjoyed the innovative controls of the Wii.

31. Sony PlayStation

The first PlayStation from Sony appeared in 1994 - I still struggle a little today that the company couldn't wait a little longer with the release. As a result, the Sega Saturn went for a swim, although I still think the console is the better of the two. But Sony's marketing power was no match and even today the Japanese, together with Microsoft, clearly dominate the console market.

30. Toshiba SD-3000 DVD player

The Toshiba SD-3000 was certainly not the first device with optical storage media to buy when it went on sale in 1996. But it was the first DVD player and, as is well known, this medium hit like a bomb and even with the introduction of Blu-Ray, the shape and size of the small discs were retained.

29. TiVo

You no longer have to watch advertising, watch TV programs when you feel like it and not when they are broadcast for the first time, generally the foolproof recording of TV shows - all of this is so natural today, but when the TiVo first appeared in 1999 When the stores came up, it was a bit of a TV revolution.

28. Amazon Kindle

The e-book readers are still fighting stubbornly to replace the classic book in the readers' favor. Large smartphones and, of course, tablets also make life difficult for readers, but the Kindle should not be missing from this list, which turned the bookseller Amazon into a hardware company at the time.

27. Polaroid camera

Polaroid - memories come up. For me back then as a little boy it was nothing less than a bloody miracle when you took a photo and not only held the result in your hands a short time later, but could also watch it develop itself. Polaroid conquered markets and photographers' hearts since the late seventies, and the instant camera became a big tech trend in the eighties.

26. Commodore 64

Maybe I'm making a mistake, but I sincerely believe that anyone who has as many years under his belt as I either had a C-64 at the time - or knew someone with a “bread box” that they could march to Gambling. The 8-bit box was launched in 1982 and quickly became the best-selling computer in the world. It was a surprise to me that the C-64 did not make it into the top ten.

25. Apple iPad

With the iPad, Apple has done it again: taking a division that basically existed a long time before and that was only breathed into real life with the Apple product. The iPad is now on the decline - also thanks to the strong 2-in-1s and the Android tablet competition, nonetheless, Apple has only made this division big.

24. BlackBerry 6210

BlackBerry - how many years have Canadians been stumbling, who once ruled the smartphone market at will? Internet, emails and all that on one phone? At that time, that was anything but common, the BlackBerry 6210 changed that impressively.

23. Phonemate 400 answering machine

When this answering machine was introduced in 1971, it was something of a small miracle: What was previously reserved for companies, was now possible at home - receiving calls in the absence of anyone. 20 messages could be saved and here, too, one is amazed at how much further we are today.

22. TomTom GPS

After GPS signals could also be used by private individuals, it was TomTom who really mixed up the market with its navigation devices. As with the various music players, cameras, etc., the navigation device is also losing more and more of its importance these days - the all-rounder called smartphone is to blame.

21. IBM Thinkpad 700C

The ThinkPad series still has an extremely good reputation, which was established in the early 1990s, for example with the ThinkPad 700C. The reason was a strong, compact computer in a highly attractive guise, which could also come up with innovations such as the TrackPoint.

20. Motorola Droid

Just one month after the release in 2009, Motorola was able to sell between 700,000 and 800,000 units of the Droid. This made the smartphone one of the first real iPhone competitors and the first smartphone that really pushed Android as the operating system.

19. JVC VideoMovie Camcorder

JVC's camcorder became a tech icon not only through Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but also. What was new with these devices was that the cassette could be placed directly in the camera. What seemed incredibly practical at the time, leaves a slightly different impression today, because these camcorders were quite a bummer.

18. Motorola Bravo Pager

Can anyone even remember pagers? Short codes or messages could be sent with it from the beginning of the 90s. I also had a few acquaintances who ran around with a part like this, but the added value never really opened up to me.

17. IBM Selectric typewriter

A typewriter - okay, in these times we should all really have trouble explaining to a young person why it could actually have been an influential and innovative tech device. Starting in 1961, however, with these machines, IBM turned a market upside down that until then had been dominated by the really bad mechanical typewriters.

16. Nintendo Game Boy

The Gameboy - even many years later you don't have to tell anyone anything about this mega-hit from Nintendo, right? When the part appeared in the late eighties, Nintendo not only started a Tetris hype, but also triggered the mobile gaming boom, which continues to this day.

15. Nintendo Entertainment System


And again Nintendo with the NES - the Super Nintendo predecessor, which should stir up the console market in 1993. For me as a fan and owner of the Atari 2600, a whole new game world opened up with this console.

14. US Robotics Sportster 56K modem

A 56K modem in the top 50 most influential gadgets and so far ahead in 14th place? How come Anyone who went online with acoustic couplers at that time or then later dialed into the network with significantly slower modems should not actually ask this question - the Internet was only really fun from 56K.

13. Atari 2600

13th place for this console treasure, which at the time made me heavily dependent. Even today it seems very unreal to me that we got a game like Pac Man for a whopping 139 DM. The Atari 2600 is an absolute milestone in video game history and is therefore again a gadget that I personally would have seen a little further ahead.

12. Philips N1500 VCR

In 1972, Philips released the N1500 - the very first video recorder. The format didn't catch on after the VHS system quickly emerged as the dominant one in the 1980s, but TV viewers were finally able to record popular series and shows.

11. Canon Pocketronic calculator

This calculator from Canon almost made it into the top ten. This device was initially available for $ 345 in 1970 - at a time when very clumsy calculating machines dominated everyday office life (I've heard - even I wasn't alive then;)) It would only take five years to get comparable devices for only $ 20.

10. Magic Wand

The Magic Wand - a very special magic wand and in this list here also a very special, because it is piquant, gadget. The Hitachi name no longer appears on the product, which has been on sale since the late 1960s. Nevertheless, the company earns itself stupidly and stupidly with this massage device. Whoever has no idea what exactly can be massaged with it, for example, should google a little and see which attachments are available for this gadget.

9. Apple iPod

I believe that with this device Apple only really returned to life and to success after its crisis years. Thanks to MP3, Apple once again turned a market completely upside down. Suddenly you could carry tons of music with you everywhere - brave new world. Was it the first MP3 player? No of course not! Was it the most successful? Yes, of course!

8. Kodak Brownie camera

A bit older than the iPod, however, is the Kodak camera shown above.You only had to shell out a dollar for this camera when it came on the market in 1900 - including the film! This is how Kodak founded its success and managed to ensure that cameras were no longer bulky things on huge tripods, but also small gadgets that were really easy to carry around with you.

7. Regency TR-1 transistor radio

The Regency TR-1 was - when it appeared at Christmas 1954 - the very first transistor radio in the world. For a music fan like me a very special invention and therefore undisputedly right in this list of the most influential gadgets of all time.

6. Victrola Record Player

We're sticking to music, but we're going back a few years: The Victrola Record Player Company brought this treasure pictured above on the market as early as 1877 and made it possible for people to listen to their favorite music at home. There was classical music and operas on the ears - nice for me that a lot has changed musically over time.

5. IBM Model 5150

In fifth place we see IBM again with the Model 5150 - presented in 1981. IBM cleverly began to license its DOS operating system. As a result, the IBM-compatible computers appeared - something like the ancestors of all non-Apple computers that are currently populating the market.

4. Sony Walkman

The Sony Walkman rushed just past the podium. Should I confess something to you? I never had one - it was just too expensive for my parents. But it's okay in retrospect - as a little boy at the time, however, I found it less okay. Listening to music on the go suddenly became a thing and with over 200 million units sold, Sony paved the way for future products such as the Discman and the iPod.

3. Apple Macintosh

In third place we find this legendary box. Once again Apple, once again packed with innovations and once again a very clear design statement. That was the Apple Macintosh with which one wanted to take action against the Windows dominance in Cupertino. That hasn't really worked out to this day, but at least a worthy third place for this extraordinary computer jumped out of it.

2. Sony Trinitron

With over 100 million units sold, this Sony color television was the first ever commercial success with these televisions that were supposed to replace the black and white boxes. This television appeared in 1968 and helped ensure that more and more color got into the living room. I think that wasn't the case in Germany until later: It must have been for the 1974 World Cup when the color TV boom also found its way into Germany. Incidentally, it is not unusual for these events to fuel the sale of technology: in 2006, for example, the fun was repeated with the flat screen TVs.

1. Apple iPhone

Congratulations to the number 1 - who should be enthroned here if not Apple and if not with the iconic iPhone? BlackBerry stumbles, Motorola was sold to China and Nokia wants to strike again under the wing of Foxconn - the big smartphone names have somehow all gone under.

This is certainly due to its own inability, but also to the fact that Apple left no stone unturned in the development of the iPhone and was able to present a device that was so incredibly different from everything else that it was almost inevitable had to develop this mega-seller that it still represents today. I am now also resisting the critical undertone with which one could question whether Apple can ever reinvent itself to this extent again - with this they have undoubtedly achieved one of the (if not THE) milestones in gadget history. So take a look again at the clip above, in which the legendary and unforgettable Steve Jobs reveals the original iPhone.