A panel of 20 expert scientists from the British Science Association has come up with a list of the top 10 inventions that changed the world. Included in the list are the Bar Code, trainers and TV dinners. Stuff disagrees, and puts forward this (admittedly gadget-heavy) list of its own:
#10 Polaroid Camera Model 95
The world’s first instant camera, revolutionizing the photography world. It was easy to use, almost completely automatic with only eight shutter and aperture settings, and able to produce a photo print in one minute. Magic.
So successful it’s now (officially) a word in the English language, the sometime search engine has become an online giant with more services than we’ve got room to mention. Want to know more? Google it!
#8 Compact Discs
The Compact Disc, or CD, changed digital storage. Originally a breakthrough in digital audio, the idea later spread to video, giving rise to DVD and Blu-ray. But indestructible? We think not.
#7 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Released in 1985, the NES was the best selling game console of its time. It set the standard for everything gaming, from graphics design to controller layout, and it gave birth to Super Mario Bros.
#6 Apple II
The Apple II was one of the first mass-market home computers. It featured an integrated keyboard, sound, a plastic case and eight internal expansion slots… makes you wonder what else we take for granted.
#5 Sony AIBO
It could walk, see its environment via a built-in camera and recognize spoken commands. Sony’s AIBO brought joy to people of all ages who were allergic to real dogs, or just didn’t have any friends.
#4 Intel Pentium P5
It wasn’t the first home PC chip, but while you had to have at least a drop of geek blood running in your veins to know whether you had a 386 or 486, the 586’s fresh moniker had mass appeal that turned Pentium into a household name.
#3 Nokia 5110
Released in 1998, Nokia’s 5110 was the most popular mobile phone of its time and the first consumer handset to be truly ubiquitous. It was rugged, user-friendly and it had Snake, still among the most addictive phone games ever designed.
#2 Windows 3.1
Microsoft’s first widely-used operating system introduced a serious desktop publishing platform for the first time. It became the world’s most widely used GUI-based operating system, a title now held by its descendant, Windows XP.
#1 Apple iPod
The ultra-chunky first-gen model had 5GB or 10GB of storage and introduced us to the signature click wheel. With 18 different models released in a mere 8 years, it transformed the music industry, product design and lifestyle.
[Post written by Stuff intern Haziq Ariffin]