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Greatest Invention from the Gadget Generation

Jun 27, 2008
It's always an interesting conversation to have between generations. The greatest invention of my grandparents generation would probably be the car. My parents generation might suggest the television. So what is the greatest invention of my generation? I've had a look at my top ten.

Number one is the Internet. Life just wouldn't be the same without the World Wide Web. The internet provides a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, from finding out train times via Google or purchasing goods on Ebay. The latest explosion of social networking sites helps people keep in touch and interact without leaving the house.

Number two is mobile technology. Even during my generation the mobile phone has drastically evolved. I remember my first mobile phone was a monstrous Bosch orange brick. Yet, it allowed extra freedom as i no longer i had to ensure i carried 20p to use the phone to see if i could get a lift home at the end of the day.

Apple's i-phone has set the benchmark for new mobile technology. They are no longer mobile phones, a combination of a phone, video camera, digital camera, music player and computer, with full access to the internet.

Number three is the utilisation of Chip and PIN. Chip and PIN technology has allowed us to use our bank card to pay for everything, instead of fumbling around for coins in my wallet. There is no longer a need to send a cheque in the post, as payments are accepted online using your card.

I believe this simple technology will continue to evolve and cheques will be the first form of payment that could become redundant. Yet, if all payments can be made on your card, is there any need for money?

Number four is the use of satellite navigation systems. Satellite navigation allows drivers to navigate the globe without the need for a map. They allow users to know exactly where they are, where they need to go and, most importantly, how to get there.

Coming in at number five is virtual reality gaming and the Wii generation. Gaming has also drastically evolved during my lifetime. It was the original Nintendo Entertainment System that got me hooked, with Mario and other unforgettable classics. Sega and Nintendo were overshadowed by the arrival of Sony's Playstation and Playsation II, which also played DVD's and CD's.

While Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's Xbox have been battling out to create more realistic graphics and gameplay, Nintendo has taken a step back and created the Wii and DS, designed purely to entertain. These revolutionary consoles provide a much more interactive experience that can be played by anyone. Genius!

My number six is the more recent development of Sky Plus. Sky have constantly evolved their technology and the Sky Plus technology allows viewers to watch and record at the same time, as well as setting up a 'series link' so that you never miss your favourite episodes. Entertainment at your fingertips, but when you want it!

In at number seven is the iPod and iTunes. From the original Sony cassette Walkman, CD players and Mini Disc players to the iPod. All your music is stored and ready to play in one place. Itunes allows you to add all the latest tracks, and also radio shows via the create of podcasts.

Number eight is the microwave. I think the majority of houses all now have a microwave oven. I believe it's an invention that has been taken for granted. A simple way to cook ready meals, re-heat food or defrosting meat before cooking. Kitchen life would be alot tougher without it.

My ninth place gadget is the development of digital cameras. Digital cameras have allowed us to take a perfect picture, possible to view and delete pictures before deciding whether to print them. So effective when comparing them to its predecessors.

For my tenth and final gadget i have decided to take a look to the future. Maybe in fifty years time petrol cars will be a thing of the past and they will have been replaced by electric or battery powered cars. Many companies are testing hybrid vehicles that utilise both electric motors and other types of engine.
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