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50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time
This morning Time released a list of the 50 most influential gadgets. The list is comprised of things we couldn’t live without, things that changed the way we viewed the world around us, and even gadgets that were never successful but made an impact regardless.
Here are some of our highlights from the list – with an obvious mobile focus:
#39 – Oculus Rift
It’s interesting Time cites a new and untested product on the list of most influential. A sign of things to come? Actual time will tell.
#37 – Motorola Dynatac 8000x
We are app developers, of course we are going to think the first real cell phone is pretty cool. And at $4000 it’s amazing to see how this device went from being exclusively for the rich, to the pocket of the everyman in 30 years.
#36 – Palm Pilot
Without the Palm pilot where would today’s smartphone be? It was the first extremely popular hand held computer.
#34 – Nokia 3210
The first cell phone without an antenna (gasp!) and games! Where would we be without Snake?!
#24 – BlackBerry 6210
Email in the palm of your hand, and a phone? Revolutionary.
#20 – Motorola Droid
The phone that made Android a player in the mobile market. This phone, released in 2009, is the one that caused the rift between Apple and Android.
#15 – Nintendo Entertainment System
Ok it’s not a phone, but it’s probably the most influential gadget of my childhood, so I had to include it. It was just so cool.
#1 – Apple iPhone
Did you expect anything else? But it wasn’t the design alone that makes the iPhone top this list, it is the software and ability to download apps has revolutionized our phones. And we all know the future of apps is just getting started!