From the gramophone to the iPhone: the most important gadgets in the history according to Time

Time magazine annually identifies the “man of the year”, may 3, introduced its new rating of 50 most important gadgets in the history. The list is subjective: its compilation and ranking of gadgets on the field was carried out by editors and reporters of technical and business departments Time. All devices were rated “forever changed the way we live, work and play,” notes the journal. 10 most important gadgets according to Time, in the gallery of the RBC.

1. Smartphone Apple iPhone

Apple became the first manufacturer to mass-produce powerful pocket computers: in 2007, the iPhone turned the smartphone market. In the converged device functionality, accessibility and beauty, made him the favorite of millions of users, says Time. Since then, the company has sold more than 900 million iPhones. The smartphone has become a driver of its business, making Apple the most expensive public company in the world.

From a user point of view iPhone ushered in a new era of phones or flat — screen technology touchscreen instead of physical buttons and soft, based on mobile app ecosystem. The smartphone from Apple has set the standard of communication of the person with the mobile device and “changed our attitude to computer technology and consumption of information.” Gadget from an American company pretends to for decades to remain at the forefront of technological industry, total Time.

2. TV Sony Trinitron

The legendary American journalist Edward Maro once said that television “can be just a tangle of wires and light bulbs, squeezed into a box”. Sony Trinitron, released at the dawn of color TV sales in 1968, by far has become one of the outstanding “boxes”. A Japanese Corporation has invested in innovative technology device high-quality images. In subsequent years, the TV has collected many prestigious industrial awards and become a benchmark for competitors. For a quarter century, Sony has sold worldwide more than 100 million Trinitron.

3. Computer Apple Macintosh

“Will there be Giant Blue (IBM’s nickname — approx. RBC) dominate the whole computer industry? All necessary information era? Whether rights was George Orwell about 1984?” — so Steve jobs and his team at the time presented to consumers to market the Macintosh computer. With its unique graphical interface, easy to use “mouse” and user-friendly PC device from Apple was initially itself against the competitors of IBM. High production costs and the prolonged dominance of the Windows operating system from Microsoft all the time forced Apple to accept your computer as an alternative to mass production. This spurred the quality of the product, which is constantly improved. In the end it was the Macintosh set the standard of human interaction with the computer”, total Time.

4. Player Sony Walkman

Walkman, another iconic device from the Japanese company in the top 5 ranking Time, at the time, was the first example of a music player combined portability, ease and convenience. While the market of audio recordings continued to focus on vinyl records, Sony has produced a revolution with a more compact audio cassettes, which it was possible to listen using the gadget that fits in your pocket. The Walkman has created the phenomenon of private space in public places that the owners got the players, just putting on headphones and your favorite music including, says Time. All Sony has sold more than 200 million such devices and paved the way for the emergence of new formats, players, CD and MP3.

5. The IBM PC Model 5150

How would it look on the PC market IBM without technology? Most likely, it simply would not exist, Time notes. In a number of PC from the American company, the magazine highlights the model 5150, which appeared in 1981. What IBM managed to convey to consumers a new perception of computers as technology, affordable for every family. In addition, with the release of 5150, the company came to the idea of licensing the operating system DOS to other manufacturers, which also became the standard for the entire industry, not counting the Apple went its own way.

6. Phonograph Victrola

Manufacturer of phonographs Victor Talking Machine Company released a player Victrola in 1906. The device differs from existing analogues in the fact that the horn that transmits sound, was hidden inside a wooden crate. The company has managed to create a music player that looks more like an elegant piece of furniture. Although the phonograph was invented long before the advent of the Victrola, this player became the most popular of its time.

7. Radio Regency TR-1

The first serial in the history of commercial radio, fully working with transistors, was released in November 1954, the companies Texas Instruments and IDEA. New product fit in my pocket (its size is approximately 8 by 13 cm), cost about $50 ($440 at current prices) and was available in four colours — black, grey, beige and red. The transistors served to strengthen the radio signal. According to Time, Regency “overnight changed the world”, becoming the first example of a truly portable equipment with sophisticated minimalist design, which then focused all of his main competitors.

8. Camera Kodak Brownie

The first portable camera Kodak introduced in 1900. A small device made of artificial leather and cardboard cost only $1 and was available to the huge number of users. As a result of the professional gadget that is used mostly with a tripod for professional purposes, the camera has become a subject of daily use by millions of people. Kodak Brownie “helped shape a new relationship of humanity to the images”, says Time.

9. Player Apple iPod

Apple released their MP3 player not the first to market in 2001, such products have already been with Sony and Intel. However, it iPod with its minimalist design and simple functionality has made music lovers go to the new gadgets from CD players, writes Time. Music store for iPod — iTunes has become the world’s largest seller of songs and created a powerful new sales channel for the music industry. iPod has also served as an entry ticket to the Apple industry of mobile devices, in which the American company eventually became a recognized leader, releasing the smartphone iPhone and tablet iPad.

10. Vibrating Massager Magic Wand

Although Japan’s Hitachi produced electric massager since 1968, the real popularity and even cult status he acquired in 2002 when in one of the episodes of the TV series “sex and the city” characters argued, massager or vibrator. After that Hitachi removed from the device the name of your brand. However, the massager with a mixed reputation is still the most famous product of the Japanese company in the world, and is an example of expanding the functionality of conventional techniques thanks to popular culture, writes Time.

1. Smartphone Apple iPhone

Apple became the first manufacturer to mass-produce powerful pocket computers: in 2007, the iPhone turned the smartphone market. In the converged device functionality, accessibility and beauty, made him the favorite of millions of users, says Time. Since then, the company has sold more than 900 million iPhones. The smartphone has become a driver of its business, making Apple the most expensive public company in the world.

From a user point of view iPhone ushered in a new era of phones or flat — screen technology touchscreen instead of physical buttons and soft, based on mobile app ecosystem. The smartphone from Apple has set the standard of communication of the person with the mobile device and “changed our attitude to computer technology and consumption of information.” Gadget from an American company pretends to for decades to remain at the forefront of technological industry, total Time.