The magazine TEAM today released the list of 50 most influential gadgets of all time according to the publication, obviously.
Think of the gear you can't live without: the smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The TV, which serves as a compulsive portal to watch and play. Each owes its influence to a model that changed the course of technology for good.
It is these devices that we are recognizing in this list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time.
Some of them, like the Sony Walkman, were the first of their kind. Others, like the iPod, boosted an existing idea for the general public. Some were a commercial failure, but an influential one nonetheless. And some represent exciting concepts, but not yet proven (I'm talking about you, Oculus Rift).
Instead of classifying technologies such as writing, electricity and so on, we have chosen to classify devices, the devices by which consumers let the future reach its present. The list, ordered by influence, was assembled and deliberated at length (to the extreme) by technology and business publishers, writers and reporters from the TEAM. What was missing?
Apple is on the list with no less than five devices: the notebook iBook (38 position), the tablet iPad (# 25), the MP3 player iPod (# 9), the computer Macintosh (# 3) and of course the smartphone iPhone (#1).
Obviously the TEAM not being able to be unanimous in their choices, but interesting to see how they managed to select / mix very interesting products from products that we did not have contact with (hardly anyone here used a Motorola Dynatac 8000x or an IBM Selectric typewriter) to others that are much more concepts than products themselves (Google Glass, Oculus Rift, etc.).