Necessity is the mother of invention. The ability to see in the dark, to communicate over long distances, or simply to read when your eyesight isn't perfect were inventions that revolutionized the world. In 1879 Edison filed a patent for an electric lamp with a carbon filament and the world became a brighter place. When Alexander Graham Bell patented the first practical telephone and founded the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885, it was a miracle to be able to talk to family and friends far away.
The invention of the zipper, post-it, and disposable diapers, had its impact on designers, executives, and parents. And let’s not forgot how gratifying it is when inventions can be picked up and employed in other industries, such as when Velcro, hailing from the aerospace industry, became widely used across arange of medical device and patient positioning solutions.
As well as the more revolutionary inventions, there are inventions of convenience, too. Take for instance, air conditioning, microwave ovens, electric can openers, to name a few that are hard to live without (and in some climates, impossible). You’ll be amazed at when and who invented these everyday items that make your life easier. Take the quiz and learn more!
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