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From Transistor Radios to Duct Tape – Watch 101 Gadgets That Changed the World on History Channel

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Posted on June 15, 2011



What does a Swiss Army Knife and a woman's undergarment have in common? Both made the History Channel and Popular Mechanics magazine's '101 Gadgets That Changed The World' list which will be counted down on the History Channel, part of DISH Network programming, on Wednesday at 9/8c. Many of the gadgets that are mentioned aren't huge, over-the-top inventions, but instead are everyday items that we often take for granted. Imagine going to use a gym locker without a combination lock or not having duct tape to quickly seal a fussy leak or pack up a box. Here are just a few of the other items that did make the list of top gadgets: audiocassette, transistor radio, the gun silencer, the zippo lighter, the flashlight and the alarm clock.Keep in mind that History.com defines gadgets in the following way: "It's small enough to hold in your hands. It's mechanical or electronic, and mass-produced. It's a personal item that evolves from novelty to necessity--and ultimately shows its paradigm-shifting power."Watch the video below to learn more about the thought process behind selecting the top gadgets over the last 200 years. The two-hour special will feature commentary from tech experts including Popular Mechanics editors, History Channel experts and specialized professors. '101 Gadgets That Changed The World' will air Wednesday, June 15 at 9/8c on the History Channel (channel 120 for DISH Network subscribers). For more information on including the History Channel and other popular programming to your satellite TV package, visit authorized DISH Network retailer, DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474.

4 Comments

4 Comments

Paul M. 2011-06-27 07:19:47

@ Tony: They didn't necessarily say the "iPhone" or "Mobile Phone" was No. 1. - They said the "Smartphone", and I tend to agree. (in fact, they showed the Android as the graphic when they announced the Smartphone as being No. 1, which I found atrocious. They should have indeed shown the iPhone, since it ushered in the modern day Smartphone era) The reasons they listed were quite compelling.The "Smartphone" has 8 or 9 of the other "gadgets" rolled into it. It is portable, powerful, and is cost effective. They listed a number of other reasons, but if you think about it, almost EVERYONE has a Smartphone nowadays. Its usefulness and practicality are unparalleled in our modern world.

Tory 2011-06-23 20:18:20

As it got down to around the top 4, I then thought of the car as being number 1 also, and naturally, the internet. When it was revealed what number 1 was, the iphone, the mobile phone, it just discredited the whole thing, how stupid. But it still was worth watching.

admin 2011-06-17 07:44:14

Isn't it interesting to see how they made that decision? I'm sure we could all think of another 101 "gadgets" to add to that list!

jim 2011-06-16 11:44:53

I waswondering where the car was or at least the gas engine until I discovered what the criteria was to be considered as a gadget. But there where many items on the countdown that don't necessarily small enough to hold in your hand, like the bicycle or the tv. Fine, I shouldn't nit pick. I assume they want to keep large things out like planes and ocean liners. So why not name the criteria that it has to be something used by people everyday. I guess I really would have liked to see a car make the list.

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