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The best technology inventions ever

In this series, we look at everything, large and small, that has changed the way we do things and significantly enhanced our lives. In part eleven, we look at pure technology advances that has helped us in more ways than we could have imagined.
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Topic: Innovation
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Optical fiber cables

Glass or plastic fibers carrying light enable long distance communication and blisteringly fast data connections. These have the potential to transmit over 1 petabit of data per second, more than enough to handle that high definition movie you want to download.


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Telephone

Invented in the 1870s, the telephone revolutionised communications with family, friends and colleagues. Many of us no longer have this antiquated object at home, preferring to make calls from our smart devices instead.

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Moving pictures

A series of still images which creates the illusion of movement and allows us to see continuous motion. Without this, cultural and historical recordings would not exist and there would be no films, funny videos, or YouTube. Imagine that.

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Radio

Transmitting radio waves from transmitter to a receiver means that we can access information when in range. From ultra-high to low, and long waves, differing frequencies mean that we can listen to different radio stations without interference.

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Robot

From making cars on a production line, greeting you at a hotel in Japan, or roaming around Mars, robots are creeping into our lives. Humanoid or not, automated machines cover many practical applications in our lives.

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Smartphone

Adding the ability to access data from your mobile phone has turned the phone into your pocket into your must-have digital assistant. With GPS, Wi-Fi, touch, gesture, and voice control, this device is the most sophisticated item you have in your pocket right now.

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Computer

Since Colossus decoded the Enigma machines in the UK during the second world war, computers have infiltrated every part of our lives. From sending men to the moon, creating artificial intelligence, to reading online articles, we would be in a worse place without them.

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Tablet PC

No longer laptops, tablet PCs are considered to have touch screens and can be used with one hand. Several manufacturers raced to introduce the tablet. Now Apple and Android dominate this part of the device market.


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Wi-Fi

Connecting your device to a network enables you to remain connected anywhere you can get a signal. Actress Hedy Lamarrr patented frequency hopping spread spectrum technology now found in Bluetooth technology.

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Notebook PC

The clamshell form factor of the portable PC enables the keyboard and screen to be folded shut whilst travelling, allowing travellers to take work with them whilst on the road.

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Television

Only around since the 1920s, TVs have become ubiquitous in our lives. Originally delivered by cathode ray tube which projected lines across the screen, LCD and LED have enabled TV screens to become enormous.

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Wireless telegraph

Transmitting electric telegraphy signals without wires using radio waves meant that radio operators could communicate across the world and beyond. Morse code was transmitted by this method.

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