In our most recent Ultrabook campaign, we launched Ultrabook videos that show how the latest technological innovations come together in the Ultrabook to make, “everything else seem old-fashioned.” It started us thinking about other great inventions that can be considered the greatest leaps in technology.
With every generation, technology delivers advances that the previous generation could only imagine. And now, as we look back at the incredible inventions that were unveiled 10, 50, even 100 years ago, we can’t imagine a time when people had to live without the “everyday” technologies we take for granted.
Here, in no particular order, are some other incredible leaps in technology that changed the world forever. Let us know in the comments below what other great technology advances should make the list.
In today’s world of anytime, 24 hours a day smartphone banking, the ATM may seem pretty old school. But believe it or not, in the not-to-distant past, before phones could accept payments, scan credit cards and deposit checks by taking a picture, people had to go inside of banks to do banking.
You were forced to stand in line, talk to an actual teller and live by the 9 to 5 banker’s hours. And, come Friday after the bank was closed, if you didn’t have enough cash to get through the weekend, you were out of luck. But, all that changed on September 2, 1969, a mere 6 weeks after putting a man on the moon, the Chemical Bank of Rockville Centre, New York, opened the nation’s first automated teller machine, the Docuteller.
The Docuteller, was the first machine to use magnetically coded cards to withdraw cash without the help of a teller. The early machines could only dispense cash; they couldn’t receive deposits or make transfers.
Credited with having the idea for the ATM is Don Wetzel, an executive for an automated baggage-handling equipment company in Dallas, TX. Not surprisingly, Wetzel came up with the idea while waiting in line at the bank.
2. Air Travel
Even though the Wright Brother’s first flight happened in 1903, the first commercial flight didn’t occur until 1914. The flight, a one-way trip between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, was to take place in a 2-seater plane that would fly the 21 miles between the cities.
The first-ever commercial passenger was Mr. Abram Pheil, who won his way into the history books by winning an auction for the plane’s only available seat, other than the pilot’s, of course. He paid $400 (the equivalent of $5,000 today) for a flight with no flight attendants, no movie, no SkyMall Magazine – not even a bag of peanuts.
3. Cell Phones
It’s hard to imagine a world without cell phones. It was a simpler time when kids were bound to the tangled cord of the wall-mounted home phone and phone booths still dotted the landscape.
It was the beginning of the end for the corded phone when, back in 1956 the Swiss created the first “truly” mobile phone. The mobile phone, which had a rotary dial, had to be mounted in a car and all calls had to be made and received while the motor was running.
It wasn’t until April 3, 1973 that Dr. Martin Cooper created the first prototype for a handheld mobile phone. His device, that featured 30 minutes of talk time and took 10 hours to recharge, weighed 2.5 pounds and measured 9 inches long x 5 inches deep X 1.75 inches wide.
In 1983, nearly a decade later, Motorola introduced the first cellular phone available to consumers, the 16-ounce “DynaTAC” phone. The price? A mere $3,500 (or the equivalent of over $8,000 today).