Do you know about the greatest inventions of all time? No invention can be called as the greatest invention in history because each and ever invention played a key role in our development as a society.
Ever Since we first invented fire we opened the gates of intelligence and creativity. Since then we did not looked back and became the dominant species on planet. We have come a long way and invented a lot of things in our time line. Here we have chosen 30 most revolutionary invention that changed humanity for ever:
Most Useful Inventions Ever
30. Hot Air Balloon
Most people consider Airplane to be the first human carrying flight technology. But that is not true. Man fulfilled his dream of flying in the sky in 1783 when Montgolfier brothers successfully launched a hot air balloon. Today Hot Air Balloons are considered most romantic option among couples.
29. Weighing Scale
It might not be considered as a revolutionary invention by any but in the field of Medical and healthcare weighing machine plays a vital role. The first Weighing machine was invented in 1770 by Richard Slater. Although there are numerous records that suggest that old Egyptian and Mayan civilization used a scale that gave rough estimate of weight.
28. Flash Memory
Flash Memory started the era of writable memory. One can easily erase and rewrite in a flash memory. It was developed in 1970s and now it is an important part of our life. It is used in Mobile Phones, Computers, Digital Cameras and almost every digital device that you can think of.
Barometer became an important apparatus in science due to its precise prediction of atmospheric weather. Evangelista Torricelli invented the device in 1743. With the help of Barometer modern airline corporations schedule there flights by checking on the weather. If the Barometer predicts harsh weather for flying conditions than the flights are rescheduled.
Even though it is popular only in Sub continent India but it played an important role in the textile industry. The history of Spinning wheel dates back to 1000 BCE but what makes it important is the role that it played in industrial revolution.
What makes Unix popular is that it is Open Source program. Many operating systems were developed from Unix. Linux is the most popular example among them. Many other operating systems like Windows and Mac OS are also inspired from Unix.
Parachute gave a new meaning to the word extreme sports. It actually reinvented the extreme sports. But this is not what the Parachute is actually meant to do. The most vital use of Parachute comes in military and in space technology. Space crafts that are sent to other planets are loaded with parachutes.
Nikola Tesla once imagined that people will be able to send digital messages and not only this but actually digital form of themselves. This realization of this dream came true when email was invented in 1970s. Since then it became a vital part of our life and is among the most popular method to stay connected.
22. Integrated Circuit
Integrated circuit or IC brought the electronic revolution in the world. The first IC was developed in 1949. Today all the electronic components that you use are equipped with IC. If there was no IC there would have been no computer, no mobile and no TVs.
Battery came a long way. History suggests that American great Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea of battery. Battery became the fuel of electric world and saw a lot of modifications and up gradations, Today Battery sector is one of the most profitable sector in the world.
20. Mobile Phones
Mobile phones have become more of a social status than their actual use. But still I would say that mobile are very important invention in modern history. The dream of stay connected to the whole world, any time, anywhere is getting more and more real.
19. Electric Motor
Electric Motor was fist vision in the 1740showever it was not until 1820 that the fully fictional electric motor was first invented. They convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. Now, they are one of the most widely used electrical appliances in industry and in homes.
The first refrigerator was invented by William Cullen in 1755. It was a small artificial refrigerator that was designed to keep food and drinks cool. For next 150 years there were further modifications in the design and by 1913 we had the first fully functional refrigerator meant for common household.
Radio deserves much more credit than it is actually given. Radio was not just meant to deliver your favourite songs to your car through a radio channel. In fact Radio waves were used to deliver important messages. You might not believe but radio has actually saved thousands of lives during war. We are using Radio waves since 1900s to detect intelligent extra-terrestrial life.
16. Steam Engine
Although the method of using steam as a power source dates back to 100 BC but it was not until 1781 that steam power got a valid use. In 1781 James watt modelled the first steam engine. This steam engine later became the power house of rails and thus opened new and cheaper gates for travelling.
Students of Electronics Engineering actually call capacitors the mother of all modern inventions. Capacitor holds charge temporarily in them and this vital property started the beginning of a tech revolution. Capacitors are important part of electronic circuits and this suggest the wide scope of their applications.
Medical Science always focused on the symptoms of a patient to find out the root cause of a disease. However there were no exact instruments to carry out check-up of patient. The invention of Thermometer in 1540s led to a revolution in not just medical sector but aeronautical engineering as well.
Our universe is so large (and old) that it is popularly said that even light has not travelled from one end to other. We wish to contact alien life and technology at some point but we would not have dared to dream so big if the first telescope would not have functioned. Telescope is said to be vision of Galileo Galilei.
The idiot Box has been part of our life for 100 years and it has hugely affected our lives. The visual sightings of far remote places on a screen at home gave thrills and excitement to our great grandfathers. Today TV may sit unnoticed in one corner of our home but it is surely one of the greatest inventions in mankind history.
11. Mechanical Calculator
Mechanical calculators act as the base design of modern computers. It is the first calculating machine and it indirectly helped in lot of inventions. Due to the mechanical calculator scientists and great minds were able to calculate complex calculations at ease. The first mechanical calculator was invented in 17th century.
Thanks to Charles Babbage for inventing a machine that became important part of our lives. Computer replaced TV very quickly as a source of entertainment. Computer finds as neglectful purpose as playing video games to as important purpose as launching rockets and satellites in space.
9. Printing Press
The first Printing Press was invented in 1440 in Holy Roman Empire. It quickly became an important part of civilization. Today printing press are used for print newspapers and books.
I guess I need not tell the importance of soap in our life. The invention of soap dates back to 2800 BC in Babylon. But with industrial revolution, Soap became more important part of home and hospitals.
7. Light Bulb
Even though Thomas Edison is credited for the invention of Light Bulb but like most his inventions, Thomas only improved the inventions of other and in many cases bought patents of others inventions. Light Bulb is surely one of the most important inventions in the world.
Mirror may not be called as a great invention by many but one has to agree that it plays a very important role in our lives. Mirror reflected our own selves and inspired to improve ourselves physically and mentally.
5. Mechanical Clock
Clock saw a lot of variations and advancements from mechanical clock to pendulum clock to atomic clock. However the very first clock should be credited for improving the timekeeping devices. The first mechanical clock is said to be invented in 1176.
Can you imagine your life without internet? Internet actually increased the importance of computers and cell phones. Internet pushed us forward to 100 years ahead. Millions of computers and cell phones around the world are connected via internet. You are reading this post because of internet. Internet actually increased to knowledge bank of our generation and it will be interesting to see how we will move with it in coming years.
Paper is such important invention that no matter how much advance we become in digital world but still there will be use of paper in our lives. It is because of paper that knowledge and information was passed from one generation to other. Paper was invented in 2nd century AD in China.
It is wheel that places us ahead of other species. Wheel show cases our intelligence and actually motivated us to invent more. The very first wheel is said to be invented in 2500 BCE. Today wheels are part of all kind of vehicles from two wheelers to airplanes.
Fire is called as the first invention of mankind. The day human learned to control fire and use it effectively was the day when they ensured its dominance over other species.
Did we miss any great invention? Which invention do you think is most revolutionary to mankind?