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The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

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1 of 15|#15|Nintendo Entertainment System
2 of 15|#14|US Robotics Sportster 56K Modem
3 of 15|#13|Atari 2600
4 of 15|#12|Philips N1500 VCR
5 of 15|#11|Canon Pocketronic Calculator
6 of 15|#10|Magic Wand
7 of 15|#9|Apple iPod
8 of 15|#8|Kodak Brownie Camera
9 of 15|#7|Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio
10 of 15|#6|Victrola Record Player
11 of 15|#5|IBM Model 5150
12 of 15|#4|Sony Walkman
13 of 15|#3|Apple Macintosh
14 of 15|#2|Sony Trinitron
15 of 15|#1|Apple iPhone

Think of the tech you can’t live without. Maybe it’s the smartphone you use to waste hours of time on Instagram. Maybe it’s the camera you use to take envy-inducing vacation photos. Maybe it’s the gaming console you’re glued to the second your girlfriend is out of town.

Each device can be traced back to one model that changed the course of technology for good. It’s those illustrious bits of gear that TIME Magazine has honoured with its list of ‘The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.’

“Rather than rank technologies—writing, electricity, and so on—we chose to rank gadgets, the devices by with consumers let the future creep into their present,” writes TIME. “The list—which is ordered by influence—was assembled and deliberated on at (extreme) length by TIME’s technology and business editors, writers and reporters.”


From the newest of the new (Oculus Rift), to the charmingly retro (Victrola Record Player), to the nostalgic (Sony Walkman), to the laughable (Segway), the list is a potent reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we can go.

Count down the top 15 gadgets above and view the full selection here.


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