5 inventions to change your life


macrumors 68040
Jan 7, 2004
Purcellville, VA
Let's see... The five inventions that have changed my life...

1: The microwave oven. I hate having to cook, so anything that speeds up the process is great in my book.

2: PDAs. Far more than iPods or cell phones. I used to carry a small address book in my wallet, and a lot of scraps of paper with all kinds of notes. Now, all that junk is in the trash, replaced with a single electronic device that hangs off of my belt. And as an added bonus, I have installed several e-books and games.

3: Pay-at-the-pump. Not having to deal with incompetant gas station attendants has done a lot to improve my sanity. Not to mention that it's a bit faster, since I don't have to wait behind everybody else on line.

4: VCRs. Especially timer-recording. I don't have to adjust my schedule to the whims of the TV networks in order to watch what I want to watch. PVRs do the same thing even better, but I don't own one of them so they haven't affected my life yet.

5: Broadband and the internet. All the information in the world (much of it incorrect, sadly) at my fingertips, available 24/7. And at speeds where even things like videos are useable.


macrumors 603
Jul 3, 2004
Mac since 7.5
Hmmm. Off the top of my head:

1. Cell phones. like 'em or hate 'em, they have totally changed the way people communicate.

2. The internet. Wow. I think you have to have grown up without it to understand how much it has changed the way we interact with and learn about the world. Thanks, Al. ;)

3. Microprocessor/computer. How else could I be discussing this with all you fine people?

4. & 5. Inkjet and ablative laser technologies. I'm a printer, and these two pieces of tech have done more to revolutionize my world than anything else I can think of.


macrumors 68020
Jun 22, 2003
While I'm sad that the iPod fell in place behind the zipper, you folks are missing the point of the article. Cell phones and computers are huge inventions with massive infrastructures build to support them. Items that this article describes are seeming insignificant inventions that we overlook, but are nonetheless a huge part of our lives.


macrumors 604
Jan 20, 2005
1. The Toilet
2. The Telephone
3. The Transistor
4. The TV
5. The Teleportation Device (BT-9000)


macrumors regular
May 20, 2010
I can't even remember or imagine life before mobile phones and the internet. Not sure if that's a good thing, but I'd not do without these days.
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macrumors regular
Feb 26, 2011
6 on Top

6 on Top will be released soon. I had a chance to use this concept and it will change the way we look at time. Time is one of our most precious commodities and this invention will change the way we manage it.
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macrumors newbie
Mar 29, 2011
1. Spectacles - i am nearly blind without
2. Camera - The ability to capture a moment or a mood
3. Macintosh Classic - Saved me from DOS
4. Internet - Gave me alle the music i wanted and Wikipedia
5. Artificial Hip - Without i would been crippled


macrumors newbie
Apr 7, 2011
THE best gadget

the iPod nano 3rd gen is the only ipod to have, why?
fits in the pocket easily
easy to use