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The (Not So) Forgotten Inventions

By Christopher Ebuka 13 January 2018   |   1:00 pm

The technology industry is one of the fastest evolving industries in the world. Almost every new month sees a new invention and with the competition among producers, the inventions are as exquisite as they come. It can be quite thrilling to go down the lane of inventions.

1. FIRE – the earliest use of fire goes back as far as two million years ago, while a widespread way to utilise this technology has been dated to about 125,000 years ago. Fire gave us warmth, protection, and led to a host of other key inventions and skills like cooking. Although some might argue that fire was discovered instead of invented.

2. WHEEL – the wheel was invented by Mesopotamians around 3500 BC and it took 300 years after that for the wheel to be put on a chariot.

 

3. OPTICAL LENSES –  First developed by ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians, optical lenses were used for various purposes from eye-glasses to the TV.

4. PAPER – invented about 100 BC in China, it is hard to imagine life without paper.

5. GUNPOWDER – this chemical explosive was invented in China in the 9th century.

6. PRINTING PRESS – invented in 1439 by the German Johannes Gutenberg became a major movement after it was invented. It was the first time ink was transferred to paper mechanically.

7. ELECTRICITY –  was developed in the 18th-century by Benjamin Franklin. Electricity played a vital role in almost all other inventions including the light bulb by Thomas Edison.

8. STEAM ENGINE – invented between 1763 and 1775 by Scottish inventor James Watt, the steam engine powered trains, ships, factories and the Industrial Revolution as a whole.

 

9. TELEPHONE – although he wasn’t the only one who worked at it, inventor Alexander Graham Bell got the first patent for an electric telephone in 1876.

 

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