Lets take a tour through the decades to explore how consumer technology has changed over the years.
Then: The Blicksenderfer Manufacturing Company produced the first electric typewriter in 1902. Typewriters didn’t reach mass market until much later — when IBM released the Electric Typewriter Model 01 in 1935. Generation X learned to type on a variation of this model until desktop computers made them virtually extinct.
Now: Macbook Air, Laptops, netbooks, desktop computers.
Then: In 1907, William Henry Hoover produced the first commercial bag-on-a-stick upright vacuum cleaner in Ohio, USA. He bought the design patent from his wife’s cousin, James Murray Spangler, who had tried to put together an electric fan, a box, and one of his wife’s pillowcases to loosen debris. Hoover redesigned the machine with a steel casing, casters, and attachments, and the rest was cleaning history.
Now: Self-vacuuming gadgets like the iRobot Roomba, the Mint, and the Dyson DC06 help shorten your chore list.