14 Everyday Gadgets That Once Seemed Ridiculous

That’s not a thing, we thought. But then IT WAS! Revel in these bold innovations and join SONY in creating the next surprise of our time.

1. Microwave Oven — yeah, “lightwaves.” OK, sure.

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Since its introduction in 1947, we’ve learned that this crazy light box allows us the luxury of never becoming real adults.

2. The Magnetic Strip — but where’s the money?!

 

Apparently there’s a lot of money on that magnetic strip — especially parents’ magnetic strips.

3. The Walkman — why would you walk around in public with things jammed in your ears? Does it even record?

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Earphones, we’ve learned, are useful for avoiding creepy guys on the train.

4. Hair Dryer — sounds pretty vain.

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Early versions required users to attach their brush to their vacuum cleaner. Now they’re so simple they can be found on the walls of shady roadside motels.

5. Mouse — ha, next thing you know, we’re just going to touch the screen.

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Douglas Engelbart invented the mouse in 1963. One of the first designs was wooden, and another was knee-operated. Not surprisingly, the version we know today was the clear winner.

6. GPS — what is this, a McCarthy spy investigation? lol

 

We’ve grown more comfortable with GPS because it tells us where restaurants are.

7. Remote Control — so there’s just NO knob anymore?

Imagine not being able to switch the channel immediately. How would you ever hide your love of soap operas?

8. Webcam — hmmmm… seems pre-recorded.

 

But nowadays, how would you ever have a long-distance relationship?

9. Electric Toothbrush — oh, sure, a bunch of wires in my mouth? Thanks but no thanks.

 

Now dentists make us feel guilty for not using them.

10. Can Opener — ummm, I think we have this figured out already, thank you very much.

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Admittedly, they’re still a little difficult to use. Thank God we have electronic ones.

11. ATM — sounds like Pandora’s box of thievery.

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Now they’re in casinos!

12. Video Games — make sense, but I doubt it’s more fun than playing outside.

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Consumers were confused by initial marketing for video games. Most thought it was a television accessory and didn’t see it ever becoming popular. (Or super, mega, extremely popular.)

13. Digital Pet — doesn’t make sense, definitely less fun than playing outside.

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And yet, who didn’t fight to keep their Tamagotchi alive?

14. Mobile Phone — sounds like a nuisance.

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You know — the most important thing in your entire life.

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