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.

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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.

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

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

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

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.)

14. Mobile Phone — sounds like a nuisance.

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