100 Best Gadgets Ever http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/features en-GB The 100 Best Gadgets Ever http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever, cool, classy, crazy: Stuff presents the greatest hits of the technological age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 100 Best Gadgets Ever" alt="The 100 Best Gadgets Ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/100.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The history of technology is a long and storied one, from the first caveman banging two rocks together to the latest smartphone equipped with 2K screen, fingerprint scanner and a rock-banging app.</p> <p>So you can imagine that putting together a list of the greatest gadgets of all time would be quite challenging. The Stuff team has shed blood, sweat and tears&nbsp;&ndash; our office arguments can be vicious&nbsp;&ndash; to put together our list of the best kit, going all the way back to the 19th century, and all the way forward to the present day.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Engineering Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early days, gadgeteers didn&#39;t have touchscreens and octa-core processors to play with.</p> <p>In the very early days, they didn&#39;t even have electricity. But despite that, these gadgets from a time when technology went &quot;clunk&quot; have weathered the ages, and are still in widespread use even today. If it ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it. And if it is broke, fix it with a wrench.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS: THE ENGINEERING AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Engineering Age" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Engineering Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-factory-2.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The TV Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The period from the late 1950s to late 1970s may not be long in calendar terms, but looking back at it now it seems as if the modern world went through several ages of social and technological upheaval.</p> <p>It&#39;s a time that started with teddy boys and (via hippies and disco bunnies) ended up with punk rockers &ndash; not to mention man travelling to the Moon... and noodling on the Moog.</p> <p>As the period where mechanical gear started to be superseded by electronics, the 1950s to 1970s makes rich pickings for our ultimate gadget rundown.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE TV AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The TV Age" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The TV Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/main-image.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Silicon Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In one single generation, the invention of the integrated circuit and the silicon microprocessor took computers out of the laboratory and into the home. Computers went from being the tools of science and industry to the playthings of the proto-geek, finding their way into all kinds of tech.</p> <p>In short, The Silicon Age is where things start getting interesting. Games consoles, video recorders, portable music and personal computers - the modern world as we know it starts here.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE SILICON AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Silicon Age" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Silicon Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age-main.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We got game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A new crop of more powerful consoles was changing the way we played video games, while a few face-mounted 3D units allowed a glimpse at the future; technology was reshaping the way we listened to music; and Apple was making a really nice desktop computer you couldn&#39;t afford.</p> <p>When you think about it, the 1980s and early &#39;90s were just like today, only with different haircuts.</p> <p>Our tasting menu of history&#39;s greatest inventions continues with a trip through the era of the Game Boy, the MiniDisc and the first Apple Mac.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: WE GOT GAME</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: We got game" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: We got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wegotgameboy.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rise of the WWW </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On 12 November 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal to create a &quot;Hypertext project&quot; called the WorldWideWeb. 24 years later, you&#39;re probably reading these very words on a smartphone more powerful than the computer that helped man take its first steps on the moon.</p> <p>We use the internet to to stalk our friends and laugh at cats. Or sometimes it&#39;s the other way round. Either way, we couldn&#39;t live without it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The era which saw the exponential explosion in the internet&#39;s growth also introduced a plethora of era-defining technology, which we look back on with a warm, fuzzy sense of nostalgia.</p> <p>These are some of the best gadgets of the WWW era. How many of them did you own?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: RISE OF THE WWW</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rise of the WWW" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/www-era.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mobile Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first iPod, the first BlackBerry, the first digital cameras... yes, in the late &#39;90s and early &#39;00s our gadgets began migrating to our pockets and going with us wherever we went.</p> <p>It was also the era in which Mark Zuckerberg launched his social networking site Facebook (although we&rsquo;re sure the Winklevoss brothers would disagree), meaning that you&#39;d pretty soon be able to carry your friends with you every time you got on the bus. And most importantly of all, maybe, it was the era in which the archetypal mobile phone, the Nokia 3210, arrived.</p> <p>All of which is why we&#39;re calling this one The Mobile Age. Read on to find out what&#39;s in it.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE MOBILE AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="The mobile age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: The mobile age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mobile-age.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Connected Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the middle years of the first decade of this century, the internet got better. A lot, lot better.</p> <p>It got better mainly because using it got a lot faster, with many more people switching from 56k dial-up to relatively swift broadband. And that extra speed made a lot of things possible: internet video, for instance, and streaming music around the home, and taking virtual trips around distant cities.</p> <p>Cue the arrival of YouTube, Google Maps, Sonos and much, much more&hellip;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE CONNECTED AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The connected age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: The connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Web, Everywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early days, we could only really access the World Wide Web from two places: home, or work. This all changed with the introduction of a phone from a company named Apple, which is still influencing our technology today.</p> <p>With many of us largely dependent on our pocket tech nowadays, it was this era that asked the question of not what you could do whilst on the move, but what you couldn&rsquo;t - and made it possible.&nbsp;Heck, you&rsquo;re probably reading this on the move. If you are, sit down (or don&rsquo;t), have a read, and let us know your views on it: #WebEverywhere also saw the introduction of the hashtag.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE WEB, EVERYWHERE</a></strong>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Main%20Image.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little Green Robots vs The World </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As our rundown drifts into the last years of the noughties and into the beginning of the 21st century&#39;s second decade, things are starting to hot up: life-changing apps, laptops thin enough to fit in a manila envelope, drones, the first tablet computer that wasn&#39;t a total embarrassment and a smartphone platform capable of competing with Apple&#39;s iOS.</p> <p>From the first great Android phone to the iPad, this three-year period is packed with some of the most iconic gadgets and apps of the modern age.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadget-ever-little-green-robots-vs-world/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: LITTLE GREEN ROBOTS VS THE WORLD</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ANDROID-ARMY.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Future Starts Here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early years of the 21st century, a flurry of new gadgets emerged - smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, laptops that weren&#39;t made of coal - and in the last few years we&#39;ve seen these devices outgrow their early, experimental versions to become fast, formidable fulfiments of their early promises.</p> <p>At the same time, a new crop of emerging technologies has emerged: 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable tech are all at that nascent stage that smartphones were 10 years ago. Our run-down of the greatest gadgets of all time concludes with a look at the last few years.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE FUTURE STARTS HERE</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vote-best-gadgets-all-time-and-win-them/news" target="_blank"><strong>VOTE ON YOUR FAVOURITE GADGET TO WIN AWESOME PRIZES</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/future2_0.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff presents the greatest hits of the technological age </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:59:34 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442285 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Future Starts Here http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our run-down of the greatest gadgets of all time concludes with a look at the last few years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/welcometothefuture.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early years of the 21st century, a flurry of new gadgets emerged - smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, laptops that weren&#39;t made of coal - and in the last few years we&#39;ve seen these devices outgrow their early, experimental versions to become fast, formidable fulfiments of their early promises. And at the same time, a new crop of emerging technologies has emerged: 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable tech are all at that nascent stage that smartphones were 10 years ago.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When the S3 arrived it did something no other phone had managed: it knocked the latest iPhone (the 4S) off the top spot in our smartphones Top 10. With bags of power enabling it to play videos even while gaming, and a dazzling Super AMOLED screen it was unprecedentedly slick for an Android phone and marked the start of a fierce battle for the top spot.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Engineering Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GALAXY%20SIII%202_0.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nest thermostat (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There was a time when we would have said that making a thermostat a desirable object was impossible. Then ex-Apple iPod division senior VP Tony Fadell proved everyone wrong with the Nest thermostat and its designer looks. But it&rsquo;s not just all show &ndash; it has made itself indispensable thanks to its habit-learning skills and anywhere app-control which help to lower energy use and earn it a place in the high-tech eco chic elite.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The TV Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4view-heating.jpg?1406728934" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bringing another dimension to gaming, and making good on a tech promise first made by the likes of Virtuality arcade machines in the &rsquo;90s, the Oculus Rift is one of Kickstarter&rsquo;s biggest successes, pulling in over US$2 million in extra funding over its initial US$250,000 target. Though still not on full consumer release, it has gained huge momentum thanks to its compatibility across console and PC platforms and the enthusiastic reception by developers themselves. At a time when 3D TV uptake has been poor, sticking your whole head into the Rift&rsquo;s lag-free immersive 3D gameworld has got everyone excited.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Silicon Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oculus_0.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 7 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&rsquo;s first foray into tablets with this Asus-built 7-incher was the first to rival the iPad, changing the tabletscape from a land full of imitators to an exciting place of real competition. Launched months ahead of the similarly-sized iPad Mini, the Nexus showcased Google&rsquo;s slick new Jelly Bean OS and it was astoundingly good value, too.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - We Got Game</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7_1.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Raspberry Pi (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may look like an old PC sound card, but this tiny, cheap computer opens up programming and physical computing projects to the masses and was developed with the aim of getting kids into programming. From simple media streamers to Brew Pi &ndash; which controls a fridge to keep your latest batch of ale brewing at the perfect temperature &ndash; it&rsquo;s a versatile little board indeed. And the fact that it&rsquo;s UK designed and built is something to shout about too.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Mobile Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="854" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RpiFront.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its massive 5.5in screen the Note 2 went bigger than its already huge 5.3in predecessor, forcing us to rethink what size a smartphone should be and boldly declaring that phablets were here to stay. With much the same spec as the Galaxy S3, and a lovely full HD Super AMOLED screen for movie watching it persuaded many to skip buying a separate tablet, though it took a while to get over the embarrassment of holding it to our ear.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Connected Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-ii.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Up! Plus 3D printer (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It certainly wasn&rsquo;t the most polished of products, but what the Up! lacked in aesthetics was more than compensated for by the fact that it was the first 3D printer we found that delivered consistently good results. When all around was failed prints and heartache, the Up! gave us a taste of the home fabrication future that we always dreamed of.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Web, Everywhere</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upplus.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 1020 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nokia&rsquo;s brightly-coloured Windows Phones is deserving of a position on this list for the achievement of cramming a 41 megapixel camera into a smartphone alone. The 1020 not only blew our minds with its camera-smashing pixel count, but also showed what a cameraphone is really capable of. The battery grip add-on was a bit much, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia_lumia_1020.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble watch (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, a smartwatch that made smartwatches cool, and saw the hunger for wearable tech really take off. A runaway Kickstarter success, it uses e-ink tech to give it week-long battery life and a host of useful apps to make it more than just a novelty, and it gave us a reason to wear a watch again; because who doesn&rsquo;t just look at their phone these days?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1234" height="926" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pebble_watch_trio_group_04.png?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Flex (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because we lack the willpower to get fit on our own and can&rsquo;t face forking out for a personal trainer to shout at us in the park, the Fitbit Flex was the answer to our prayers. One of the leaders of the fitness tracking revolution, the Flex packs leading step-tracking tech and adds an app that turns tracking daily activity levels, getting fit and even keeping a watchful eye on your sleeping habits into a big game with achievements, pretty graphs and everything. So while it may be easier to ignore than an intimidatingly ripped personal trainer in your ear, it&rsquo;s turned us couch potatoes into borderline fitness freaks. While the likes of Nike Fuelband beat it to the shelves, the Flex was far cheaper and features handy extras such as its vibrate alarm that make an active life just a little easier to achieve.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fitbit_Flex.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Will Dunn 1443041 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadget-ever-little-green-robots-vs-world/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From the first great Android phone to the iPad, this three-year period is packed with some of the most iconic gadgets and apps of the modern age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="100 Best Gadget Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" alt="100 Best Gadget Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-army-100.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As our rundown drifts into the last years of the noughties and into the beginning of the 21st century&#39;s second decade, things are starting to hot up: life-changing apps, laptops thin enough to fit in a manila envelope, drones, the first tablet computer that wasn&#39;t a total embarrassment and a smartphone platform capable of competing with Apple&#39;s iOS.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature">CHECK OUT THE FULL 100 BEST GADGETS EVER LIST HERE</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dropbox (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How did we live before Dropbox whisked us upto the cloud? A free service that allows you to share files across your PC, laptop, phone, tablet or pretty much anything that connects to the internet, it was the first real cloud storage service and a godsend for travellers who needed 24/7 access to their vital documents &ndash; or just that hilarious snap of Uncle Keith asleep on the toilet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dropbox (2008)" alt="Dropbox (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-dropbox.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer Kuro (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;None more black&rdquo; was the unanimous verdict on Pioneer&rsquo;s first Kuro plasma TV. Producing the darkest, deepest blacks ever seen on a flat screen, it presented films with a vibrance and depth no rival telly could come close to. Even now, years after a broke Pioneer left the TV business, many claim Kuro&rsquo;s picture quality has never been bested by a subsequent screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pioneer Kuro (2008)" alt="Pioneer Kuro (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-pioneer-kuro.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Air (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Famously removed from a manila envelope on stage by Steve Jobs the MacBook Air redefined what you could do with a laptop. It also redefined what you couldn&rsquo;t do, removing the disc drive, ethernet socket and all except one USB port. These days the speed of its all-flash storage and an all-day battery make it the best laptop on the planet &ndash; and it still fits inside that envelope.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review">Apple MacBook Air 11in (2014) review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="452" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1CgAKBf4bbU" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Air (2008)" alt="Apple MacBook Air (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-macbook-air.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotify (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All the music ever, available on pretty much anything with an internet connection? Yeah, that sounds ok. And you only have to pay if you want to get rid of the adverts? Even better. We&rsquo;ll take 40 million, with a quarter of those subscribing to Premium. And did we mention it fights pirates better than a bag of termites let loose on their wooden legs.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">Spotify&#39;s best albums of 2014 (so far)</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/V1I6-wv0p8k" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spotify (2008)" alt="Spotify (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-spotify.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Olympus PEN E-P1 (2009) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2009, Olympus returned to its past in order to create its camera of the future. A mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was much smaller than a DSLR while offering the same flexibility and performance, the PEN&rsquo;s real charm came from its retro design, which harked back to Olympus&rsquo; Pen cameras of the 1960s and 70s.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LsucX21aiuI?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Olympus PEN E-P1 (2009)" alt="Olympus PEN E-P1 (2009)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-olympus-pen.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Hero (2009) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hero was only the third Android phone to go on sale &ndash; and the first that showed the world that Google&rsquo;s OS was capable of competing with anything Apple could make. Ironically, HTC did that by making some drastic changes to the stock Android platform. The result was &ldquo;Sense&rdquo;, a UI that added multitouch support, excellent widgets (including one for the then brand new Twitter) and no fewer than seven home screens.</p> <p>But it wasn&rsquo;t just a winner on software. The Hero&rsquo;s 5MP camera was a match for the iPhone&rsquo;s, and it also featured a proper 3.5mm headphone socket &ndash; a rarity in 2009. And as for that trackball&hellip; well, even brainbox smartphone designers get daft ideas sometimes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-hero/review">HTC Hero review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FKTDSfbcbBU?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Hero (2009)" alt="HTC Hero (2009)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-htc-hero_0.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro HD Hero (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tiny, lightweight and nigh-on indestructible, the GoPro swiftly became the Hoover/Kleenex/Sellotape of action cameras. Not only would this cube bolt onto almost anything (your car, your bike, your head, your dog), it&rsquo;d provide glorious hi-def footage &ndash; the best way to preserve your extreme exploits for posterity. Even Hollywood legend Peter Jackson was smitten, using GoPros in the filming of <em>The Hobbit</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yo3M6EB8kmk?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro HD Hero (2010)" alt="GoPro HD Hero (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-gopro-hero_0.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Instagram (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instagram could&rsquo;ve ended up being just another Hipstamatic-style vintage photo app &ndash; but it understood the power of social sharing better than anyone else, and within months of launch it had surpassed all rivals to become the de facto way to show your pals (and 150 million or so other users) how amazing your life was &ndash; or at least how delicious your dinner looked.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/6-pro-tips-taking-killer-instagram-photos/feature">6 pro tips for taking killer Instagram photos</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/O34JY-lC26E?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Instagram (2010)" alt="Instagram (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-instagram.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Parrot AR.Drone (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Proving you didn&rsquo;t need a billion dollar defence budget to deploy a drone, this cut-price quadcopter, controlled via an iPhone app, was almost impossible to crash thanks to a bevy of sensors that kept it stable, upright and airborne. A pair of cameras let you view the world through its eyes, as well as play the various augmented reality games that give it its name.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ardrone-20/drone-wars/feature">Attack of the drones: why UAVs are taking off in a big way </a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gAStHbWiH-k" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Parrot AR.Drone (2010)" alt="Parrot AR.Drone (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-parrot-ardrone.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tablets were the sad white elephant of the gadget world &ndash; they&rsquo;d been around for ages, but nobody could think of a reason to buy one. That changed the day Steve Jobs unveiled this sleek slab of glass and aluminium: not a PC, not a smartphone, the iPad found &ndash; or perhaps created &ndash; a sweet spot somewhere in between the two. And suddenly, everybody had a reason to buy a tablet.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ndnmtz8-S5I?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad (2010)" alt="Apple iPad (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-apple-ipad_0.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lytro (2011) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once, cameras could only capture a single snapshot of a moment &ndash; whatever image the camera took, you were stuck with its focus point, exposure and perspective forever. With its light field sensor, Lytro&rsquo;s rectangular camera ripped up the rulebook.</p> <p>Thousands of microlenses on its sensor captured a complete four-dimensional &ldquo;light field&rdquo; of a scene &ndash; the direction and intensity of each ray of light &ndash; and this information allowed the user to take a &ldquo;living photo&rdquo; that could be refocussed or have its perspective shifted days, months or even years after it was taken. It seemed like nothing short of sorcery.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review">Lytro review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QcmEGmin8K0" width="602"></iframe></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lytro (2011)" alt="Lytro (2011)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-lytro.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadget-ever-little-green-robots-vs-world/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:30:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442498 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Web, Everywhere http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remember the dark days before the iPhone? This era saw its launch, making the internet accessible anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Web Everywhere" alt="Web Everywhere" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Main%20Image.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early days, we could only really access the World Wide Web from two places: home, or work. This all changed with the introduction of a phone from a company named Apple, which is still influencing our technology today.</p> <p>With many of us largely dependent on our pocket tech nowadays, it was this era that asked the question of not what you could do whilst on the move, but what you couldn&rsquo;t - and made it possible.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the face of it, Twitter is merely a playground for egotists and bores. But enough about the Stuff editorial team&rsquo;s personal accounts &ndash; what Twitter has done for the way we consume information and interact with both brands and people is huge. Have you tried flicking through a daily newspaper recently? Why bother? Almost every single story you&rsquo;d want to read, you&rsquo;ve already seen on Twitter, neatly summed up in 140 characters (along with more than your fair share of cute cat photos and dinnertography). It&rsquo;s also empowered whole societies, exposed wrongdoing and created the &lsquo;second screen&rsquo; for TV commentary. Before too long there&rsquo;ll be an account set up purely to tweet old photos of newspapers and clips from the six o&rsquo;clock news. How sweet.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Twitter" alt="Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Twitter%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flip Video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A gadget that just records video might seem quaint in today&rsquo;s world of 4K capturing mobiles but that&rsquo;s exactly what makes the Flip so important. Its popularity showed that people wanted to shoot quick and easy video for that newfangled YouTube without worrying about focus, white balance or any of that Spielberg nonsense. Until phones caught up, a Flip had the answer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flip Video" alt="Flip Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flip%20Video%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo Wii </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nintendo Wii&rsquo;s heyday might&rsquo;ve been short-lived in console terms, but its effect on gaming is still evident in the motion-tracking PS Eye and Xbox Kinect. It got lazy gamers up from the sofa and using muscles they didn&rsquo;t know they had, and even made gamers out of people who&rsquo;d never inverted a Y-axis or pwned a n00b in their lives. For that, Nintendo, we salute you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo Wii" alt="Nintendo Wii" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nintendo%20Wii%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPhone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the benefit of hindsight, the iPhone is in its rightful position on the tech timeline. It sits alongside the Walkman or colour television as something that completely changed the way we see technology. It put the internet in our hands (albeit quite slowly until the 3G version arrived), made touchscreens useable with capacitive tech and multi-touch input, created a whole app industry, and spawned a new category of smartphones designed to be used by everyone rather than just those with a good grasp of JavaScript. Yep, even your mum&rsquo;s got an iPhone these days. It&rsquo;s got to the point where the call functionality is secondary to all of the other stuff it does, meaning you can take our phone, but you&rsquo;ll never take our iPhone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone" alt="Apple iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Kindle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The &lsquo;iPod of books&rsquo; hasn&rsquo;t had quite the same effect on publishing as Apple&rsquo;s thin white jukebox did on the music industry, but its low price, ease of use and whopping library of titles has made the Kindle a hit far beyond your average gadget fan and into the hands of commuters. Like the Walkman, the Kindle&rsquo;s been so successful it&rsquo;s become the default term for an ebook reader.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle" alt="Amazon Kindle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Amazon%20Kindle.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia N95 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the arrival of the first iPhone eclipsed the N95 in many ways, the dual-sliding Nokia was a superior smartphone &ndash; it just required a bit more tinkering to get the best out of it. Still, it came with an army of features: 3G, video recording, a camera flash, Bluetooth and support for third-party apps out of the box, which is more than could be said for the iPhone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia N95" alt="Nokia N95" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20N95%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC iPlayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a company with a reputation for being stuffy and uptight, the BBC&rsquo;s iPlayer was way ahead of its time. Seven-day catch-up for TV and radio meant you no longer had to bother watching telly when the channels wanted you to, plus iOS and Android apps meant you didn&rsquo;t even have to be at home to watch it. The entire broadcasting world followed suit. iPlayer is worth the licence fee alone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC iPlayer" alt="BBC iPlayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BBC%20iPlayer%20Final.jpg?1406727596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon EOS 5D MK II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not just an incredible digital SLR, Canon&rsquo;s 21MP 5D Mk II was also the first to shoot 1080p video. Combined with the full-frame sensor, good low-light performance and relatively low price, it became popular among amateur (and not so amateur) film-makers for the cinematic look its footage produced. In 2010 an entire episode of US medical drama House was shot on one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon EOS 5D MK II" alt="Canon EOS 5D MK II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Canon%20EOS%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monster Beats by Dre </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to imagine a time when Dr Dre&rsquo;s Beats headphones weren&rsquo;t just decorations to hang off the head of every professional footballer on the planet, but the original Monster-made cans were genuinely brilliant. The latest ones don&rsquo;t sound so good, but what they&rsquo;ve done to the headphone industry is impossible to ignore &ndash; just ask Apple&rsquo;s bank manager.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monster Beats by Dre" alt="Monster Beats by Dre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monster%20Beats%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla Roadster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla&rsquo;s on a roll now with the S, an electric-powered luxury saloon. But it all started with the Roadster, the world&rsquo;s first battery-powered sportscar. Despite the fact that it was actually run by thousands of laptop batteries it was fast and fun. A lot of the credit for that can go to Lotus &ndash; the Roadster was also built by them in Norfolk. It didn&rsquo;t sell well, but it will go down in history.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chas Hallett, <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk">Autocar</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature">CHECK OUT THE FULL 100 BEST GADGETS EVER LIST HERE</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Telsa Roadster" alt="Telsa Roadster" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tesla%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:51:54 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442504 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Connected Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As broadband replaced dial-up in the mid-noughties, internet use exploded. And with it came a raft of new services and web-connected gadgets... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even in its early years the internet was a wonderful thing: a vast digital playground where we could debate which USS Enterprise captain was the best, or (very slowly) share our 1.2MP photos.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NINTENDO DS (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a folding form factor reminiscent of Ninty&rsquo;s own Game &amp; Watch devices from the 1980s, the DS made touchscreen gaming massive, long before the iPhone came along and all but killed handheld consoles. Its simple, pick-up-&rsquo;n&rsquo;-play games hooked kids (<em>Pokemon</em>) and adults (<em>Brain Training</em>) alike, while its newer, less two-dimensional sibling, the 3DS, is an underappreciated gem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo DS (2004)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-nintendo-ds.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PHILIPS AMBILIGHT (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As TV tech goes it might not be up there with colour or hi-def, but everyone who watches an Ambilight TV immediately wishes they had one in their lounge, throwing coloured hues on to the surrounding walls in response to what&rsquo;s happening on screen. These days it&rsquo;s even compatible with Philips&rsquo; Hue lightbulbs, so you can get the whole house in on the colour-changing action.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6wVVFHdziBI" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Ambilight (2004)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-philips-ambilight.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TOMTOM GO 300 (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the time Before TomTom (BTT), swathes of people meandered blindly around the land, crashing into each other or hurtling off cliffs in the course of their quest to find the nearest Greggs. Then, the GO 300 arrived, with its integrated touchscreen and changeable bezels. All of a sudden sat-nav could be plonked on the dashboard and used by the masses, not just the military. Steak Bakes for all!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TomTom GO 300 (2004)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-tomtom-go-300.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GOOGLE MAPS (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The beginning of the end for London&rsquo;s <em>A-Z</em>, Google Maps (and particularly its mobile versions) means millions of people now travel around with absolutely no idea where they&rsquo;re actually going. Instead they rely upon the phone in their pocket to tell them where they are, which way to turn, and what the fastest route is. Traffic info, public transport details and Street View have turned it into an absolute essential.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/91wuBqlny50" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Maps (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-google-maps.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Ericsson K800i (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dating from the time when phones were categorised by their main feature, the K800i was a cameraphone worthy of the name. With a 3.2MP sensor, it was the first phone you could consider taking out instead of your actual snapper. The pictures couldn&rsquo;t quite rival those taken with the best compacts of the day, but the xenon flash made it a worthy companion for a night out &ndash; and ensured that your incriminating photographic evidence was always much better than everybody else&rsquo;s.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0">The 100 Best Gadgets Ever: Rise of the WWW</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QdYfs8rq3f4" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Ericsson K800i (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sony-ericsson-k800i.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until Sonos came along, multi-room music was the exclusive domain of megastars such as Craig David and Francis Rossi from Status Quo, but these understated grey and white boxes made it easy. Since then it&rsquo;s gone from strength to strength, adding various standalone speakers, support for music streaming services and even a soundbar &ndash; but it&rsquo;s the falling-off-a-log simplicity that makes it a winner.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZoMB82gJO1M?list=PL4F4E6EB951775E74" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sonos.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> XBOX 360 (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Firing first in a console battle isn&rsquo;t always crucial, but it certainly helped the Xbox 360&rsquo;s case in its fight against the PS3. What it lacked in Blu-ray powers it made up for with a superior online system, a far better control pad and in 2010 the addition of Kinect, a camera capable of tracking your whole body and translating your gestures into in-game movements or menu navigation. In practice it was often hit and miss, but what Kinect has done for gaming can&rsquo;t be ignored. It now forms an integral part of the Xbox One package, with Sony also offering a motion-sensing cam as an accessory for the PS4.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox 360" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-xbox-360.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouTube (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What started with a clip of a man at the zoo and a desire to let people share their videos has become a cultural phenomenon, with over six billion hours watched every month. Ever expanding, YouTube now allows you to rent movies and TV shows, live stream a man falling from space in full HD, discover new music and share videos of your pet squirrel piloting a Parrot AR.Drone around the kitchen.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jNQXAC9IVRw" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="YouTube (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-youtube.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha YSP-1 (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2005 no one knew they needed a soundbar or really believed there was an alternative to bulky 5.1 surround systems. It took five years or more for the genius of the YSP-1 to resonate with the world at large. So far ahead of the curve it was barely a gentle incline, the YSP-1 set standards that rival manufacturers still struggle to replicate.&nbsp;<em>Simon Lucas, <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision</a></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OW2i7woL8N4" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-1 (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-yamaha-ysp1.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;W Zeppelin (2006) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bowers &amp; Wilkins makes the speakers used at Abbey Road Studios, the spiritual home of The Beatles. That should give you an idea of how highly regarded the company is. So when it produced a speaker dock for the iPod and embraced the (then) anti-audiophile world of digital music, it was a pretty big deal. The Zeppelin shared Apple&rsquo;s taste for premium design, but more importantly it sounded brilliant. Since then other hi-fi heavyweights have weighed in, including Marantz, NAD and B&amp;O, dragging the stuffy old kingdom of turntables and interconnects into the brave new world of lossless file formats and, eventually, wireless streaming. This is one Zeppelin that didn&rsquo;t go down in flames.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny Beta review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ep6HPDH2yng" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Zeppelin (2006)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-bw-zeppelin.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:31:22 +0000 Marc McLaren 1442365 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Mobile Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The dawn of the noughties saw our media making its way into our pockets, with the advent of the iPod, Napster and Facebook </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="100 best gadgets ever: The Mobile Age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: The Mobile Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mobile-age.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s difficult to imagine a time when you could go anywhere and not see someone sporting Apple&rsquo;s signature white headphones, but before 2001, it was an everyday occurrence.</p> <p>Yes, this was the era that saw Apple introduce the first iPod. Along with the first (successful) peer-to-peer downloading service, the noughties were the era when digital music came of age.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony AIBO (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With AIBO, Sony demonstrated that the ideal pet of the future might well be an intelligent hunk of metal and plastic &ndash; after all, there&rsquo;s no need to housetrain a robot. While cute, AIBO was in fact a deceptively advanced robot packed with sensors allowing him to &lsquo;see&rsquo; and recognise speech commands &ndash; but tragically for techno-pet lovers, a cost-cutting Sony put him permanently out to pasture in 2006.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony AIBO" alt="Sony AIBO" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20AIBO%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Napster (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the MP3-friendly media player Winamp appeared two years earlier, digital music didn&rsquo;t truly take off until peer-to-peer download service Napster showed what was possible with an internet connection and some (OK, a lot of) patience. Yes, it was illegal but without this pair the digital music revolution would never have happened and without that we wouldn&rsquo;t have iTunes, Spotify, et al. Every cloud, eh? <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hctP7Kfs-qw" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Napster" alt="Napster" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Napster%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia 3210 (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s a tough call between the 3210 and its slightly smaller offspring the 3310, but the chances are you owned one of them. For most people the memory of a 3210 doesn&rsquo;t go much further than Snake, but there was more to the phone than that. It was one of the first to squeeze the aerial inside making it instantly more pocketable. Plus it came with T9 predictive text, use of which became a vital skill for much of the next 10 years. Aside from calls and texts it didn&rsquo;t do all that much, but what it did do, it did better than pretty much anything else.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/54caALGVjFs" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia 3210" alt="Nokia 3210" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%203210%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creative DAP Jukebox (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Inexplicably shaped like an overweight portable CD player despite the 6GB hard drive nestled inside, the DAP arrived a full year before Apple&rsquo;s Ive-designed iPod - although, given that you&rsquo;re not reading this on a Creative tablet while listening to music on your Creative smartphone, it doesn&rsquo;t take a genius to work out which one took off. Still, props for getting there first, Creative.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Creative DAP Jukebox" alt="Creative DAP Jukebox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Creative%20DAP%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Playstation 2 (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Officially the best-selling console of all time, over the course of its 12-year lifespan the PS2 saw more classic games than the Wembley arch, including Grand Theft Auto III, God of War, Ico, and the birth of the Guitar Hero series. It also put a DVD player in every home that bought one - a cunning stunt copied by the PS3 to help Sony&rsquo;s own Blu-ray disc format gain traction.&nbsp; <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N4HIW0kCUng" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0" target="_blank">100 Best Gadgets Ever &ndash; Rise of the WWW</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Playstation 2" alt="Sony Playstation 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Playstation%202%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPod (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has a reputation for making existing technology work where others have failed. Apple didn&rsquo;t invent the MP3 player, but the iPod made it massive. That didn&rsquo;t happen immediately, though: it was Mac-only to begin with and used Firewire rather than USB. However, the click wheel is a design landmark and the signature white headphones, while hardly the best in the world, became iconic. The iPhone effectively killed it in its &lsquo;Classic&rsquo; form, with more touchscreen tech giving birth to the iPod Touch. Eventually the iPod was so successful it had all but eradicated the competition, despite a U2 special edition. And that&rsquo;s the sign of something truly unbeatable.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kN0SVBCJqLs" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPod" alt="Apple iPod" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPod%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky+ (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember adverts? They were the annoying things between TV programmes that we had to watch before Sky+ came along and allowed us to fast-forward through them. The original had just 40GB storage but these days there&rsquo;s up to 2TB on offer, plus mobile apps for remote recording and built-in Wi-Fi. Series Link, one of its original features, is now standard in all PVRs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky+" alt="Sky+" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sky%20Final.jpg?1406727328" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blackberry 5820 (2002) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the state BlackBerry&rsquo;s in now it&rsquo;s hard to believe there was ever a time when full QWERTY workhorses such as the 5820 often had to be surgically removed from the hands of helpless email addicts. A few devotees remain, but with all smartphones now offering instant email access and better on-screen keyboards the BlackBerry has become almost as antiquated as the Filofax or Rolodex.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blackberry 5820" alt="Blackberry 5820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Blackberry%205820%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax Optio S (2003) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early noughties, the world was teetering upon a precipice. The heights were built upon the glory days of film photography and a billion disposable cameras, while below was a new digital landscape of pixel-papping snappers. A hero emerged, its visage hewn from aluminium, and persuaded us to jump into its world of convenience and a decent digital image quality. And we&rsquo;ve never looked back.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax Optio S" alt="Pentax Optio S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pentax%20Optio%20S%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fundamentally changing the way we remember birthdays and discover our old classmates are not-so-closet racists, Facebook has done more for social interaction than the invention of the &lsquo;Blah Blah Blah I Can&rsquo;t Hear You&rsquo; earmuffs. If it were a country it would now be the second-largest in the world by population, while its purchase of Oculus Rift means our online friendships could soon become even more virtual.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature" target="_blank">The 100 Best Gadgets Ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Facebook%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:17:25 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442503 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: Rise Of The WWW http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These are the best gadgets which lined our pockets and graced our homes during the glorious rise of the internet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Who wants to translate the binary?" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/www-era.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On 12 November 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal to create a &quot;Hypertext project&quot; called the WorldWideWeb. 24 years later, you&#39;re (probably) reading these very words on a device no larger than a calculator, and more powerful than the computer that helped man take its first steps on the moon.</p> <p>The World Wide Web birthed the internet, and we&#39;re dependent on it to such an extend that the UN described access to it as a basic human right.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lotus Type 108 (1992) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After mustard and Alan Partridge Norfolk&rsquo;s finest export is probably the Lotus Type 108, as ridden by Chris Boardman at the &#39;92 Olympics in Barcelona. Sportscar manufacturer Lotus turned its engineering expertise from four wheels to two, using carbon fibre mouldings to create a monocoque frame that broke the world record and won Great Britain&rsquo;s first cycling medal in 72 years. And look where we are now.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Looking very good for its age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-lotus-type-108.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dyson DC01 (1993) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Or the DA001 as vacuum cleaner hipsters call it, James Dyson&rsquo;s first dual cyclone&nbsp;vacuum cleaner sold under his own name. Subsequent models have seen the addition&nbsp;of digital motors, a ball (as seen on JD&rsquo;s first invention the Ballbarrow), and most&nbsp;recently the Cinetic technology that removes the need for a suction-sapping filter.&nbsp;Despite its success, the verb &lsquo;to Dyson&rsquo; still hasn&rsquo;t replaced &lsquo;Hoovering&rsquo;. Poor&nbsp;Jimbo.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We were actually excited to do some housework the day the Dyson arrived" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dyson-dc01_0.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netscape Navigator (1994) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Or THE INTERNET as it represents here. Remember the fuzzy cacophony that spewed forth as a 56K modem connected to the world wide web, clogging the phone line for hours at a time and connecting you to a glacial feed of very little information? Bet you never thought that 20 years later we&rsquo;d be streaming 4K video, did you?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ah, Netscape. our first navigator" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NetscapeNavigator.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PlayStation (1994) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Sony entered the console market it was still a two-way battle between Sega and Nintendo. Many thought there was no room for a third way. But they didn&rsquo;t count on Tekken, Gran Turismo or Metal Gear Solid. Developed over eight years, originally in partnership with Nintendo, the PlayStation emerged victorious, leaving Sega all but out for the count.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="So many hours invested..." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-100-best-gadgets.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;O Beosound 9000 (1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Denmark&rsquo;s Bang &amp; Olufsen has a reputation for turning high-end hi-fi into something that wouldn&rsquo;t look out of place in an art gallery. The Beosound 9000 is a classic example, although it perhaps took the whole minimalism thing too far with space for just six CDs. That&rsquo;s probably still enough for at least one album by each successful Danish band, mind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sounds as good as it looks" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9d960423813763ef_org.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola StarTAC – 1996 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are those who consider a mobile phone to be nothing more than a tool to talk to people with. To those people the Motorola StarTAC meant nothing. To anyone with even the faintest love of technology within them it marked the point when the mobile phone became more than that. Its new clamshell design &ndash; one that was copied many times afterwards, most notably by the fashion conscious RAZR &ndash; meant it folded neatly in half, instantly setting it apart from the bricks everybody else had. Like it or not, the age of the mobile phone as a fashion accessory was here and the StarTAC was one of the first mobile phones to sell like the proverbial warm afternoon snack.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We actually miss playing around with the aerial." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Motorola-StarTAC.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Palm Pilot (1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Kind of like a fossilised smartphone, the Palm Pilot was the first of a new breed: the PDA. Tech archaeologists can trace the modern smartphone back to this digital organiser with its 128kb of internal memory, enough to store the names and addresses of all your yuppie mates. Plus it came with Solitaire, which is a bit like black &lsquo;n&rsquo; white Candy Crush.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="So sleek." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PalmPilot_Professional.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix (1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although nobody was streaming Breaking Bad on Netflix in 1997 that was the year it set up a pay-per-rental DVD service. 10 years later it started streaming via the internet and in 2013 its own House of Cards won the first ever Emmy Award for an internet-only TV show. This year it became the first place you could watch 4K content. Quite the rise, huh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="House of Cards gets Stuff&#039;s seal of approval." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix_0.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iMac (1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The all-in-one design was not new but the lounge-friendly choice of colours certainly was, turning the home computer from something you&rsquo;d hide in the study into a dinner party talking point. Not everything about the iMac (technically the G3) was a success, though, with the &lsquo;hockey puck&rsquo; mouse a particular target for scorn. Still, it remains one of Apple&rsquo;s most iconic designs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Which colour was your favourite?" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac_3q.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pro–Ject Debut (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the year that Napster changed music forever, Pro-Ject released a turntable &ndash; essentially a development of the phonograph invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. Obviously Pro-Ject didn&rsquo;t get the memo. But it&rsquo;s great-but-affordable turntables like the Debut and its two sequels that have kept vinyl alive, resulting in the mini renaissance seen over the past few years thanks to many records coming with free MP3 downloads as well. More money will get you more frills and better performance but for a portal into the warm-sounding world of vinyl the Pro-Ject Debut is impossible to beat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature" target="_blank">CHECK OUT THE FULL 100 BEST GADGETS EVER LIST HERE</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s like a huge CD player. Except it&#039;s not digital. And sues a needle instead of a laser." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/debut_1.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:29:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1441761 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: We Got Game http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our tasting menu of history&#039;s greatest inventions continues with a trip through the era of the Game Boy, the MiniDisc and the first Apple Mac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s a tiny, pixelated SMACKDOOOOOWNNN!!! " alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wegotgameboy.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new crop of more powerful consoles was changing the way we played video games, while a few face-mounted 3D units allowed a glimpse at the future; technology was reshaping the way we listened to music; and Apple was making a really nice desktop computer you couldn&#39;t afford. When you think about it, the 1980s and early &#39;90s were just like today, only with different haircuts.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> tomytronic 3d (1983) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its binocular stylings, complete with neck strap, belie the fact that Tomytronic 3D was the first 3D home gaming system. OK, so its gameplay and graphics were a bit repetitive, but chasing high scores in the likes of&nbsp;<em>Shark Attack</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Thundering Turbo</em>&nbsp;ensured an immersive experience full of flashing, bleeping fun.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vJOLOxKvds0" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tomytronic 3D (1983)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomyTronic.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Mac (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </p> <p class="normal">Try to imagine using your computer without a mouse. Go on. You&rsquo;ve given up already, haven&rsquo;t you? That&rsquo;s because it&rsquo;s practically impossible &ndash; and the mouse&rsquo;s existence is all down to the Apple Mac. What it lacked in expandability (a theme that pops up frequently with Apple even today) it made up for in performance (ditto) and price (er, nevermind) but there were other neat touches that would go on to be influential. The all-in-one design lives on today in the iMac while the handle on the top for easy transporting demonstrated the kind of fresh thinking Apple would become famous for. Microsoft&rsquo;s Windows-powered machines might&rsquo;ve gone on to rule the world but they&rsquo;d be nothing without the Apple Mac.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BC65jAAZH54" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Apple Mac (1984)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/applemac.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Casio Databank CD-40 (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While you couldn&rsquo;t exactly call it a smartwatch by today&rsquo;s standard, the Databank was a trailblazer in wearable tech. Casio had already made watches with calculators in them, but this was the first to include a &lsquo;databank&rsquo; which would hold up to 10 phone numbers right there on your wrist. Wearable digital storage in 1984? Yes please.</p> <p><em>(Image credit: pocketcalculatorshow.com)</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="948" height="900" title="Casio Databank CD-40 (1984)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/casio-cd-40-4.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tamiya Hornet (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hornet wasn&#39;t Tamiya&rsquo;s first, nor its fastest remote control car, but its lightweight polycarbonate body meant it could take a Grasshopper at the playground lights. Although it was a sturdy piece of kit, careless Hornet drivers spent as much time fiddling with pranged steering servos or mixing epoxy to glue the spoiler back on as they did racing the thing.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5QsIXzMRXLI" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature">READ MORE: 100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Silicon Age</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tamiya Hornet (1984)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hornet.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Commodore Amiga 500 (1987) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Commodore 64 owners sat waiting for their tapes to load, the Amiga 500 galloped ahead with its new-fangled 3.5in floppy discs. The Atari ST&rsquo;s MIDI support meant it was popular with musicians such as Jean Michel Jarre, but gamers took to the stunning 16-bit &lsquo;HAM&rsquo; graphics of the Amiga 500, which gave us classics such as&nbsp;<em>Sensible World Of Soccer</em>,&nbsp;<em>Lemmings</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Prince Of Persia</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DaRkacQ-YMg" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature">READ MORE: 100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Engineering Age</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1159" height="900" title="Commodore Amiga 500 (1987)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Amiga500_system.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acorn Archimedes (1987) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Archimedes was the first home computer to use an ARM chip. That makes it an ancestor of your iPad, your Kindle, your Pebble and, well, pretty much every smartphone and tablet around today. Yes, even that one. More powerful than the Amiga and Atari that came just before it, the Archimedes reigned in classrooms for the next five years.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hrj-EEnsacQ" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1110" height="900" title="Acorn Archimedes (1987)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AcornArchimedes.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo Game Boy (1989) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </p> <p class="normal">The Wii wasn&rsquo;t the first underpowered Nintendo console to succeed against the odds. Despite the Game Gear having a colour screen and the 16-bit Atari Lynx also being more powerful, the Game Boy&rsquo;s dual-pronged attack of&nbsp;<em>Tetris</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Mario</em>, plus a longer battery life than its technically superior rivals thanks to the greenscale screen, meant Nintendo won the first handheld console battle.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yB7kcH3Xv6M" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo Game Boy (1989)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nintendo_Gameboy.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Following swiftly on the heels of the Game Boy was the SNES. School playgrounds buzzed with debate over which was better: the SNES or the Megadrive. It was the SNES, obviously, with its &lsquo;Mode 7&rsquo; 3D graphics (remember the polygons of intergalactic nature-reserve-at-war&nbsp;<em>Starwing</em>?), the greatest multiplayer game ever (<em>Mario Kart</em>) and the first console version of&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter II</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pzFnyHD_O7k" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SNES.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IBM Thinkpad (1992) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Thinkpad might be about as exciting to look at as sloth Royal Rumble but as laptops go it&rsquo;s one of the most influential ever made. It introduced the TrackPoint &ndash; a pressure-sensitive nubbin for moving the mouse pointer &ndash; and a system that shuts down the hard drive when the laptop detects it&rsquo;s been dropped. And did we mention it&rsquo;s the only laptop certified for use on the International Space Station?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="IBM Thinkpad (1992)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IBM_Thinkpad_R51.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony MZ-1 (1992) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </p> <p class="normal">Like a cross between a floppy disc and a shrunken CD encased in plastic, MiniDisc might&rsquo;ve turned out to be a stepping stone between CDs and MP3s but it&rsquo;s one-mixtape-makers will always remember it fondly for its cassette-thrashing sound quality and recordable versatility. The MZ-1 was its inaugural vessel &ndash; a real slab compared to what came in the years after, when the players slimmed down to barely bigger than the disc itself and also allowed you to record directly from a computer. Of course, as soon as the MP3 player emerged MiniDisc&rsquo;s days were numbered but it lived on in radio production &ndash; and our hearts &ndash; for some time.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature">READ MORE: The 100 Best Gadgets Ever - The TV Age</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="869" title="Sony MZ-1 (1992)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Minidisc_Sony_MZ1.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:10:06 +0000 Will Dunn 1442049 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Silicon Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games consoles, video recorders, portable music and personal computers - the modern world as we know it starts here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Silicon Age" alt="100 best gadgets ever - the silicon age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age-main.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not that long ago computers were made from vacuum tubes, resistors, capacitors and goat dung and were so big they had their own weather systems. In an alternate universe, humanity continued down that path and your alter-ego is reading this on a mobile phone the size of a kettle.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JVC HR-3300 (1976) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arriving in 1976, the HR-3300 VHS VCR was yet another life-changing Japanese product. No more would you miss your favourite episode of&nbsp;<em>Columbo</em>&nbsp;because you were out disco dancing &ndash; this hulking beast would record every minute of it for you. Amazingly, it didn&rsquo;t use any custom-made parts: all its innards can be purchased in any electronics store, even today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="JVC HR-3300 (1976)" alt="100 best gadgets ever JVC HR-3300 (1976)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-jvc-hr-3300.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ATARI 2600 (1977) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its wood-effect case, simple one-button joysticks and blocky graphics the 2600 looks like a bit of a relic today &ndash; but then again, it&rsquo;s easy to underestimate what a revelation it was being able to play <em>Battlezone</em> and <em>Pac-Man</em> at home with your friends. This was the console that really brought the arcade machine experience into the front room &ndash; the grandfather of the PS4, if you will.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YJNbhekKShI" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Atari 2600 (1977)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Atari 2600 (1977)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-atari-2600.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Walkman (1979) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before the Walkman, listening to your own music involved a plugged-in hi-fi or a giant boombox on your shoulder. The idea of a &lsquo;personal stereo&rsquo; was a mere fantasy until the magicians at Sony managed to shrink a cassette player to a size that would run on batteries and clip to your belt, though to begin with it was still pretty big. They continued to be produced until 2003, overlapping with the first iPod by two years.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0sL5j5fYYgo" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman (1979)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Sony Walkman (1979)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sony-walkman.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roland TR-808 (1980) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A gadget that was out of the limelight but still touched the lives of nearly every music lover through the tracks it produced and styles it influenced. The TR-808 was an &rsquo;80s analogue synth drum machine that provided the signature sounds for everything from Marvin Gaye&rsquo;s &#39;Sexual Healing&#39; to tracks by Public Enemy. The band 808 State even named themselves after it.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iE9qem7gDKk" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roland TR-808 (1980)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Roland TR-808 (1980)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-roland-tr808.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi Quattro (1980) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nissan, Porsche and even Ferrari are proving that you can often go much faster with power in all four wheels. And, obviously, rally cars have been 4WD for years. The daddy of them all is the Audi Quattro, which proved devastatingly effective as both a road and rally car, not to mention one of the coolest cars of the &rsquo;80s. Audi keeps threatening to bring it back. Let&rsquo;s hope so.&nbsp;<em>Chas Hallett,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk" target="_blank">Autocar</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature">The 100 best gadgets ever: The engineering age</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8sX_k1yGmzM" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Quattro (1980)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Audi Quattro (1980)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-audio-quattro.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IBM PERSONAL COMPUTER (1981) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The start of the movement of computers into the home was heralded by IBM&rsquo;s entry into the burgeoning market. By flinging open the doors to its technical specifications and software, IBM encouraged the development of third-party software and peripherals, helping to create the &lsquo;IBM PC-compatible&rsquo; standard and helping young companies such as Microsoft get a foothold at the same time.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/39jtNUGgmd4?start=511" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="IBM Personal Computer (1981)" alt="100 best gadgets ever IBM Personal Computer (1981)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-ibm-personal-computer.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SONY CDP-101 (1982) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Introducing Sony and Philips&rsquo; own &lsquo;compact disc&rsquo; format to the world, the CDP-101 was the very first commercially available CD player. It brought digital music to the masses and was the death knell for the magnetic cassette tape thanks to CDs&rsquo; higher quality, longevity (when treated well and put back in the case) and ability to skip almost instantly between tracks.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gItmsZq9j5g" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony CDP-101 (1982)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Sony CDP-101 (1982)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sony-cdp-101.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SINCLAIR ZX SPECTRUM (1982) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Spectrum is one of Britain&rsquo;s great computer triumphs, cooked up by the brilliant but bonkers Sir Clive Sinclair, who went on to invent the even more bonkers Sinclair C5 electric trike. The Spectrum was tiny (everything was contained inside the keyboard) and it was cheap thanks in part to the fact that you could plug it into the TV you already owned. It also allowed users to write their own programs, encouraging a flood of bedroom programmers to begin tinkering and eventually create some mighty fine games such as <em>Jet Set Willy</em> and <em>Manic Miner</em>. The unmistakable sound it made when loading a game off a cassette tape is imprinted in the minds of a generation.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WUDPSzhfPQo" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1982)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1982)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sinclair-zx-spectrum.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seiko TV Watch (1983) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a tiny 1.25in LCD screen that you could watch TV on, this watch was nothing short of miraculous considering electronic digital timepieces had only been around for a decade. Still, when you did want to watch telly, you had to connect it up to a receiver box that would fit in your shirt pocket. It even appeared on James Bond&rsquo;s wrist in <em>Octopussy</em>, though with a fake colour screen.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NFo1S8tsaw0?start=138" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Seiko TV Watch (1983)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Seiko TV Watch (1983)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-seiko-tv-watch.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (NES) (1983) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The console that launched Nintendo&rsquo;s unique brand of gaming and introduced the portly plumber Mario and his pals, the 8-bit NES took three years to make it from Japan to the UK. Bringing Nintendo out of the arcades and into the home revitalised the market that many thought had run out of steam after the Atari 2600. It even let us shoot ducks from our sofa with its light gun accessory.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cssV9F6JhbE" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-nintendo-entertainment-system.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:51:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441556 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The TV Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the period where mechanical gear started to be superseded by electronics, the 1950s to 1970s makes rich pickings for our ultimate gadget rundown </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="100 best gadgets ever: The TV Age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: The TV Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/main-image.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The period from the late 1950s to late 1970s may not be long in calendar terms, but looking back at it now it seems as if the modern world went through several ages of social and technological upheaval. It&#39;s a time that started with teddy boys and (via hippies and disco bunnies) ended up with punk rockers &ndash; not to mention man travelling to the Moon... and noodling on the Moog.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMC Mini (1959) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It looked like a toy and handled like a go-kart, but Sir Alec Issigonis&rsquo;s fuel efficient pocket rocket was a revolution. Every front-wheel drive hatchback built since owes it an engineering nod and its plucky design made it a defining icon of the swinging sixties. But the Mini was by no means exclusive &ndash; its owners have run the spectrum of cool from Steve McQueen to Mr Bean.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CkTDCOQB-rg" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMC Mini (1959)" alt="BMC Mini (1959)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-BMC-Mini.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nikon F (1959) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until the F came along, most professional photographers used pricey rangefinder cameras, but this single-lens reflex model offered so many features at such a low price that it flipped the camera world on its head. Interchangeable lenses, a pentaprism viewfinder, a full 35mm frame, swappable focus screens &ndash; all of these things had been on cameras before, but never all on the same model.</p> <p>It also happened to be nigh-on indestructible, a trait which made it hugely popular with photojournalists out in the field. Many of the most famous photos of the Vietnam War were taken on a Nikon F &ndash; and more than any other camera it helped establish Japan as the preeminent country for manufacturing photography gear.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimoconnell/74334182">Jim O&#39;Connell</a></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/leKwhHb-3KE" width="602"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/olympus/25-most-iconic-cameras-ever/news">The 25 most iconic cameras ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nikon F (1959)" alt="Nikon F (1959)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-f.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Schwinn Sting-Ray (1963) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s the ridiculous wheelie bike that inspired the Raleigh Chopper. But what many people don&rsquo;t realise is that the Sting-Ray heralded the birth of BMX. Rugged frames, 20in wheels, dirt-friendly tyres...&nbsp;Sure, banana seats and ape hanger handlebars were ousted by later, more rad fashions, but the foundations were all there for a craze that went on to dominate the world.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eCb85xuO9IY" width="602"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/schwinns-cyclenav-tells-you-where-ride/news">Schwinn&#39;s CycleNav tells you where to ride</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Schwinn Sting-Ray (1963)" alt="Schwinn Sting-Ray (1963)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/schwinn-stingray.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moog Synthesiser (1964) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First created by Robert Moog in 1964, this synthesiser was just a collection of modules &ndash; each of which performed its own signal generating function &ndash; crammed inside a wooden cabinet. Essentially the first all-electronic instrument, its ability to make sounds that couldn&rsquo;t be created by traditional gear made it instantly popular with recording artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones&hellip; and, er, The Monkees.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenzogdnz/6990713296/in/photolist-bDKevA-9ejCi5-6sg7oS-4fgeaT-bkWaoS-AM7EY-3uR8i-NM65W-aBExMP-bkWaqb-aC6ymS-3nKD53-aBDiDz-8wLac2-71fYDX-9D5D1s-aBCdre-fzY5k-aBECD4-aBCe1p-jmVzmV-dgFFnb-5TVztY-8wPaTs-8kudHa-5RyZ2B-fn85pR-fnngEL-fn85Vc-apCHSP-aBETyC-6T9cE1-28fWfV-6jKhsK-ciQTH-anKkmS-4wA1EG-aBFYim-aBDirx-4HWTKP-hcL99-71jHpf-5cN53v-4mtSBP-833Pmh-4TqBPK-83vwpV-aBETK7-aBCdPT-aBCdWF">Lorenzo Gaudenzi</a></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="452" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/usl_TvIFtG0" width="602"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-doodle-moog-synth-ultimate-time-sink/news">Google Doodle Moog synth is the ultimate time sink</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moog Synthesiser (1964)" alt="Moog Synthesiser (1964)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moog-synth.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fisher Space Pen (1965) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also known as the Zero Gravity Pen, this ballpoint pen was engineered to write (yep, you guessed it) in zero gravity &ndash; but it&rsquo;ll also apply ink to wet or greasy paper, and even work underwater. Famously adopted by NASA (legend has it Russian cosmonauts simply used pencils instead &ndash; but sadly that&#39;s apocryphal), the secret to its success is a pressurised ink cartridge.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zR7Ma_J0Eh4" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fisher Space Pen (1965)" alt="Fisher Space Pen (1965)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fisher-space-pen.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shure SM58 (1966) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The SM58 is the industry standard for live vocal microphones. Why? Well, it&rsquo;s durable &ndash; a godsend if you like swinging the mic around Roger Daltrey-style&nbsp;&ndash; but just as importantly its cardioid response design means it only picks up what comes out the singer&rsquo;s mouth, not everything else on stage. Introduced in 1966, it&#39;s still the world&rsquo;s best-selling stage mic almost 50 years later.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_ofrKZUnho4" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shure SM58 (1966)" alt="Shure SM58 (1966)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shure-sm58.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Polaroid SX-70 (1972) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first instant camera that ejected shots automatically and didn&rsquo;t cover your hands with chemical residue, the SX-70 was an idiot-proof bombshell &ndash; and it could be folded down small enough to fit in a coat pocket. It became an instant success (no pun intended), because who doesn&rsquo;t love instant gratification?</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/96Wzv-vgfsk" width="602"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-cameras-changed-world/news">25 cameras that changed the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Polaroid SX-70 (1972)" alt="Polaroid SX-70 (1972)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-sx-70.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Technics SL-1200 (1972) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The SL-1200&rsquo;s robust, high torque direct drive motor was a key factor in the invention of hip hop. Without it, New York DJs like Kool Herc wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to perfect scratching and beat-mixing. Just think: if not for Technics&rsquo; ingenuity, we&rsquo;d all still be listening to disco and trainers would only be worn at the gym.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/plxI7ZDdPQA" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Technics SL-1200 (1972)" alt="Technics SL-1200 (1972)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/technics-sl-1200.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aphelion television set (1973) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You only have to look at the Aphelion to understand its cult status &ndash; in 1973, in a world of boxy grey or wood-panelled tellies, nobody had seen anything quite like this Jetsons-esque pod. It&rsquo;s a 1970s idea of what TVs would look like in the future &ndash; but has instead become something compellingly retro, because TVs never did end up looking like the Aphelion, did they?</p> <p>Being honest, it&rsquo;s better looking than 90 percent of modern screens, and we can&rsquo;t imagine many would complain about having this glorious astronaut&rsquo;s helmet as their family idiot box.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Aphelion television set (1973)" alt="Aphelion television set (1973)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aphelion-tv.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brompton folding bicycle (1976) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a design that has remained practically unchanged since its inception in the late 1970s, the Brompton is able to squeeze down to about 20 x 20 x 10 inches, but when unfolded has handlebars, pedals and a saddle which sit in exactly the same position as those on a regular bicycle. An essential tool for thousands of commuters and a source of national pride too: it&#39;s now the UK&rsquo;s most widely manufactured bike.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Fni9VmNRHPA" width="602"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-folding-bikes/news">5 of the best folding bikes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Brompton folding bicycle (1976)" alt="Brompton folding bicycle (1976)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brompton-bike.jpg?1406727089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:55:58 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441416 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Engineering Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take a trip back in time with Stuff to the dawn of the gadget age – when technology was mechanical and went clunk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini factory" alt="Mini factory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mini-factory-2.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early days, gadgeteers didn&#39;t have touchscreens and octa-core processors to play with.</p> <p>In the very early days, they didn&#39;t even have electricity. But despite that, these gadgets from a time when technology went &quot;clunk&quot; have weathered the ages, and are still in widespread use even today. If it ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it. And if it is broke, fix it with a wrench.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature">CHECK OUT THE FULL 100 BEST GADGETS EVER LIST HERE</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Victorinox Swiss Army Knife (1891) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Little wonder the Swiss take an evasive attitude to war when their army&rsquo;s best-known weapon is a combination corkscrew and paper knife. Face it, you&rsquo;re going to look a bit silly turning up to a Cruise missile fight brandishing a nail file. Still, no Scout worth his woggle has ever been caught without a Swiss Army Knife to hand.</p> <p>Victorinox&#39;s classic&nbsp;double-hinge design remains essentially unaltered since its introduction 123 years ago, and while more and more tools have been added to this trusty pocket shed &ndash; the largest version has 87 tools and weighs nearly a kilo and a half &ndash; no one has even used the hoof pick for anything other than vandalising a school desk.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kgAXaCZShtk" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="1890 replica Swiss Army Knife" alt="1890 replica Swiss Army Knife" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swiss-army-knife-2.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leica I (1925) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first mass-produced 35mm camera paved the way for generations of hobby photographers to invite the neighbours round for nibbles and see slides of them amusingly holding a finger on top of the Eiffel Tower. &nbsp;The original Leica I (A) had a custom fitted lens with a distinctive &lsquo;hockey stick&rsquo; lock, but interchangeable lenses were introduced on the Leica I (C) in 1930.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4m7uuasySI4" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Leica I (1925)" alt="Leica I (1925)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leica-i.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minox Riga (1938) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For all Q&rsquo;s endless supply of gadgetry, nothing says &lsquo;I&rsquo;m a spy&rsquo; like packing a Minox Riga in the inside pocket of your tux. Using miniaturised 8x11mm film, the tiny camera was ideal for snapping secret papers in an evil lair. And not just in fiction: at the outbreak of war, British intelligence services bought all the available stock they could get their hands on.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/knvtRyeWEZw" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minox Riga (1938)" alt="Minox Riga (1938)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minox-riga.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Piaggio Vespa (1946) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the war over, the Italians were free to get back to drinking coffee and ogling women but the country&rsquo;s crushed economy meant few people could afford a car to get to the local piazza. Piaggio, which had been building fighter planes, went beyond the call of duty to produce this timeless two-wheeled design classic, which became a 1960s icon across Europe.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fbZRHfgSibE" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Piaggio Vespa (1946)" alt="Piaggio Vespa (1946)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/piaggio-vespa.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Land Rover (1948) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Land Rover&rsquo;s a luxury car maker now, but it all started with two brothers drawing this boxy shape on a Welsh beach. It became the ultimate go-anywhere car, used and abused by farmers and armies for over 60 years. Along with the first Jeep, it also heralded a global love affair with 4x4s, pick-ups and SUVs and the 20 million buying them each year are buying a little piece of Land Rover.<br /><em>Chas Hallett, <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk" target="_blank">Autocar</a></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E9iCe1Toc0Q" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Land Rover (1948)" alt="Land Rover (1948)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/land-rover-series-i.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fender Telecaster (1950) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From Led Zep to Tammy Wynette, the Tele has nearly as varied a CV as its later sibling, the Stratocaster. But it was the Broadcaster (the name under which the Telecaster was originally marketed) that changed the electric guitar forever. It was cheap to make, nearly impossible to break and made everyone who brandished one look untouchably cool.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N3Mcs01T6QU" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fender Telecaster (1950)" alt="Fender Telecaster (1950)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fender-telecaster.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Electric 500 (1950) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whenever you feel a nostalgic pull towards the physicality of a rotary dial phone, remember there is a reason we have moved on &ndash; the ire born of misdialling on the penultimate number. Fortunately, the Western Electric 500 (and its legion imitations) was sturdy enough to take a bit of kinetic stress relief, one of many reasons nearly every American household had one of these iconic blowers.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wDwz-rHbZCw" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Western Electric 500 (1950)" alt="Western Electric 500 (1950)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/western-electric.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rolex Submariner (1953) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sean Connery must live a contented existence. And so must his watch &ndash; the Rolex Submariner is the most copied watch design of all time and was the original bit of 007 wristwear. It was the first watch to be waterproof to 100 metres, setting the standard for diving timepieces of its day.</p> <p>Roger Moore&rsquo;s souped up model had a handy buzz saw hidden in the bezel and a powerful electro-magnet with which to tease open the zip on the back of an Italian agent&#39;s dress. Not that the Submariner needed gizmos to be in Bond&rsquo;s league.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bUuLeJakcUY" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rolex Submariner (1953)" alt="Rolex Submariner (1953)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rolex-submariner_1.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quad ESL 57 (1957) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first production electrostatic speaker did away with such vulgarities as cones and bulky enclosures in favour of a space-age design that virtually eliminated distortion and had near-perfect frequency response. The BBC quickly requisitioned them to use as reference monitors, but got rid of them before they reviewed the audio on Jamaica Inn. A hi-fi classic.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bMZoikXHNBg" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Quad ESL 57 (1957)" alt="Quad ESL 57 (1957)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quad-esl-57.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scalextric (1957) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Starting life as a clockwork racing system, Scalextric only gained popularity when creator Freddie Francis switched to electricity as a power source. He had spawned a 1:32-scale toy monster, and within months couldn&rsquo;t keep up with demand. He sold the business to Tri-ang, who switched his pricey metal cars for plastic ones. Even 60 years later, very little has changed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="452" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vx5P3v54PO0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Scalextric (1957)" alt="Scalextric (1957)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scalextric_0.jpg?1406727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:54:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441298 at http://www.stuff.tv