100 Best Gadgets Ever: Rise Of The WWW

These are the best gadgets which lined our pockets and graced our homes during the glorious rise of the internet

On 12 November 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal to create a "Hypertext project" called the WorldWideWeb. 24 years later, you'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.

The World Wide Web birthed the internet, and we're dependent on it to such an extend that the UN described access to it as a basic human right.

We use it to stalk our friends. We use it to laugh at cats. It lets people from all corners of the Earth connect to each other. And it lets you bulk-buy industrial sized jars of beef jerky at three in the morning, after a particularly heavy night out.

The era which saw the exponential explosion in the internet's growth also introduced a plethora of era-defining technology, which we look back on with a warm, fuzzy sense of nostalgia.

These are some of the best gadgets of the WWW era. How many of them did you own?

Lotus Type 108 (1992)

After mustard and Alan Partridge Norfolk’s finest export is probably the Lotus Type 108, as ridden by Chris Boardman at the '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’s first cycling medal in 72 years. And look where we are now. 

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