Tech Gadgets Invent

SCOOTER Inventor Various Date Unknown

Essentially a skateboard with a steering column, the scooter (or kick scooter, to differentiate it from motorized scooters) is a low-tech method of transport that has gone in and out of popularity since kids were crafting them out of discarded wooden orange crates during the Great Depression. The Razor Scooter, a more contemporary, fordable, aluminum …

TUPPERWARE Inventor Earls Tupper 1946

THE FIRST SELLING POINT of Earl T upper’s plastic creations wasn’t their “burp”-able lids. It was their tightness and near-break ability. His airtight seals—inspired by paint cans—became available in 1946 and were perfect for the refrigerators that had become a staple in nearly every home. The party—the Tupperware party, that is—started two years later when …

WALKIE TALKIE Inventor Donald Hings 1937

The seemingly archaic devices—which were much cooler before cellphones came around—are really two• way radio transceivers. Unlike phones, you have to take turns with walkies-talkies, pressing a button when you want to talk. Who’s responsible for the gadget we know today? Prob-ably Motorola engineers, with an assist from Canadian inventor Donald Flings and American inventor …

PORTABLE HARD DRIVE Inventor IBM 1964

Even today, whether it’s by loss, theft, or fire, having your laptop—along with your irreplaceable files—abruptly vanish is something that few of us would like to contemplate. The obvious solution is to protect your data. then stash it somewhere safe—like on a portable hard drive. For all its computational wonder, the first gigabyte hard drive …