5 Interesting Inventions from the 1950s That Still Affect Our Lives Today :
Ads bombard us every day with the “increase” of new technologies. But are they really new inventions? Here are 5 random inventions from the 1950s that have stuck around without us knowing about them.
1. Credit cards (1950 / 1958)
This is precisely the one item from the 1950s that has been in more love/hate relationships than any other item a man has owned. Although Diners Club came up with the idea for the dinners, they expected full payment each month. American Express then introduced a flexible option where you set your repayments and allowed you to choose what to buy and how to repay. The first credit card issued was printed on a piece of paper and paved the way for our love/hate relationship with our credit card.
2. Microchip/Integrated Circuit (1958)
An antique related to modern microchips, the first microchip was introduced by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce. Their invention consisted of one transistor, three resistors and one capacitor, which is ancient compared to modern chips that can contain 125 million transistors.
3. TV Dinner (1953)
Frozen food, also known as “boxed food” or “microwave food”, was introduced by C.A. Swanson & Sons (the full name was TV Brand Frozen Dinner) and was meant to be heated in the oven with the aluminum sheet provided. Today’s frozen meals are microwavable, but the idea started way back in 1953.
4. The Microwave Oven (1955)
Percy Spencer, an American engineer, is generally considered to be our modern microwave oven. Based on World War II radar technology, Raytheon patented the first microwave oven for home use in 1955
5. Three-point seat belts (1959)
The three-point belt was developed by Nils Bohlin while working for the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo. Its design was first introduced in 1959 and became a standardized safety feature in the Volvo camp. Because of the huge impact on driver safety, Volvo has left the patent open for other car manufacturers to use for free.
In this article we discuss about 5 Interesting Inventions from the 1950s That Still Affect Our Lives Today. So the next time you’re dazzled by technological ‘bling’, think back to the 1950s, which had such a huge impact on our modern society.
5 Interesting Inventions from the 1950s That Still Affect Our Lives Today