October 2, 2015 11:28 am

Throughout the day you use inventions which were created to help your daily activities and rituals. Great ideas evolve, improve and adapt, which leads to even greater ideas, innovations and products. Without inventions and innovations, the world would be missing out on a lot of opportunities to continue to grow. There are many lists of inventions that changed the world, but here are 5 that continue to make an impact on our daily lives.

Compass

Without the compass, we still would be walking around in search for landmarks, oceans and the position of stars to find our way while traveling. The Chinese invented the compass between the 9th and 11th century. The first form of a compass was used by Chinese fortune tellers for fortune telling boards. Someone noticed the lodestones used to align the directions of the boards were pointing out real directions. The magnetic needle points towards the earth’s magnetic North Pole, creating the directions of the compass rose; north, south, east and west. Today, the compass is still used for traveling on foot, in a car, and by air.

Paper

On average, an American office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of paper per year, says Matt Petronzio on Mashable.com. Even with technology arising and the creation of digital tablets, smartphones and e-readers, paper is still used a great deal throughout the day. Cai Lun, a clerk to a Chinese imperial court, invented the very first type of paper from plant fibers. The recipe used by “the father of paper” did not survive to our generation for creating paper, but Cai Lun was the starter of the revolutionary material.

Wheel

“The wheels on the bus go round and round…” Without the invention of the wheel, we wouldn’t have the joy of singing a classic nursery rhyme tune, driving our cars or riding a bike. The wheel was invented in 3500 BC to enable transportation of goods to and from markets. This led to the connection to a stable and stationary platform creating the wheel-axle. Before the wheel was used for transportation, a wheel was used to make pottery out of clay. Today, the wheel is still used to transport not only goods, but people as well. Lydia Smith, from International Business Times, stated wheels have transformed our lives, being used for many things; from clocks to vehicles.

Digital Video Recorder

The ability to record, fast-forward, rewind and play without a video-cassette tape or DVD has changed today’s television viewing. Popular Mechanics said the gadgets of Digital Video Recorders crept past millions. In 1999, the launches of DVR players started by inventors Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay with TiVo and Anthony Wood with ReplayTV and later Ruko. Around the mid-2000s, the idea of DVR really became big when cable providers started adding the feature to cable television packages by Comcast IFINITY, Verizon FiOS and Direct TV to name a few.

Computer

Last but not least, we have the creation and design of the computer. Without this invention most of us would not have a job, social life, or connection to relatives and friends. Charles Babbage was the originator of the concept for a programmable computer in 1833. Many inventors soon followed to contribute to the innovation of complex machinery. However, the 1970s is when today’s personal computers emerged with programs built for fun, rather than work, and soon the PC revolution begun. If it was not for the start of the PC we would not have our laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Without certain inventions other products would have not been created for us to use. Going back hundreds of years, we see the creation of the compass, wheels and paper which have brought so many other innovations for items like maps, cars and books. The invention of the DVR and computer has led us to smart TVs, tablets and music players. These are a few great inventions that changed the world from different decades to improve your daily, weekly and monthly routines.

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