Inventions We Take for Granted

Most inventions and ideas that were introduced lately always aimed at making life easier and helping us simplify daily routines. For example, how to pick up after your dog or how to efficiently cut your pizza without messing up the topping are only two examples that brought great products to the stores. But what about inventions that changed our lifes a long time ago? There are many life-altering inventions we now take for granted.

One of them is the remote control. Let’s face it, there is a remote control for nearly everything in our lives. The TV and radio, the lights around the house and garden, and the garage door are just a few things we have to switch on and off regularly. In the old days, one would walk around the house to do all the switching on and off. With the help of the remote control, you can just stay in your seat, on the sofa or in the car and operate them by pressing buttons.

The earliest remote control was developed in 1898 by Nikola Tesla, a Serbian – American Inventor. He filed a patent for a “teleautomaton” describing an Apparatus for Controlling Mechanism of Moving Vehicles. He showed his invention to the public the same year and demonstrated a radio-controlled boat in Madison Square Garden.

The first remote to control a television was introduced in the 1930s, but it was still wired. A wireless remote control for a television was first developed in 1956 using infrared light.

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