Most people don’t realize all of the great technologies invented in the 80’s. Instead, it’s easy to associate those years with crazy clothes, lots of neon and ugly hairstyles.
But when you take a look at what kinds of technologies came out of the 80’s, it turns out we should probably give more respect to those years than we’d thought.
Invention #1: The Walkman
Before the Walkman came around, there weren’t a whole lot of options for a mobile music device. You could carry around a “boom box”, but those were big, loud, and more associated with parties than a personal listening device.
The Walkman allowed people to listen to whatever they wanted in private. No more being embarrassed that you love classical music. The original was created in July of 1979, but it wasn’t until 1980 that it began to be marketed on a global scale.
Yup- cell phones have been around for a long, long time. In fact, if you’ve ever watched the TV show called Saved by the Bell, you may remember that Zack Morris had a cell phone in several episodes.
Invention #3: Video Games
The first video game console, the Atari, actually came out in 1977.
Even though most people probably think of computer CDs when they hear the term, the first CDs were meant for the music industry.
The problem was that because it was a new technology, most people couldn’t afford to buy a CD player. One of the first commercially available models was the Sony Discman D-50, and it originally came with a hefty price tag of $350, which is again huge considering this was 1984. So rather than fork out cash for CD players, instead many people in the 1980s stuck with their traditional vinyl records for a few more years.
Invention #5: The Personal Computer
Computers had been around for a few decades by this time, but they had always been too big and expensive for the average consumer.
So you can imagine the excitement when the first PC, the IBM 5150, hit the market!
Clearly the 1980s was a great time for technology, and though many of these inventions seem archaic, remember this was only 30 years ago which is a testament really to human ingenuity when you consider how far we come.