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Best Inventions of the 1970s

Updated on September 18, 2016

70s Era Inventions

The VCR allows you to record movies and television. VCRs started the pause, pay, rewind and fast forward technology.
The VCR allows you to record movies and television. VCRs started the pause, pay, rewind and fast forward technology. | Source
Post It Notes are a great way to remember events. Also, placing post it notes on a freezer door or a bathroom or bedroom mirror are sure fire ways to remember events.
Post It Notes are a great way to remember events. Also, placing post it notes on a freezer door or a bathroom or bedroom mirror are sure fire ways to remember events. | Source
The Hackey Sack is a fun activity for friends and family. It is a cheap fun for everyone.
The Hackey Sack is a fun activity for friends and family. It is a cheap fun for everyone. | Source
The word processor was a major step in computer technology when it came out in the 70s.
The word processor was a major step in computer technology when it came out in the 70s. | Source

Ten Modern Inventions of The 1970s

1. VCR (Video Cassette Recorder): Big bulky plastic tapes that held our favorite movies and cartoons. A step behind the CD but, still truly a great invention in it's time. Family movies were brought from the reels and stored onto VCR tapes. These tapes were more durable and took up less space than the reels of film. If you can believe this, VCR tapes are becoming more and more hard to find almost to the point of extinction. VCR tapes were a good invention it is just that the technology is taking off so fast that VCR are being used less and less. At the time of the VCR, this was the only technology that we knew. Now these VCR tapes are almost obsolete.

2. Pong: The first ever video game. This game has brought hours of fun to many. A ball is bounced off of a board and what ever square the ball touches, it will disappear and the object is to clear all of the squares from the board. This game has had many spin offs and remakes over the years but the original is a thing of beauty indeed. Pong was made for the video arcade and on the Atari video game console. In my personal opinion, I really didn't like this game but, it did set the stage for video games period. It has to gain respect from this alone.

3. Roller Blades: A single row of several vertical wheels going down the center of the boot. The boots either lace up, velcro fasten, or have a snap closure. Roller blading as it is called, is a great form of exercise and some people bring their dogs for a nice day in the park. Roller blades are fun in areas that are paved. Roller blades remind me of ice skating in a way except you do have wheels and brakes to stop.

4. Ink Jet Printers: Black ink, colored ink are used in the printers. The possibilities are endless when you use a printer. You can make your own flyers, signs for yard sales, invitations, resumes, you can write a book and save your favorite recipes and many, many more things. It is very convenient to have a printer in your home. I am known for making forms. I don't know what I would do without a printer at home. These are so great to have.

5. Post-It Notes: A smart idea that is just what it says. When you need to post a note, you just write a short note on a post it note and you leave it in an obvious place for the recipient of your message to find. No need to tape notes anymore because the back of these papers has a sticky substance on them. When people ask for a piece of scrap paper, they ask for a sticky note.

6. Hackey Sack: A bean bag "sack" that is kicked around by a group of people. The group usually will stand in a large circle and the object is to keep the sack off the ground. It is amazing to watch someone who is really good at this activity. The ones that are good at hackey sack, are really good. Some people are so good at this that they can kick two hackey sacks at the same time. My brother used to play hackey sack and he was quite good at it.

7. Disposable Lighter: A portable plastic container that uses friction to strike up a flame. You can then hold the button down and keep the flame lit for a few seconds or a few minutes. These can be used to light the grill or just light some candles around the house. Before these lighters came out, you had to have butane lighter fluid to refill them. Some people will only use disposable lighters.

8. Liposuction: A procedure that is performed by a plastic surgeon to remove excess fat from the thigh area, buttocks, stomach. A plastic tube is used to suction out the fat. The tube is rammed into the skin and the excess fat is pulled right out. Each procedure is several thousands of dollars. The men and women that have this done, look like they are in a great deal of pain after any of these procedures. These procedures seem really hard on the body because this is not natural.

9. Word Processor: A machine that is just slightly bigger than a typewriter. I used this machine a lot in high school to type my reports. Later models, like the one I had, included spell check and a way to correct the typing if a mistake was made. This was simply an easy invention to use. It made typing a lot faster than the typewriter.

10. Walk-Man Radio: The prototype came out in 1978 and the final product The Walkman came out in 1979. A portable CD player or tape player, this device started the revolution in listening to music on-the-go. The original Walkman was made by Sony. They started out quite large and the devices got smaller.

Which is Your Favorite?

Which Is Your Favorite Invention of The 1970s?

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Timeless Roller Blades

Roller Blades are a classic. They have been a major selling item since the 1970s. They have been improved upon especially when it comes to safety and speed as well. it's become very popular and it's now considered a sport and roller blading is a part of the world famous X-Games.

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