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Best Inventions of the 1990s

Updated on October 5, 2016

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 The Compact Disc was a major step up from cassette tapes. No more worries about the tape unwinding or tearing.
The Compact Disc was a major step up from cassette tapes. No more worries about the tape unwinding or tearing. | Source
 The Pager was a big deal before cell phones took over. It was especially helpful to emergency workers such as Doctors.
The Pager was a big deal before cell phones took over. It was especially helpful to emergency workers such as Doctors. | Source
The Jet Ack was a big invention when it first came out. It's been used in military expeditions as well as strictly for entertainment.
The Jet Ack was a big invention when it first came out. It's been used in military expeditions as well as strictly for entertainment. | Source
The  Internet, which is one of the top ten inventions in history, was produced for home use in the 90s.
The Internet, which is one of the top ten inventions in history, was produced for home use in the 90s. | Source

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Inventions During the 90s

1. Internet: The invention of the world wide web has changed the way that we look up anything you want to know about. This is a wealth of information just by clicking the mouse. When I say wealth of information, that is an understatement. The limit to the internet is the limit of your own imagination literally. This is one of the best inventions ever and life is much more convenient because of this amazing technology that we now have. If you want to look up the spelling of a word or, look up the year that something happened. Maybe you just know of an event that happened but, you can't for the life of you remember what state it happened in. Instead of having to get in the car and drive down to the library and spend hours researching any one subject, we now have our information at the click of a few buttons.

2. DVD: These have taken the place of the VHS tapes. I am fortunate to have a device that I can burn the movies from big bulky tape to a thin disc. DVDs have really contributed to being a storage saver. The car that I am currently driving has a multi disc CD changer in it and this truly has me spoiled. With the touch of a finger I can flip through 6 loaded discs in a matter of seconds to see what music I would like to listen to.

3. Gas Powered Fuel Cell: A fuel cell is a device that converts chemical energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen. The first crude oil was developed and/or discovered in 1839. The fuel was used commercially for NASA. This development is big for the space industry in particular. The amount of fuel needed for one shuttle launch is astounding compared to a car. There is always talk of "clean" energy.

4. Digital Answering Machine: Answering machines are a great way to keep in touch. You can leave a message so that when someone calls you back, you will have some idea of how to help them. This was a great invention at the time because you would know if you had an emergency or an important message awaiting you. This used to be a box with a tape. Now, there are "answering machines" on each phone in the form of voicemail.

5. Texts Messages: A great way to send a quick message on the phone especially if you don't have time to carry on a full conversation. I didn't used to text but, after you get used to it. I don't know how I lived without it. It's a great way to send messages to multiple people at once such as Happy New Year. One draw back to text messaging, is the accidents and deaths that have occurred from texting and driving. Laws have been put into place against texting and driving.

6. MP3 Files: MP3 players came out in 1993. This is a tiny most intelligent device that stores your music and it's portable so, it is great to take on a plane, on a trip or to listen to in the car. The possibilities are endless with this small device. This is the latest device in portable music. These players are so tiny, you can take them anywhere.

7. Jet Packs: The idea came from a science fiction movie that is based in the 1920s. The device is either called a rocket pack, jet pack or rocket belt. The packs are usually worn on the back and propelled by jets of escaping gases or liquid water. The idea was loved so much, the technology was made to work in 1960. Only for very short flights. Nothing ever developed for long flights. It was simply just too dangerous. Florida offers recreational jet pack rides above the ocean.

8. Viagra: An erectile dysfunction pill that is made for men and manufactured by Pfizer. Men are advised to ask their doctor's before they start taking the medication. Men are advised to check with their doctors to make sure that they are healthy and to make sure that this medication isn't going to interfere with the other medications that he is taking.

9. The Smart Pill: The Smart Pill was named as one of the top inventions of 1992 by Popular Science Magazine. The phrase smart pill became popular after the computer controlled medical device was patented by Jerome Schentag and David D'Andrea. Now, the name has become generic and many companies are using the name smart pill.

10. Beepers & Pagers: One in the same. Before the cell phone became so popular and easy, this was a way that people could get in touch with their friends. I never owned this device. My mom and dad were strict on that sort of thing and even if you did get a page, then you would have to locate a phone to call whoever paged you. This was a big inconvenience now compared to the ease of cell phones.

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World Wide Web

The internet has changed the way the world does.. Well.. Everything! It is an amazing invention and one of the biggest in history. The web is information at your fingertips in an instant.

Originally, The internet or World Wide Web was invented for purposes such as Science and military uses. Once it made it's way into American homes in the mid to late 90's it changed everything. It first it was slow dial up but eventually cable and DSL took over to juice up download speeds.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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