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Looking Back on the 1960s Top Inventions

Updated on September 13, 2016

A New Heart

In 1966 the first mechanical heart was permanently implanted into a human.
In 1966 the first mechanical heart was permanently implanted into a human. | Source

Medical Inventions

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Artificial Heart (1969)

The artificial heart is a blood umping device used to replace the heart, sometimes temporary and at times for good. Any time medical advancements are made that save lives are invented and implemented it is a cause for cheer. My grandfather received an artificial heart and my grandmother received a pacemaker so I am grateful for this medical advancement to say the least.

Over the decades the artificial heart has been improved on immensely which is a great thing. I always say that any innovation in the heath care field is not only important but necessary as well.

The First Computer Language Arrived

BASIC stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code and it was invented in 1964.
BASIC stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code and it was invented in 1964. | Source

Major 1950s Inventions

Pacemaker
Hover Craft
Hoola Hoop
Credit Card
Contraceptive Pill
Black Box
Super Glue
Fiber Optics
 
 
 
 
8 big inventions from the 1950s decade.

BASIC Computer Language (1964)

BASIC was invented in New Hampshire in 1964 and allowed people to use a computer without having to have custom software written to use it. This technology took over and got millions of people using computers to their advantage.

We owe a great deal of thanks for the invention of the first ever computer language which definitely changed the game forever. Personally, I feel as though home computers would have been rendered a pointless idea without this program. e

Bright, Brighter, Brightest

The first home halogen lamp that worked using iodine was made ready for the public in 1960.
The first home halogen lamp that worked using iodine was made ready for the public in 1960. | Source

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Halogen Lamp (1960)

A Halogen Lamp is brighter and burns far longer than just a gas powered lamp and it is cheaper too. Halogen lamps have been used over the years in auto headlights, kitchen ovens, flood lights and many more items other than just a table lamp.

Halogen is still a great bulb but it is slowly losing the tech war to LED lighting. Either way I grew up as a kid and young adult using them and my car still uses them.


Cassette Tapes

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Audio Cassette (1962)

Philips invented the first ever audio cassettes in 1962 and vinyl records quickly stopped selling at the record stores. Tapes became the standard way to listen to music by the 1980's and it remained that way until CDs took over in the mid 1990s.

I sold my entire 125 cassette tape collection to 3 of my friends for $3 each back in 1994 when I got my first car and put a CD player in it. Either way, Cassettes were still a big step up over vinyl records to be sure.

Cassette Tape

Philips invented the first audio cassette in 1962. Sound is trapped on magnetic tape that continues to roll around 2 reels inside of the cassette tape.
Philips invented the first audio cassette in 1962. Sound is trapped on magnetic tape that continues to roll around 2 reels inside of the cassette tape. | Source

Electronic Fuel Injection (1966)

Chrysler, who helped produce the first Electronic Fuel Injectors (EFI), was also the first automobile company to sell them to the public. This invention set the stage for big changes in the auto industry and paved the way for bigger and better things to come.

This new injection system was much better on air pollution than the smoke blowing original way.

Inject Some VW

In 1967 the first Electronic Fuel Injection system was first used on the VW 1600TL/E
In 1967 the first Electronic Fuel Injection system was first used on the VW 1600TL/E | Source

Bar-code Scanner Device (1969)

The Bar-code scanner or reader can be used in computer scanning but it has many other uses such as grocery and retail stores which use it to make checkouts faster. Because of this early invention we now have home scanners and even bar-code scanners on our smart phones!

We used to pay with cash but now we get our credit card or even our phones scanned when buying merchandise.

Mouse

1968 produced the first ever computer mouse that was ball-based and computer lovers went wild.
1968 produced the first ever computer mouse that was ball-based and computer lovers went wild. | Source

Inventions That Shook the World (Video)

Computer Mouse (1968)

A mouse is hand controlled and it picks up and transmits 2D motion to a computer terminal. This handy device worked wonders and made using a computer easier, faster and definitely more entertaining. Nowadays the mouse is usually built-in to a laptop computer but its importance cannot be overstated.

A mouse originally had to use a cord which hoked into the computer. Next came cordless, battery operated ones which are widely used.

1960s Inventions (Video)

Compact Disk (1966)

Sony and Philips invented the first CD and typically they hold one hour and twenty minutes of audio recordings per disk. I grew up in the 80s and 90s and man let me tell you a CD is a million times better than a cassette tape which sometimes gets warped or the tape unravels.

Compact Disk is still widely used today and it was the main source of music for over 20 years for the planet. It is losing ground to downloadable music that can play through I Pods and Smart Phones.

CDs

Sony and Philips invented the original compact disk in 1966 although it was not produced for sale to the general public until years later.
Sony and Philips invented the original compact disk in 1966 although it was not produced for sale to the general public until years later. | Source

NutraSweet (1965)

The actual artificial sweeteners in Nutrasweet are called aspartame and neotame and it was invented in 1965. This artificial sweetener became Nutrasweet and it is a substitute for sugar and cream in coffee tea. Lots of companies now sell products with Nutrasweet in it.

For over 50 years and growing folks have been using this product constantly. My mom uses it on a daily basis for sure.


Artificial Sweetener

Nutrasweet was invented in 1965 and it is a artificial sweetener that is used instead of pure sugar in drinks such as iced tea.
Nutrasweet was invented in 1965 and it is a artificial sweetener that is used instead of pure sugar in drinks such as iced tea. | Source

Nondairy Creamer (1962)

In 1962, Nondairy Creamer was invented and it does not contain Lactose which is excellent for lactose intolerant people. It is used primarily in coffee and other drinks but it has several other uses.

Nondairy Creamer is available everywhere that coffee and tea condiments are at a restaurant or grocery store.


Dairy Free Coffee Creamer

Nondairy creamer launched in 1962 and it is used in tea, coffee and milk instead of cream and sugar.
Nondairy creamer launched in 1962 and it is used in tea, coffee and milk instead of cream and sugar. | Source

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