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19 Times Tech Blew Our Minds

May 28 2014 - 3:00am

L'Oréal is already a trailblazer in beauty, and now the company's latest tech innovation is getting us excited for the future [1]. That's why we partnered with them for this post that lists all the other ways tech has blown our minds.

When Alexander Graham Bell discovered how to transmit voices over an optic beam in 1880, pretty much everyone's mind was blown. Things sure have evolved since that amazing discovery, with technology developing and constantly changing the world we live in. And to think some of these innovations are items we take for granted today! They were all stunners when first introduced, some paving the way for some pretty awesome technology [2]. Check out the best technology innovations ever.

Source: Getty [3]


You might not be old enough to remember having to get up to turn the channel, but television has seriously evolved since its development in the 1930s. From the first black-and-whites to cutting-edge flat-screen TVs, the basic concept has definitely evolved over the years.

The Personal Computer

Gone are the clunky contraptions that were introduced in the early 1980s, and long gone are the computers that filled a room. The first personal computers released by IBM and Apple paved the way for the laptops and tablets we love today.

Cell Phones

In 1973, Motorola made its first call from a handheld portable phone [4], changing the world forever. Sure, you couldn't take a selfie with it, but the concept of being able to have a conversation while on the go was groundbreaking.

The iPhone

The first iPhone changed the way we thought about communication and entertainment and forever altered the way smartphones were produced.

The Internet

One of the most mind-blowing and life-changing inventions ever? The Internet. The ability to gather information in a moment while emailing others and social networking has completely revamped how we interact and consume.


Who can forget the first time they played an MMO — joining a worldwide game being played in real time with thousands, if not millions, of people? Everquest may have been the first MMO played by gamers in my generation, but WOW, City of Heroes, and others line our memory banks.


Video games have come a long way since Pong, and when Nintendo announced the Wii in 2006, it solidified its hold on the industry and captured the imaginations of millions.

Solar Energy

In a groundbreaking move, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House in 1979, and since then, the technology has evolved to allow individuals to harness the power of the sun in their own homes. Not just eco-friendly, but (in the long run) wallet-friendly, too.

Electric Cars

Tesla developed an all-electric vehicle [5] that runs for 244 miles on one battery charge — which recharges in 30 minutes. How amazing is that!?

Source: Tesla Motors [6]

3D Printing

From printing food to paperclips, 3D printers [7] are a real thing. Really. You can print food! The innovation is evolving and printers can be a challenge to use, but it's still a pretty mind-blowing invention.

Satellite Communication

Imagine for a second not having access to GPS at any moment. Thanks to a few communications devices that are orbiting the globe, communication and information are effortlessly shared around the world in seconds. That's amazing.


It's technology straight out of science fiction movies of the past. Sure, she's had some bumps in the road, but Siri allows smartphone users to use voice commands to do just about anything.

The Curiosity Rover on Mars

The Mars Curiosity [8] rover landing was a spectacular moment in history — and a mark of how far technology has come.

Wireless Chargers

Who would have thought that we'd be able to charge our gadgets without wires thanks to electricity being transported in currents through the air?

Visual Effects in Film

From The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to Gravity, computer animation [9], cinematography, and advances in visual effects make going to the movies an epic experience.

Source: Warner Brothers [10]

Voyager 1

The fact that NASA launched the Voyager 1 probe into space 35 years ago is amazing in itself, but the idea that it's also the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space (and is over 11 million miles from the Earth) is truly incredible.

Source: NASA [11]

Live Streaming/VoIP

Being able to watch a live concert happening several time zones away. Seeing and talking to your Boston-based grandparents on Christmas morning from San Francisco. Watching a wedding [12] that you weren't able to attend. Live streaming and face-to-face VoIP calls have made all of these things possible.

Bionic Technology

Lee Majors was great as The Six Million Dollar Man, but we all knew that was just for good television ratings, right? Today the technology is real, with scientists discovering how to create bionic eyes [13] and limbs.


Along with being an invention that has helped the military, drones might also be used to deliver your packages [14] in the future. The remote-controlled airborne vehicles might become part of your everyday mail experience, changing the whole concept of a speedy delivery.

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