By Gear Patrol
on 2.15.12
Photo by GP

The spirit of innovation has almost always been about making life as we know it better, or at least a more pleasant experience. Sure, there have been some stutters like the weight-loss contraptions of the 50s, hydrogen blimps, and auto-tune, but these hysterical and sometimes horrific failures are mainly just bumps on a steady climb to improvement.

Given the pace of advancement today, though, it’s easy to get distracted by what’s out on the cutting edge and ignore the serious breakthroughs that made getting there possible in the first place. So to celebrate how far we’ve come, we’re rolling out a brief digest on ten historic innovations behind the products you love, as well as the brands responsible for bringing them mainstream. Think of it as an easy, daily lesson to remind yourself just how good we have it in this day and age.

Class begins with our next post.

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