If we hear the word technology, for now what is in our shadow is goods related to cyberspace and other electronic goods. Even though the meaning of technology is more than that. Technology can be interpreted as an innovation of humanity that helps their comfort. That means all the things we wear and use now are technology.
Many of these technologies must not be taken seriously. For example, how is the history and what the process is like. All we do is just wear it. Here are the technologies that are considered ordinary, but they are important and you use them everyday without realizing it. Looks simple, but it turns out to be more complicated than we thought.
The cable innovation that you normally use to charge your cellphone has actually been present since the mid-19th and 20th centuries. No one knows for sure who found it, but it is more or less related to Thomas Alva Edison who discovered DC electricity and lights.
In early 1880, Edison built a company called the Edison Illuminating Company where the company tried to build a system of electricity distribution for lighting. The system uses copper material to distribute electricity and to protect copper from the weather, the material is shielded. From there, the use of cables began to bloom and gradually began to be used for various other modern tools.
With the presence of electricity, the use of electric-powered machines began to flourish. It creates new innovations, like fans. If you know the concept of fans has been around since 500 BC in India. This technology was also found in China in the Han dynasty, but the application of using electricity was only available in 1880.
It was Schuyler Wheeler who first showed it to the world if there was no need for kerosene, alcohol or oil to turn it around. This innovation was further developed by Philip Diehl into a ceiling fan. Fortunately for you because with this creation, you no longer feel the heat.
The first concept of the refrigerator came from the ice house which was used as a food storage area and it was developed until the 18th century. In mid-1830, a refrigerator with a water vapor compression system was created and started the journey from the frozen box. However, the innovation only began to be commercialized for home products 80 years later, precisely in 1913.
Fred W. Wolf is the inventor with his first design is a unit that has an ice box at the top. One year later, Nathaniel B. Wales developed it into an electric refrigerator that was fully supplied with electrical energy. After that, there are many more developments in refrigerators, ranging from automatic features to digital systems.
This tool has actually been found since ancient times. Estimated is the era of ancient Egypt, ranging from 2,000 BC. This proves they were the first to create a pen, but after that there was no trace of the presence of pen technology.
For Europeans themselves, they were recorded using new pens in the seventh to the 19th century. The tool is a bird feather (can be from a goose, turkey or duck) whose tip has been sharpened sharply and to write dipped in ink. Entering the 19th century, the pen was developed to have a metal tip and has the technology of storing lots of ink at once. Named fountain pen , this is the basis of today’s modern pens.
The biggest possibility of lenses was found in the 13th century. Not really clear but there is a writing in a classic work with the mention of the use of optics to read lowercase letters in long distance. It is estimated that the first glasses were found in Italy at 1290.
In the 19th century, an American inventor named Benjamin Franklin discovered bifocals , glasses that had two lenses. In fact, it is estimated that bifocals themselves have existed for 50 years earlier than recorded history. From there the development of glasses continues until you wear your glasses now.
Even ancient people have had toilet devices since long ago. The difference with us, it is not as modern as it is today and may be more severe than we imagined. In ancient Egypt, rich people had bathrooms and toilets in their houses which were made of limestone. While the poor only use a bench with a hole under it, there is sand. You know, the sand must be replaced by hand.
Such toilet designs continued into medieval times and only changed into the 18th century. In 1775, Alexander Cumming obtained a toilet rinse innovation which was failed by Sir John Harrington in 1596.
Of course this also includes luxury items so that only the rich have it. The price of this rinse toilet is only affordable when it goes into the 20th century.
The most basic umbrella has been found 4 thousand years ago. There is plenty of evidence for the presence of this tool in Chinese times until ancient Egypt. The first design of the umbrella was used to protect someone from the sun, but after that it was developed to protect people from rain. It was discovered by Chinese people there by coating their paper umbrellas with candles.
Umbrella is considered a women’s accessory until the 16th century. But a Persian traveler and writer, Jonas Hanway, brought and used public British umbrellas in the mid-18th century for 30 years. This changes people’s perspectives and popularizes them among men.
What you wear on your feet is something that came from 40,000 years ago. Estimated to be in the mid- Paleolithic era , shoes are no more than animal skins that are wrapped and wrapped around the legs in order to protect. This footwear continues to change in thickness based on its era. It is estimated that it has something to do with the shape of the leg bones in people of that era.
Shoes entered the industrial era when they were in the 18th century. Many large warehouses store shoes produced by small producers in the surrounding area. Until the 19th century, shoes were made by hand and after that, everything passed through the engine.
Changes in production techniques were sparked because of the Napoleonic war . To meet the needs of British soldiers, inevitably shoe production must be faster and from there these footwear are mass produced.
How come? What you use for the youngest age is at least 200 years old. The old process is needed only to achieve the current form. If it’s 200 years away, what kind of items will we wear and use?