The history of the gadget is both the history of invention and the history of men’s lives. What alpha male doesn’t remember when they achieved mastery of the iPhone, Swiss Army Knife, the Walkman, the bra? And while gadgets act as milestones in our personal narratives, what goes unnoticed is that gadgets can also change the course of history. How many people know that the transistor radio helped create Rock and Roll, or that the audio-cassette helped overthrow the Shah of Iran? That’s why Popular Mechanics Magazine is partnering with History on a two-hour Special, a magazine cover story and full-on media blitz for 101 Gadgets That Changed The World.
The editors of Popular Mechanics assembled a panel of the world’s most renowned tech gurus to generate the definitive list of 101 gadgets. This panel singles out the most influential gadget ever invented. Along the way, we learn about the historically game-changing stories behind the gadgets we now take for granted…the Leatherman, the Zippo lighter, the Derringer, the hypodermic needle. Popular Mechanics’ James Meigs, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the New York Times’ David Pogue (and many more) also appear, offering their insights into the gadgets that inspired, amused or confused them. In a countdown that's bound to get tons of press (and even more controversy on blogs and chat rooms) this is a fun, fact-filled revelation about 101 Gadgets That Changed The World