The dawn of 2010 promises more amazing developments in the world of technology.Already, tourists can visit space, for a price, nearly everything and everyone is going digital, and medical science continues to test the boundaries of what makes us truly human.
Panatis Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things by Charles Panati / Paperback - 480 pages Reissue edition (September 1989) / Harper Collins Discover the fascinating stories behind the origins of over 500 everyday items, expressions and customs.
Popular Patents by Travis Brown / Paperback - 224 pages / Scarecrow Press (September 1, 2000) Eighty stories of America's first inventions.
Cocktail Shakers, Lava Lamps, and Tupperware: A Celebration of Lifestyle Design by Wayne Hemingway, Keith Stephenson / Paperback: 144 pages / Rockport Publishers (2004) The book combines hip graphic treatments with a level of ironic kitschness that reflects the products featured.
Internationally acclaimed pop-cultural design aficionado Wayne Hemingway adds his uniquely witty commentary, as a collector and champion of mass-produced interior design.
Vacuum cleaners and washing machines had just become commercially available, though were still too expensive for many middle-class families.
The telephone was another hot new commodity in 1910, with millions of American homes already connected by manual switchboard.
Men were still relying on buttons and women on painful corsets until 1913, for example, when clothing technology got a boost with the development of the zipper and modern brassiere.
Unfortunate zipper accidents likely healed better with the invention of the modern Band-Aid, which came about seven years later.
Just look at our homes, which are veritable showplaces of 20th-century advancements.