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Top Notch Gadgetry

speak_n_spell.jpgMobile PC Magazine offers up an eclectic list of what they deem to be The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time. Their criteria:

It has to have electronic and/or moving parts of some kind. Scissors count, but the knife does not. It has to be a self-contained apparatus that can be used on its own, not a subset of another device. The flashlight counts; the light bulb does not. The notebook counts, but the hard drive doesn’t.

It has to be smaller than the proverbial bread box. This is the most flexible of the categories, since gadgets have gotten inexorably smaller over time. But in general we included only items that were potentially mobile: The Dustbuster counts; the vacuum cleaner doesn’t.

elmo.jpgI personally see Tickle Me Elmo as more of a phenomenon than a gadget, but I am 100% with them on the Speak & Spell which I found absolutely mezmerizing when I was a wee lass.

Most items are actually not kid-oriented, those are just the two that caught my eye. And both are red, hmm. OK, anyway. Also making appearances on the list: the first invention of the Popeil family, a cellphone along the lines of the one that Tim Robbins talked on in The Player and the iconic version of the Swingline stapler, from the cubicle hell classic Office Space.

(via Josh Spear.)

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