Believe it or not, those were two of the names considered (and, thankfully, rejected) for the Sony Walkman, selected as #1 in PC World's list of the 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years.
One can quibble with the inclusion of something like the Razr, but overall it's an amazing list, and reading it is fascinating. You'll be pleasantly reminded of devices from the past (the Speak & Spell! Pulsar watches! the Connectix QuickCam!)... as well as learn about gadgets whose present-day versions you might take for granted, like transistor radios and TV remotes.
Meanwhile, the New York Times' David Pogue has a typically informative list of his 10 Greatest Gadget Ideas of the Year.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
at 9:42 AM