The Life and Death of Modern Gadgets

In: History Internet/tech Source: Washington Post

8 Jan 2011

A very cool look at the cost and popularity of gadgets since the 1980s – covering phones, computers, TV, video, and audio. You can clearly see the “digital revolution” start around 2000, killing off earlier technologies; it’s also interesting to see the cost of any gizmo fall over time (the circles get smaller). By Alicia Parlapiano for the Washington post. (related article)

Chart of personal communication technology from 1980 to 2010Chart of gadget popularity and cost over time

1 Response to The Life and Death of Modern Gadgets



January 11th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

There’s also an interactive version, with roll-over popup info (including the household ownership percentage):

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