A timeline of important inventions that lead the United States to becoming an industrial power.
Created by PocketTiger on Oct 19, 2010
Last updated: 11/09/10 at 10:49 AM
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The assembly line increased productivity in factories. Instead of people wondering around or having people come over to the product, the product came to them. Each person did one job and passed the product down the line. This cut out a lot of unneccessary time wasted by workers having to travel between jobs.
This Model T was the start of automobiles being popular. The Model T was really the first affordable automobile on the market.
The first ever airplane was created by the Wright brothers. Planes have since then been much improved, but it was the legendary flight in Kitty Hawk that opened the door for the "flying machines" of the future.
The diesel engine has been used to power big rigs, semitrucks and the like for years. Rudolf Diesel succeeded in inventing it back in 1892 though.
Uses magnets and a rotating magnet with a steady flow of electricity to turn the motor into an actual motor. A simple engine, but these things can be used for plenty of things which make life easier for people.
The incandescant lightbulb was a light that was powered by electricity. This allowed businesses to stay open for longer because humans could now control the amount of light indoors. Letting workers work at night to for maximum productivity.
The phonograph was a record player, capable of playing stored sounds on big records. Obviously a step into the entertainment industry.
The telephone allowed for voices to travel long distances, not just a series of dots and dashes. It revolutionized long distance communication, not to mention is still being used today. (Not the same ones mind you, but the principle is the same)
A telegraph cable that was laid across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. This allowed communication between the continents, something that previously would have been impossible, at least at the speed of a Telegraph.
Singer made the first commerically successful sewing machine. The new machine also had a needle that moved up and down rather than side to side.
Sewing by hand takes an extensive amount of time, with a sewing machine, the time is significantly reduced. The sewing machine made clothing easier to produce.
The telegraph could transmit messages over long distances, the first invention of its kind. Samuel Morse is also where the name for Morse Code came from, considering Telegraphs could only transmit lines and dots.
Fulton makes the first commercial steamboat that traveled between New York City and Albany, New York.
Made regulation of Muskets easy because people didn't have to bother looking for a specific part, all muskets used the same parts and could be fixed or replaced seperately.
Cotton was the backbone of the south's economy; the cotton gin just made harvesting it easier. The convenience of the cotton gin resulted in greater availability and cheaper cloth, but it raised the need for slaves to actually pick the cotton.
The steam engine harnessed the power of steam to move machinery. This was a critical part of the industrial revolution because it provided a convenient source of energy for transportation.