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19 Gadgets That Changed The World

Every so often, a device comes along that changes the way we live our daily lives and things are never the same again. With today's digital technology, such devices may come more frequently than in the past, but our list revolutionary gadgets extends back two centuries.
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The Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii owe their existence to the debut in 1977 of the Atari 2600. There were other video gaming systems for home use before that, but they were dedicated units that were hardwired to play only one or two games -- basically, arcade machines for the home. The 2600 introduced the idea of a single machine that could play multiple games (then stored on cartridges) and led to the $20 billion industry we know today.

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