How Gadgets Changed Through Time

There is no doubt that kids today are growing up in a world entirely different than the one we grew up in. Much of that difference can be seen through technology and the incredible toys and gadgets we have been seen only in sci-fi movies. It seems odd that in the course of a couple of decades some aspect of our life can change as much as toys did, but the truth is that every generation had their own revolutions, our parents did not have mobile phones, our grandparents did not have a TV, and so on. Now, let us see, what is actually so different about toys then and now.
Tamagotchi vs. Pou
Tamagotchi vs. Pou
Remember Tamagotchi, a small gadget every child wanted to have in the end of the ‘90s and at the beginning of the ‘00s? It was a handled digital pet housed in small egg-shaped computer (the size of a keychain) with a simple interface of three buttons. The pet was an alien species sent on Earth in an egg, and the player was supposed to raise the egg until its grown stadium. The creature goes through several stadiums, where a player should feed and take care of it. To those of you born after 2000, it is the predecessor of today’s famous Android app Pou. Basically, Pou is the same as Tamagotchi, with the possibility of using a touch screen instead of buttons, better interface and various mini games included.
Nintendo 64 vs. Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo 64 vs. Nintendo Wii U

Honorable mentions go to Sega and Sony, but in the mid ‘90s Nintendo was two steps ahead and launched the most advanced gaming system seen in those years. Super Mario 64 still sits on the throne for the most revolutionary 3D game ever, and we could only imagine that the future brings great things for Nintendo. And in 2006 with the first Nintendo Wii, we could get a glance of it, while in 2012 with Wii U with its incredible ability to track movements practically real-time and support various video services and apps.
Skateboard vs. Hoverboard
Skateboard vs. Hoverboard

During the ‘90s and ‘00s, there was an entire skateboard culture, which spread beyond riding the skate all the way to fashion). Back then if you owned a skate, you were “the cool kid” in the neighborhood, and if you could ride it with a couple of stunts – well, you were a God. The second part of the franchise Back to the future, presented us incredible technologies expected in 2015, and though we all wanted those self-lacing shoes, we have even more craved for the flying skateboard. Kids of today can rejoice, because they have a similar thing – a hoverboard-like Segway device, which allows them to experience almost levitating on a self-balancing two wheeled gadget. Wow!
Poo-Chi vs. Ubooly

Poo-Chi vs. Ubooly


The first extremely popular toy with some sort of sensors was Firby, but when Poo-Chi the robotic dog came into the picture everything has changed. The toy could walk, sit up, lie down and even display emotions by changing LED eyes. Today there is a plentitude of toys that carried on the Poo-Chi tradition, but Ubooly is the cutest one. It is a plush toy with iPhone or iPod Touch compartment. It takes only to activate the Ubooly app, and its face will appear on the screen. Ubooly can be constantly updated with new jokes, stories, songs and games, so it can constantly keep the kids entertained.
It is true that toys have changed, and they will keep on changing, but the basic goals remain the same: to entertain, to educate and to develop skills.


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