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The Electric Revolution


Who ever thought we’d have electronic cigarettes? I mean, 50 years ago no one would have even considered it a possibility! Now e- cigarettes are all over the place. It got me thinking, though, about how electricity has changed so many products over the years.

Of course, electricity gives us things like lights, air conditioning, etc. But what about simple products that worked without being electric, but were greatly improved by adding electricity. For instance, electric shavers. Sure, to get a really nice, smooth finish, razors can’t be beat – but you also can’t use razors while driving to work. There are also lots of good examples in the kitchen – electric mixers, refrigerators (as opposed to ice boxes), ovens with built-in timers, etc.

So many of these electronic inventions have revolutionized modern life. Take, for instance, GPS systems. If you think about it, they are basically electronic maps, which allow us to find the shortest route in seconds while avoiding traffic jams and speed traps. There are also inventions that, while they haven’t displaced the older versions, are becoming more and more popular. These are devices like e-readers such as Nook™ and Kindle which offer thousands of books in one easy-to-carry interface.

So, love it or hate it, it seems that the electronic revolution has already touched every part of our lives. Can you think of any other products or tools that have been revolutionized by electricity? Feel free to share them in the comments.