Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911.

Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911 Is this the inspiration for Robbie the Robot (Return to the Forbidden Plant)?d.

The world's first cell phone, the Motorola DynaTAC, built by Martin Cooper, 1973.

Motorola DynaTAC - 1973 Martin Cooper built the world's first cell phone in just 90 days. Without large-scale integrated circuits, engineers had to stuff thousands of resistors, capacitors, inductors, and ceramic filters into a pound package.

What a difference 25 years can make.

This is the "WalkMac" one of Apple's first forays into portable computing. The comparison device is the MacBook Air of today.

Audience members enjoy opening night of the first full-length American 3-D feature film: Bwana Devil, 1952

J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images The opening-night screening of Bwana Devil, the first full-length, color movie, November at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood.

Elemental Cars, RP1 lightweight racer

British sports car start-up Elemental Cars unveils lightweight racer

1978 JVC 3100R Video Capsule Television/Radio

1978 JVC Video Capsule Television/Radio - I want to rebuild one of these with modern tech inside!

1920s toaster, "The Sweetheart"--no idea how well it worked, but it sure looks nice!

toaster, made by Landers, Frary & Clark. Photo via the Cyber Toaster Museum . We ran across this photo of a toaster t.

1935 Stout Scarab--imagine driving this around today

The "Stout Scarab" the world's first production minivan. Designed by William Bushnell Stout via Design is This FB

Is RYNO's single-wheel electric scooter cooler than a Segway?

I WANT IT! RYNO Motors single-wheeled electric scooter is self-balancing, has a turning radius of zero when stopped, and only takes up about as much space as a folding bicycle -- so its conceivable that commuters could bring one onto a train

Aboriginal man using newly installed phone for the first time in Amhem Land, Australia, ca. 1975. By Penny Tweedie

Aboriginal man using newly installed phone for the first time in Amhem Land, Australia, ca. Photo by Penny Tweedie. This probably isn't supposed to be funny, but just the look on his face.and the bright orange phone.

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