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What is a Gadget?

"What is a gadget for you? Help us out to define this category!" We did ask this question in 2000 and a lot has happened since then. Now there is Wikipedia and some of you answered our question right there:

"A gadget is a small technological object (such as a device or an appliance) that has a particular function, but is often thought of as a novelty. Gadgets are invariably considered to be more unusually or cleverly designed than normal technological objects at the time of their invention. Gadgets are sometimes also referred to as gizmos."

Does "a stapler with batteries" qualify? Anything that comes with a remote control? Is everything you find on gizmodo fall into the category?

By loosely paraphrazing Arthur C. Clarke we get to: "Any sufficiently advanced Technology is indistinguishable from Magic."

I for one would add that everything that in some way makes our life easier and more convenient, whether in the real world (hardware) or in cyberspace (software) is a Gadget.

So a super-large crane you see in the construction photos of the largest wind turbine in Germany (see the link) is one and so is the wind turbine itself. Or the Wattson energy monitor and the software that runs behind the scene and does the face recognition in Apple's iPhoto program! You will find the Tesla e-car and all its companions (if we find them) here (but not the Volta - GM had its chance and screwed up - R.I.P.)

We want to take you with us to a higher level and let you, our visitors and fellow gadgeteer, define what you think a gadget is.

So stay with us, tell us what you have seen or want to see if you can not find it here. Send us an E-Mail and help us to make this site better.

Thank you and I hope you'll come back to our site for more.

Rolf Breuer






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