Magazine article Technology and Children

The Future: Gizmos

Magazine article Technology and Children

The Future: Gizmos

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The word "gizmos" conjures up myriad ideas of unique devices that are often whimsical as they are practical. How many of us own some indispensable item that can do it all? How many of us have a tool that was adapted to satisfy a particular need for which it wasn't originally intended? Our homes, especially the kitchen and our workspaces, are monuments to innovation. A gizmo for every purpose! Electronic gizmos abound, too! Digital pens, video and music devices, personal digital assistants, and fascinating electronic toys are available in all price ranges.

While I was researching materials for this issue, I took an unexpected tour of the triumphs of Rube Goldberg, MacGyver, and Inspector Gadget. All are legends in the gadget and gizmo genre--for all I know they may reside in some Gizmo Hall of Fame. They represent our inner inventor. Consider that MacGyver could create a device using duct tape, pocket lint, a shoelace, and wad of gum to make an escape from some desperate situation. While our situations may never seem as intense as those of the character portrayed by Richard Dean Anderson, I often like to think that many of us channel him for resourceful solutions to our problems.

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The animated Inspector Gadget provides food for thought, too. With all sorts of bionic devices sprouting from all parts of his body and gadgets that pop from his clothing, Inspector Gadget never gets his man, but looks like he's having fun anyway. …

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