historical innovation

The content of the first email ever sent.

Ever wondered what the greatest number of socks ever put on a human foot is? You can actually find that out, thanks to a book imagined by a guy named Hugh Beaver. Read More... 

A row of '70s view-masters.

Before virtual reality, there was a plastic, binocular-like device that filled viewers' worlds with vivid scenes: the View-Master. A peek into how the toy came to be. Read More...

A massive yacht.

Shrimp, billionaires, and the invention of modern glamour. On Innovation Hub, we'll explore excess of all kinds, and tell you how to cope with it. Read More...

A pile of remote controls. Credit: Redjar / Flickr Creative Commons

The idea of turning a knob to change a channel has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But today’s point-and-click comfort didn’t arrive overnight. We can thank Eugene Polley and his enormous Flash-Matic for getting the ball rolling in 1955. Read More...

Neon lights on water

The man who liquefied air and changed the city’s nightscape...was also an active participant in one of history’s most evil regimes. Read More...

Wite Out

Long before the backspace, a single mom made a fortune erasing our mistakes. Read More...

Bubble Wrap

Find out what product started as futuristic wallpaper made from shower curtains and became essential for shipping. Read More...

Bubblegum

Learn the story of a brightly colored object that might be in your pocket right now, and was actually invented by an accountant. Read More...

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