1955 – Velcro
The creator was inspired by those annoying burrs that stuck to his dog’s legs. Velcro is now used on everything from shoes to cable management.
1955 – TV Remote Control
Okay, so it’s technically not related to “wireless”, but it’s unarguably one of the greatest inventions of all time. Children were no longer used to change the channel and the phrase “channel surfing” was coined. Saturday afternoons got a whole lot lazier.
1958 – Super Glue
This has so many uses we can’t even begin to describe them, but suffice it to say you’ve probably needed it at one time or another.
1959 – Computers
Next time you pick up that lap top, remember the first computer weighed nearly 30 tons. In 1959, all of that was condensed onto one tiny chip. In 1977, computers began to have a place in the home, and in 1981, the term “PC” for “personal computer” was coined by IBM. Now you can take your computer anywhere, or use your phone to do the same things. How’s that for progress?
1961 – Cordless Tools
Black and Decker released the first cordless drill, making 20 watts the go-to in battery power. DIYers everywhere rejoiced.
1962 – LED
Those blinking lights on telecommunications towers? You can thank Nick Holonyak for that. Holonyak developed light-emitting diode technology, which was first used in portable calculators and is now used, well, everywhere.
1964 – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
The first UAV’s, known in today’s language as “drones,” were developed in only 90 days, flying over 34,000 surveillance missions in Vietnam. This technology is now proving to be useful in tower surveys.
1965 – Kevlar
We have one word for you: helmets. When working at height, sometimes things get dropped. You can thank DuPont for this extreme head protection. (See PMI’s Ventilator and Advantage helmets here.)
1970 – Fiber Optics
Corning developed this ultrapure glass. Who knew 46 years later we’d be running it up towers by the thousands of feet?
1973 – Cell Phone
Developed by Motorola, it’s the reason we all have jobs. Enough said.
1978 – GPS
From coordinates and maps to a pleasant voice telling you where to go (with the accent of your choice)…GPS has changed a lot in the last 30 years. Now it’s even easier to find cell sites, and now GPS technology is accurate to within 9 feet.