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6/28/2014
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7 Surprising Technologies From World War I

WWI marked the first time technology was widely used in war. Look back 100 years at early drones, wearables, and other technologies that had lasting influence.
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Wearable tech
Right now the tech world has focused its gaze on wearable technology like Google Glass and the long-rumored 'iWatch' from Apple. While the first watches to be worn on the wrist were designed in the 1880s, they were considered inappropriate for men (and most women) until the military duties of World War I required two critical things: Coordinated effort and the use of two hands. While the earliest 'trench watches' still had the hinged covers inherited from pocket watches, the straps that allowed them to be securely worn on the wrist meant that checking the time became the result of a quick glance rather than an elaborate ritual. Fast forward 100 years and the same action can mean checking in on personal health data, schedule, communications, and, well, time.
(Source: Sergei Gutnikov, item from personal collection)

Wearable tech
Right now the tech world has focused its gaze on wearable technology like Google Glass and the long-rumored "iWatch" from Apple. While the first watches to be worn on the wrist were designed in the 1880s, they were considered inappropriate for men (and most women) until the military duties of World War I required two critical things: Coordinated effort and the use of two hands. While the earliest "trench watches" still had the hinged covers inherited from pocket watches, the straps that allowed them to be securely worn on the wrist meant that checking the time became the result of a quick glance rather than an elaborate ritual. Fast forward 100 years and the same action can mean checking in on personal health data, schedule, communications, and, well, time.

(Source: Sergei Gutnikov, item from personal collection)

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RobPreston
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6/30/2014 | 9:20:01 AM
Tactics Didn't Keep Up
As Curt suggests, the military tactics during WWI didn't keep pace with the technology advances -- trench warfare in an era of nerve gas, advanced artillery, and aerial offensives. In that sense, WWI was like the US Civil War a half century earlier, when lines of men marched forward to face automatic weapons.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2014 | 10:54:39 PM
"War: What is it good for?"
As terrible as war is, it's amazing the innovations war can inspire.

Not WWI, but I recently read about how crazy glue was developed/adapted to quickly seal soldiers' wounds on the battlefield in Vietnam.

Warning: You probably don't want to try this at home.  A special formulation is used for medical purposes, and differs from the typical "household" crazy glue/super glue -- which can burn the skin.
impactnow
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6/29/2014 | 2:42:08 PM
imagination = reality
It is terrific that technology has made our imagined creations a reality. What will the next 100 years hold!
Ariella
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6/29/2014 | 2:10:25 PM
Re: Animal Tech Goes to War
@Lufu they still relied on pigeons even in WW II. Miadenform even made a special outfit for the birds

 

 

 
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