Timeline of Inventions

Timeline of Inventions

Twile now includes a timeline of the big inventions that have pushed the human race forward (or maybe backward in some cases).

Starting with the invention of the mechanical clock (circa 724), via the hot air balloon (1783), right up to the invention of the digital satellite radio in 2001, you can explore the progress of human innovation on a single visual timeline.

Did you know the first mobile phone was invented in 1973?  Or that people have been wearing eyeglasses since the 1200s?  Do you know who invented dynamite?

Take a look at our timeline of inventions at:  twile.com/timeline/inventions

What have we missed?  Is there a glaring omission that you’d like us to add?  Please add a comment below and we’ll jump straight on it!

Published by

Paul Brooks

Co-founder of Twile

5 thoughts on “Timeline of Inventions”

  1. How about a timeline of Presidents and Vice Presidents of United States, with their dates of term served? 🇺🇸

  2. When are you going to tell us how to print out an ancestry timeline so we have a hardcopy, even if it is in the form of a booklet?
    Stick to the family history aspects of TWILE, not miscellany like inventions and holidays, etc. It “muddies the water” to add all the extras.

    1. Hi Donald – a printed version of the timeline is something we’ve been thinking about for a while and I really hope we’ll be able to make something available soon.

      To explain why we are including features like streams (inventions, wars, news) and holiday milestones (Christmas, Thanksgiving, family vacations) in Twile – we believe these are all part of a family’s history. Most of a family historian’s focus might be on research into the past, discovering unknown ancestors and extending back into distant history, but with Twile we hope to help you incorporate more recent memories into that history. This is designed to help preserve more of the living family’s memories and to make it all more engaging and approachable to younger generations.

      Rest assured we’re still building features that have focus on more ‘traditional’ family history too – lots of big things coming in the next few months!

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

      1. Thanks for your answer to my questions. For younger people (I am 82 years old), it would be interesting to build a timeline of present-day holiday activities, but doesn’t that unnecessarily crowd out the data for ancestral ties? Maybe there should be one TWILE for the living and one for the dead or nearly dead. I’ve tried to interest my children in using TWILE, but they prefer FACEBOOK and social media to track their activities for the living and are not so concerned about ancestors, except for family stories which they can get directly from a variety of media sources such as Family Search.org. As for Inventions, there is an increasingly detailed amount of data on the web site History of information.com. You have done a great job with TWILE overall, Best wishes, Donald Ray Anderson

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