Sunday, January 31, 2016

Inventions: The mobile 21st century

Inventions: The mobile 21st century

Most Germans think smartphones for the most significant invention of the 21st century. Wikipedia ends up in fourth place - even if traditional encyclopedias longer believed.
If one believes the film "Back to the Future", it would today be flying cars, shoes that lace themselves and of course the Hoverboard. Instead, technological progress took place in the last 15 years in other places instead - which, by the way, is probably in the sense of most people. While this country was in 2000 almost 50 million mobile connections, there are now more than twice as many - with today's Smartphones, and of course can still significantly more than the mobile phones used at that time.

And so it is no surprise that - despite the same time progressing improvement of the remaining computer technology and the advent of the Internet - the Smartphone for the Germans was the most important invention of the 21st century. This is the result of a recent YouGov poll. The respondents were asked to choose from a list of 23 inventions or developments (plus "Other") from the last 15 years those select 3, which they consider the most important.
Almost every second respondent smartphones landed in the list, while lands a related technology to third place: one in three (32 percent) holds the mobile Internet (excluding smartphones relatively useless would be) for particularly significant, about as many say this about navigation systems and -software.Letztere are mainly elderly popular - with 46 percent of land navigation equipment for the over-55s even on the first place, while they did not even make it among 18- to 24-year olds in the Top 5: Only 19 percent of respondents in this age group they consider particularly important, roughly on a par with mobile messengers like WhatsAppWährend so it in the Wikipedia are age differences in the perceived importance of confidence in the accuracy of the information is cross-generational equal pronounced. This is the result of another YouGov poll from the previous week, which was carried out on the occasion of the 15th birthday of the online lexicon.

Accordingly, have a total of two out of three respondents (66 percent) rather or very great confidence in the accuracy of the encyclopedia, which is maintained by volunteers and partly anonymous interested. Is that this trust entitled to repeatedly show tests in which the Wikipedia proposes prestigious reference works such as the Brockhaus regularly. In the perception of the traditional encyclopedias are however still ahead - 81 percent of respondents say that their confidence in the correctness of the information is rather or very large there.
Makes a window cleaning robot life easier? And is an inflatable hot tub is as comfortable as it sounds? Or are these and other new product innovations at the end just boondoggle? From totally nonsensical to insanely useful - in "Hot or scrap - The Everything Tester" (. From 31.01 on Sundays at 19:15 clock at VOX) test five completely different households exceptional products. And the excitement is great. Because know "Ab ins Beet" star Detlef Steves and the other all testers no advance what crazy inventions you can find every week in the packages.

Never again wash windows by hand - that the manufacturer promises a window cleaning robot. The take all testers in the first episode of the structure on the operation up to the assessment of the price under the microscope. "If it works, baby, then I no longer need as many times the windows clean," says retired Otto (79) from Krefeld to his wife Ingrid (80) out of the box. Covered with a flow, the robot is laid eyes on the disk and a remote control Wipe the window. But the Scheibenreiniger has teething problems: It depends on the bottom corner of the window and does not move from the spot. Has Ingrid mounted about him wrong? "From art I do not understand. Where it is not as bad as you hinstellst it." - "It's worse," Otto replied: "And I am with my window cleaning probably Finishes earlier than robots." The second testing team, the Cologne Student Urbanization consisting of Timo (23), Arne (23), Bartje (27) and Phillip (26), asks the other hand, how often do you get such a machine needs at all. "Here in the WG, we clean the windows once a year for spring cleaning - and then never again," explains Bartje. After all safety precautions are taken and the cleaning robot has been properly secured, the test can start nevertheless. And with them it runs. Satisfied Philipp is terrible: "Streifenfrei's it now is not 100 percent." Whether the device can convince at least with the price estimate?

The inflatable jacuzzi next parcel needs, fully assembled, only 3 square meters of space. Then the hot tub for anyone heats the water to 40 degrees. Until then, however, it is a long way. For Detlef Steves (46) and his wife Nicole (46) from Moers have their problems when assembling the supplied parts: "? What is this all What should I with the whole rigmarole That I do not need," explains the effervescent " Ab ins Beet "star. Inflating the spa also provides for family Hopf from Berlin for perplexity. Father Remo (55), Mrs Marietta (56) and son Micky (19) try their hand at assembling the different hoses, while there are of Marietta's mother Uschi (74) wise advice. "Hach, mother would have to be", the male head of the family complained. In Detlef the anger has now placed. And he is with you during the trial plan's now sure: "I want to have it I have not even fart in the tub, so it bubbles How cool is that!.?" But that's the price?

The Eliptigobike, a mix of bike and cross-trainer is, finally, among others, Hubert (47) and Matthias (32) from Hammelburg scrutinized. The advertised by the manufacturer "fitness miracles on two wheels" has no saddle or classic pedals. The pounds are jumbled as if by itself. "I've assembled it, so I might also be the first to ride," says Matthias. "You look like a Watschelente" says Hubert, than makes up Matthias in protective clothing on the way to his test drive.

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