The Impact Of Thomas Edison's Inventions

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Edison’s beliefs and innovations in the fields of electricity, motion picture and chemical engineering revolutionized the world into the modern technology-based society known today. His inventions furthered the Industrial Revolution and set precedents for a successful workplace. Edison created a whirlwind of technology that advanced our society as a whole. His inventions impacted the world scientifically, socially and politically. Without Edison and his inventions, the world would be a very different place. One of Edison’s earliest works was his improvements on the telegraph. As a child, Edison saved the life of a boy who was the son of a telegraph operator. The man, thankful for his son’s safety, gave Edison telegraph lessons. With these…show more content…
The Phonograph was a piece of machinery, invented in 1877, that recorded and played back sound (The World Book Encyclopedia 77). Not only was the phonograph used for telephone recordings, it had many valuable uses. For example, the phonograph was used to record audio books, to preserve people’s voices, and to create toys and clocks. It was widely used in advertising and to teach elocution and music (Thomas A. Edison Papers). Edison himself said, “ This will be useful for many purposes. A business man can speak a letter to the machine, and his office boy, who need not be a shorthand writer, can write it down any time, as rapidly or slowly as he desires. Then we mean to use it to enable persons to enjoy good music at home.” (The Quotable Edison 19). Eventually, a phonograph would come to be in everybody's home and would be improved later…show more content…
As Edison puts it, “Electricity’s uses are unlimited,” (The Quotable Edison 35). Later on, Edison opened his largest lab in West Orange, New Jersey. At this laboratory, he invented the motion picture camera and rechargeable batteries. He also improved the sound aspects of the phonograph and cement technology. (Thomas A. Edison Papers). These inventions are extremely prominent in our world today. Without the invention of the motion picture camera, our version of technology would not even exist. Televisions, movies, and electronic devices as we know them, would be impossible. Edison was one of the inventors who founded the motion picture industry. His company designed a camera and built the first film studio. Edison believed in inventing something “which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion” (Thomas A. Edison Papers). In 1894, Edison reached his goal and invented the kinetoscope, a commercial device that allows one to view motion pictures. A couple years later, the company introduced projectors that enabled the people to view motion pictures without looking through a cylindrical lens. Later on, in 1913, the kinetoscope was redeveloped into the kinetophone that matched the motion pictures with sound. This all advanced the production of films into what we see today. Edison’s company monopolized the film industry until 1913, when their monopolization was declared illegal (The World Book Encyclopedia
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