Notable inventions of the 1980s include the hepatitis-B vaccine, MS-DOS, IBM-PC, the scanning tunneling microscope, the human growth hormone, The Apple Lisa, contact lenses, Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, CD-ROM and the Apple Macintosh. Microsoft Windows was also invented in the 1980s.Know More
Other 1980s inventions include a high-temperature super-conductor, synthetic skin, disposable cameras, 3D video games, disposable contact lenses, cellphones, RU-486, Doppler radar, Prozac, Indiglo nightlights, the nicotine patch, DNA fingerprinting, the space shuttle and high-definition television.
There are many 1980s inventions that are rarely seen in 2014, such as briefcase alarms, gull-wing doors, speaker vests, electric doormats, vibrating saunas, dome houses and head-mounted display screens.Learn more about Inventions
There are several ways to identify authentic Cabbage Patch dolls, including signature, body tags and copyright notice. Expert Cabbage Patch doll collectors can be consulted for further information on the authenticity of a particular doll. New collectors should be aware that fake kids may look almost identical to the authentic dolls.Full Answer >
Although each Cabbage Patch Kid is inscribed with the name "Xavier Roberts," the doll manufacturers have released a variety of individual names for both boy and girl dolls, including Abigail London, Annie Jane, Aurora Hazel, Alex Aaron, Andrew Max and Benjamin Aiden. Each Cabbage Patch Kid doll is equipped with a birth name and birth certificate; however, the names can be officially changed online or via mail requests.Full Answer >
Bill Gates helped invent MS-DOS, which later developed into the Windows OS, which became the system used in Windows 98, 99, ME, 2000 and XP. Gary Kildall invented the operating system that for the most part is still used in computers today and for which Gates is often wrongly credited.Full Answer >
Short Message Service (SMS) was created during the late 1980s by Matti Makkonen, a Finnish engineer. The initial concept for the service occurred in 1984, but the first SMS was not sent until 1992. Makkonen was not sure his invention would succeed, and he did not patent it.Full Answer >