Antonio Torres Jurado built the first acoustic guitar that most people recognize today. He expanded on a design created by Jose Pages and Josef Benedid.Know More
The modern acoustic guitar came about at the end of the 18th century. No one really knows if the first guitar was unveiled in Italy or France, but what is known is that Jurado turned those guitars into the ones musicians use today. Jurado increased the guitar's body size, improved on the fan shape of the struts and increased the distance between the bridge and the nut. His guitar design was loud enough to be played with an orchestra and wouldn't be drowned out by the other instruments. Despite the new design and increased versatility, the acoustic guitar failed to become a popular instrument.
In 1965, John Williams began to see the appeal and potential of the classical guitar, so he offered lessons in the United Kingdom. As its popularity increased, new designs to the guitar were made. "Cat gut" strings were replaced with nylon and metal strings, and certain models of the acoustic guitar were modified to be louder than ever before. By the end of the 1930s, amplifiers were invented, which gave acoustic guitars a brand-new life.Learn more about Inventions
Some accounts point to Charles Fredrick Wiesenthal of Germany, who received a patent in 1755 in England for a double-pointed mechanical needle device, as being the first to pioneer technology that would lead to the invention of the sewing machine. While not quite a machine, this was the first successful attempt at sewing performed by a mechanical device. The credit for an actual sewing machine is given to Thomas Saint, in the year 1790 in England.Full Answer >
The first robot was created by the Greek mathematician Archytas of Tarentum. It was a flying wooden dove that traveled up to 200 meters through the air by flapping its wings.Full Answer >
The first drum washing machine was patented in 1851 by James King. The machine worked similarly to a modern-day machine, but it was operated with a hand crank.Full Answer >
The first car was steam-powered and was invented by French military engineer Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769. The car was named the Fardier a vapeur and could travel at 2.25 miles per hour while carrying four passengers for 15 minutes before needing to stop and regenerate its power.Full Answer >