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Technological changes have deep impact on many aspects of our lives, including the way we travel. Some technological innovations take a lot of time for massive adoption. Because of that the recent developments that we see today may look less significant than they actually are.
But, when we look back into history we see that our predecessors did amazing job in making travel a lot easier and convenient today. It also sheds light on the greatness of some innovations that may seem to be only a small step forward, but without which travel would be impossible. In fact today we are witnesses and users of radical innovation.
Definition of radical innovation
Radical innovations are developing revolutionary new technologies, markets, and business models that change the world (Maru/Matchbox). To define radical innovation even better, it’s good if you make a contrast with incremental innovation which tries to improve existing systems and products to make them better, cheaper or faster (Maru/Matchbox).
The key difference here is the focus. The former is focused on something new, the latter on improvement of existing systems.
Radical innovation examples
In this article, we’ll provide you 106 examples of radical innovations. While you read the least you can also get yourself reminded how much and how long it took us to get where we are now:
|1837||Indoor swimming pool|
|1847||National weather service|
|1865||Medical emergency service|
|1873||Electric street light|
|c. 1880||Restaurant car|
|1885||Gasoline filling station|
|1919||Air traffic association|
|c. 1940||Air bed|
|1946||Computer reservation system|
|c.1950||Electric sauna stove|
|?||Travel voltage converter/adapter|
|1959||Automatic teller machine (ATM)|
|c.1960||Family dome tent|
|c.1960||Dry ski slope|
|1963||Instamatic pocket camera|
|1963||Inflatable life raft|
|c. 1970||Scents technology|
|c. 1970||Space tourism|
|1974||Sous-vide (under vacuum)|
|1978||Hotel Key Card|
|1989||Robotic lawn mover|
|1989||World Wide Web|
|1999||Common currency – euro|
|2003||Genetically modified golf turf|
|2012||Avatar – embodied agent|
If you are a fan of modern adventures, family travel, or just want to have a relaxation and rest at some remote destination, could you imagine how hard it would have been for you to realize your desire without the travel inventions above.
That’s why the examples above represent true disruptive innovation examples. Let’s see if the inventions of the 21st century will also bring such positive drastic changes into our lives.
For additional up to date insight into the travel-tech world you can read the top 5 travel and tourism trends in 2020 article.
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