|Results based on a survey that asked consumers which products have
improved their lives most.
SOURCE: Predatory Marketing: What Everyone in Business Needs to Know to
Win Today's Consumer, by C. Britt Beemer (William Morrow, 1997)
|Universal remote control (TV/VCR)
|Home telephone answering machine
|Programmable home thermostat
|Call-waiting telephone service
|Automatic payroll/government check deposit
|Supermarket price scanner
TECHNOLOGIES AMERICANS APPRECIATE MOST
In 1945, Raytheon Manufacturing began experimenting with an offshoot of World
War II, the Magnetron. While standing by the working contraption - which created
short radio waves - Percy Spencer noted that a candy bar in his pocket melted.
Soon after, Spencer began to contemplate the domestic uses of the machine. Ten years
later, the "radar range" became available.
Source: World of Invention, by Gale Research