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Author Topic: Definition of Gadget  (Read 2198 times)
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on: November 03, 2007, 03:50:08 AM

Taken and a lil bit edited from wikipedia..

A gadget is a device or an appliance that has a useful specific practical purpose and function but is often thought of as a novelty. Gadgets are invariably considered to be unusually or cleverly designed than normal technology at the time of their invention. Gadgets are sometimes also referred to as gizmos. In some circles the distinction between a gadget and a gizmo is that a gizmo has moving parts, whereas a gadget need not have them. For example, a digital watch would be a gadget, while an analog watch would be a gizmo. Thus a gizmo is essentially a mechanical gadget.

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The history of invention of gadgets is almost as old as humanity itself. But, the introduction of the word is relatively new. The etymology of the word gadget is disputed.  Some say that the word gadget was "invented" when Gaget, Gauthier & Cie, the company behind the casting of the Statue of Liberty, made a small-scale version of the monument and named it after their firm. Other sources cite a derivation from sailors' terminology; the French g
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