11 December 2013 15:45 | By David Nield
20 gadgets that changed the world

Life-changing tech from years gone by

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It's been heavily rumoured that Apple is planning to launch an iWatch in the near future. When it does arrive, it'll join a host of new and exciting technology, including 4K television sets, bendable mobile phone screens and more - but will it have the same dramatic impact the iPod, iPhone and iPad did?

We've gathered together a gallery of some of the very best gadgets that really did change the world. Each one of these technological innovations has ensured its place in history by transforming the way we live our lives and communicate with each other - from the Morse code-powered telegraph machine to the smartphone, there's a lot of pioneering technology to explore.

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