Technology Adoption Timeline [infographic]
Rohit Khare stashed this in Singularity
From A.C. Nielsen in the mid-90s, but still a classic. Didn’t realize that some technologies are aligned with presidents — i.e. TV “happened” during Eisenhower…
To draw this out, I transcribed (roughly) from Feltron's chart what year penetration of a technology reached 50 percent penetration.Electricity: 1924 Cars: 1925 Radio: 1931 Stove: 1937 Refrigerator: 1942 Telephone: 1946 Washing machine: 1964 Dryer: 1970 Color TV: 1972 Air conditioning: 1973 Microwave: 1985 VCR: 1987 Dishwasher: 1996 Computer: 1996 Cell phone: 2000 Internet: 2001
Smartphones : 2012 (different source)
What you don't see from this chart is all the time these technologies spent in development. In many cases, more time was spent going from zero to one percent penetration than from one to 50. But that's much more difficult to show because you can't say precisely when to start the clock.