Inventions brought on the most drastic changes during both Industrial Revolutions. Machines made life easier and decreased prices and generally improved life. Before the 1750's life was very primitive but simple, which might have been better than sophisticated and complicated.
The first Industrial Revolution mainly was based upon the cotton industry, subsequently, most of the inventions made during that period were mainly for manufacturing and producing cotton. John Kay, an English weaver met the high demand for cotton products by introducing his flying shuttle, an invention that could cut cotton twice as fast. The scene was now set for many other inventors to revolutionize the cotton industry. Another problem arose. Yarn was not being fed fast enough to the weaver, but in 1769, two new inventions solved the problem, the spinning jenny and the water-powered frame, both of which provided yarn faster. Edmund Cartwright, who invented the power loom, combined the machine's characteristics and purposes into one machine in 1800. Cleaning cotton was also a tedious and time-consuming job, so in 1793, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, which could clean cotton 50 times as fast. Another technology came into play in the 1750's, the steam engine. Now people could be transported to wherever they wanted to go in the fraction of the time. Cities were able to move farther into land and grow.
The second Industrial Revolution was more fruitful in political and social views. Inventions were made, although ideas and concepts reigned. Inventions such as the telephone, telegraph, and light bulb were directly related to the discovery of electricity. Communications evolved as well as transportation. The first internal combustion engine was created, as well as the first airplane that successfully flew. Both revolutions were important to the development of the world and the inventions made during this time helped guide the world into their future.Back to Top
Life During Industrial Revolution -- MedicineTeam ID: C0116084