What Are GADGETS?
A gadget is any creative new article or mechanical device. Gadgets can be called many things, including gizmos, toys, gadgets, and gizmos-like objects. In some ways, every technological gadget seems like an actual gadget in its own right. One of the most popular types of toys nowadays is the electronic teardrop that looks just like a rain drop. Some children even make fun of the umbrella, labeling it a “teardrop” when it really is just an ordinary umbrella with a strap that goes around the neck.
There are many different types of gadgets that are available for purchase and sometimes referred to by their specific names. Some of these more technologically advanced gadgets include computer gadgets, mobile phones, PDAs, handheld computers, and MP3 players. Almost any technical item whose precise name is not already taken has a more general name that simply refers to the device in question. These types of gizmos are grouped into three categories: digital gadgetry, electronic gadgetry, and software gadgetry.
Digital gizmos fall between the categories of hardware device and software gadgetry. A hardware device is something that is permanently fixed and cannot be changed by users; it may be a television, refrigerator, or stairway light. Software gadgetry is anything that is programmed or designed specifically. Many video games, personal digital assistants, cellular phones, and portable media players are examples of software gadgetry.
The third category of gizmos falls between hardware and software gadgetry. This type of gizmo may have a specific function, but is normally less durable or less complicated than some of the aforementioned examples. Examples of this type of electronic gadgets include game consoles, cell phones, PDAs, digital camera/scanner combinations, DVD players, portable music devices, and wireless internet boards.
All of the aforementioned categories fall under the umbrella of “gadgets,” which can be used or played for their original purpose. One example of a gadget that can serve multiple purposes is an electronic gadget such as a blender, juicer, microwave, or hair dryer. The most popular and long-running franchise in the US is the yogurt maker, which can also perform other functions such as making bread, yogurt, and whipping up whipped cream. Almost any piece of equipment that can break an egg can also be considered a gadget, as long as it performs a particular function that users require.
GADGETS sometimes refer to specific pieces of hardware, although the term is more often used as a generic term to describe any small tool that is capable of performing a specific function. For example, a screwdriver can be considered a gadget, as can a pair of pliers. Some objects considered to be gizmos are sometimes sold separately from other more traditional instruments or tools, such as drills. This makes them quite handy because they can be used as a small tool to perform one task, but then be used as a larger tool to perform other tasks, such as sewing.