The Walkman: The First Intimate Technology

Patented: History of Inventions


Think about how intimate our relationship with technology is. In today’s day and age, it’s almost impossible to function in the modern world without it. 

Believe or not, this intimate relationship with technology actually starts with the Sony Walkman. For the first time in history, we’d put on our headphones and unplug from the world around us. 

Matt Alt, author of Pure Invention joins Dallas for another episode on our Japanese Inventions mini series. Today Matt and Dallas are discussing the invention of the Sony Walkman, how it changed society and even how it inspired Steve Jobs to invent the iPod. 

Edited by Tom Delargy, Produced by Alex Carlon & Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.

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