A gadget is anything ingenious or a complex machine. Gadgets can be called various gizmos. One such gizmo is the GPS or Global Positioning System, which is a technology used to show location on earth at any time by using satellites.
The term gadget got its first use from the Latin word, gabetus, which means “to place”. So a gadget is any machine or device that can be placed or located. Before there were gadgets, people had to use instruments or devices like thermometers and maps to find out their location.
The first known use of a gadget is in the 16th century with the invention of the thermometer. This device, invented by the German physician Reinhold Voll, is still used today but for different uses. Thus, the first used word for a gadget in the English language is gadget. However, the meaning of this word has changed through the years. In the modern era, a gadget can also be anything that is computerized, designed for mobility or made to perform some unusual operation. These could be anything from radios to watches to airplanes.
When the dictionary definition of the word gadget is combined with the word gizmo, it makes up a fun word for children to play with: “cool gadgets”. Early 20th century cartoons like the TV show, The Flintstone, often showed children with toys that consisted of gizmos, balls and other curious shaped objects. The toy industry has grown tremendously because of this. Today, there are many different types of gizmo to interest children.
Gadgets come in many shapes and sizes. They can be made from wood, plastic, metal or some other material. These can include musical gadgets, animals, characters from movies or TV shows and other things that can be manipulated by a child.
If you have a child who is fascinated with toys, you should let him or her play with as many different types of gizmos as he or she can. You should also teach your child to look at these objects in a new way. For example, a gurgling sound, which makes the water in a pail turn, could be interpreted in two ways by your child. One way could be that the gurgling sound means that the toy is full. The other possibility could be that it means that the water is spilling out.