7 tech inventions we can’t believe people actually lived without

From GPS to microwaves to vacuums, we sure are glad someone had the ingenuity (and time) to think up these handy items.

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The stuff of genius

Remember when they said we'd all be riding around in our own flying cars one day? That we'd get our groceries delivered to us straight from the farm, our laundry folded by a robot, and our onions sliced without burning our eyes?

Three out of four ain't bad, right? Your Jetsons-era solo air taxi dreams notwithstanding, humans have invented some pretty amazing stuff over the years. Among them are some gadgets and gizmos we couldn't imagine living without now – and we're sure glad we don't have to!

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