1. Global Positioning System (GPS)
GPS was created by the US Department of Defense in the 1990s and is still maintained to this day by the US government. The Cold War arms race justified Congress to invest in furthering research into predecessors of GPS. It was originally funded to enable highly precise locations for submarines and their targeting abilities. GPS has since morphed into something that nearly all of us use on a regular basis.
2. Microwave Oven
The potential for the microwave to be an essential appliance was first discovered during World War II. It became apparent to Percy Spencer, an American scientist working with Raytheon, that the signals emitted off of an active radar were strong enough to cook food. He first patented the idea in 1945 and the microwave as we know it became available for public use in 1947.
3. Digital Cameras
Early advances in digital imaging were developed by the military to image enemy territories. The first of the satellites to use such technology was launched in 1976. Digital camera technology was spearheaded by an engineer at Kodak, and the resulting prototype was 8 lbs.! The first commercially available digital camera was the Dycam Model I (pictured).
Do you know of any other products from the Military that you use in your everyday life? Let us know in the comments.