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When new technology is released, like the latest video game system or that amazingly-thin and enormous flat screen TV, we tend to stop what we’re doing to “ooh” and “ahh” over these incredible gadgets.

At the same time, there’s plenty of technology from “yesteryear” (let’s say within the past three to five years) that we use on a daily basis and which definitely still — or at least should — has that “it” factor, but that we take for granted. Here are three types of technology that meet this bill:

1. Electricity

Take a few minutes and think about all the ways you’re using electricity right now. Your lights may be on in your home or office, the heater or A/C unit is running, and you may have the TV or music playing in the background. As explains, electricity is an example of a type of technology we use all the time without even noticing how useful it is — that is, until a winter storm hits and the lights go out.

2. Tires and Wheels

For your car to take you from Point A to Point B, you obviously need four tires and four wheels. While this technology has definitely evolved over the years, we tend to take car rides to and from virtually anywhere for granted. Of course, technology has come a long way from spindly wheels covered with thin metal strips to support our vehicles.

Today, we can choose from any number of durable wheels designed to support the weight of our heavy pickup truck and lighter wheels that spin faster and support better fuel economy. Tires now include features like grooves that displace water during a storm, as well as technology that improves their overall handling and grip on the road. sells a variety of tires and wheels that feature the latest technology. For example, the Continental ExtremeContact Sport ultra-performance tire features quick view performance indicators that can alert drivers to the tire’s performance in wet and dry conditions.

3. GPS Devices

Back in the day, when your parents were traveling to an unfamiliar destination and needed directions, they had to pull over, take out and unfold a huge paper map, and try to determine which route to take. Nowadays, we rely on GPS to help us arrive at our destinations. Indeed, GPS technology has become so ubiquitous that we tend to forget its practicality and usefulness.

Of course, our smartphones feature this technology, allowing us to get more precise results in an efficient manner. And while we may get grumpy at our GPS if it doesn’t compute that there’s an accident up ahead, keep in mind this technology relies on satellites in space combined with software to provide you with directions.Â

Instead of taking it for granted, thank your lucky stars you no longer need to rely on your ability to read a map to get where you are going.

Stop Ignoring and Start Thanking Technology

Once you start thinking about the technology we take for granted, it can be hard to stop coming up with examples. So the next time the lights go out, the tires need changing or the GPS unit on your smartphone is acting all haywire, remember how fortunate we are to have this great technology in the first place instead of getting frustrated.

Author: Andy Quayle

Andy was born in the Isle of Man and currently lives in Pittsburgh.
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