8. 1960: nasa space drills now: Black & Decker Dustbuster
Despite popular myth, NASA did not invent the cordless drill, that was Black & Decker in 1961. Yet the space bods’ demand for a portable drill that could extract samples from the moon’s surface did lead to the invention of a low power-consumption motor that helped in the development of the first Dustbuster handheld vac.
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