In 1935 Hugo Gernsback wrote about gadgets.
As I have said before, the market for gadgets in this country is really
tremendous. There is constantly room for these novelties, and the public is
always willing to buy them. There is, in fact, a sort of craze, that many
people have, to be the first to have this or that new gadget to parade it
proudly among their friends…
Any lover of gadgetry should enjoy reading this article by the Hugo for which Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards are named.