10 genius ways German inventors improved our lives

9. Playmobil

They are the foundation of most kids’ childhoods. Playmobil was invented by Hans Beck in the 1970s with the idea to make a flexible toy that was still simple enough for young children to understand. With the original toys being an American Indian, a cowboy and a builder, the little figures were a hit as soon as they came on the market.

10. Airbags

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It is hardly a surprise that a piece of technology found inside a car was invented in Germany. Walter Linderer came up with the idea of using compressed air in a bag which would inflate when the bumpers of two cars made contact. He patented it in 1951, although his design didn’t inflate fast enough and had little practical value.

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