The Renaissance was a very innovative time for Europeans. Indeed, some of the period's innovations lasted long afterward. Although they were usually adapted and improved upon over time, there are many things and ideas that are around today that had their roots in the Renaissance.
Perhaps one of the most important inventions of the Renaissance was the movable-type printing press developed by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-fifteenth century. This technology helped spread information faster and more widely than ever before. Various forms of the printing press continued to be regularly used well into the twentieth century.
The process for working with glass was refined during the Renaissance. This led to inventions such as eyeglasses, telescopes, and microscopes, all of which continue to be widely used to this day.
While digital versions are more commonly used in much of the world today, weather-reading instruments such as the thermometer and barometer originated in the Renaissance.
Although they often sought to resurrect classical styles of art, the artists of the Renaissance developed their own innovative styles. New techniques and artistic approaches led to the implementation of more natural colors, perspective, and a more balanced sense of visual proportion. These innovations came to influence the later artistic styles of the Baroque, Rococo, neoclassical, and Romantic eras.