Are you hungry for new cool things? Do you get a little excited telling people about the cool new toy you saw blogged about today? Are you continually fascinated by new habits, artistic innovations and trends that pop up throughout the world?
The origins of the word “gadget” trace back to the 19th century. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, there is anecdotal (not necessarily true) evidence for the use of “gadget” as a placeholder name for a technical item whose precise name one can’t remember since the 1850s; with Robert Brown’s 1886 book Spunyarn and Spindrift, A sailor boy’s log of a voyage out and home in a China tea-clipper containing the earliest known usage in print. The etymology of the word is disputed.
A gadget would use the Window id of its parent widget and had no children of its own
It is not known whether other software companies are explicitly drawing on that inspiration when featuring the word in names of their technologies or simply referring to the generic meaning. The word widget is older in this context.