- Live Streaming Services
When talking about the technological innovations of the last decade that made life in this decade great for us, the number one spot goes to online and live streaming services, like the Netflix, hands down.
Introduced initially as an add-on service by the now entertainment giant, Netflix single handedly managed to change the way we consume content. Bringing us to the age of online streaming and the era of binge watching, Netflix has had such a huge impact on the entertainment industry that every big production house now either plans on launching or has already launched its own streaming service.
So, as far as video streaming goes, it is one of the biggest tech wins of the decade for us.
- Android OS
While there is no doubt that Apple changed how the world perceived the mobile phone with the introduction of the first iPhone back in 2007. However, iOS had quite a few limitations then and many are still present to this day. That is why we consider Android and smartphones running it to be one of the tech wins of the decade instead of the iPhones.
Now, we are not here to start another argument or comparison of the two ecosystems but we find Android to be more feature rich and capable between the two. And to be very honest, even the hardcore iPhone users cannot deny the fact that Android smartphones are years ahead of iPhones in terms of hardware and technology.
- Crowd-Sourced Funding
Who would have thought 10 years ago that there would ever come a time when entrepreneurs and startups would be able to sell their ideas directly to end users and generate funds for their projects instead of searching for investors.
Well, with the launch of Kickstarter, the first ever crowd-sourced funding platform, back in 2009, the entrepreneurial world was changed forever.
Before crowd-sourced funding, many great ideas never saw the light of the day because they failed to garner the interest of an investor. But with platforms like Indigogo and Kickstarter, the need for an investor completely vanished. Startups are now able to sell their ideas directly to their potential customers and collect the funds required to turn their ideas into reality.
Now that is a technological innovation of the last decade that proved to be a breakthrough.
- Instant Language Translation
For the fans of Star Trek, the term “Universal Translator” is nothing new. It was a device capable of translating all known languages, alien or otherwise, in real time by using some brain waves shenanigans. What is new however, is the fact that real time language translations are now also possible outside of Star Trek, in the real world, although not with alien languages.
Thanks to the advancements in technology, we are now living in an age of artificial intelligence, voice recognition and high-speed internet, things that enable people to have conversations in real time with others who do not speak their language.
Another tech win indeed.
- Virtual Reality Headsets
Although having been around since the nineteen sixties, it is in this day and age that we have taken a quantum leap with virtual reality. The introduction of VR headsets a few years back, and how they used our smartphones to project us into the virtual world was amazing.
Fortunately, it didn’t stop there. We are now witnessing many devices that are independent wearables with full computing capabilities and do not require the use of smartphones. The technology has grown so much that it is now being used to treat multiple psychological health issues. Talk about innovation.
- Data Storage
When discussing about the technological innovations of the last decade that helped reshape the technology of this decade, we just cannot ignore the data storage technology.
While it is often undermined and rarely given the importance it deserves, the always advancing data storage technology is the reason behind the existence of majority of the tech gadgets that we use so religiously.
Believe it or not, but if the data storage technology hadn’t reached the state it is in today, we wouldn’t have any of our modern-day gadgets that we rely on so much every day.