We’re only 12 years into the 21st century, but it’s already proven to be a great time for technology. From Apple gadgets to video cameras, here are the 7 Best 21st Century Technology ever Recorded You need to know
7. Bluetooth (2000)
Bluetooth Technology was unveiled in 1999, but it wasn;t until the start of the 21st century that manufacturers began to adopt it in mobile phones and computer. Now, with more connected gadgets than ever, Bluetooth has become an important part of our daily lives, and is set to be more so as the internet of things takes off.
6. iPod Technology
Digital MP3 players predate the 21st Century and Apple weren’t the originators, however, when Steve Jobs pulled 1000 songs out of his pocket, something was different. You could carry around the equivalent of 100 albums with you, wherever you went.
At the time, the music industry was struggling with Napster and other torrents’ impact on sales.
Apple not only created a new device that would re-engage people with their music, but created an ecosystem through iTunes that would help re-energize the music industry and change the way we listened to music. Around 1 billion iPods have been sold, tens of billions of songs have been downloaded, and billions of hours of music has been played through streaming. Additionally the iPod changed the way we consume media and information with the birth of podcasts and digital download audiobooks.
5. The Smartphone
The smartphone existed prior to the 21st Century but it wasn’t until the 21st Century that they truly came into their own. That little thing we carry around in our pocket and frequently sit on is a million times more powerful than the computers that put humans on the moon. While Steve Jobs took the smartphone to another level with unique touch technology, it was actually the BlackBerry that really put smartphones on the map. Initially a business tool, smartphones have grown to become the rule, rather than the exception. It’s hard to think of a technology that has actually changed society as much in the last two decades.
From changing the way we work by taking business communication into our homes to being able to book almost anything from the palm of your hand, smartphones have been transformative. What people travelled miles to access from the world’s great libraries, we can access anytime, anywhere.
The smartphone is our all-in-one communication tool; our camera, our video game console, our personal media center, our travel center, our map, our personal assistant, and pretty much anything else we need or use every day. Most people feel naked without their smartphones and we understand why!.
“There’s an app for that.” For almost everything, there is. Applications on computers have been around for decades, but with the introduction of the smartphone, apps became a culture and economy of their own. In fact, the app economy will be worth over $100 billion by 2020. Taxis arriving at your front door, booking air travel, ordering food, personal assistance, business management, monitoring sleep, tracking fitness and health, controlling your home appliances and…you can see where this is going.
Apps have changed our lives. There is no denying their impact on society, both positive and negative. While their impact may not have been felt so deeply without the advent of smartphones and now wearables, they have become a defining technological milestone. And they’re just getting started.
3. Social Media
Facebook now boasts 1.8 billion users. That’s around one-quarter of the world’s population. Social media has connected the world, changed the way news is delivered, and provided hours of entertainment watching dancing cats.
However, social media has also become big business. Facebook has become one of the most dominant technical and social forces in the world by controlling 3 of the top 10 social media and messaging channels and showing no signs of slowing down.
Twitter exposes major world events in real time and allows us to peer into news stories like never before. Social media has also created an entirely new media format and gave birth to a new type of celebrity. People are becoming superstars from their bedrooms and this has moved us into an era of endless content creation. Despite some of the challenges and consequences that social media brings, it has changed world. It has connected the world. It has empowered people to build influence and create on their own terms. It has allowed soft voices to be heard and exposed acts and people that may have been hidden. There is no doubt social media has impacted the world. There appears to be much more to come.
2. The Oculus Rift
One of the most credible videogame websites in the world, GameSpy, describes the Oculus Rift as the “closest we’ve come to Star Trek’s holodeck,” and from a gamer’s point of view that’s not an exaggeration at all. But Oculus’s only contribution and purpose is to entertain and nothing more. So don’t get overexcited if you don’t dig video games because you may be disappointed.
1. USB drive
A flash drive is a small piece of equipment used to store and transfer information for computers using a USB. Use the USB end of a flash drive to store music, photos or other documents from a computer with information from a certified computer technician in this free video on computers.
Patented in 2000, the USB drive spread like wildfire as a way to quickly transport files between computers. You can now buy thumb drives with capacities as high as 256 GB, and we may soon see them coming in measures of terabytes.