Greatest Technology Inventions of the 21st Century
Every day you hear of the creation of a new innovative technology. A new technology to shape the future of the world, from bionic prosthetics and 3D printed skin cells to electric cars and smart phones that can control everything from your bank account to your heating.
There is no end to the production of new technology, however not all of these innovations have the same impact. In this blog we are going to explore five of the greatest technological inventions that have taken the global market by storm in the 21st century.
Apple iPod (2001)
The iPhone wasn’t Apple’s only crowning achievement. Before the iPhone there was the iPod, which together with Apple’s iTunes transformed the way people listened to music. Long gone was the need to carry around cassette tapes or CDs, and with its sleek design, the iPod become a desirable device to carry around.
Not only did the iPod transform how we listen to music; iTunes transformed the way we buy it. Digital purchases contribute to a large portion of the music industry’s revenue.
Now you might not think that Facebook really deserves a spot on this list, but let me explain before you completely write it off. Though it wasn’t the first social network, with the likes of MySpace and Bebo coming before it, it has quickly surpassed these and has managed to connect the world’s population like no other.
Today the networking site connects over 1.3 billion people worldwide, with users coming from a vast array of backgrounds, nationalities and ages. It has also reshaped the marketing strategy of any successful business becoming an essential marketing tool, connecting business directly to their customers 24/7.
Apple iPhone (2007)
When you think of innovative technology, you probably think of Apple. Many manufacturers have tried to develop touchscreen smartphones, but none harnessed the same success as Apple’s iPhone. One reason why the iPhone was adopted so widely on the mass market is due to it ability to be controlled by a finger apposed to a stylus.
With its simple, crisp and easy to use display, the iPhone went on to spawn an entire industry, with many manufacturers trying to recreate Apple’s success with their own versions of the touchscreen device. Apple has now sold over 700 million iPhones globally.
Amazon Kindle (2007)
When it was launched in 2007, the Amazon Kindle was not the first e-reader on the market, nor was it particularly elegant but with its seamlessly integrated eBook store and cheap prices, the Amazon Kindle controlled the market.
E-readers made it easy to read and store your entire book collection. There was no longer a need to carry big books with you on your commute or wonder where you are going to store the next great read. In the UK, Amazon now controls around 80% of the eBook market, literally blowing its competitors out of the water.
Nissan Leaf (2010)
Electric cars are still very much in their infancy, and are somewhat still considered a fad. There are only around 30 mass production highway-capable all-electric passenger cars on the market today. However, with our carbon footprint being an ever-prevalent issue in today’s society, the environmental benefits of electric cars make them an attractive option for many.
The award wining Nissan Leaf (winning the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 World Car of the Year, and the 2011–2012 Car of the Year Japan) is currently the world’s top selling highway-capable electric car, with global sales of over 170,000 units in 35 countries.
Now this list is not all-inclusive; there have been many great inventions so far in the 21st century. What do you think? Do you agree with the list? What inventions would make your list?
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