The 2010s has been a great decade for technology as it has seen some of its most innovative releases. Technology companies continue to release various gadgets that can help improve the way people go about their daily lives – and some of the gadgets that are highly relevant today got their humble beginnings in the last decade.
These include the revolutionary iPad that brought touchscreen tablets into the mainstream and the Amazon Echo found in most households today. Of the many radical and forward-thinking technology released over the past decade, there are a handful of gadgets that have changed lives for the better.
DJI Phantom One
In the 2010s, drones came on the market and were made accessible to the general public. However, the DJI Phantom One is perhaps the most popular among other drone models, as it was the first to be made widely available to consumers and had unbeatable specs.
For $849 (via TechCrunch), people could own their own quadcopter to use for aerial photography and videography. What also made the DJI Phantom One the preferred option was its compact size and ease of use, making it easy to play with for experienced professionals and novice hobbyists alike.
Today, most people can find a wide variety of tablets in the market. But it’s Apple’s iPad that brought tablets into style in the 2010s. Bridging the gap between laptops and smartphones, the iPad was a powerful and portable device that allowed people to perform tasks such as sending emails and playing videos without the bulkiness of a laptop.
It is also considered innovative for its touch-based interface with the signature user-friendly experience that Apple devices are known for. It also fits seamlessly into the ecosystem with other Apple devices, apps and accessories, making it a must-have for staunch enthusiasts of the technology brand.
Galaxy Z Fold
The flagship phones of major brands are known for pushing the boundaries of technology and introducing new and bold features to consumers. That’s exactly what the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold did when it was released in 2019, as it heralded the age of foldable, high-performance phones.
The phone’s foldable display allows it to transform neatly from a slim smartphone to a tablet-like phone thanks to its larger screen size. It’s a great phone with a lot of versatility and features, and it has undoubtedly led the way as other brands have phones that use similar flexible screens.
Consumers can find many Alexa-enabled smart devices in the market today. However, the original is the Amazon Echo released in 2014. It is considered ahead of its time as it was essentially the first voice activated smart speaker on the market.
Using Alexa, the Amazon Echo can play music, set reminders, and even answer simple questions from the user. This was made possible thanks to the Echo’s use of machine learning technology and natural language processing, enabling it to correctly respond to voice commands. Consumers focused on creating a smart home also appreciated how the Amazon Echo essentially acted as a smart hub that can control other connected gadgets in their home.
Over the past decade, 3D printers have grown in popularity, largely due to their multiplicity of applications. The MakerBot Replicator is arguably the first 3D printer to hit the market, as it was announced in 2009 and slowly released to those interested. In conjunction with programs such as Autodesk 3DS Max and Cinema 4D, the Makerbot Replicator can manufacture various physical objects.
What made MakerBot Replicator one of the best 3D printers is that it was also made for consumers and small businesses, rather than industrial companies. It was also easy to use and easy to use, which further made it accessible to those who are just starting to explore the 3D printing space.
One of the most commercially successful smartwatches has been produced and released by the tech giant Apple. The Apple Watch has been a delight for those who want a complete Apple ecosystem as it allows users to track their fitness, make calls and even read notifications while on the go.
The Apple Watch is also packed with various sensors that allow users to stay on top of their well-being. This includes a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, and GPS, making it a must-have for fitness enthusiasts. Aside from the barrage of useful features, the Apple Watch has also caught consumers’ attention with its sleek design and sophisticated look.
A Facebook subsidiary called Oculus VR is at the forefront of developing VR gadgets that take users to an immersive environment. The Oculus Rift, a VR headset, has been praised by gamers for allowing them to enjoy immersive VR games and experiences such as Epic Roller Coasters and Zenith.
What makes the Oculus Rift an innovative gadget is its highly advanced head-tracking technology that uses infrared cameras. This ensures that the user’s experiences are fully immersive and responsive. The headset also works with headphones that enable 3D audio, enabling a seamless virtual world. With the Oculus Rift, users can completely escape into an attractive digital landscape.
Released in 2016, the Nintendo Switch is the current console offered by Nintendo. Unlike its predecessor, the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch’s controllers can be removed, transforming it from a portable handheld gaming device into a traditional home console.
The Nintendo Switch controllers are called the Joy-Cons, and what makes them notable is that they have a variety of control options, including motion controls, allowing for local multiplayer gaming. It is also the exclusive console for popular franchises such as Zelda and Pokémon, which have had some exciting releases recently. With its innovative controllers and intriguing setup, the Nintendo Switch gaming experience is truly unlike any other.
Amazon Fire Stick
The 2010s also marked the beginning of the streaming era. That’s why devices like the Amazon Fire Stick, which turns basic TVs and displays into full-featured smart TVs, are revolutionary. Amazon Fire Stick in particular is loved by users for its convenience, user-friendly interface and smooth performance.
The Amazon Fire Stick allows users to stream content from various services such as Hulu, Netflix, and even Amazon’s own Prime Video. It can also be loaded with various third-party apps and games that can enhance the user’s viewing experience. Without it, boring TVs remain boring.
Tesla Model X
While electric vehicles are not a new technology, the Tesla Model X is considered a game-changer in the automotive industry thanks to its all-electric powertrain that provides smooth acceleration and instant torque. However, the car model is best known for its driver assistance technologies, including the full self-driving capability.
The car is packed with radar, ultrasonic sensors, GPS and cameras all of which are necessary for the driver assistance systems to be effective. The car is also known for its unique gull-wing doors and energy efficiency, allowing users to take it on long journeys without frequent recharging.
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