Technology keeps changing and evolving. It never fails to surprise us. Every time something new comes up, we are left awestruck.
Here are the top 10 inventions that rocked the technology sector last decade changing it for the good.
- Augmented Reality
We have heard the term virtual reality a number of times in the past. It is a technology with the help of which you get the feeling of being in a different place with different surroundings altogether.
However, unlike virtual reality, augmented reality does not require you to inhibit a completely different ecosystem. However, it superimposes the virtual segments in the same ecosystem as yours, i.e., in your natural environment. These superimposed objects are seen only to the user which gives the user a sense of how it would originally be if the objects were present there physically.
Some popular applications of augmented reality include Google Skymap & PokemonGo.
- Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has started to make its presence felt in all the areas of technology. The past decade has seen the permeation of AI in almost every sector of technology advancement, be it a new platform or a new device.
Although AI is not new in the market, the various sub-branches of AI have seen many changes and breakthroughs in the last decade. For example biometrics.
- Internet of Things
IoT is an acronym for the Internet of Things. IoT has changed how businesses function. IoT has especially changed the way the manufacturing industry functions and is monitored.
Along with the manufacturing industry, IoT also makes its presence felt in applications such as smart homes, a concept wherein all the appliances in the house are connected and can be controlled remotely.
IoT also finds applications in the medical industry. It can be used to remotely keep track of a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, etc. IoT is also used in health monitoring devices such as pacemakers.
- 3D Printing
While 3D printing has been around for years, the last decade has seen the introduction of 3D printing in the market. We can now find 3D printed metal parts and even organs.
The 3D printing technology has proved to be of great convenience in the market. For example, there is no need to ship a particular part from one location to the other, the design files can be sent securely, and at the location, the metal object can be printed as required with the help of 3D printers and the design files.
- Computer Vision
Computer vision is a sub-field of artificial intelligence which deals with the ability of computers to acquire, process and analyze images, extract useful data from images, find similar patterns in various images, etc.
The past few years have seen computer vision being used in applications like surveillance cameras, inspecting the products on the production line for defects, object recognition and detection, motion detection, character recognition, etc.
- Touchscreen and infinity display
Although the touchscreen technology was first patented in the 1970’s, it was not until recent years that the touchscreen has gained commercial importance. Today, touchscreens are a crucial feature of all the devices in the market. Right from our mobile phones to the navigation systems on the dashboard of our cars, all are equipped with touchscreens which make it easy for us to access the systems.
The latest term that we have been coming across in this regard is “infinity display”. Every device with a touchscreen has a screen to body ratio. The same applies to infinity displays as well, however, these types of displays intended to reduce this ratio to the maximum possible.
- Crowdfunding websites
The mode of funding a project by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people is called as crowdfunding. Traditionally, you’d have to spend days on end going through your paperwork and getting it ready to show to potential investors and trying to convince them to invest in you. With crowdfunding, you present your case and idea to a number of potential investors, thus, saving your time and energy. The concept of crowdfunding was brought to the internet by a website named Kickstarter. A number of similar websites such as GoFundMe, RocketHub, Crowdrise etc. have followed suit.
- Cloud computing
Cloud computing provides us with a number of features such as a centralized database, data analysis, ease of access over large geographical locations, renting services off the cloud, etc. among others. This has made cloud computing a very convenient solution for major business and technology issues.
Although cloud computing isn’t a new idea or technology, it is just over the past decade that cloud computing is being developed and used to its full capacity.
- Human-like robots
The field of robotics has seen an upheaval with the introduction of human-like robots. These robots are able to showcase human behavior such as walking, sitting and even tasks such as playing badminton.
The latest advancement in this field comes with the unveiling of Sophia, the human-like robot which is said to have human-like thinking capacities.
- Social Networking
Social networking has changed the way we react with people. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., has provided us with a platform to voice our opinions and interact with people, create our web presence, etc. Social networking sites are also used to expand businesses to reach a wide audience at the same time.
This cannot be said to be a comprehensive list of all the wonderful technology advances that the decade had to offer to us. Even if we start listing things out, by the time we reach the end, there will be something new in the market and the list will continue. All we can do is try to keep updated and keep a look out for what’s next that is waiting to amaze us.
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