When the decade began, technology meant promise – cars that could be driven automatically, social networks that could be used to take down dictators. Technology connected us in ways that we could barely imagine. With less than a week for the decade to end, let’s have highlights of the gadgets that have defined the past ten years of our life. Remember that with coming up of every new gadget there’s a unique thought process tangled with it. So without wasting much of time let’s have a look at the decade’s best gadgets.
(They are not in any priority order)
1. Apple iPad:
The first-ever iPad was released in April 2010. It revolutionized the definition of a tablet; until then the tablet computer was just considered science fiction. Interestingly, the iPad was the first Apple-designed product that used its processor – “A4”. It featured a 9.7 inch, 1024 by 768-pixel display, and options for 16,32, or 64 gigabytes of storage. Apple iPad resulted in a cultural shift for personal computing and set the tone of portable devices. The product also indicated the arrivals of iBooks and the iBookstore with the anticipation that people might want to read in the new format. Sales of iPad were pretty high, around 300,000 were sold at launch. There were times where sales of iPads were outselling Macs on a quarterly basis.
2. Tesla Model S:
Tesla Model S – ‘a car no less than the gadget’ produced by Tesla Motors, it was introduced to the market in July 2012. This car is trying to shape the trajectory of the automotive industry by forcing competitors to come up with electric cars. Model S has high-strength architecture and a floor-mounted battery pack allowing for incredible impact protection. It has one of the quickest acceleration on Earth – from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.4 seconds. It has the longest electric range of any car on the road – up to 373 miles.
Tesla Model S has eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors on board to detect lane lines and surrounding objects—providing 360 degrees of visibility, at all times.
3. Gravity Jet Suit:
Is it Iron Man jet suit? Yes, it’s a real-life Iron Man Jet Suit, a device from Gravity Industries that allows you to fly at about 32 mph for up to nine minutes at a single stretch. It has over 1,050 horsepower (more than that of Bugatti Veyron) and can reach over 12,000 feet. The suit sells for about $440,000 (yes, you thought it correct – unless you hit a lottery, you aren’t buying one).
4. DJI Phantom:
You might not be amazed by seeing the drone but will surely be if you are able to see what it captures up in the sky. It’s the most popular and recognizable drone – its all-white design makes it difficult to get eyes off it. Phantom is the first choice for all the beginner pilots because of its less complex piloting.
5. Apple Watch:
The apple watch was first introduced by Tim Cook in September 2014. This is Apple’s most customizable product. Cook describes the Apple Watch as “the most personal device Apple has created”; it’s accurate within plus or minus 50 milliseconds. It has the ability to track health activity, communicate with friends and run a wide range of apps. It can also make retail payments.
6. Nintendo Switch:
It’s a video game console developed by Nintendo, released in March 2017. It is a hybrid console that can be used as a stationary as well as a portable device. It handily takes the crown as the best video game console of the decade.
7. Google Chromecast:
Google Chromecast redefined the way people used to stream media. It’s one of the best streaming devices of the decade. Google Chromecast is a cheap, simple way to watch content right to your television. It plugs into your television and grants you access to streaming services. The simplicity of Google Chromecast allows practically anyone with a smart remote to control the streaming applications.
8. Raspberry Pi:
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit card-sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor and can be used with a keyboard and mouse. This device enables people of all ages to explore computing and learn how to program in languages like Python and Scratch. It’s capable of doing almost everything that you would expect a normal computer to do. It costs between $5 and $35.
9. Amazon Echo:
They are a brand of smart speakers developed by Amazon. Echo devices are connected to the voice-controlled personal assistant. The device’s features include music playback, voice interaction, setting alarms, etc. It can also control various other smart devices. Amazon Echo has emerged as Amazon’s sleeper hit, a hot-selling gadget that’s being hailed as the standard-bearers for an entirely new computing prototype in which Amazon has certainly an edge over rivals.
10. Google Pixel:
Pixel is an android smartphone designed, developed and marketed by Google. They emphasized more on the camera (8 MP front camera with f/2.4 lens; 12.3 MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and IR laser-assisted auto-focus; 1.55 μm pixel size). Pixel’s camera ranked as the best smartphone camera on DxOMarkMobile with 90 points. Another unique selling point of Pixel is its unlimited cloud storage for pictures on Google Photos.
To sum up, the decade was one of the most amazing with respect to innovations.