I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with gadgets and love getting something exciting that aims to step the game up. Here’s a look back at some of the most revolutionary gadgets of the 21st century.
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It’s fair to say that the 21st century has been ripe with technology. At some times it’s felt like when one gadget is revealed, there’s instantly another one to either compete or throw it completely out of the water. It’s an ever-changing industry, and it’s one that we can’t help but be obsessed with.
What are some of the gadgets that have completely changed the game and changed not only our own lives but how the industry works? Let’s take a look.
When it was first revealed, I had no intention of ever owning an iPod. Why did I need to? My prized (and extremely large) CD collection was fine as it was and I refused to let my CD player down. Fast forward a few months of being exposed to genius marketing, and all of a sudden an iPod is where it’s at. The iPod changed how we listen to music. Before the iPod, downloading music online was illegal and a crime. Apple brought in legally downloading music online and instantly putting it on your iPod. All of a sudden, I was wondering why I still needed CDs when I could have about 10,000 CDs all on one iPod.
Whilst not a console for hardcore gamers, the Wii did help change the gaming industry – particularly for Nintendo. Out of nowhere, the Wii introduced console gaming to people who had previously turned a blind eye to the sheer thought. Now, everyone was playing. It spiralled on a whole new generation of gamers, destroyed a few TVs in the process and reminded everyone of the brilliance of Mario. It even helped get some people exercising, with thanks to Wii Fit.
The USB Drive
Ah, the USB drive. Where would we be without you? Before the USB, it was all about burning onto disks or printing things. Similar to the iPod, the USB allowed you to carry vast amounts of data in one compact way. The fact that they aren’t bulky and can fit in your pocket is an extra bonus – just not when you loose it because it’s so tiny.
You can read a book on your computer? No way. Again, the Kindle was something I initially refused to get behind. I liked having a book collection and I wasn’t prepared to change. However, you can literally download a book and start reading it within seconds. Something you can’t always do with books. Nowadays, you can also annotate and bookmark sections which is super useful for referencing things! Ultimately though, it doesn’t beat out the feel and smell of getting a new book.
Ah, my beloved Netflix. DVDs are pretty cool and I do still buy them from time to time (As you’ll have guessed, I do like physical objects), but how awesome is it to have an entire library of TV and films available at your fingertips? Especially now that Netflix creates its very own content, you have a vast array of options! The only gripe is that it doesn’t exactly cure my indecisiveness… Sometimes, I’ll spend more time choosing something than I will watching it and then end up watching the same episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race or Community as last time.
Basically, the 21st century has been great for gadgets. One thing’s for sure though, it’s only going to get bigger and better as technology advances. I, for one, can’t wait to see what the next cool gadget will be!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Buy Kangertech. Have a gander on the Vapelux site and see what takes your fancy, they have some great gadgets on there including the Kanger Subox Starter Kit. As always, all opinions in this post are my own.