When it comes to tech history, 2007 was a very important year. Twitter and Facebook reached new benchmarks, while Steve Jobs blew everyone’s mind with the introduction of the iPhone. The tech boom took the world by storm, generating unexpected innovations.
In 2007, 20.0% of the world population was using the Internet.
Advancements of the Technology in 2007
We will look at the most significant technological developments from 2007 and see how different things once were.
Launch of iPhone
The iPhone was a combination of a cell phone, music player, and web browser. The new functionalities came in the form of applications that you could download at the online store. The phone has built-in GPS navigation, touch screen, voice dication, texting, a high-definition camera, and weather reports.
The 2007 release was the first of its kind, and it is definitely the obvious choice for one of the most important technological advancements in 2007.
Founding of Airbnb
In 2007, Airbnb was founded by Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky. They were former schoolmates and roommates, and they came up with an idea to put an air mattress in their living room and turn it into bed and breakfast. A simple site called airbedandbreakfast.com was created, and they bought three air mattresses which they arranged in their loft.
Chesky and Gebbia quickly realized that this could be a good idea. They were later joined by a third co-founder called Nathan Blecharczyk.
Release Of The Kindle
Creating an electronic reading system was attempted by many companies. One of the first to gain a large following among consumers was Amazon when the company released the Kindle. The first Kindle featured an SD card slot that allowed increased storage and wireless access to content through Amazon.com.
There was a long delay in delivering systems on release since the first release was very popular. More video and audio capabilities were added to the follow-on version of the Kindle.
The OLPC XO
The OLPC XO, also known as the 2B1, Children’s Machine, and $100 laptop, was introduced. It was intended to be distributed to children in less developed countries on Earth and to provide them with access to knowledge.
The computer was created by Nicholas Negroponte and designed by Yves Behar’s Fuseproject company. The laptop was developed by OLPC (One Laptop per Child), and it was manufactured by Quanta Computer.
Portal Is Introduced
Valve Entertainment created Portal. The game featured a robot named GlaDOS, a science fiction setting, and complicated puzzles for players to solve.
The game won many awards, including Most Innovative Design, Best Puzzle Game for PC, Game of the Year, and many more. It is even included in the 100 greatest video games of all time list by Time magazine. The game was also recognized as one of the most influential games of the twenty-first century by Wired.
Dropbox Is Founded
Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi founded Dropbox. It was designed as a cloud-based service used for convenient access and storage of files. By uploading their files on the vast server farms of Dropbox, users could instantly access them on any of their computers or devices that had Dropbox installed.
The “freemium” business model that Dropbox offered allowed basic and limited file management for free. Those who wanted a higher bandwidth had to pay a fee.
Release of Scratch
Scratch was designed by a team led by Mitchel Resnick. Its development began in 2003. However, it was introduced in 2007 to the public. The free programming language had a number of applications in educational settings, at it was intended to be used by parents, students, and educators as a teaching language. These included social studies, language arts, computer science, and math.
The interface allowed beginners to write programs by organizing and stacking block commands. Nowadays, Scratch has millions of users all over the world, and it is available in over 40 languages.
Honorable Mentions for 2007
Picking out significant trends and stories was tough, so we want to make sure we don’t forget anything. Some other events we don’t want to forget mentioning are:
- Facebook hits 20 million users just three years after It was launched.
- The 2007 version of Apple’s Core 2 Duo model was launched.
- The first Phenom X4 processor was released by AMD.
- The Core 2 Dui Processor E4600 was released by Intel.
- Hulu, a TV and movies streaming service, was launched as a rare act of cooperation between NBC Universal, Fox Broadcasting, and the Disney-ABC Television Group.
- Tumblr, a blogging and social networking website, was launched.
- Street View, a virtual representation of our surroundings, is introduced by Google.
- The Apple iPhone jailbreaking method was introduced to the public.
- Office 2007 and Microsoft Windows Vista were released by Microsoft.
- The Storm Worm, also known as Nuwar or Peacom, infected about 10 million computers.
- The first Apple TV was released.
- SoundCloud, one of the dominant audio streaming platforms, was established in Berlin, Germany.
- Apple announced it would drop computers from its name since it became a company that deals with more than just computers.
- Google releases Google Docs, which providers word processing tools and free web-based spreadsheets.
- The First 1TB hard disk drive was announced by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
- PlayStation 3, a successor to PlayStation 2, was released by Sony Computer Entertainment.
Whether they changed the way humans ride or read, these notable inventions from 2007 influenced the industry and the lives of humans. What are the next crop of inventions, technological firsts, and breakthroughs that the next year will bring?