This year ushered in the new decade of technological advancements.
In 2010, 28.8% of humans used the Internet.
Nanotechnology, electric vehicles, and many other advancements were made this year. The 2010’s also introduced a new wave of device and hardware innovations and technological firsts.
Advancements of the Technology in 2010
How did technology progress in 2010? What technological firsts were humans introduced to at the beginning of the decade? Up next are all of the most significant technological advancements that happened in 2010!
The First iPad
The first iPad was introduced in April 2010. The launch of the iPad created a whole new category of computer devices that were never available before.
The iPad is a tablet, and many people saw it as a device between a smartphone and a laptop. The iPad featured abilities like playing music, sending and receiving emails, browsing the web, playing games, and downloading all the available apps on Apple’s App Store.
The launch of the first iPad in 2010 brought about a whole new smart device on the market that was never before seen. Soon, many other developers followed Apple and released their own tablets. The demand created in 2010 by the release of the iPad still exists and thrives to this day.
A New Social Media Wave
A new social media platform was released in 2010. The platform in question is Instagram. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger created Instagram. It took the Internet by storm and gained popularity quickly.
Instagram was created for sharing photos and videos. Also, what set Instagram apart was the use of filters, hashtags, and geographical tagging. Two months after the initial launch of Instagram, the platform already had one million users.
The Beginnings of Space Tourism
SpaceX, an American private space transportation company, launched the SpaceX Dragon into orbit in 2010. It was the first commercial spacecraft to return from orbit successfully.
The SpaceX Dragon was developed to resupply the International Space Station. However, it proved to be so much more. The triumphant return of the SpaceX Dragon offered a glimpse of hope for space tourism in the future. It showed the people that there is a chance to explore space without being an astronaut.
Also, another private company, Virgin Galactic, contributed to the beginnings of space tourism. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo made its first human-crewed flight. The fight lasted for six hours and 12 minutes and was piloted by Peter Siebold and Michael Alsbury.
Launch of the Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf was the first modern all-electric family hatchback to be produced for the mass market by a significant manufacturer. It was released in December 2010 in Japan and the United States.
It won the Green Card Vision award in 2010, and it ushered in a new era for Nissan in the electric vehicle market. The vision for producing this car was to appeal to the vast majority of drivers. Nissan achieved this by giving the car a family and modern look.
The Creation of the Molecular Robot
In May 2010, American scientists achieved a major breakthrough in nanotechnology. They created a spider-like robot that could be programmed to do human-like things. It could turn right, turn left, walk, or stop by using single-strand DNA molecules.
After achieving this breakthrough, scientists hoped to use this robot to treat diseases like diabetes and cancer.
Honorable Mentions for 2010
This year was eventful. Some more events that happened in 2010 that we would like to mention are:
- Flipboard, an app that gathers content from social media platforms, news forums, and blogs, was released. The app displays all the content in a magazine-like format.
- Looxcie was created by a parent who wanted to film his kids’ birthday parties without fumbling the camera. It is a camera worn in the ear and captures everything the person who wears it sees, hands-free, for up to five hours.
- Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey launched Square, a payment platform that enabled credit card processing via smartphones.
- Martin Aircraft introduced the first Jet Pack available for sale.
- Sony released the PlayStation Move, a motion game controller used with the PlayStation 3.
- Google and HTC released Google’s first Nexus smartphone.
- Microsoft released Microsoft Azure, a cloud-computing platform.
- The iPhone 4 was released on June 24, 2010, by Apple Inc. It represented the fourth generation of Apple smartphones. It featured a new look and design and was considered by Apple’s CEO as the thinnest smartphone at that time. Also, it introduced Apple’s new Operating System, the iOS 4, and Apple’s brand new service – FaceTime video chat. Another innovative feature of the iPhone 4 was the front-facing camera.
- Sony discontinued the production of the Walkman, which was released in 1979.
- After 15 years of research and experiments, the J. Craig Venter Institute team achieved something never done before. They created the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell. Their achievement showed that genomes could be designed by using a computer.
The beginning of the decade did not disappoint. Many world firsts were introduced, like the return of the SpaceX Dragon from orbit and the creation of the molecular robot. Also, all of the technological advancements had left room for even more significant improvements and innovations.
Many experts saw the potential that the developments in 2010 had to offer and joined the quest for an enhanced human experience.