50 surprising things that didn’t exist 10 years ago
Depending on who you ask (and how his or her decade went), 2009 might seem like just a few minutes ago or eons away. Looking back, the United States in 2009 had just elected the first African American president; Instagram was still just a speck in the imaginations of its two future inventors; and Juul didn’t exist. Many of today’s hallmarks of modern life––from social networks and online dating to preventive medicine and meal delivery kits––have been introduced in these critical 10 years.
If someone calls out “Hey, Alexa!” now, most people will assume that the person is talking to a robot, not a human. Alexa is just one example of a personal robotic home device that can do anything from turning on the lights to changing a song that you’re listening to on your home speaker. Amazon debuted smart home speakers in 2014 with the Echo, and while many people have since gotten hooked on the novelty and convenience of the smart assistant of sorts, personal robots have been drawn into question by privacy advocates.
iPhones were nothing new 10 years ago, but voice command on the iPhone was. The idea that you could ask your phone verbally to call or text someone was just an idea back in 2009, until Apple debuted the Siri voice command feature in 2011.
Glasses for the vision impaired
In an incredible technological feat, a pair of glasses that could mimic sight for the visually impaired was developed in 2017. The company eSight helps many patients live similar lives to those with good eyesight see clearly thanks to high-resolution screens and revolutionary software.