Tech’s 30-Year Flashback
Tech’s 30-Year Flashback
The Hip and Happening Innovations
That Are Younger Than Your Favourite Mixtape
Ever feel like your CD collection is practically a relic from ancient times? Well, you’re not alone! Let’s take a stroll down memory lane – or should we say, a quick jog, because we’re talking about tech that’s younger than 30!
World Wide Web (WWW)
Imagine a world without cat videos and memes. Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee, we've been surfing the web since 1991. That's right, the Internet is just a smidge older than your high school yearbook. With the web came along Web Browsers: Netscape Navigator, the explorer of the early web, hit the scene in the mid-'90s. Dial-up tones and AIM chats, anyone?
DVD (Digital Versatile Disc)
First of all, did you know DVD stood for Digital Versatile Disc? I thought the V stood for Video!?
Before binge-watching was a thing, there was the DVD. Introduced in 1995, it's the OG of movie nights. Bet you never thought your Jurassic Park DVD was a dino-treasure!
Ever marveled at the magic of wireless internet? The first version of Wi-Fi stepped onto the scene in 1997. Say goodbye to dial-up, and hello to the sweet sound of a modem handshake. A prototype test bed for a wireless local area network (WLAN) was developed in 1992 by a team of researchers from the Radiophysics Division of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia, led by John O'Sullivan.
Ready Player One? The first PlayStation hit the gaming stage in 1994. Remember the days of pixelated characters and epic button-mashing? Good times!
Remember those chunky cameras with film rolls? Digital cameras started snapping away in the late '80s and early '90s, capturing memories without the need for a trip to the photo lab.
Got a wireless speaker? Thank Bluetooth, the tech prodigy born in 1994. Cue the '90s dance party tunes!
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
USB, the superhero of all connectors, was introduced in 1996. One plug to rule them all – who knew simplicity could be so revolutionary?
The soundtrack of the '90s was undoubtedly the birth of the MP3 format. Your mixtape may be a nostalgic treasure, but it's got nothing on the digital revolution.
There you have it, tech time-travelers!
These innovations may be younger than your favourite childhood snacks,
but they’ve certainly left a lasting impression on the world.
Who knows what the next 30 years have in store for us? Stay tuned for the next blast from the tech past!