To celebrate Majik House’s 20th birthday we take a look back at the biggest milestones in technology from the past 20 years, from the birth of Google to the Amazon Drone and everything in-between.
- 1998 – Google Founded
Creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in a Californian garage. In its first year Google was answering up to 10,000 searches a day, now it processes 3.5 billion. It is used in every country in the world (even North Korea) and quickly coined the phrase ‘Just Google it’. Time Magazine recently documented about the detrimental effects of having all the information in the universe at our fingertips. “24/7 access to limitless information is not only bad for human discourse—it’s also making us worse at remembering things, regardless of whether we try. And even if we aren’t conscious of it, our brains are primed to think about the Internet as soon as we start trying to recall the answer to a tough trivia question. Essentially, Google has become our collective mental crutch.”
- 1999 – Bluetooth
The development of this wireless technology was used for exchanging data over a short distance from devices such as computers, digital camera and more recently mobile phone and earpieces.
The name ’Bluetooth’ reflects the Scandinavian origins of the technology. It’s named after a Danish Viking, whose name translated to ‘Bluetooth’. He united and controlled Denmark and Norway, hence the association of linking devices through Bluetooth.
- 2000 – Nokia 3310
The Nokia 3310 has become somewhat of a cult classic. The device was launched at the turn of the century and sold an astonishing 126 units. To put that into perspective, the highest selling mobile phone before the 3310 was the Motorola flip phone from 1996, which sold 60 million units.
The Nokia phone instantly connected millions of us around the world, introducing us all to the world of text messaging and most importantly Snake!
- 2001 – First Gen IPod
Changing the way we listen to music forever!
Gone were the days of Vinyl, tape cassettes and cd collections. The kids of the “Noughties” will never understand the frustration of trying to fit a Sony Walkman into your jeans pocket, let along finding somewhere to stash the CDs!
There were downfalls in apples first musical offering, the 1st generation was only mac compatible and relied on the transporting of music from CDs, as the ITunes store didn’t launch until 2003.
- 2002 – Skype
The Video messaging service has changed the way in which we communicate, allowing users to interface through multiple time zones. Before the service launched the ability to speak to someone face-to-face from the other side of their world was something only documented though Si-Fi.
Today Skype is used for a number of different roles, from conference calling to receiving a diagnosis from your virtual doctor.
- 2003 – 4K
The first commercially available 4K camera for cinematography was the ‘Dalsa Origin’ in 2003. However, it wasn’t until much later in 2014 that 4K content was available in the home.
Within the past 4 years this service has begun to integrate into our homes. Unfortunately, the amount of available 4k content is still relatively low, with both the BBC and Netflix promising to make more future content 4k ready.
- 2004 – Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard Dorm founded ‘The’ Facebook in 2004. Built as an internal networking system for the University, the site has now become the world’s biggest form of global communication with 2.07 billion people around the world holding an account. At any one time it is believed that 1.5 billion people around the world are online accessing Facebook. With projected growth of the company to meet 3 billion account holders by 2021.
- 2005 – YouTube
The brainchild of 3 former PayPal employees, YouTube provided a platform for the sharing of video content. Astonishingly around 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day. Therefore it is not surprising that in 2006 Google purchased the site for $1.65 Billion.
Today 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, with the title of ‘Most Viewed Video’ belonging to Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’, which compiled a staggering 4.71 billion views in 1 year.
- 2006 – Downloads
In March 2006 Gnarls Barkley made chart music history by becoming the first act ever to have a single reach number one in the UK through digital download sales alone. The song lasted 9 weeks at number 1. Now, music streaming counts for over 50% of sales, officially overtaking physical sales in 2017.
- 2007 – First Gen IPhone
“This is only the beginning” were the words of Steve Jobs as he unveiled the 1st Generation IPhone to a full auditorium in Silicon Valley. The dream child of Jobs, the 1st IPhone included Visual Voicemail, multi-touch, email, Safari, threaded text messaging and YouTube. It was available in 4, 6 and 18 MB and spearheaded the start of the evolution in to mobile connectivity globalisation.
- 2008 – 4G
4G is the fourth generation of mobile technology that follows on from the existing 3G service. The technology built upon what 3G offered, but does everything at a much faster speed. Standard 4G is around five to seven times faster than its predecessor, offering speeds of up to 150Mbps and to date a lot more rural areas that 3G could every reach.
- 2009 – Bitcoin
Bitcoin is a ‘crypto currency’ and worldwide payment system. It is the first decentralized currency, as the system is the first in the world to work without a central bank. A process called mining creates the currency. Which in its simplest form consists of currency that is lost over Internet transactions then ‘mined’ and turned into Bitcoin.
At time of writing, 1 Bitcoin is currently worth £8395.24, after the currency’s value Sky rocketed in 2017.
- 2010 – Nest
Co-founded by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest was at the forefront of bringing the Internet of Things (IOT) into our day-to-day lives, by the simple integration of controlling the heating within your home. The IOT movement saw an increase in DIY automation. The term was created to cover items within the home that have a direct connection to the internet.
- 2011 – 3D TV
3D in film has been around for some time, however in 2011 Samsung brought the power of 3D viewing in to our homes. The technology however soon turned out to be short lived, as people didn’t enjoy sitting in their living room with 3D glasses on, the whole processes became very unsociable!
- 2012 – Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos describe themselves as “the most significant development in audio since surround-sound.” So, what is Dolby Atmos? Simply it is the certification of an audio system that allows the viewer to hear exactly what the director intended, from the right angle, correct volume and precise time, to totally immerse the audience in sound.
- 2013 – Netflix
Netflix arrived in our homes in 2013 and began to change the way we watched TV forever. Originally set up in 1997, Netflix began by processing Mail-order films, delivering the latest blockbusters to your door. In 2013 it expanded into the online distribution we know and use today. Netflix now has a global audience of 104 million. The service gives its clients the ability to no longer rely on live content. Viewers can choose what they want to watch and when they want to watch it.
- 2014 – Alexa
2014 saw a dramatic leap forward in the world of smart home technology with the arrival of voice control being available to the masses. ‘Amazon Echo’ was the first general release voice activated device that was adopted worldwide. To use Alexa’s basic function is today nearly faultless, ask her the time, what are the top headlines or to play some Beyoncé and she can easily become your very own Jeeves. However, when integrated with other devises Alexa can be a bit stubborn, let’s just say there’s room for improvement.
- 2015 – Apple Watch
Apple diversified its range once again in 2015 with the launch of its Iwatch, the combination of a classic timepiece mixed with your iPhone. The watch allows you to receive notification, email, and text messages straight from your wrist. Plus listen to music, scroll though pictures and read the news. Basically, most things you can do on an iPhone, just on a much smaller scale.
- 2016 – Amazon Drone Delivery
Amazon is now the biggest online retailer in the world, processing 1.6 million packages a day, a figure that is set only to increase as we shop more online than ever before. It was reported that on an average day an Amazon delivery driver has between 150 – 200 parcels to deliver. Therefore in 2016 Amazon premiered its first delivery drone. ‘Prime Air’ states that its service will allow customers to receive their parcel in 30 minutes from placing the order. Amazon are currently using the UK as a test bed for the service, so next time you’re out for a stroll, don’t forget to look up!
- 2017 – Samsung Family Hub
Samsung’s Smart Fridge was a huge development in the world of IOT. A device that can detect products, send alerts when stock is running low, reorder and even suggest recipes, the smart fridge is fast becoming the home cook’s best friend.
- 2018 – The rise of AI
R&D into new and innovative products in the technology market are often in the works for years before they finally come to market. In some ways this means we can see a snapshot into the future when it comes to the tech market and the buzz for 2018 is all about AI. With companies such as Facebook and Microsoft pumping millions of dollars into AI development it will soon become a part of our everyday lives. From Robots performing medical diagnostics to self-drive cars, the future may in fact already be here!
Majik House has always been at the forefront of new developments in the world of technology. As often these revolutionary products work well on their own, but struggle to integrate with others.
The knowledge of the integration of these systems is where we come into our own! Over the past 20 years we have come across many challenges when adopting new technology into the home. all progression comes with challenges, but is always highly rewarding when everything comes together!