10. Flip Video Camera
This all-digital video camera (and its subsequent iterations) made a joke out of more expensive camcorders that used tape and big batteries. It was something of an equalizer in that it had awesome one-button operation and was super-affordable, all while shooting high quality video.
The Flip may be dead now, but it helped kicked off the mobile video revolution.
9. Nintendo Wii
The Wii thrust Nintendo back into the spotlight for a bit with its gyroscope-based controls and its mostly family-friendly games, where the focus is always first and foremost to have fun.
8. MacBook Air
Apple’s super-thin laptop was a dream come true for travel warriors everywhere. It offered everything you needed and nothing that you didn’t, sacrificing the optical drive to keep the device as thin and portable as possible. Today, we have a slew of other thin and light PCs called Ultrabooks.
7. Xbox and Kinect
The Kinect opened up the Xbox wider than we anticipated. It was initially a way to interact with games, but it’s evolved into much more than that. A huge crowd of independent developers have taken it to new levels, integrating it with robots to map environments in 3D and respond to human gestures.
6. USB drive
Patented in 2000, the USB drive spread like wildfire as a way to quickly transport files between computers. You can now buy thumb drives with capacities as high as 256 GB, and we may soon see them coming in measures of terabytes.
5. Amazon Kindle
The Kindle has become the household name for e-readers. You can grab almost any book you can name and begin reading it in minutes without even leaving the house.