15 Inventions From the 2010s We Can't Live Without — Best Life (2022)

It's hard to believe life in 2010 was that much different from life today. But if you really went back in time 10 years, you'd be surprised by the culture shock. You couldn't pull out your iPhone 11 to order an Uber, much less break out Apple Pay whenever you wanted to buy something. You couldn't Postmates dinner to eat while watching a Netflix original series. To be clear, those of us who use these services know we don't exactly need them to survive, and that we're lucky to have them at our disposal. But when you've come to rely on these things—as many of us have over the past decade—it can be hard to imagine life without them. To help you see how far we've come come, we've rounded up all the groundbreaking 2010s inventions that have become ingrained in our everyday lives.

1

Uber

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You can't always count on finding a cab, and public transportation can be inconvenient or unreliable. But getting to your destination is almost too easy with rideshare apps like Uber. As common as it is now, Uber wasn't actually an option until 2010. The brainchild of Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, the app was developed in 2009; after being unveiled in San Francisco, the first ever Uber trip was taken in July 2010. Flash forward to 2019, and Uber is now an international venture available in more than 700 cities.

2

Postmates

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People who rely on Postmates can't remember what the world was like without it, but the platform wasn't created until 2011. And while food delivery apps like GrubHub were around before then, Postmates' invention was unique in that it was the first to deliver not only food, but also anything from dry cleaning to groceries. Postmates has given us a new conception of what can be delivered—and how quickly it can get to us.

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Netflix originals

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In 2019, chances are you're hooked on at least one Netflix original series. From massive hits like Stranger Things and Orange Is the New Black to more under-the-radar series, Netflix has produced hours and hours of content for anyone and everyone to binge-watch. It all started in 2013 when Netflix released its first original series, House of Cards. Since then they've branched out to films, earning a heap of accolades in the process, and given us more content than any of us could possibly keep up with.

4

Instagram

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When you take a good selfie these days, it goes straight to the Instagram feed. But before 2010, there wasn't a social media platform purely dedicated to uploading and sharing photos. Kevin Systrom built Instagram in 2010, and according to Forbes, the app had 500,000 people signing up every week within a year.

Now there are nearly one billion active monthly users on Instagram worldwide, and people are still joining every day. (We're looking at you, Jennifer Aniston!)

5

iMessage

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If you've sent a text from an Apple device to someone else with an Apple device, you know the comfort of the familiar blue bubbles that let you know you're using Apple's built-in instant messaging service, iMessage. Apple launched iMessage—which allows Apple users to send an unlimited number of messages for free—in 2011, a time when most people still had wireless carriers that charged for every text sent and received. Could you imagine spending 20 cents every time you sent or received a text? No, thank you!

6

iPad

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Over the last decade, we've gotten Apple Watches, AirPods, and, most recently, the iPhone 11. And then there's the iPad, which feels like a mainstay, but didn't come into our lives until 2010. In January of that year, Steve Jobs released Apple's newest creation, and more than 300,000 iPads sold on the first day. Today, 20 additional models have been released. The idea of a convenient portable tablet once seemed like science fiction, but by 2018,more than 350 million iPads had sold worldwide.

7

Online crowdfunding

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Browsing your Facebook feed, you've surely come across more than one GoFundMe request urging you to donate money. However, this form of crowdfunding, where users create campaigns to raise money online, didn't really take off until 2010. Kickstarter launched in 2009 and was subsequently named one of the "50 Best Inventions of 2010" byTime. GoFundMe arrived shortly thereafter, in 2010. These services have made it easier for people to raise money for everything from pursuing creative endeavors to paying off expensive medical bills—with billions of dollars raised between them.

8

Endless ways to pay

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Before 2010, your payment options were pretty much limited to card or cash. These days, you can branch out. Don't have your card on you? Apple Pay was introduced in 2014, allowing people to pay with their phone. And the 2010 invention of Square—another of Time's "50 Best Inventions" that year—gave anyone the power to process credit card payments.

9

Venmo

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Whether it's splitting the bill for a meal or giving somebody gas money, the phrase "I'll Venmo you" has become a constant in our daily conversations. Founded in 2009, and launched publicly in 2012, Venmo has brought about a new age of paying people back (and making sure you get what you're owed). By the end of 2018, the app had become so widely used that it had processed around $62 billion in payments for the year.

10

Siri

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Before 2010, you couldn't ask Siri to send a text, look up a song, or set an alarm. Now if you have an iPhone, you've got your own personal assistant—they just happen to be virtual. Siri was released as an app for Apple devices in 2010 before it became integrated into Apple devices in 2011. And now, simply saying "Hey, Siri" opens up a world of possibilities for using your phone with just your voice.

11

Smart home assistants

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It wasn't only Siri we were lacking: Before this decade, we didn't have smart home assistants like Alexa and Google Home either. Amazon released Alexa in 2014 and Google followed with Google Home in 2016, allowing for an easier way to control the electronics in your home. Who could have imagined that by the end of the 2010s you'd be able to do so much simply by using your voice?

12

Apple Maps

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The ability to track your location and get directions to just about anywhere with your phone has certainly been a game changer over the past decade. And while Google Maps launched first, the creation of Apple Maps in 2012 was an important step in having a GPS automatically synced and defaulted to your phone on purchase. Whichever you're using, chances are you haven't consulted a paper map in years. Sure you can get around without Apple Maps, but sometimes you keep it open anyway—you know, just in case.

13

4G Coverage

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Many of us are so conditioned to wireless coverage and high speeds that we take both for granted. Imagine waiting minutes for something to load on your phone. Before 2010, however, that was the reality for many of us. Rolling out in 2010, 4G coverage was the first major invention to give smartphones the upper hand in data speed, matching that of a personal computer. And while it was momentous at its time, 4G is now being traded up for an even faster connection with 5G.

14

Airfryers

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In 2010, Philips released the very first Airfryer—an invention that has now taken over kitchens worldwide. Despite the name, an air fryer cooks (as opposed to frying) a multitude of foods from chicken tenders to baked potatoes. It's convenient, it's healthier, and it's everywhere. Since the first Airfryer, other brands like Ninja and Farberware have gone on to release their own versions of what may be this decade's greatest kitchen innovation.

15

Boxed mattresses

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You can get a lot sent right to your door these days, and that includes a new mattress. The revolution of boxed mattresses started with the 2014 invention of Casper, a brand dedicated to selling memory foam mattresses online. These would then be shipped to your home in a box. So compact! So luxurious! So easy! Since then, various brands—from Allswell to Purple—have shown up on the scene with their own boxed mattresses, making another part of life all the more convenient.

FAQs

What inventions were made in the 2010s? ›

The 10 biggest tech breakthroughs of the 2010s
  • Smart devices. 10 years ago, Alexa and Siri were just a pair of pretty names. ...
  • Ride-hailing apps. ...
  • Movie-streaming. ...
  • 4G. ...
  • Targeted ads. ...
  • Self-driving cars. ...
  • Cryptocurrencies. ...
  • Two-factor authentication.
17 Dec 2019

What is an invention that you could not live without? ›

The wheel was probably the most important mechanical invention of all time.

What is the most important invention in the last 20 years? ›

WiFi, smartphones and online banking

These have been named the top three inventions of the last 25 years. For the products and developments which have impressed us most over the last quarter of a century and made the biggest impact on our lives: 48% chose WiFi as their favorite and most impactful invention.

What technology was invented in the year 2010? ›

In 2010, the iPad ushered in an entirely new category of computing devices.

What happened in 2010s technology? ›

The 2010s saw the rise of everyday technology. Social media, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence radically changed our day-to-day lives. iPads, smartwatches, fitness trackers, true wireless earphones, electric cars—the list of innovations from this decade is a long one.

What are the 2010s known as? ›

The 2010s (pronounced ''twenty-tens"; shortened to "the '10s", also known as "The Tens" or more rarely "The Teens") was the decade that began on January 1, 2010, and ended on December 31, 2019.

What inventions do we not need? ›

Your guess is as good as ours.
...
There is absolutely no need for any of these to enter your life. Ever.
  • A walking sleeping bag. ...
  • Butterstick. ...
  • Shoe umbrellas. ...
  • Avocado saver. ...
  • Breast cushion. ...
  • Fish training kit. ...
  • USB pet rock.
6 Oct 2013

What inventions can make life easier? ›

37 Small Inventions That Make Life Easier
  • Take the Elbow Grease Out of Tough Cleaning Jobs With a Drill Brush. ...
  • Keep Your Cash Right in Your Water Bottle With the Kangaroo Autoseal Water Bottle. ...
  • Forget Trying to Remember Combinations With This Fingerprint Padlock.
22 Oct 2021

What are some inventions that made life easier? ›

Here are our top picks for the most important inventions of all time, along with the science behind the invention and how they came about.
  • The wheel. ...
  • The nail. ...
  • The compass. ...
  • The printing press. ...
  • The internal combustion engine. ...
  • The telephone. ...
  • The light bulb. ...
  • Penicillin.
22 Dec 2021

How has technology changed since 2010? ›

The 2010s were a decade of phenomenal innovation, led largely by the transition to mobile and the rise of data, which accelerated the growth of AI, e-commerce, social media, and biotechnology. In the 2020s, additional foundational changes will take place as data latency shortens and AI algorithms improve.

Which invention do you think change human life? ›

Automobile. Although the birth of the modern car is often said to have occurred in 1886, when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen, automobiles had been in the works since 1769, when Nicolas-Joseph Cugno developed the steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation.

What was computers like in 2010? ›

Intel released the first Core i5 desktop processor over 3.0 GHz, the i5-650 (4 M cache, 3.20 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) in January 2010. Intel released the first Core i3 desktop processors, the i3-530 (4 M cache, 2.93 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) and the i3-540 (4 M cache, 3.06 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB), on January 7, 2010.

How has technology helped the world 10 examples? ›

Without these advancements, everything from deadly illnesses to identity theft would be much more prevalent.
  • Improved healthcare. ...
  • Safer online payments. ...
  • Online grocery shopping. ...
  • The rise of smart cities. ...
  • Reduce wasted resources with used items. ...
  • Exercise incentive. ...
  • Telecommuting opportunities. ...
  • Instant answers to everything.

What were popular things in 2010? ›

52 Pop Culture Moments That Will Take You Back to 2010 — Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Included
  • Katy Perry Turned Up the Heat in the "California Gurls" Music Video. ...
  • Sex and the City 2 Made Us Cherish Our Friends. ...
  • If "Like a G6" Isn't STILL Going Through Your Head to This Day, You Did 2010 Wrong.
12 Aug 2020

What important things happened in 2010? ›

What Happened in 2010 Major News Events, Popular Culture, History Prices
  • Ongoing financial crisis and recession. ...
  • Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver. ...
  • China launches their second moon probe. ...
  • United Arab Emirates -- Burj Khalifa Opens. ...
  • SpaceX successfully launched Dragon capsule.

What was popular in the early 2010s? ›

25 Early 2010s Things That You Probably Haven't Thought About In A Long Time
  • Apple released its very first iPad. ...
  • Lady Gaga wore a meat dress made of flank steaks to the MTV Video Music Awards. ...
  • One Direction was formed on X Factor UK. ...
  • Instagram launched, and we decided to add vignettes and hashtags to every photo we had.
24 May 2021

What was new in 2010? ›

Decade in Review: A look back at what happened in 2010
  • Haiti earthquake. ...
  • Sachin Tendulkar scores first double century in One Day International (ODI) cricket. ...
  • Chile earthquake. ...
  • The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull. ...
  • BP oil spill. ...
  • David Cameron becomes UK prime minister. ...
  • Trapped Chilean miners rescued.
31 Dec 2019

What era is 2010 2020 called? ›

2000-09 is well known as the noughties, 2013-19 is the teenies, leaving 2010-12 as the inbetweenies.

What can I invent as a student? ›

Inventions for Staying Organized and Mess-Free
  • Billfold that organizes money by denomination for blind people.
  • Clothing tags to help match and coordinate clothes.
  • Computer program that catalogs videotapes.
  • Toothpaste cap that minimizes waste and mess.
  • Ice cream container that minimizes mess.
1 Feb 2021

What inventions will we have in the future? ›

These technology innovations will pave for a safer future.
  • Bionic Eyes. ...
  • Airport for Flying Taxis. ...
  • Bricks with Energy. ...
  • Sweat Powered Smartwatches. ...
  • Living Robots. ...
  • Heart Monitoring Attire. ...
  • Super-Fast Charging Car Batteries. ...
  • Silicon Chips with Artificial Neurons.
11 Jul 2021

What things need to be invented? ›

7 things that need to be invented now to make life easy and more...
  • A vaccine against every disease. Think about it! ...
  • Two-wheel, gasless or flying cars. Doesn't it just suck to get stuck in a traffic jam? ...
  • Waterproof books. ...
  • No battery gadgets. ...
  • Pet translators. ...
  • Peace of mind. ...
  • A future predictor.

How inventions affect our life? ›

Inventions, such as new tools, devices, processes, and medicines, have provided significant benefits to society. Inventions help people around the world live longer, healthier, and more-productive lives and provide new ways to build, move, communicate, heal, learn, and play.

Did technology made our life easier? ›

Modern technology has paved the way for multi-functional devices like the smartwatch and the smartphone. Computers are increasingly faster, more portable, and higher-powered than ever before. With all of these revolutions, technology has also made our lives easier, faster, better, and more fun.

What invention has had the most positive impact? ›

10 inventions that have had the most impact on human society
  1. 1 - The Wheel. The wheel is often regarded as the invention that paved the way for all other innovations created throughout history. ...
  2. 2 – The Compass. ...
  3. 3 – Printing Press. ...
  4. 4 – The Telephone. ...
  5. 5 – Steam Engine. ...
  6. 6 – Antibiotics. ...
  7. 7 – The Automobile. ...
  8. 8 – Electricity.
14 Mar 2014

What is the biggest invention made easy? ›

Answer: Invention of the wheel made transport easier. With the passage of time different means of transport developed but even today people use animals for transport. Aeroplanes have made travel faster.

What are the best and the most useful inventions in the 20th and 21st centuries? ›

I will start with the top ten of the 20th century and then the top ten of the current century.
  • Radio. Not many people can appreciate the impact the advent of radio had on 20th century. ...
  • Internet. ► Inventions. ...
  • Television. ...
  • Antibiotics. ...
  • The Submarine. ...
  • Rocketry. ...
  • Automobile. ...
  • Airplane.
11 Feb 2016

Why do we need a modern invention at home? ›

They make our life easier and provide many opportunities for people. But we should also remember about the human health which can be harmed by using these things in excess. That is why it is better to use them in moderation!

What technologies will change the world in the next 10 years? ›

  • Trend 1: Ubiquitous computing. ...
  • Trend 2: Connected and smart everything. ...
  • Trend 3: The datafication of our world. ...
  • Trend 4: Artificial intelligence (AI) ...
  • Trend 5: Extended Reality (XR) ...
  • Trend 6: Digital trust. ...
  • Trend 7: 3D printing. ...
  • Trend 8: Gene-editing and synthetic biology.
5 Jan 2022

What are 5 problems technology can fix in the future? ›

It's a good thing, since there are global issues that really need solving.
...
Here are several issues that tech innovators are working hard to solve in the coming years:
  • Eradicating disease. ...
  • Equal access to resources. ...
  • Education equality. ...
  • Climate change. ...
  • Obesity. ...
  • Accidental deaths.

Why is invention important? ›

Inventions improve our lives in many ways. They make our tasks easier, entertain us, improve our knowledge of the world, and even save lives.

What invention has the biggest impact on society? ›

1. The Printing Press. Gutenberg's first printing press. Prior to the rise of the Internet, no innovation did more for the spread and democratization of knowledge than Johannes Gutenberg's printing press.

What is the most important invention in the last 100 years essay? ›

In the last hundred years, the most important invention in our planet was the Internet. It is a prominent technological development that has enabled modern humans to communicate, share information and remain connected at real-time while living in geographically distant places.

What human invention has saved the most lives? ›

The breakthroughs that are credited with saving the most lives? Toilets, synthetic fertilizers, blood transfusions, the green revolution (also known as the “Third Agricultural Revolution”), and vaccines are each credited with saving 1 billion lives.

How has technology changed the lives of human? ›

Technology has improved Communication, Transportation, Education & Learning process, Health-Care and many other infrastructure business areas. As Engineering is the practice of developing Technology, it is seen as the primary cause of Technological changes in society.

What inventions came out in 2011? ›

The Hottest New Technologies Of 2011
  • Gadgets Galore. ...
  • Motorola XOOM. ...
  • Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface. ...
  • Motorola Atrix 4G Smartphone. ...
  • Toshiba Glasses-Free 3-D TVs. ...
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10/B. ...
  • LG Pencil-Thin TV. ...
  • nPower PEG.
10 Jan 2011

What was popular in the early 2010s? ›

25 Early 2010s Things That You Probably Haven't Thought About In A Long Time
  • Apple released its very first iPad. ...
  • Lady Gaga wore a meat dress made of flank steaks to the MTV Video Music Awards. ...
  • One Direction was formed on X Factor UK. ...
  • Instagram launched, and we decided to add vignettes and hashtags to every photo we had.
24 May 2021

What was invented 2014? ›

Various companies have made significant breakthroughs in the field, including virtual reality headsets, bionic contact lenses, the development of mobile phones for the elderly and partially blind people, and hologram-like videos without the need for moving parts or glasses.

What was made in 2013? ›

The Best Inventions of 2013 (According to TIME Magazine)
  • The Plus Pool.
  • The Edible Password Pill.
  • The 3Doodler.
  • The Argus II.
  • Rewalk.
25 Nov 2013

What was the newest technology in 2012? ›

The five most disruptive technologies of 2012
  • Controlling computers without touching them. Leap Motion, Pointgrab, Elliptic. ...
  • Fusing the real and the virtual. ...
  • The world's most cost-effective energy storage. ...
  • The end of cars as we know them. ...
  • Five billion people with internet access.
13 Dec 2012

What technology happened in 2011? ›

Android And Apple Win The Mobile Internet

Apple and Android emerged as the two superpowers of the mobile Internet (with 76 percent combined mobile OS share in the U.S.).

What things didn't exist 20 years ago? ›

Things that didn't exist 20 years ago (1998)
  • iPhone or any smartphones.
  • Wifi (barely existed)
  • Google (founded in late 1998)
  • Any social media (no Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc)
  • Podcasts.
  • PayPal (founded in December 1998)
  • Wikipedia.
  • Netflix.
25 Sept 2018

How has technology changed since 2010? ›

The 2010s were a decade of phenomenal innovation, led largely by the transition to mobile and the rise of data, which accelerated the growth of AI, e-commerce, social media, and biotechnology. In the 2020s, additional foundational changes will take place as data latency shortens and AI algorithms improve.

What was the most important thing in 2010? ›

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastates Haiti, killed an estiamted 230,000 and destroyed the nation's infrastructure.

What were popular things in 2010? ›

52 Pop Culture Moments That Will Take You Back to 2010 — Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Included
  • Katy Perry Turned Up the Heat in the "California Gurls" Music Video. ...
  • Sex and the City 2 Made Us Cherish Our Friends. ...
  • If "Like a G6" Isn't STILL Going Through Your Head to This Day, You Did 2010 Wrong.
12 Aug 2020

What were trends in the 2010s? ›

The 2010s were defined by hipster fashion, athleisure, a revival of austerity-era period pieces and alternative fashions, swag-inspired outfits, 1980s-style neon streetwear, and unisex 1990s-style elements influenced by grunge and skater fashions.

What was the #1 in 2010? ›

At the number-one position was Kesha's "Tik Tok", which stayed atop the Hot 100 for nine weeks.

What was the biggest hit of the 2010s? ›

DJ Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk", featuring Bruno Mars, spent 14 weeks atop the Hot 100, and topped not only the Year-End chart in 2015, but also the Decade-End Billboard Hot 100.

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