4. The start of the era of tablet computers
In 2002, Bill Gates presented the prototype of a tablet PC with voice recognition and the possibility to enter text using a touch screen. This was quite a successful attempt of Microsoft to adapt computers to fit the everyday needs of people who are used to taking notes during meetings and communicating via e-mail.
5. Digitization of knowledge accumulated over the course of human history
The times where we had to wait in line to get a book from the library are long gone. Now, there are very few books, paintings, and scientific works that have not been digitalized yet. Anyone can get instant access to them at any time.
In 2008, the Еuropeana website emerged and contained all the digitalized paintings, archive sound recordings, photos, films, maps, books, and manuscripts from thousands of European museums, libraries, and archives. The users of this resource now have a chance to read the books from the British Library while lying on their couch and can look at the Mona Lisa without having to go to the Louvre.
6. Virtual and augmented reality
A virtual reality headset can take us to a different dimension in a matter of seconds. For example, we can travel into a video game where we can walk around and interact with the characters.
And this isn’t the only way to use the VR-technology. For 15 years, VR-simulators have been actively used in children’s rehabilitation. Augmented reality machines are used for children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. This helps them to learn certain actions and stop being afraid of failure in the real world.