USB FlashdrivesThe first commercially-available USB flash drive was the ThumbDrive, produced by Singapore company Trek Technology in 2000. Later that year, IBM came out with its own model, the DiskOnKey.
Famously started in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, Facebook eventually rose to the top of the heap of social networking sites in the 2000s. The company has expanded far beyond its original concept and is now a multi-billion dollar business.
Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes
Nintendo WiiNintendo's Wii game system does not merely introduce new games and controllers, but new ways of interacting with game systems. The Wii Remote combined advanced gesture recognition into gaming, using accelerometer and optical sensor technologies to interact with the user. These advances allowed for games to incorporate a wide range of player physical movements.
Creator: Nintendo IRD
DropboxDropbox was designed as a cloud-based service used for convenient storage and access to files. Users could upload files via the web to Dropbox’s vast server farms, and could instantly access them on any of their devices or computers that had the Dropbox client installed. The service also included sharing functionalities which allowed access to folders by multiple users.
Creators: Arash Ferdowsi, Drew Houston
MinecraftAn enormous variety of physical systems and machines can also be built in the Minecraft environment, taking the game far beyond its intended use as a simple entertainment platform into a flexible and creative building system for modeling real-world processes or things. Users have built entire computers, cities, and even planets out of Minecraft components.
Creator: Markus “Notch” Persson