100 best gadgets ever: The Mobile Age
It's difficult to imagine a time when you could go anywhere and not see someone sporting Apple’s signature white headphones, but before 2001, it was an everyday occurrence.
Yes, this was the era that saw Apple introduce the first iPod. Along with the first (successful) peer-to-peer downloading service, the noughties were the era when digital music came of age.
Mark Zuckerberg also launched his social networking site Facebook (although we’re sure the Winklevoss brothers would disagree), so if you can tear your eyes away from your News Feed, strap in and learn when it all began.
Sony AIBO (1999)
With AIBO, Sony demonstrated that the ideal pet of the future might well be an intelligent hunk of metal and plastic – after all, there’s no need to housetrain a robot. While cute, AIBO was in fact a deceptively advanced robot packed with sensors allowing him to ‘see’ and recognise speech commands – but tragically for techno-pet lovers, a cost-cutting Sony put him permanently out to pasture in 2006.