With National Day around the corner, it’s time for a good celebration of innovation and all things tech made in Singapore.
Singapore’s a pretty tech-savvy country, and it’s no surprise that innovations and creations to come from our shores reflect just that. We may be one of the smallest countries around, but with cool and some really important contributions to the world of tech, we’ve certainly put ourselves on the map.
Here are 8 brilliant brands and bits of tech from Singapore that have made the world a better place.
Who would’ve thought something this essential and staple to our daily tech could’ve been designed on our little island?
While there are plenty of competing claims for the maker of world’s first thumb drive, Singapore was the first to get it a commercial release. In a partnership with IBM, the 8MB “ThumbDrive” was manufactured. It was a huge step for storage devices too, as your old floppy disks only packed 1440KB of storage. And the rest is history.
We sure have plenty to feel proud about with this massive contribution to tech.
Razer and gaming go hand in hand and amazingly, though it may be based in the US, it was founded by a Singaporean.
Indisputably the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers, its triple-headed snake logo can be recognised anywhere. They may not be the most affordable in the range, but earns its place thanks to ridiculously good, and of course excellent gaming hardware and software married with a commitment to build-quality.
In its arsenal are plenty of iconic products, from laptops to mice and keyboards, you’ve probably used one before and love it for its great ergonomics and tactile feel.
Your friends may not know much about Singapore, but bring up Razer and they’ll find plenty to talk about.
It won’t be a list of best Singaporean tech without featuring the iconic X-Mini.
Xmi are pretty significant in driving portable speakers forward in the world. And unlike other portable speakers of the time, X-Minis were properly small with unmatchable sound. You may remember the classic capsule speakers with their Bass Xpansion System – the accordion-like chamber that can be opened for even better sound. It was revolutionary at the time, and is still being duplicated today.
After 10 whole years and dozens of awards brought back to the country, Xmi have released a whole new range of speakers that are well priced and packing great audio. The past few years may not have been smooth for our darling homegrown brand, but the future sure looks bright.