Fathym Top 12 of 2015

Can you believe we’ve reached the end of another new year? Yeah, we can’t either. But, like it or not, here we are. New Year’s is a great time to look back on the wild and wonderful moments of 2015. Here’s some of the biggest moments for tech in 2015.

 

January: Space X Launches Falcon 9

It was a successful lift off, but an expensive crash landing for Space X. After another failed attempt at the “soft landing” in June, they got it right in December.

Space X Falcon 9 rocket launch. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

February: HoloLens Joins the Virtual Reality Game

In late January, Microsoft announced the HoloLens, a competitor to the newly purchased Oculus Rift.

 

March: IBM Invests $3 Billion into IoT

The Internet of Things makes headlines all year, but IBM stole the show this month with their announcement of an Internet of Things division and, later, their purchase of The Weather Company.

 

April: Apple Watch is Released

Apple releases their watch to some fanfare, but all in all, it’s a bit of a disappointment.

 

May: Mars Mania

The Martian was on everyone’s summer book list, having reached the NY Times Best Seller List in March and being released in movie form in October. Meanwhile, Mars One candidates were making headlines, but it wasn’t all good. One candidate criticized Mars One’s selection process, while a study was released announcing that the trip to Mars could have severe negative effects on astronauts’ cognitive function. In 2015, SpaceX expressed interest in going to Mars and Mars Polar announced its own plans to colonize the red planet. Finally, NASA announced its discovery of flowing water on Mars.

An image of Mars captured by the Hubble telescope. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

June: Mr. Robot and the Year of Hackers

It wasn’t just the release of the TV show Mr. Robot that put hackers on the front page this year, but also the hack of Ashley Madison and Anonymous’ announcement of a war on ISIS following the Paris attacks.

 

July: New Horizons Got a Glimpse of Pluto

You may have gotten downsized from a planet, Pluto, but we still love ya.

Love this cartoon from Cyanide and Happiness. http://explosm.net

 

August: Windows 10 is Released

Officially released on July 29, 2015, it’s taken awhile for Windows 10 to be fully adopted.

 

September: Maker Kid Arrested and People Rally in His Defense

When Ahmed brought his Arduino clock to school to show his teachers, he didn’t get the reaction he expected. Rather than being impressed, the police were called. Since then, Ahmed has been embraced by the tech community, even meeting President Obama and NASA astronauts. The incident also put makers in the headlines, so it wasn’t all bad.

 

October: Back to the Future Day Celebrated

Yes, in some ways the future’s not quite as cool as the movie imagined, but there are some things they got right — “hoverboards” became the hot holiday present.

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

November: GMO Salmon Approved

In a controversial and historic ruling, the FDA declared genetically-modified salmon safe for human consumption.

 

December: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Fans Unite

Star Wars returns with a vengeance! (Yes, it’s not tech or IoT. We don’t care. We couldn’t leave it off the list.)

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2016!!