From 1995 to 1997
Java Programming Language - 1995
Prior to the invention of Java programming language, C and C++ were the only popular languages used by coders and software developers. Java made it easy for programmers to code because it was class-based, concurrent and an object-oriented language that had very few implementation dependencies compared to existing languages. For client-server web applications, Java was a tailor-made fit. The major features of Java were its portability, dynamic scope, and secure design.
VOIP - 1995
Vocaltec, Inc., a telecommunication company based in Israel, was the first company to start VOIP services in 1995. Within three years, the VOIP market became very popular and PC-to-phone solutions flooded the markets. 5
In 1995, the Boeing 777, a twin-engine airplane, became the first ever plane to be designed using CAD and CAM.
In the same year, the Kodak digital camera and DVDs also came into existence. Amazon and eBay, two of the biggest online shopping portals now, also started their operations in the same year.
The Trans Pacific Cable 5 Network (TPC-5CN) was looped across the Pacific Ocean in 1995. It could handle 320,000 simultaneous telephone calls and it ran from Oregon to Japan beneath the ocean.
A group of seven companies including Intel, Microsoft, and Compaq produce the world's first ambitiously named Universal Serial Bus in 1996. Within a few years, it truly became universal as the default connection type for devices such as keyboards, mice, and printers.
In 1997, Electrolux introduced the world's first robotic vacuum cleaner prototype, the Trilobite. It went into production in 2001 and it went on to become one of the 100 "most innovative designs of the century," but failed to stir up much dust in the vacuum cleaner market.
In 1996, Dolly, the first cloned sheep, was born. She went on to become the BBC World's "Most Popular Sheep." It was a huge step towards genetic cloning and nuclear transfer sciences.
In 1997 and 1998 respectively, Bell Labs introduced the smallest practical transistor and the optical router.