With the 46th Anniversary of the first invention of the cellular phone approaching on April 3rd, lets take some time to reflect on how far the cell phone has progressed.
The year was 1973, Martin Cooper, an engineer at Motorola, walked down 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets in Manhattan with a 2 1/2 pound cellular phone in his hand. It required the user just 35 minutes of talk time, and needed 10 hours of recharge time, for one simple phone conversation.
It took Motorola 10 years to work out all of the technical difficulties and hurdles to make a smaller 16 ounce version that commercially sold between $3,300-$4,000. It wasn’t the most convenient of phones, and it took some time for the phone to be a success.
Cut to the present year of 2019, look how far we have come. We have gone from making simple phone calls to each other, to now having the world in our hands. Smartphones and iPhones today are mini computers, and we can access anything with a few simple touches of the screen. With downloaded apps such as Viber, Face Time, WhatsApp, and even Instagram, we are able to see and talk to each other in ways that were before unimaginable, like something out of a science fiction movie. When one person is waking up in one part of the world, they can see one of their friends on the other side of the globe, getting ready for dinner, going out, or even preparing for bed.
Even watching your favorite television shows, and movies with YouTube and Netflix also has the world staying closer to home and always with their eyes on their phones.
Some see this evolution of the cellular phone to be a way of mankind not being able to communicate with each other anymore. Constantly with our heads down and not looking up at the world, we rely almost totally on our cell phones for news, entertainment, and Google searching a way to do the simplest of tasks. But, on the contrary, we have become more aware of what’s going on in this world in an instant, as before we relied solely on the tv news, or newspaper to receive our information.
Let’s hope that this is a progression and not a recession of our future.
From 1973 to present time….