Sunday, September 5, 2010

Technology Blog 1: Sometimes Size is Everything

With the prominence and dependence on technology today, I can honestly say that I do not know how there was ever a time when individuals made it through the day without cell phones. Try to remember: People actually stepped out of their house with perhaps only a wallet and briefcase or purse with the essentials. Mothers would carry out a child in her arms and maybe forget to turn off the stove. Now, moms may rush out of the house hastily texting on their BlackBerry and have to go back for the child! Daily chores and activities were carried out without stopping every 10 seconds to check the latest tweet. Now, people can hardly detach themselves from their mini keyboards just to take a shower. But talk time hasn't been hindered too much when headsets and mini-ear pieces allow one to continue a conversation during almost any activity. Interestingly enough, it was only a little over two decades ago that cell phones were non-existent. Then, the now prehistoric Motorola DynaTAC 8000X went on the market in the mid 1980s. While it was, at that time, a momentous advancement in technology, the phone itself was also about the size of a brick, or these days, a small computer. Now they are so thin and small, there are practically hazardous choking warnings for children on them. SMH. Apparently, the smallest phone on the market now is the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. What a difference a few years makes. Then came 2G and now, currently, 3G (3rd Generation) phones. Apparently, as the size of the phones decrease, the innovations in call quality, signals, and batteries increase. Hmmm. I suppose a future innovation will be a wireless chip planted smack-dab in our molars. "Can you hear me now?! Oh wait. Let me floss first...."