It seems like just yesterday that the cell phone was introduced to the world. On April 3, 2013 the cell phone celebrated its 40th birthday and that is something that we can all be happy about since it has single-handedly revolutionized the way that we live our lives – giving us convenience with communication, mass amounts of information at our fingertips – and fast, to meet our ever-growing impatience and expectations.
Thanks to Marty Cooper, a Motorola engineer who is responsible for inventing the cell phone in 1973. He realized that it was more important ‘to call a person than a place’. The call was made on Motorola’s DynaTAC phone, which weighed over 2 pounds, cost approximately $4,000 USD, with a battery life of around 35 minutes. How times have changed. The iPhone is 4.87 inches by 2.31 inches and weighs only 3.95 ounces.
I was obsessed with the iPhone, downloading as many applications that could fit on my iPhone, with endless hours of entertainment playing Pocket God, Angry Birds, Words With Friends and the adapted version of Tetris. Entertaining myself was cool until the distractions turned into obsessions. After a few interventions I opted to use my cell phone for day-to-day utility purposes only. The iPhone has provided more efficient methods of organizing my life and communicating with the people that I need to reach the most. At this point, I really don’t know how I would live without it. Thanks Marty.
It will be very interesting to see how this smart phone generation will evolve. Will phones be microscopic? Embedded into our clothing? Into our bodies? I have no idea, but it is obvious that with our impatient and convenience-driven society, our devices will need to be smaller, boast more bandwidth and understand our next steps, in a way – telepathic.
Inline Image – “Relics of a bygone age – the World’s First Mobile Phone” by Paul Townsend is licensed under CC BY 2.0