The world is such an amazing place, mainly because of the people that make it up. We have changed so much from those big fat cellular phones your parents may have used or what you may have seen on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We have abandoned typewriters, walkman, cassette tapes and our big chunky televisions.
We can all thank Martin Cooper, the inventor of cell phones, which influenced our modern day cell phones. This was made in 1973 and it’s structure is referred to as a brick, therefore when people see this the first thing they call it is a “Brick Phone“(which I find to be pretty funny). This device was a whopping 2.2 pounds, and was finally ready for commercial sale by 1983 and called the DynaTAC 8000x(How did they even come up with that name). In 1990 the number of cell phone users were 12.4 million, and that number was expected to increase in 2014 to 7.3 billion… The world has 7 billion(what an eye-opener). We can call, text, send pictures, IM, surf the internet, have Skype calls, respond to voice commands and everything imaginable with today’s touchscreen “Smart Phones” it’s so amazing that a lot of teenagers cannot separate themselves from their cell phones and in some cases it’s actually sad. Piece this piece of technology is so advanced it allows people to detach themselves from reality. Enough of this depressing news!
And now to move onto these almost prehistoric typewriters, which we have put in exchange for our computers with keyboards and a mouse for maximum use. The first one was made in 1714 by Henry Mill but the first commercial sale of a typewriter was in 1865 by Rasmus Malling-Hansen; The Hansen Writing Ball. This era could not have ended soon enough with that last model of them being created in the 1980s. From that point of we had our computers, which we love so much and need for almost everything. Cars have computers, phones, tablets and this is the time I would like to say technology overshadowed all other inventions. We have every piece of knowledge at our finger tips and no matter how much poverty someone may live in they either own a cell phone or even some sort of music player, which brings me to my next point.
Walkman and cassette tapes! I’ve chosen to put these two together because they initially worked together. The first cassette tape was made in 1962 by The Philips Company, which is located in the Netherlands. Nobody continues the use of these except maybe, Long Island Medium’s Theresa Caputo, what a shame. There is nothing wrong with nostalgia people! The Walkman was first designed by Sony to work with these cassettes but they have since evolved to allow you to listen to the radio, then soon after you could download music from your computer to this device. Most people do not use their Sony Walkman, and have now converted to using Ipods or our own cellphones to enjoy music.
In 1884 Mr. Paul Nipkow of Germany put together the first Electronic television, which then replaced mechanical systems. Televisions then grew long metal rods, like bunny ears at their top, which allowed picture to come in easier when you would point them in certain directions. Then there was color! If you owned a television in your house already by the time colored pictured came about you where really disappointed because you couldn’t afford it. You was lucky enough to have the leisure of television but now they have invented it with color to tease you and your wallets. These TVs also had a big body, this was just to hold everything inside but now in later years after colored pictures came the remote control,Plasma and LCD flat screens. These are the only televisions sold in big retail stores today. You would only find a huge body TV today if you went into an antique shop or thrift store(maybe Macklemore has a few of these). Today we now have “Smart TVs,” just as the cell phones it can do anything imaginable and now comes with a built in webcam, touchscreen and able to work on WiFi Connection.
Sometimes it just scares me how much modern day technology and inventions are improving because too much of any good thing can go sour pretty quickly. There is now a transparent spray which allows you to see through an object, we also have tweeting bras, how does this work? The bra has small alert chips on them and every time you put on or take off your bra it send a direct tweet from your twitter account that reminds people of the awareness of breast cancer. I told you it’s getting scary! But I still love and appreciate how everything is evolving, along with those who first invented these items.