Mobile technology started with very early cell phones, which were very bulky and quite expensive. From then on, downsizing became faster as integrated circuit boards did away with individual transistors, capacitors, diodes, and other electrical components by incorporating them into individual chips. These micro chips became smaller and more powerful as each year passed. Soon the power of a massive computer system could fit in the palm of a hand.
The first laptop computers appeared on the market in the early eighties and have become smaller, powerful, and more efficient so fast that new ones were almost instantly outdated. The laptops of today are pencil thin, have ultra long battery life, massive memory and processors, and have great sound quality. Netbooks have evolved from these laptops which is a smaller unit that is ideal for students and travelers. With wireless technology available in most places, getting on the Internet just about anywhere is now an option that was just a thought in the past.
Also in the early eighties saw the introduction of pocket computers. these were a little more than scientific calculators that had some programming that could be done in Basic. Some of them even had a built in printer of sorts. These had very little memory but were very mobile and top of the line technology of the day. Uses were limited and PDA’s were just around the corner. The Palm Pilot was a forerunner to the modern Internet tablets of today.
Early tablets used there own operating system such as the Linux and Nokia. After just a couple of years, the tablet market exploded. Soon there were tablets in the micro range to ones the size of a notebook. These had a lot more memory and could do just about anything a laptop could do. With memory up to 64 GB and more added with optional memory cards, these tablets stored music, videos, and pictures that could be played anywhere. With screen sizes from 4.3 to 10 inches. one could be found to fit just about any body’s needs.
We now have the ipods, iphones, ipads, kindle fire, and smart phones from every manufacturer. The new kindle fire is available with 4G built in with dual antennas, giving it the capabilities to connect to the Internet virtually anywhere. If there is no Wifi available, it uses cell phone signals. Samsung has a smart phone that is a tablet hybrid. With all the new products coming out that do more each day, The products of just a couple of years ago now seem obsolete.
In the future look for continued downsizing. Tablets and smart phones blended together and worn on the wrist like the watch of today. With apps that understand speech, there soon will be no need for a keyboard. Perhaps we will just carry a chip in our pocket and whatever we imagine will pop up on a convenient wall or even in the air. We don’t know what the future will bring, but it will be exciting.
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