Last week I was visiting the local bank and came upon a very common technology which we have forgotten about. So I decided to introduce to the world the technology “earphones”. I love Chris Pratt in Guardians of the galaxy with his earphones listening to his favourite music. In many of sci-fi films, we see communication through an ear piece. It is the future of the lovely technology earphone which allows us to do many things which were not possible before its invention. We can listen our brand of music without irritating others, play video games without speakers and much more. When I read about it on various sites and books, the history and development were really amazing.
It is an innovation on earlier ear listening devices, the earliest being the stethoscope used by doctors. The early development saw two types of earphones (1) Used to cover the ears (2) Inserted in the ear for better sound. Using them as devices to listen to music has been done in late 1800. However, the major design innovations did not come until 1980 era. It was the era of Sony’s Walkman and with it came various designs of earphones. People wanted lighter and more comfortable earphones for the portable Walkman. Can you imagine the earphone industry grew 800% from 1985 to 1995? The finance behind the technology is very interesting and maybe worth looking at in another post,
However, these constant technological changes cost us money and technology today is changing rapidly. To keep up with the changes sometimes we might have to take out a loan, If you want to know about cash loans read more here.
Another design boom came when Apple introduced the iPod. Yes, folks earphones are closely linked to innovation in music. The white iPod earphones became a sort of status symbol. It was the best design in earphones done by Jonathan Ive. Later in 2012 Apple revised the design and named it ear pods. So this is a small technology which has changed our lives – has it affected yours, tell me if it has and how?
Technology has completely changed the way people communicate. Just revisiting my school days, phones were fixed and very few people had access to them. Smartphone technology has completely transformed the way people communicate. Now you can browse the Internet while travelling thanks to mobile Internet and also talk to people across the globe. This was not possible at all just 15 years ago. The Internet and smartphones have taken communication to a completely new level in a very short period of time. Internet calling can be done from phones, with WhatsApp calls and other options like Google Talk, both of which allow international calls to be easy and cheap. The iPhone 6 has a camera that challenges most stand-alone cameras, which means cameras will become a redundant technology in the near future. So, what are we losing, despite gaining so much through being connected and being able to do so many things? Well, it is the good old days with friends, hanging out without worrying about phone calls or Facebook updates. There is no peace with 24-7 availability unless you are in a remote area with no connection. But that area is hard to find nowadays. We have to live with the invasion of privacy, but every facility comes with a cost.
Communication has been the cornerstone for development of civilizations. The civilization with better communication technology advanced much faster. So what were major developments in communication technology. Well friends communication started when people started sending message orally from one area to another area. Let us look at the major developments.
- Oral Announcements and Smoke signals – This was called announcements, the earliest form of communication. The person with loud voice was revered in the community as script was not yet developed. The message was preceded by sounding drums etc. Also messages were send using smoke patterns.
- Written Communication and Coding – When writing was invented, the messages were written and distributed. Even now the message was supposed to be carried around by people. Mail delivery became an industry because of the need growing every day. Coded messages were also invented. Morse code is still used.
- Telephone – Telephone invention by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 led to a revolution. Now messages could be spoken personally and without actual travel. It was an amazing invention.
- Cell Phone – When I was a kid I used to wonder why the telephone could not be carried around. As I grew old I realized it was due to wires. Cell phone came with a new wireless technology. Now you could carry your phone, talk from anywhere and also send short messages.
- Internet and computers – Internet and computers revolutionized the way written communication was being delivered. With computers and emails the mail delivery became electronic.
- Smartphone/ tablets– Invented by Apple the smart phone really brought all technologies together. Now internet was on the phone along with emails. Soon computers would become obsolete. Technology is changing at breakneck speed.