1. Accessible technology
The development of technology, along with the help of scientific discoveries, has been in an augment state for the past few years. The human race became accustomed to new terms drawn from specific scientific and technological fields. The reason behind this sudden change of priorities is due to the globalization and marketing of various technologies that were not accessible to the ordinary consumer. They became viral, and their impact on the community grew with that. They were first introduced to the public as cellular devices. Then companies pushed the boundaries of what a phone can do. Until the society decided to integrate them into everyday life, then the users and buyers gave their impressions and feedback on the products, and the product making companies modified their products to suit better the market they were targeting. That cycle shaped what we know today as modern technology, designed and created to fit your style of living no matter what it is.
The most popular computing device of this century has been smartphones. They went through a development process, unlike any other where they became used for everything. When the original prototypes of smartphones were displayed, they received enormous feedback from the tech audience, causing many technology events to take place such as CEO and recently Google developer conference. Where tech is shown and discussed as a worldwide product and not an exclusive. And smartphones were in the middle of the spotlight. There was a point where everything was possible to do with a smartphone when they were first introduced, and that promise continues until now. In the newest and latest version of Google’s flagship device, “The Pixel 4,” the company technicians fitted the device with radar technology to enhance the gesture technology that they perfected over the years. Many phones today focus on screens since their consumers spend most of their time looking at them, and they updated many things from the higher refresh rate to the color contrast with the OLED displays. But the one detail that stands out when looking at one is the ability to extend the screen, so it reaches the side of the phone, Samsung has been the starting company in this field where they were able even to bend the screen around the sides and give their smartphones that futuristic look that is much needed when marketing this type of products. Cameras underwent some changes, too, from typical picture taking to depth sensors and image processing hardware. This constant development was the product of the continuous demand for more features, more quality, more intuitiveness, and overall smarter in “smartphone.”
1.2 home and wireless
The difference between an ordinary home device and a smart home device is that wireless interaction between the user and the product. Going at the beginning of 2015, they released their new quick home project. In which they announced they would be providing their users with an echo system that will include a variety of already existing Google products. They released Google Home, a smart speaker that is run by google Ai. It is capable of receiving sound waves from across the room and applying commands in real-time. However, the dazzling part about this project is the fact that it was able to be paired with other smart devices for home usages, such as a chrome cast on your TV or a light switch in your elimination system, with the ability to monitor all of that through a smartphone. That made for some fascinating interactions, by which the user can perform calls from the kitchen while their phone is in the other room, check their notifications by voice, interact with their TV by gestures or vocal commands, and the list goes on.
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2. Inaccessible technology
The other side of the spectrum that people do not seem to notice is that all of what was mentioned before stems from the scientific research that goes into military and space exploration purposes. And saying that those two do not correlate is a short statement, due to the many implications of such technology in many public fields. For example, a physicist discovers a breakthrough in his field, and he realizes that passing an electromagnetic pulse around a subject radiates light. This idea is later taken by a very resourceful medical engineer and turned into a machine that can put any question in it and tell their vital signs and components and detect the illness within them without cutting them open to do so. That machine would later be known as the MRI or Magnetic Residence Imaging, discovered and engineered by a doctor who had no interest in magnetic physics or nuclear science. So whatever technology the future might hold for the next line-up of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and more, it will be fitted with software and hardware developed originally for military and astronomical use. In an interview with astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson on the MKBHD YouTube platform, he said:” I don’t know what the future will bring, but if you stop investing in basic research today, you won’t have a future.” The point he was trying to make there was that physics and extensive scientific research are indirectly affecting our everyday lives. And that multiple technologies like the radar that was mentioned before or the laser technology that eye surgeons use today are all military technology that was intended for combat use, but somehow made its way to our pockets.
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Originally published on Live Positively.