Your cellphones are with you all day, every day, and chances are, you use it to do a lot of important things in your life. But how much do you really know about how your cellphone operates, what it’s made of, or where it came from in the first place? In this article, you’ll learn three interesting things you didn’t know before about your trusty phone.
1. Manufacturing Process
Cellphones are thin and lightweight, but a lot of work goes into each tiny component. For instance, some cellphones use silicon wafers, created by a pick and place system, as semiconductors inside the microchips. It’s tough to imagine something as tiny as a microchip needing a semiconductor, but that’s just one incredible detail of your complex device.
2. Computing Power
The cellphone that you use to text or post pictures to social media has more power inside of it than the computer used to land Apollo 11 on the moon. It’s hard to imagine that something you have in your back pocket is that intelligent, but it just proves how far technology has come since 1969. It’s also incredible to see how little power was required to do something as amazing as sending a man to the moon.
3. The First Cellphones
The very first call from a cellphone was made in 1973, by a former employee of Motorola. Back in 1983, the very first cellphones were released, costing almost $4,000 each! That cellphone could be used to make calls, and was only used by a small percentage of the population. Now, even the coolest and most advanced designs cost much less, and there are more cellphones in the world than there are people.
Those are just a few of the cool facts out there about cellphones. Your device is incredibly complex, and learning more about it will help you to appreciate and use it to its fullest potential.