Old and New versions of gadgets_Technology Then and Now
Devices and gadgets that we are using today were very different back when they were first invented, introduced or popularized years or decades ago. Following are some points, covering the old and new version of devices and gadgets
1. Storage Device
Floppy Disk: You’d need two hundred and thirteen thousand individual five and a quarter inch floppy disks, each with a capacity of 1.2 megabytes to hold 256 gigabytes of data.
Thumb Drive: All you need is this 2-inch long thumb drive that easily stores the same amount of data.
Books: 1,400 physical books would weight about 1 pound each, that’s about as much as the half of a car.
kindle: The cheapest version of this electronic reader can hold that many books in digital form.
3. Ford Car
Ford Model-T: The First consumer automobile introduced in 1908, produced 20 horsepower and had a top speed of 45 miles per hour.
Ford GT: The 2017 descendant has evolved into a supercar with 600 horsepower and speed in excess of 200 miles per hour.
Television: The 1948 admiral model 19 TV set had a 7-inch black and white screen with a resolution of 653×499 pixels.
UHDTV: Today’s 4k ultra high def TV has the minimum resolution of 3840×2160 pixels.
5. Video Camera Recorder
Video cam: The super 8 millimeter cameras produced by Kodak in 1965 had film cartridges that recorded upto 2.5 minutes at 24 frames per second.
High-Def Video Recorder: It can record 1080p video quality and can record upto 4 hours and 21 minutes at 30 frames per second.
6. Portable Computer
Laptop: The first true portable computer was called Osborne 1, built by Adam Osborne in 1981. It weighed 24 pounds and had a 5-inch screen and cost $1795.
Compact Ultraportables: Laptop circuit 2016 are sleek lightweight have 13 to 15-inch touchscreens, blazingly fast processors and cost $1000 or less.
Mobile Phone: In April 1973, Motorola researcher Martin Cooper made the first mobile telephone call using a device that weighed 1.1 kg and measured 23 centimeters. It had a talk time of 30 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge.
Smartphones: There are nearly 150 mobile phone manufacturers in the world today who produce the latest iteration of this device which is small, light, thin and is virtually a carry anywhere computer.
ENIAC: It was built in 1946 by Pennsylvania University scientists. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer ENIAC was a 30 ton BAM off with over 17,000 vacuum tubes, 70,000 resistors, and 10,000 capacitors filling up a 30 by 50-foot room.
Portable Calculator: Modern day electronic pocket calculators became available in the 1970s after the first microprocessor was developed by Intel. Now pocket calculators by Texas instruments but enormous computing power in a smartphone-size package.