on April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher, made the first
phone call using a handheld cell phone from the corner of 56th and Lexington
in New York City. Weighing almost two pounds, it was a monster by today's
standards but still a huge advance over the car-mounted mobile phones
that had been around since the 1940s.
Magnavox and Atari first marketed video games in 1972. By 1998, the
market represented 14.2 Billion Dollars. (Toy Manufacturers of America,
Inc. New York, NY)
The first personal computer appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics
magazine in January of 1975. It was programmed in machine code using
toggle switches. Two students, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, developed
a way to program it in BASIC. In 1976, Stephen Wozniak and his friend
Steve Jobs started selling Apples and in 1981, IBM introduced "The
Todays students are surrounded by electronics: from DVDs to MP3
players to PS2 controllers to digital toasters. Even the automobile,
once the pinnacle of machine design, is now just more electronically
controlled high technology.
Where does all the electricity come from to run these devices? And where
will it come from in the future? If youre reading this today,
it is likely coming from a central generating source, a power plant
far away from you. If youre reading this the day after tomorrow,
it is likely coming from all around you!
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