Cell Phone Technology Turns Twenty Years Old

Way back when only the coolest, richest people had cell phones, they were large monstrosities that had to be carried around like a shoulder bag or mounted inside cars with that little telltale antennae that stuck out the back window, giving thieves another good reason to break into that Mercedes parked on the city street. These days, even our grandparents carry cell phones, and we even chuckle a little when we see those octogenarians pulling out their dated Kyoceras with the monotone screens to execute the most basic functions with a puzzled look on their faces. It just goes to show how far a couple of decades can take you.

That’s right, twenty years ago this month cell phone technology went public and changed the way the world communicates. Before camera phones, downloadable ringtones, and instant messaging, cell phones were clunky, unreliable, and extremely expensive. Even still, cell phones quickly became an enviable status symbol that began an agreement between fifteen companies who took a risk to revolutionize the world’s need to keep in touch.

There are an estimated two hundred million cell phones in the United States alone. According to Lunchover IP (www.lunchoverip.com), it took 12 years for the …

Relationships and Technology: Is Your Cell Phone Ruining Your Relationship?

These days it seems like everyone is glued to their screen – checking email, texting, browsing the web, and catching up on social media. And although it’s super convenient to have the ability to stay in touch with work, friends, and family on the go, the truth is relationships and technology don’t always mix. In fact, if you aren’t careful, your cell phone and computer could ruin your relationship before you even realize it’s happening.

For example, let’s say you’re working on the computer when your spouse comes into the room to ask where his shoes are. If you answer his inquiry without looking up from the screen, you’re sending him a subconscious message that in that moment your screen is more important to you than he is. This contributes to a subtle breakdown in your relationship, and over time this tiny fracture can cause a giant rift between the two of you.

If you’re guilty of talking to your spouse without looking up from your screen, stop immediately. Even if you’re busy, take a second to look at him, make eye contact, and answer his question. If your partner constantly chooses his screen over you, tell him how …

Building Technology that Changes Living

A home that runs on light absorbed in the structure? One idea for home living that is possible with fabricated materials. Now that inventive builders and researchers have developed new materials for architectural building, a person can settle into a home that controls the atmosphere for living.

Building Homes Made from Man-Made Materials

Instead of relying on the wood and stone found in nature, the 21st century builder depends upon materials made by man using modern science and technology. Model homes displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York during the first decade of this century showed the public the leaps in home design that have become possible. One model called the Cellophane House has sides that let light shine through. Solar panels and photovoltaics in the facade capture the sun’s energy to use for running the house; a second skin blocks damaging rays.

The glass material is only one new man-made material. Researchers at MIT’s Building Technology Program and Old Dominion University’s Applied Research Center stay hard at work developing the materials for future construction. Students involved in the MIT program learn how to design building architecture using the new materials. Old Dominion students learn current …