Quote of the Day: "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" – associates of RCA chairman David Sarnoff in response to his suggestion that the coproration invest in radio technology in 1920.
Radio technology. It is at the core of today’s wireless explosion. Without radio technology, there would be no cellphones, PDAs, pagers, or a number of other communication enablers that so many of us use several times each day.
One of the most interesting things about a cell phone is that it is actually a radio– an extremely sophisticated radio, but a radio nonetheless. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, and wireless communication can trace its roots to the invention of the radio by Nikolai Tesla in the 1880s (formally presented in 1894 by a young Italian named Guglielmo Marconi). It was only natural that these two great technologies would eventually be combined!
I don’t know about you…but I like being wireless! I can take music with me when I work out. I can talk on the phone from virtually anywhere. It’s great to take my office on the road–here in the states, or overseas. I have the freedom to stop in a store, sip some coffee, catch up on the news–all while getting some work done.
As a young boy, I would read the Dick Tracy comic strips–and imagine how "cool" it would be to call my friends on a wrist radio. If only I could have a wrist radio, a Jetson-style flying car, AND a "shoe phone" like Maxwell Smart…how great would that be!?
Thanks to the visionaries and risk-takers who turned a deaf ear to the nay-sayers of their day, we in the 21st century have an extraordinary number of mobile options at our behest. From a technological standpoint, we’re living in the future.
Oops! Gotta get going–late to a meeting. Now all I need is one of those flying cars…