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The History and the Future of Smartphones (Infographic)

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Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 12.13.26 PMRemember your first ‘dumb’ phone? It’s probably been quite a long while and I bet that a lot has changed since. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that nearly all aspects in how we use our mobile devices have changed from that time. I remember in the mid-90s, strutting around with a ‘brick’ phone in my knapsack, challenging my friends to beat my record in that ‘snake game’ and even sending my first text message correspondence.

How time does fly. What are some of your best and earliest memories of owning a cellphone? How has your relationship with your mobile device changed since then?

Waypharer is a web-based smartphone recycling company. They’ve put together a cool infographic about smartphone usage, from the time they were originated, to when they hit the mainstream and all the way up until smartphones in society today. Actually, they didn’t stop there — there’s some predictions included that will make you think. Microprojectors? Life-size holographs? Sign me up!

Please check it out below (click to expand): Smartphone-Past-Present-and-the-FutureIt’s interesting to see how the first cellphone and PDA combination, the SPC by IBM (1994) was circulated with a two-year contract. When it comes to smartphones, it seems like locking yourself into a financial commitment has been commonplace from the start.

Also, the first basic smartphone concept was patented in 1974? Learning this nugget is similarly of interest to me — a personal, portable device used “for generating and transmitting digital information” has been conceived for nearly 40 years. Now knowing that, there’s no wondering why smartphones today are updated and innovated faster than ever before.

Are Waypharer’s predictions viable? What mostly makes me feel uncomfortable is the idea implanted smartphones. That’s some ‘Blade Runner’-type stuff that downright scares me.

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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