Even with just a cursory look at technology within the last few decades a dominant trend will become very apparent, one of decreased size and increased functionality. Computers, phones, and even TV’s seem to be getting smaller, thinner, and “smarter” every year. Just look at any relatively new device from the last 2 years and one will notice that the newer models are slightly smaller than those previous models. Gordon E. Moore, one of the founders of Intel, brilliantly pointed out this phenomenon in 1965. In his comments, later called Moore’s Law, he claimed that over the history and development of computer hardware, the numbers of transistors on an integrated circuit will double every two years, thus increasing the power of a device while decreasing its size. This explains the exponential growth in processing speed and memory capacity that the technology industry has experienced in the last decade.
It is important to point out that Moore’s Law is only an observation. Albeit a prophetic one, still only an observation. As our technological devices become more efficient and smarter, there is indeed a direct relationship to size. Consider an early “desktop computer,” literally taking up an entire desk desk, to the small, compact, and significantly more powerful, streamlined MacBook Pro. As the technology and power of a computer has improved there has been a direct correlation with its size. So it is hard to not see Moore’s Law as the “gold standard” in technological development.
As devices have become smaller and more powerful, companies are beginning to create devices that can serve multiple purposes and consumers are demanding them. They are no longer impressed by a “portable” computer, like 10 years ago, but demand ones with increased functionality and power. Consumers want devices that not only do one function, like word process, but ones that can assist users in all facets of their everyday life.
It is not just big name devices like computers or TV’s that are getting smaller and more powerful. But also simpler devices like power chargers that are seemingly getting smaller. Devices like the Audiosnax Powerbooster, which is an ultra compact backup battery pack that is approximately the size of a pack of gum. With the ability to charge your iPhone and Android devices, this super device is a brilliant example of devices getting more powerful as they get smaller. With smaller and more powerful devices, like an iPhone or even Audiosnax Powerbooster, users have the capability to do more with a device than ever before, this includes a battery charger the size of a pack of gum.
As computers and devices get smaller and more powerful, its going to be interesting to see what our computers and cellphones are capable of doing in the future. What do you think is in the future for computers and technological devices?