Mobile Phone Technology bettering society

The world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone. The phone Cooper used weighed a heavy 1.1 kilograms. With this prototype device, you got 30 minutes of talk-time and it took around 10 hours to charge (Goodwin, 2016).

In 1983, Motorola released its first commercial mobile phone, known as the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. The handset offered 30 minutes of talk-time, six hours standby, and could store 30 phone numbers. It also cost $3995. The first mobile phones also went on sale in the U.S. at almost $4,000 each (Goodwin, 2016).

The 1990s to the 2000s represented an upward swerve in design and portability, with mobile devices gradually starting to appear in the hands of average consumers for the first time. By the late-1990s, mobile devices were quickly becoming the norm (Goodwin, 2016).

By the mid to late 2000s, the emergence of Smartphones dominated the mobile phone market. These phones went beyond simply calling and texting and allowed users access to the internet, and thus vast amounts of information, all in the palm of one's hand (Goodwin, 2016).

Today's mobile phones are faster and more intelligent than ever. Well known Smartphone brands such as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy have revolutionized the mobile phone industry and allow users the ability to live their entire lives almost entirely through their phone with features such as almost 300 gigabytes of storage, a 7 mega pixel camera, video calling, payment through phone methods (Apple Pay and Android Pay), and other features available through millions of applications available for download online.

The advantages of mobile phones go beyond connecting people and facilitating communicating. Soon mobile phone technology will enable health professions in the medical field to better treat patients and provide a better quality of life for all human beings.

Soon devices that connect to phones will help monitor health functions like glucose levels in a diabetic patient, track activity levels for patients on heart monitors, or send alerts about detected diseases (Reardon, 2016).

In the next decade, you will be able to monitor almost every organ system, no matter how difficult to access, as firms start to produce nanosensors to be embedded in your bloodstream. These microscopic sensors within your body can float in blood or be fixed to a microstent in a tiny blood vessel. You’ll then be able to keep your blood under constant surveillance for the first appearance of cancer, autoimmune attacks on vital tissues or the tiny cracks in artery walls that can lead to heart attacks or strokes (Topol, 2015).

Once all of our relevant medical data is tracked and machine-processed to spot the complex trends and interactions that no one could detect alone, we’ll be able to pre-empt many more illnesses.

For example, a teenager who suffers from asthma and is prone to wheezing in gym class could get comprehensive data on environmental exposures such as air quality and pollen count, along with data on physical activity, oxygen concentration in the blood, vital signs and chest motion; their lung function can be assessed through their smartphone microphone, and their nitric-oxide levels can be sampled via their breath. Then that information could be combined with the data from every other tracked asthma patient—and trigger a warning, delivered by text or voice message on the teenager’s phone, that an attack is imminent and tell the teenager which inhaler would prevent it (Topol, 2015).

The same type of procedure could prevent heart failure, seizures, severe depression and autoimmune disease attacks thus saving countless of lives (Reardon, 2016).

Pulling together medical information never previously aggregated or even acquired, a person who develops a new illness could use an open-medicine resource to find their nearest “neighbor”—the individual who most closely resembles their condition—to help determine the best treatment (Topol, 2015).

Mobile phone technology is poised to revolutionize the medical industry in the coming years. Although serious issues of hacking and personal privacy haven’t yet been addressed, in a system of much more open medical data, technology is quickly finding ways that will keep our personal information safe and secure. People are also worrying that the patient-doctor relationship could be eroded, diminishing the human touch in medicine. As this occurs, however, medical patients will be more empowered and better informed. They will be equipped with state-of-the-art mobile phone technology that will enable them to able to better take care of themselves and live a more fulfilling and normal life.

Bibliography

Goodwin, R. (2016). The History of Mobile Phones From 1973 To 2008: The Handsets That Made It ALL Happen. Retrieved December 09, 2016, from http://www.knowyourmobile.com/nokia/nokia-3310/19848/history-mobile-phones-1973-2008-handsets-made-it-all-happen

Reardon, M. (2016). The Mobile Phone of The Future Will Be Implanted In Your Head. Retrieved December 09, 2016, from https://www.cnet.com/news/the-mobile-phone-of-the-future-will-be-implanted-in-your-head/

Topol, E. J. (2015). The Future of Medicine Is in Your Smartphone. Retrieved December 09, 2016, from http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-future-of-medicine-is-in-your-smartphone-1420828632

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