Technological Advances

  • 600 BCE

    The Ancient Greeks Witnessed Static Electricity

    The Ancient Greeks Witnessed Static Electricity
    Unknowing of what it was the Greeks observed that rubbing fossilized tree resin, or amber, with animal fur made the resin attract dried grass.
  • The Term Electricity was Founded

    The Term Electricity was Founded
    William Gilbert used the Latin word Electricus to refer to Static energy.
  • A Kite, A Key and a Storm

    A Kite, A Key and a Storm
    Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning and sparks of static electricity are the same.
  • Galvanic Action

    Galvanic Action
    An Italian doctor named Luigi Galvani had found that a frog's leg twitched when it touched two different kinds of metals.
  • Coulombs Law

    Coulombs Law
    Charles Augustin de Coulomb, deveveloped a law which described the forces acting on the charged particles.
    Coulomb's Law states that: The magnitude of the electrostatic force of interaction between two point charges is directly proportional to the scalar multiplication of the magnitudes of charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.
  • The Battery

    The Battery
    Alessandro Volta Developed the cell or battery
  • The Electromagnet

    William Sturgeon developed the first electromagnet
  • Morse Code and Telegraphy

    Samuel Morse developed telegraphy and Morse code
  • Proposal for Telephony

    Proposal for Telephony
    Belgian engineer Charles Bourseul proposed theory of telephony
  • First Long Distance Call

    Bell makes the first two-way long distance telephone call between Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts
  • Telephone

    Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone
  • Commercialisation

    The first commercial telephone company enters telephone business in Friedrichsberg close to Berlin using the Siemens pipe as ringer and telephone devices built by Siemens.
  • Candlestick Telephones

    Candlestick Telephones
    A candlestick telephone is also often referred to as a desk stand, an upright, or a stick phone. Candlestick telephones featured a mouth piece (transmitter) mounted at the top of the stand, and a receiver (ear phone) that was held by the user to the ear during a call. When the telephone was not in use, the receiver rested in the fork of the switch hook protruding to the side of the stand, thereby disconnecting the audio circuit from the telephone network.
  • Rotary Dial Telephones

    Rotary Dial Telephones
    The base of the telephone also enclosed its bell and induction coil, obviating a separate ringer box. Power was supplied to each subscriber line by central office batteries instead of the user's local battery which required periodic service. For the next half century, the network behind the telephone grew progressively larger and much more efficient.
  • Era of the handheld cellular mobile phone

    Era of the handheld cellular mobile phone
    Motorola manager Martin Cooper placed a cellular phone call (in front of reporters) to Dr. Joel S. Engel, head of research at AT&T's Bell Labs.
  • Blackberry 850

    Blackberry 850
    The BlackBerry 850 was the first handset released under the BlackBerry brand. Ten years later, RIM would be crowned the fastest growing company on the planet.
  • Commercial Mobile Phones

    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 £2639 ($3995).
  • Nokia 6110

    Nokia 6110
    1990 to 1995 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 fast becoming the norm thanks to the following handsets.
    Three games: Memory, Snake (with two-player mode using two phones and IR connection), Logic
    Calculator, clock and calendar
    Currency converter
    Works as a pager
    Profile settings
    4 colours
  • Motorola Razr V3

    Motorola Razr V3
    Motorola shifted over a 130 million of its ‘fashion’ phone between the years 2004 and 2006, making it the best-selling clamshell/flip-phone handset in history.
  • Apple iPhone 3G

    his one needs no introduction and is largely responsible for changing the face of the mobile space forever. Apple’s iPhone popularised applications with millions of consumers, helped make touchscreen interfaces the norm, and broke new ground for overall design and finish. The iPhone 3G was the sharpest tip of the mobile stick, but from here on out things would begin progressing even faster.