“Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.” Those were the words spoken in the first telephone call made by Alexander Graham Bell on this date in 1876.
The call did not travel far – Mr. Watson was only in the next room. It was several months before Bell and his assistant were able to converse at a distance of 10 miles and more than three decades before the unique gift of instant transcontinental communication would become common.
But how very far we’ve come since. Although Bell was an innovative and prolific inventor, he likely did not envision the day we would carry smartphones in our pockets.
And Bell certainly did not have to worry about running out of juice on his phone. That’s a modern problem that we’ve solved with the One Year Smartphone Backup Battery. Unlike most rechargeable backups that lose their charge after a few months of inactivity, this smartphone battery holds its charge for a full year. It can completely charge an iPhone, Android or iPad Mini in under three hours.
Aside from making calls, one of the most popular uses for a smartphone is as a camera, and instant prints capturing the moment make great unique gifts for folks you meet in your travels. This palm-sized printer prints pictures directly from your iPhone or Android. The printer stores unobtrusively in a pocket and connects wirelessly to a smartphone to print 2″ x 3″ color photos in about a minute.
Do you ever find yourself frustrated by your smartphone’s tiny onscreen keyboard? Here’s a Bluetooth device that instantly projects a laser-generated virtual keyboard onto any flat, opaque surface. The laser device recognizes keystrokes in three dimensions by an optical sensor that detects finger placement and can distinguish between a finger hovering and actual contact with the “keys”.
While Bell’s invention was amazing for its day, the smartphone has shaken up our social lives, our shopping habits, how we conduct business and how we communicate with friends and family. Only the future will show what unique gifts of connectivity these technological Swiss army knives will give us in the years to come.