You probably don’t remember anymore, but there was a time when a simple computer occupied an entire room, or even a house. In fact, the term ‘bug‘, has its origin in the presence of insects and sometimes even rats, inside these gigantic computers.
So… Taking all this into account, it is very likely that the best inventions or innovations in this world are those that led these gigantic machines to become much smaller devices, and at the same time, more powerful.
As is the example of the almighty smartphone, an authentic computer, very powerful, completely portable, able to fit in the palm of our hand.
But let’s go by parts, to understand the evolution.
What was the greatest invention in the computer world?
Technician changing one of the vacuum tubes.
Therefore, what helped the industry to miniaturize computers was the transition from vacuum tubes to transistors. At the time, it was immediately reduced by a factor of 50x, that is, instead of a machine occupying an entire room, it began to occupy “only” a few cabinets.
Later on, we moved to integrated circuits, which in turn also resulted in an extremely significant reduction in the space required, but less noticeable after the first one.
However, the reduction is no longer so important, with the industry focusing more on performance and less on the physical size of products. So, in this way, the objective began to be to put more and more technology into the same physical space.
We are at a time when we can already find products like the ESP-8266, a fully-fledged computer, which costs just €1 and already has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Besides, what do you think about all this? Were you aware of this evolution? Please share your opinion with us in the comments below.