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From Cave Paintings to Modern Smartphones


Most people don’t really appreciate how simple
it is today to stay in contact with their loved ones. All you have to do is take your smartphone
and choose one of the numerous messaging apps. But how did people keep in touch before smartphones
with face IDs and multi-megapixel cameras appeared? Around 30,000 years ago closer to the end
of the Stone Age, (I wasn’t around then), people lived in caves and knew nothing about
iPhones. But they knew how to draw on the walls. They created a system of symbols and left
these rock paintings in caves to communicate with each other. It looked like some kind of ancient MMS — the
paintings contained tons of useful information, for example, the first calendar or bits and
pieces of history. Smoke signals were a cool way of long-distance
communication. In Greece, they developed a system of alphabetical
smoke signals around 150 BCE. All Greek letters were turned into numeric
characters, and messages (SMS rather than MMS) were easily sent by two people holding
torches. Let’s not forget about runners! Greeks and Romans had some of their provinces
so far apart that no smoke signal could be seen from such distances. That’s why specially trained and lightning-fast
people ran from place to place to deliver messages. Those were super-important letters, like military
orders or laws that had to be put into action immediately. If we continue with the comparisons, they
were something like emails. Pigeons were also great at delivering messages! The pigeon post itself appeared in ancient
times, but some enthusiasts keep using it these days as well, although more for fun
than out of real necessity. The whole thing is based on the pigeons’
natural ability to find their way back home. Keep in mind, though, that you can’t just
tie your message to any pigeon you spot in the street. It has to be a specially bred homing pigeon
that knows how to navigate over long distances. In some areas, people communicated with the
help of drums. These drums were so powerful that their sound
could be heard in villages miles away. There was a special set of drum signals used
to indicate important things, and it worked not unlike… Morse code! This method of communication was invented
by Samuel Morse at the beginning of the 19th century. All letters of the alphabet were encrypted
as sets of dots and dashes. Most people think that Morse code is an acoustic
system of communication. But it can be visual as well because you can
share it as flashes of light! But let’s skip some time (ok-ok, it’s a lot
of time) and land in the middle of the 20th century. By that time, several decades had already
passed since people started using radio for communication. It was time for something new and revolutionary! I know, right now you imagine the latest product
of your favorite smartphone manufacturer. Not so fast — people could barely hold the
first cell phones in their hands! The whole process of calling someone was heavy
(and I mean it literally), uncomfortable, and terribly clumsy. The ancestor of the modern-day cell phone
appeared in Sweden in 1960. It was a far cry from your super-slim smartphone:
the device was incredibly bulky and heavy. It was actually not a one-piece phone but
a system known as Mobile Telephone System A. The thing was fully automated — meaning
that it could be moved from one place to another. But for relocating it, you needed a car because
the handset was supposed to be mounted inside. Also, this “mobile” device needed an operator
to forward the calls. So, you’ll probably agree that a massive metal
box accompanying you whenever you went somewhere by car wasn’t a perfect example of wireless
communication. The very first real cell phone call was made
in 1973. That’s when Martin Cooper, Motorola’s senior
engineer, called the rival company and told them he was talking on a cell phone. He didn’t mention, though, that the device
he used weighed 2 pounds, had an antenna, was about 9 inches long and 4 inches wide,
and had a loving nickname “the brick.” You could enjoy a 30-minute-long talk and
then had to charge the device for another 10 hours. The next model was released only 10 years
later, in 1983. It was the first commercial cell phone. If a customer was ready to pay almost $4,000,
they could get a phone with half an hour of talk-time and six hours of standby. The device could also store up to 30 phone
numbers. Whew! Unfortunately, even at such an exorbitant
price, the phone’s performance wasn’t great. As you see, in the early days of cell phones,
manufacturers had in mind businesspeople-types who drove fast cars and flew airplanes rather
than the average Joe. That’s one of the reasons why the first cell
phones were mostly for use in cars — they just didn’t fit into jean pockets! Anyway, it was 1989, and the very first portable
cell phone, Motorola MICROTAC 9800X, appeared on the market. And yes, by saying “portable,” I do mean that
it could fit into a shirt pocket (if it was big enough). The device was black, plastic, and had a flip
piece. Even though the phone was proudly called “micro,”
it still was more than 9 inches in length and weighed more than 12 ounces — which
is as heavy as a can of soup! Hmm… Probably too heavy for a shirt pocket? A super-important breakthrough happened in
1992: the first-ever text message was sent! It read “Happy Christmas!” The year 1994 — and the first smartphone
saw the light of day! Wait, when I say “smartphone,” it’s not the
same thing you have in mind. The phone, which was called IBM Simon Personal
Communicator, was more like a planner than a cell phone. Those who spent $900 to buy this gadget could
create their contact and task lists and make calls. That’s all Simon could handle, plus, its battery
lasted for only an hour. Still, customers bought more than 50,000 units! Step by step, cell phones started to become
slimmer and acquired new functions. They were also getting more affordable. Plus, in 1995, people saw the first splash
of color: Siemens S10 offered its users the whole of 4 colors! After that, the smartphone development process
started to gain speed. The end of the 90s — and the luckiest phone
users could marvel at the Internet and email on their devices! In 1997, the iconic “Snake” was launched on
Nokia 6110! This event became the start of mobile gaming. By the way, if you’ve ever lost track of time
playing the Snake, let me know in the comments below! Let’s see how many we are! In November 2000, the era of selfie obsession
officially started. Or maybe it started some time later. Because when the world’s first cell phone
with a completely integrated camera appeared, people knew nothing about selfies yet. The device called J-SH04 was launched by the
Sharp company. The phone had 110,000-pixel built-in camera
and 256-color display. Its weight was less than 3 oz (just a bit
more than a tennis ball), and it was 5 inches long — way lighter and almost twice smaller
than the first cell phones! The phone was available only in Japan. The western world got interested in camera
phones only 2 years later! In 2007, first smartphones with touchscreens
appeared on the market. By 2011, these gadgets had already become
a crucial part of our lives. 4G, voice recognition, health and fitness
apps, and tons of other cool features made smartphones irreplaceable for most people. But modern gadgets are mind-blowingly different
from the very first cell phones. The slimmest smartphones today are less than
one-fifth of an inch thick. Their displays are no thicker than a strand
of spaghetti. Even though they’re so skinny, these gadgets
are packed with useful and entertaining apps. Smartphones have also become much lighter:
the lightest devices weigh about 3 oz — it’s less than a deck of cards! Their size has decreased quite dramatically
as well: these days, you can fit the smallest smartphones in any pocket you choose because
they’re no bigger than 4 and a half inches. At the same time, not everyone wants to have
their smartphone as small as possible. The larger its display is, the more convenient
it is to watch videos and play games. That’s why lots of gadgets have large-sized
screens, being pretty light at the same time. The biggest phone displays reach 8 inches
in length — which makes them almost as long as the first cell phones! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!

Robin Kshlerin

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100 COMMENTS

  1. BRIGHT SIDE Posted on February 24, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Hey Bright Siders! Do you remember what your first mobile phone was?

    Reply
  2. Mani Lobo Beats Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    How do they have 33 millions subs and still fail to get 50 k views?

    Reply
  3. Brian Weimar Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I use to play the snake game

    Reply
  4. Yoban Sandhu Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Tomorrow is my exam and I'm watching this
    Don't know why ??
    You random scroller you may like this message and say me all the best

    Reply
  5. Alejandro Miano Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Wait,did he just said 8 inches display?The biggest smartphone is ROG Phone 2 that has -7 inches,the second is Samsung Galaxy S20 that has 6.9 inches and the thirs is the note 10+ that has 6.8 inches.For now there is no phone that has 8 inches even the unpopular smartphone companies only have 7 inches Maybe in the future we will have 10 inches smartphone.

    Reply
  6. Alexa Comar Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    I just wanna say, thank you so much to Bright Side for helping me learn things, I told my classmates all the things I learned from you, they were shock, and thanks for teaching us everything for our safety as well!<3

    Reply
  7. Best Buddy Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I'm the 1st to like this video!!!

    Reply
  8. Frank Martinez Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    I use old phone which has text and phone call only. Keeps life simple, I donโ€™t need to be in contact 24/7. Feel much better, I always refuse company iPhone, , just donโ€™t need distraction.

    Reply
  9. debasis maiti Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Timeline Of mobile……..oh so awesome

    Reply
  10. Muhammad Shahid Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    5:54 you said 1984 but it was written 1994. What?

    Reply
  11. Demetrius _YT Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Make more journey videos like journey to the core

    Reply
  12. FIREICE PLAYZ Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I fail my exam because of that

    Reply
  13. Darwin Alvarez Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Wow so many comments already

    Reply
  14. KaiMapDawg2010 Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    The 1st cellphone was made in 1983 not 1973

    Reply
  15. Cristian Balo Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Bright side! I have a questions for you about this one who is the most famous persons in the world celebrities or NBA players?

    Reply
  16. kurt kyle Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Yeap I stil playing the snake game

    Reply
  17. cookie jacket Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Channel "Sisi terang" is copying your content, they just translate it

    Reply
  18. Dennis D'Menace Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Actually, the first cell phone was used in 1928. It was a call on a telephone from an inmate's jail cell.

    Reply
  19. Thao Tang Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    My first Iphone is my mums iPhone 4s, my second and third are just old nokia phones ( they're not even iPhones ), the fourth one is nokia 2.3 ( Android ). Like if you loose your phone a lot of times!
    ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿปlike

    Reply
  20. Vadorblue 1 Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    What happened to old gadgets and new

    Reply
  21. dayna arnett Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    the snake is a really fun game.

    Reply
  22. Sanjay Mishra Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    i lose myself in the hyptonise game… on my phone…

    Reply
  23. George C.Vanlalzara Sr Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Ooo miss that snake game๐Ÿคช

    Reply
  24. Muhammed Ayaan Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Here is a trick pretty simple
    Click on the thumbs up button
    It changes its colour to blue
    Cool technology

    Reply
  25. Savage B Vlogs Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    If we had technology back then how we have it now where do you think we be today technology wise???

    Reply
  26. Gamer Guy Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    1990: in 2020, we might have flying cars!

    2020: EARTHQUAKE DETECTION KIT
    ๐Ÿ‘€ <โ€”googley eyes

    Reply
  27. Good Boy Mad Monsters Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Oh! The video is awesome!

    Reply
  28. Yohan Shah Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Number of likes?

    Reply
  29. Prabij Shrestha Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    First smartphone was bigger and expensive and then size was reduced as well as price and now size is increasing and price too. Good old day is coming back again. Hehehe

    Reply
  30. Anas Shaikh Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    5:52 1984 or 1994?

    Reply
  31. COS EA Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Who Else Is Here Before 30K Views?!

    – A YouTuber trying to Reach 20 subs!!! ๐Ÿ™

    Reply
  32. Sean Stanford Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Yeah anyone who had a phone around then lost alot of time to snake

    Reply
  33. Sumaiya Fardousi Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I have also played snake game. that was 1998

    Reply
  34. gospill goat Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Teacher: What Did the stone age do back then?

    Me: I wasn't around then

    Teacher: what

    Reply
  35. Akshay Nair Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    I played it for 2-3 hours

    Reply
  36. mrshuffleboys Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    The Legend of Snake and Space Impact

    Reply
  37. Reshma Chandran Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Motorola, don't remember the model number, it was one of the first phones where you could use the small sim cards, before that you have to insert that credit card size card holder inside the phone. If anyone used a model like that..high five!

    Reply
  38. JuliasGallery LLC Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I had a PrimeCo and still do. Complete with charger.
    Disappointed that you didn't add the dates 1997, 2004 for flip phone era? First smart phone available , was about 2011… i have personally , kept all of my phones.

    Reply
  39. Abdirahman Abdi Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    A phone 11 pro

    Reply
  40. Peri Nestor Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    150 b.c. he said,Greeks knew the fire signals from Homer times!

    Reply
  41. Taries Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    BUT, can you do a Future gadgets vs Modern gadgets?

    Reply
  42. Beauty care 2 Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    great work.

    Reply
  43. l4 legends P Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I will give you its my assurance

    Reply
  44. Rex Hall Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    I have lost track of time playing snake

    Reply
  45. Arkadyuti Sarkar Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    In India, Smartphones appeared not before 2012, I guess.

    Reply
  46. BiLlIe AtE mY bUrRiTo Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    wow phones upgraded VERY fast

    Reply
  47. GAMER XX GAMER Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Wait
    How do you know that??
    You know you was not born from 30,000 years ago

    Reply
  48. Darrell Cole Posted on February 24, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    when i was a kid in Illinois, we had a wall phone and shared the line with 3 other people. our ring was 2 shorts and 1 long. You needed central to connect you to your party. Next we got a cradle phone. our number was 317 which is my area code now in Indiana

    Reply
  49. Damian Lopez Posted on February 24, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Brightside…whats up with your airplane and airline fetish??? Are yoy running out of topics???

    Reply
  50. marshmello unicorn Posted on February 24, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    When you talked about that uncomfortable swedish ancient mobile phone you sounded kinda… contempting? You just talked about how inconvenient it was to use without even acknoledging what an amazing thing they did there. We probably wouldn't have smartphones without those people developing the first ever mobile phone….

    Reply
  51. Princess Lupi Posted on February 24, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Hello Moto!

    Reply
  52. Mohamed Mouici Posted on February 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Nokia snake on 3310 and 1100

    Reply
  53. Caleb Maker - 2 Posted on February 24, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    5:53 It says 1994 and you said 1984.

    Reply
  54. ChroMeDoMe Posted on February 24, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    5:54

    Which is it? 1994 or 1984?

    Reply
  55. HyperClaw875513 Posted on February 24, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    To space crafts anything else

    Reply
  56. TeamMB !! Posted on February 24, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    The first alphabet was invented in caves

    Reply
  57. kaiser osm Posted on February 24, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    I wonder when people will start saying โ€œ then Apple and Samsung appeared to the market. They used to cost almost thousand dollars and only have apps and make phone call! Hughh can you believe it!!โ€

    Reply
  58. Brave Publicity Posted on February 24, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Your videos are so insightful.โค Love your animations!๐Ÿ˜Š

    Reply
  59. dragon vs22 Posted on February 24, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Iโ€™m the 1st like

    Reply
  60. Brandon Atkinson Posted on February 25, 2020 at 12:08 am

    You mean 1994 haha you 1984 but showed 1994 on the screen ๐Ÿ˜„

    Reply
  61. Kenyatta Clay Posted on February 25, 2020 at 12:37 am

    One correction, selfies have been around since the invention of the camera. Just because we didn't call them that doesn't mean it didn't exist. There was even a corset with a bulb at the end you could attach to the camera in order to take a selfie much like a selfie stick.

    Reply
  62. Jayla Sm Posted on February 25, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Iโ€™m so excited to have you all in my life!!!!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

    Reply
  63. Dayne Wegner Posted on February 25, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Did you know that there are over 2 billion users on youtube

    Reply
  64. Rafay Shakeel Posted on February 25, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Just stop talking about these smartphones please because they are destroying this generation and also they will because kids under the age 18 have it in their pockets and they are using it non-stop and not willing to take it out of their hand and just relax for a bit. I say that a kid who is 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or any age under the age of 18 is unmatured and even after the age of 18 people are immature because we can see that even the adults are addicted to this piece of electronic. I say we take a stand and put a stop to these iPhone and Andriod companies that are producing these drugs for kids and all of the human kinds.

    Reply
  65. jaslene pimentel Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:02 am

    my favorite youtuber talks about my worst nightmare, not having my phone XD

    Reply
  66. Roger Van Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:11 am

    I want cave panting

    Reply
  67. Paul Riddle Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:33 am

    I had bought at least 3 j phone's when I was in the service in 1999.

    Reply
  68. Pineapple Strawberry Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:45 am

    Wow happy Christmas

    Here we say happy holidays or merry Christmas not HAPPY CHRISTMAS

    Reply
  69. jethro jr mari Posted on February 25, 2020 at 3:25 am

    My dad has one and i played it everyday

    Reply
  70. ุชุฑุจูŠุฉ ุงู„ุงุทูุงู„ ู…ู† ุงู„ุฌู†ูŠู† ุงู„ู‰ ุงู„ู…ุฑุงู‡ู‚ุฉ Posted on February 25, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Its really good

    Reply
  71. Logan Posted on February 25, 2020 at 4:01 am

    I like the older phone's

    Reply
  72. x XSkellyX x Posted on February 25, 2020 at 5:16 am

    5:49 says 1984 when its it clearly says 1994

    Reply
  73. Nico Guerra Posted on February 25, 2020 at 5:37 am

    I was born in 2007

    Reply
  74. CHINMAY SIWACH Posted on February 25, 2020 at 7:05 am

    used to play on the classic nokia 3310

    Reply
  75. MARCH MELLO Posted on February 25, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Anyone wondering why there is no background music?

    Reply
  76. Justine Francisco Posted on February 25, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Wow i use molorola phone

    Reply
  77. Zeronix Gamer Posted on February 25, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Piguin mail= pmail
    internet mail=email

    Reply
  78. * ะ˜ั”ะบฯ… * Posted on February 25, 2020 at 10:22 am

    I like small phones so I have iphone 6s :>

    Reply
  79. Abdul Muhaymin Posted on February 25, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I used to play snake on my grandma's nokia

    Reply
  80. Kreativen ProtoCyclops Posted on February 25, 2020 at 11:37 am

    ehem ehem the battle of marathon…

    Reply
  81. Berina Civic Posted on February 25, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I am from Sweden

    Reply
  82. Jacob Rebone Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    YEs i have lost track and it was made before i was born

    Reply
  83. G Best Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    5:52 1994 was written but he says 1984

    Reply
  84. Christopher Brown Posted on February 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I remember snake and played for many many hours. Lol.

    Reply
  85. Simon Hinz Posted on February 26, 2020 at 1:02 am

    As usual… You say something and in text show something completely different. So was the first text message sent in 1984 or 1994? I know the answer, I am just asking to see if you actually know…

    Reply
  86. Lauren Wedgwood Posted on February 27, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    tbh i was OBSESSED with playing Snake back in the day!

    Reply
  87. Alvin Dave Banta Posted on February 29, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Im beating my own score at snake game

    Reply
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