1895 Pontecchio, Italy – As young Guglielmo fidgeted with his super secret device, he probably had no idea what type of technological storm he was about to unleash upon the world. Just an adjustment here and the world’s first wireless signal would be sent to a receiver a mile an a half away.
That one signal would allow civilization to order pizzas from their homes, stalk each other on Facebook and even send text messages on the freeway at 73 miles per hour. What Guglielmo Marconi discovered was a new way of transmitting of communication between human beings. Before we relied on the human voice, print and messages that had to be carried over miles and miles of wires via the telephone. Now messages could be carried those same distances seemingly in thin air.
One year later Marconi traveled to England with the hopes of showing British telegraph authorities of adopting the new technology for improving communications across the country. When W.H. Preece, chief engineer of the British Post-office of telegraphs saw what Marconi’s transmitter could accomplish the stage was set for a rapid explosion of wireless communication. Just 31 years later phone calls could be made from England to the United States. In 1946 mobile phones were now being used in cars.
Yes… people were making calls from their cars and annoying people well before the cell phone ever came into use.
Just over 100 years later we can perform all sorts of functions with wireless signals. Think about how earth shattering this invention could be. Now you can completely ignore your family while arguing with people on the internet while using your IPad in a restaurant. All with Marconi’s discovery.
But there’s one truly helpful, relevant application that Marconi’s discovery of radio waves has created: the ability to change the heat settings in your heated clothing with a wireless remote.
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Guglielmo Marconi – Biography
John Wiley.com.au – A History of Wireless Technologies