Random facts about technology #3

1. IBM sold smartphones with a touch screen display in 1994

In 1994, IBM sold smartphones with a touch screen display. It was able to send emails and run 3rd party apps. Its 50000 units were sold. Its name is IBM Simon Personal Communicator. Also known as IBM Simon. Simon was also able to send and receive fax, e-mail and cellular pages. It had features such as an address book, calendar, appointment scheduler, calculator, world time clock, electronic notepad, handwritten annotations, and stylus input screen keyboard. Source

2. There is a refrigerator that open when you give a smile

Researchers at Toyko University have developed a smile-activated refrigerator, which requires users to smile before opening. The system, called “The Happiness Counter”, naturally aims to encourage smiling in our everyday lives. It is equipped with a built-in Sony CyberShot digital camera with smile-recognition technology. Source

3. In 2014, Google hired a camel to create a street view

In 2014, Google hired a camel named ‘Rafia’ to create a street view of the Liva Desert in Abu Dhabi. The camel became the first animal to carry Google’s Trekker camera that captured 360-degree images of the desert. Launched in 2007, the Street View service helps users explore destinations through 360-degree and street-level 3D imagery. Source

4. In 1936 Russia built a computer that ran on water

In 1936 Russia built a computer that ran on water. Its called Water integrator. The water integrator was an early analogue computer built by Vladimir Lukyanov in 1936 in the Soviet Union. It used to solve partial differential equations. It works meticulously with water through a room filled with interconnected pipes and pumps. It is now found in the Polytechnic Museum of Moscow. Source

5. Google Maps’ ‘Satellite’ mode was called ‘Bird mode’

Google Maps' 'Satellite' mode before launch was actually called 'Bird mode'.

Google Maps’ ‘Satellite’ mode before launch was actually called ‘Bird mode’. The story was revealed when the co-creator of Google Maps tweeted on February 23, 2019. On Saturday morning, Taylor tweeted “Google Maps Origin Story” in a Twitter thread. Source

6. The digital wristwatch was inspired by a sci-fi movie

The smartwatch’s first appearance in the 1932s was in the “Dick Tracy” comic strips. Super Detective had a watch that he could speak and provided him with information about the fly. Since then, the smartwatch appeared on the wrists of several futuristic heroes, including James Bond, “Men in Black” Agent K, and Inspector Gadget. Today, the smartwatch allows users to answer phone calls, and browse the Internet from their wrist. Source

7. China is the first country to grow a plant on the moon

In January 2019, China made history when it landed its Chang’-4 spacecraft on the ground of the moon. They carried a mini-biosphere called the Lunar Micro Ecosystem (LME) across the lunar surface. Potato seeds, cotton seeds, rapeseeds, leaven, fruit fly eggs, all these things they wanted to grow on the moon. All the weeds were slowly killed, only the cotton plant survived. That is why cotton became the first plant to be grown on the moon. Source

8. Window previously called Interface Manager

The codename of the project was “Interface Manager” before the windowing system was developed. The head of marketing at Microsoft convinced the company that the Windows name would be more appealing to customers. Source

9. 3D printing is also possible in Zero Gravity

Made in Space: It is a Silicon Valley startup located at the NASA Ames Research Center. The aim was to get a 3D printer into the International Space Station by 2014. NASA has successfully tested that 3D printing is also possible in space. This will help astronauts to repair broken equipment. Source

10. 1 in 3 people feels more dissatisfied with their lives after visiting Facebook

According to a study, Scientists studied 600 people who logged time on the social network and one in three felt worse after visiting the site. There is no surprise in this that if you see pictures of your friends on Facebook on vacation, then you might feel bad. Yes, if you use Facebook to watch memes or read our facts, you will never be dissatisfied. Source

11. In Chinese, the word for computer means ‘electric brain’

In Chinese, the meaning of the word for computer literally translates to ‘electric brain’. Computer means ” 電子計算機 ” which means an electronic calculator in Chinese. But in daily life, everyone calls it” 電腦 “(electronic brain) because it acts like a brain. Source

12. Google servers release almost 200 tons of CO2 per day

The Internet is not in the sky. We do not bring information through the sky. All the work related to the internet is done on this earth.

In fact, we bring information from millions of physical surveys in data centres around the world. All these data centres are connected with undersea cables, switches, and router. All of these require a lot of energy. Most energy comes from energy sources that emit carbon dioxide into the air because they burn fossil fuels. If you have read Google Facts on this website, then you would know that there are 3.5 billion searches a day on Google. There is so much carbon-dioxide on these so many searches. Source

13. An iPhone is made up of about 75 elements

An iPhone is made up of about 75 elements. It’s about two-third of the Periodic table. This is not a controversial topic because our phones have many parts. And to make each of the parts different elements are required. Like lithium is used to make batteries. Gold, silicon, tin, etc. are also used in phones on motherboards. Source

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