Talk Phone Technology And Advancement In Design

By Ann Schmidt

While Smartphones are somewhat new, walkie talkies have been around for quite some time. The application access and operations of smart phones might be new in comparison. However, talk phone technology has existed since the days of Alexander Graham Bell. As such, it is only the cellular, wireless and prepaid technologies which are new in these new so-called smart models.

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell created the first ever communications device. In doing so, the scientist spent a lot of hours researching elocution and speech. After which, the man became the first person ever to receive a United States patent for the research, development and design of the first working telephone.

The ideology behind the research was inspired by Alexander's deaf wife. Initially, the research was related to hearing devices rather than a communications device. As such, Mr. Bell considered the most famous discovery and design of a lifetime an intrusion into more scientific aspirations. Sadly, the scientist then refused to include this new design into ongoing research and development.

While the telephone is primarily Alexander Graham Bell's greatest accomplishment, the scientist also invented several other communication forms. These include, optical or visual communication, black box communication for aeronautics and hydrofoil systems. Although, it was not until much later in life that any of these other forms became valid modes of communication, or as popular as the scientist's initial invention.

Mr. Bell first experimented with sound as encouraged by a loving father. A father who took his sons to see a unique automation created by Charles Wheatstone of the "mechanical man, " in 1863. The model included a simulated human voice which really grabbed Alexander's attention. After which, Mr. Bell translated a copy of the book into English. After which, the design was replicated with the help of his brother Melville, work that culminated into a working automaton.

While the project was a success, it was the father who paid for all the parts and processes involved. In addition, excited to see the boys so interested in scientific research and developed, a major prize was offered if the project became successful. While there is no record of what the prize might have been, it is clearly evident that the boys deserved more than just a prize for having creating this working model of the original "mechanical man."

For, one of Bell's most interesting experimental subjects was the family dog. Most likely considered animal abuse by today's standards, the scientist worked to create an ongoing growling pattern. At which time, Mr. Bell would attempt to move the dog's lips and adjust the vocal cords to produce a specific sound. One sound the scientist created sounded like the dog was asking "How are you grandma?"

Talking dogs are nothing new as can be seen by many clips on television and YouTube videos. However, Alexander's was the first known to speak much less be involved with the overall design of sound transmission. In addition, it was through working with the family dog that Alexander discovered resonance and volume could be changed with tuning forks.

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