We currently live in a world that’s dominated by technology. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, it’s just a simple fact.
From the home to the office and even on the go, technology dominates our lives. In fact, it was reported back in 2017 that 95% of people aged between 16 and 24 owned a smartphone.
While a huge statistic, it shouldn’t surprise anyone. But, what we don’t think about when we think about technology is how much it has changed, or more importantly, how the tech has changed on the inside.
Over the decades, technology has shrunk in size. You only have to look at the size of computers when they were first invented to how they look now. These obviously became smaller as they became household items.
You could argue that some have become bigger, such as televisions, as everyone keeps opting for wider and wider screens. 24-inches just won’t do anymore. Meanwhile, mobile phones, which were once huge, decreased in size, but have recently got bigger – albeit, incredibly thinner.
However, when talking about the size, what we mean is the size of the parts inside. Previously, devices couldn’t hold much, but now, that smartphone in your pocket is more powerful than the computer you had 20 years ago.
But, the insides didn’t get smaller by simply switching the power supply, oh no, they got smaller due to nanotechnology. But what is it?
What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is when science, engineering and technology come together for the study of extremely small structures, which are known as nanomaterials.
Measured on a scale of 1 – 100 nanometres, these materials can be used within a number of different fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, engineering and material science.
But, what has this got to do with day-to-day technology?
Why it’s used in tech?
Because there’s a huge demand for speed, efficiency, power and decreased weight in technological items, nanotechnology has been extremely useful.
Already used in fields such as the military, medical and aerospace industries, the miniaturization of electronics has allowed more data and information to be stored on smaller items. This has in turn allowed items to become more powerful, like you iPhone for instance, which is now more powerful than your old computer would have been.
Therefore, it’s easy to see why technology got smaller, because the tech already existed, which would allow companies to ultimately shrink things and make them more powerful. However, you also have to consider how we operate as consumers. When things get smaller, they become easier to carry and more accessible to people, computers being the main example here. So, despite nanotechnology being what made smaller tech a reality, it was, in fact, our demand for devices that made it happen.