“Necessity is the mother of all inventions” as human beings living in these dynamic and ever changing world we always experience trajectory of events from science, history, politics, health, lifestyle and most importantly technology.
Technology has been part of us since back in memorial. Because change is inevitable we adapt to new inventions day in day out. One of the most common inventions that has gained prominence over the decades is the telecommunications device (telephone). Alexander Graham Bell is often credited with being the inventor of the telephone since he was awarded the first successful patent. However, there were many other inventors such as Elisha Gray and Antonio Meucci who also developed a talking telegraph.. The urgency of wanting to pass information from one person to another in the simplest and quick way prompted further development in the industry.
In Kenya the most memorable time in the communication sector is the telephone booth that where designated in different area codes. The booth was amazing and gave an awesome experience in the communication sphere. The booth had contact directories for different organization. The services were affordable,the only problem experienced were the long qeues that one had to encounter. During these era the area chief number was very essential if you wanted to call up country. “Simu ya Jamii” came and we enjoyed it’s conveniency , we paid for talk-time. The offer was good until when the guys started terminating our calls before completing our required talk-time.
The phones continued to increase in terms of usage and desire for people to communicate and pass information with ease. The cellphones started being affordable and people bought them, famously known as “kabambe” or “mulika mwizi” and now we have smartphones. The convergence of media as played a major role in this sector. In the past for one to go camping, you will need a map, compass, phone, camera, notepad etc. These days a smartphone is equipped with a compass, maps and even a camera which makes it easy to use and to carry around. Memories are captured and communicating has never been easy like this era.
Thomas Edison who put hello into common usage. He urged the people who used his phone to say “hello” when answering. His rival, Alexander Graham Bell, thought the better word was “ahoy.”