Cell phones and GPS combine allowing us to navigate as well as make calls from our cellular devices.

When cell phones first came about, they were meant to be used as car phones. Once cell phones were able to be physically carried around, they still faced the trouble of being very bulky, awkward, and also very expensive. The majority of the population did not own a cell phone as they were generally only used by people in sales or business.

As cell phones shrunk in size, the technology incorporated in them grew. Nowadays, we have many incredible uses for cell phones, from checking e-mail, to listening to music, or even playing games. Despite these uses, one of the most interesting innovations is the use of GPS technology. Younger generations may not remember the hassle of learning to read a map, or even going online to print out step by step directions to get from one place to the next, but they will always know how easy it is to travel in this day and age. With GPS technology embedded in our phones and services like Google Maps to guide us, it is almost impossible to get lost.

Even before GPS was included in our phones, people could still buy a GPS device for their cars, but these devices were expensive and somewhat bulky. Technological convergence made it possible for these powerful navigators to be put in the palm of our hands, making our lives easier and stretching the boundaries of what we are capable of doing.

It is difficult to imagine where the cell phone will go from here, yet every year, newer and better phones are released proving our ability to keep innovating this once simple technology. It will be interesting to see where our society leads us as we continue to develop phones with more functions than we previously thought possible.

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