Convergence between modern day cellphones and GPS devices can cut minutes off your daily commute or save your life in a 911 emergency

Cell phones are no longer just for making calls. They can provide hours of gaming entertainment, track how many steps you walked around campus, manage bank accounts and video chat with friends overseas. In fact, the only thing constant about cellphones is change. One of the most prominent budding uses for cellphones is a fully functional GPS. Excessive or genius?

Source: Pew Research Center 
This New York Times article discusses the contemporary and increasingly common relationship between the GPS and cellular phone and the influx of benefits due to this convergence. The majority of the American population owns a cellphone, 90% of adults according to the Pew Research Center, and therefore we become walking GPSs. If we make a 911 call, emergency response systems can locate us within seconds. We can track traffic and find shorter routes on our way to work. If we get lost, our phone can bring us back to home base. You can even track a lost child. 

Source: Pew Research Center
This melding of technologies is an example of technological convergence because two technological mediums, the cellphone and the GPS, are coming together to provide new digital capabilities. This convergence then changes how we view certain services that we’ve interacted with our entire lives.

When we break down each device’s qualities it is easier to see how the fundamental capabilities merge together, therefore creating something new. A mobile phone is a communication device that is typically on a person or in the premise of one’s physical being. A GPS is a navigation system that tracks exact locations. When the two devices converge, we have an entirely new technological tool: a pocket sized communication device that enables you to determine another’s exact location and vice versa. 

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