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Today, there are 76 billion people in the world, and it’s expected that by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices. From smartphones, wifi and laptops to 5G, voice recognition and virtual reality, our digital landscape is a vast and growing one. Technology has defined many pivotal moments in history and is not only convenient but useful.

159 years of tech

1860

1860

James Clerk Maxwell predicted existence of radio waves and set out basic laws of electromagnetism.

1868

1868

Christopher Latham Sholes invents modern typewriter and QWERTY keyboard.

1876

1876

First phone call made by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

1888

1888

Liquid crystals, the science behind the LCD dislay, are discovered.

1936

1936

The Turing Machine is proposed by Alan Turing, becoming the foundation for all computers.

1960

1960

Mouse invented by Douglas Engelbart,consisting of wooden shell, circuit board and two metal wheels.

1963

1963

First computer-aided design programme, Sketchpad, is created.

1973

1973

Motorola become first company to develop handheld phone, the DynaTAC 8000X.

1973

1973

Ethernet invented at Xerox PARC, connecting computers together.

1976

1976

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs launch Apple 1, one of the world's first personal home computers.

1979

1979

1G is developed in Japan, the first automatic cellular network.

1983

1983

HP creates a touchscreen computer, the HP-150.

1984

1984

Apple launch Machintosh computer with graphical user interface.

1985

1985

Microsoft releases own graphical user interface, Windows 1.

1989

1989

World Wide Web and its fundamental technologies - HTML, URL and HTTP - are invented.

1993

1993

First touchscreen phone, the Simon Personal Communicator, is launched by IBM and BellSouth.

1995

1995

Microsoft introduces first public web browser, Internet Explorer.

1997

1997

Wi-Fi first launched to consumers, and shortly after released for home use.

1998

1998

Google search engine founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, originally named "BackRub".

2007

2007

Apple introduces iPhone, followed by iPad two years later.

2012

2012

WiFi is 4 times faster than when first introduced.

2019

2019

5G is launched, set to be 100 times faster than 4G and 600 times faster than 3G.

Growing in both popularity and usage, devices are relied on in the 21st century, with the average person spending 24 hours per week on a smartphone alone. But the average person doesn’t actually know much about them, especially that wireless devices emit radiation, also known as electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs).

Scientific studies have shown that EMF radiation can impact human biology, including cell behaviour, temperature and function. A breakdown at cellular level, and interference in cell communication can result in conditions such as ADHD, insomnia, autism, mental illness and dementia.

Studies are ongoing to better understand EMFs and their possible health effects, but many have found a link between EMFs and reproductive defects, gene mutation and neurological degeneration.

In 1996, The World Health Organisation established the International Electromagnetic Fields Project and 15 years later concluded that EMFs are ‘possibly carcinogenic’, listing them amongst the likes of lead, diesel fuel and asbestos as a class 2b carcinogenic.

And since most of the devices we use today, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, weren’t invented that long ago, long-term exposure studies have not been completed. What we do know though, is that children absorb up to 10 times more radiation than adults.

Growing up in a sea of technology, children are considered to be more at risk over their lifetime. Though we can’t and wouldn’t stop the use of our much-loved devices, we can prevent the radiation they emit from being harmful. That’s why we’ve created energydots, a precautionary measure against the unknown health effects of EMFs. Find out about the benefits of energydots here.