Why Is Technology Getting Smaller?

Smartphone from DenverThere seems to be one trend with technology these days: the faster and smaller, the better. This is with the exception of several appliances, of course. Take a refrigerator, for example. There’s little practical reason to actually shrink such an appliance in the first place. That said, it’s safe to say that companies like will still be around to help move them when needed.

But refrigerators and similar appliances are both a minority and an exception. Much of the technology around you is getting smaller, while also being more powerful. What is it with this “smaller, faster” philosophy?

It’s All About Portability

People today are avid movers. The fast-paced nature of modern living essentially requires them to bring their tech wherever they go. Gone are the days of only being able to watch the news on your living room TV. You can now do that on your mobile device with the right data connection.

Portability also requires power considerations. What’s a mobile device if its battery drains quickly, anyway? Experts have come up with innovations like low-powered IP sensors, which allows extended battery life from just one charge.

Challenges And Advantages

There’s still the risk of going too far. For instance, the keypads/keyboards of some mobile devices (i.e. smartphones) are too small to be practical for a lot of people. Handheld camcorders may be advertised as ultra-portable alternatives to full-sized cameras, but their video quality is anything but. And it’s not just usability that’s at stake. Really small gadgets are also likely to be lost. Take a micro SD memory card, which is about the size of a dime. Who’s to say you’re not losing one in your entire lifetime?

It’s not all bad, however. A smaller but more powerful gadget is a product of more efficient manufacturing processes. Take a modern computer processor, for example. It’s much more powerful than its predecessors despite being physically smaller because the miniaturized internal components mean more processing power can be crammed into a diminutive frame. Such processes also consume less time and energy, minimizing waste as early as the manufacturing stage.

Shrinking technology has its limits, and rest assured, experts are well aware of that. It’s only a matter of time before a ceiling can be hit. 

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