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Communications Technology Collection

Communications technology has come a long way, bridging the gap between old and new methods of communication

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone use, X-ray

Mobile phone use, X-ray. The person at right is showing the other a picture (of a skull) on the mobile phone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Old and new methods of communication

Old and new methods of communication. At right is the former home of Samuel Morse (1791-1872), who invented the electric telegraph and the Morse code

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Frances Densmore, US anthropologist

Frances Densmore, US anthropologist
Frances Densmore (left, 1867-1957), US ethnologist, using a phonograph (left) to record the voice and stories of Mountain Chief, a Native American from the Piegan tribe

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: The Great Eastern steamship laying the Atlantic Cable

The Great Eastern steamship laying the Atlantic Cable
The SS Great Eastern steamship laying the Atlantic Cable. The Great Easterna was an iron sailing steam ship which was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and launched in 1858

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Artwork of a businessman with a mobile phone head

Artwork of a businessman with a mobile phone head
Global communication. Computer artwork representing the concept of global communication. The image shows a businessman, backdropped against a city with his head replaced by a mobile telephone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Man holding a mobile telephone to his ear

Man holding a mobile telephone to his ear
Mobile telephone. View of a man holding a mobile or cellular telephone to his ear. These telephones use low- power radio signals to transmit to a base station in the users local area, or cell

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone with projector

Mobile phone with projector
Mobile phone with integrated projector. This prototype mobile phone is able to project its display onto any flat surface. The phone has a swivelling unit that contains a powerful laser diode

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone rage

Mobile phone rage. Conceptual computer artwork of the head of an angry man poking from the screen of a mobile telephone. The use of these phones in public places has led to violent confrontations

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone SIM card chip

Mobile phone SIM card chip
SIM card. Computer artwork of the integrated circuit on a mobile phones SIM (subscriber identity module) card. This chip stores information about the user of the phone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Global communication

Global communication. Conceptual computer illustration of global communication, depicting mobile or cellular telephones around the Earth. The yellow lines may represent telephone signals

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Cordless telephone

Cordless telephone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: View of the keys and sensors of a mobile telephone

View of the keys and sensors of a mobile telephone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Conceptual image of global communication

Conceptual image of global communication
Global communication. Conceptual image of several differently coloured telephone handsets and a map of the world. The image represents global communication made possible by the telephone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone cartoon character

Mobile phone cartoon character

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Computer art of the Earth seen on mobile telephone

Computer art of the Earth seen on mobile telephone
Global communication. Computer artwork representing global communications showing the Earth on the screen on a mobile telephone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: View of the keypad of a mobile telephone

View of the keypad of a mobile telephone
Mobile telephone keypad. Close-up of the keypad of a mobile telephone. Mobile telephones use microwaves to carry call information, and so are not hampered by wires

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Telephone thermogram

Telephone thermogram
Mobile telephone use. Thermogram of a woman using a mobile or cellular telephone showing the variation in temperature. The temperature scale runs from red (warmest), through yellow, green and cyan

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Evolution of communications

Evolution of communications. Conceptual computer artwork illustrating progress in communications technology. Prehistoric cave art develops into a mobile phone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Radio tower with radio waves

Radio tower with radio waves
Radio tower transmitting over a city, conceptual computer artwork. The concentric rings represent the radio waves or microwaves being transmitted by the mast. This is the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Text message

Text message

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile telephone text messaging

Mobile telephone text messaging (SMS). Conceptual computer artwork of the worldwide use of mobile telephones to send text messages (envelope symbols)

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phones

Mobile phones
Mobile telephones, computer artwork

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Conceptual image of global telephone communication

Conceptual image of global telephone communication
Global communication. Conceptual image depicting global communication by telephone. The image shows several mobile telephone handsets arranged to mimic the skyline of a major city

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone X-ray

Mobile phone X-ray with a coloured map of the British Isles superimposed. This conceptual image could represent regional variation in patterns of mobile phone usage or network coverage

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Ring-pull phone

Ring-pull phone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Radio masts with radio waves

Radio masts with radio waves
Radio masts, conceptual computer artwork. The concentric rings represent the radio waves or microwaves being transmitted by the central mast

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Worldwide mobile telephone use

Worldwide mobile telephone use
Worldwide use of mobile (cellular) telephones, conceptual computer artwork

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Unconscious woman holding a cordless telephone

Unconscious woman holding a cordless telephone
MODEL RELEASED. Telephone emergency. View of a woman lying on the floor holding a cordless telephone. The cordless telephone is a portable, rechargeable

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Communications tower

Communications tower. The tower has several dishes used to relay communications data in the form of microwaves

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile telephone

Mobile telephone. Mobile or cellular telephones use low-power radio signals to transmit to an antenna in the users local area, or cell

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Computer artwork of mans head with mobile phones

Computer artwork of mans head with mobile phones
Mobile telephone use. Computer illustration of a mans head seen in front of mobile, or cellular, telephones and brains. Mobile phones use low-power microwave radio signals to transmit calls

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone relationships

Mobile phone relationships. Conceptual computer artwork of a womans face, mobile telephones and hearts, representing mobile phone relationships

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Unconscious woman lying near a telephone

Unconscious woman lying near a telephone
MODEL RELEASED. Telephone emergency. View of an unconscious woman lying near a telephone. The receiver is off the telephones base

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: WAP mobile telephone

WAP mobile telephone. Conceptual computer artwork of a hand holding a WAP-enabled mobile or cellular telephone. WAP (wireless application protocol)

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Radio mast with radio waves

Radio mast with radio waves
Radio mast, conceptual computer artwork. The concentric rings represent the radio waves or microwaves being transmitted by the mast

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Concept of a womans head and communication

Concept of a womans head and communication
Electronic communication. Conceptual image of a woman with various articles of electronic communication emerging from her head

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile telephone hate mail

Mobile telephone hate mail. Conceptual computer artwork of snakes and a mobile telephone being used to send text messages (envelope symbols)

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Communications room

Communications room. Patch panel and wires in an office communications room. The blue and yellow wires carry voice and computer data to and from a network of telephones and computers

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Water tower

Water tower with mobile telephone and television transmitting antennae. The water tower stores water for homes and businesses in the surrounding area

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Telecommunications mast

Telecommunications mast
Telecommunications base. Radio wave antennas mounted on top of a chimney. These are used to communicate between mobile phones in a telecommunications network

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Telephone pole and wires

Telephone pole and wires
Telephone pole with cut wires

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Telecommunications masts

Telecommunications masts. The dishes and antennas on these masts receive, amplify and relay mobile phone, microwave and radio signals. Photographed in Curno, Italy

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Concealed mobile phone mast

Concealed mobile phone mast. Camouflaged mobile phone mast on a brick chimney

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Telephone

Telephone handset and keypad

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Mobile phone mast

Mobile phone mast
Mobile phone base station. Radio wave antennae mounted on a lattice tower in a field. Mobile phone communication networks operate by the transmission of radio signals between mobile phones

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Telephone box

Telephone box in a rural setting

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Early mobile phone

Early mobile phone

Background imageCommunications Technology Collection: Woman using a mobile phone, thermogram

Woman using a mobile phone, thermogram
MODEL RELEASED. Woman using a mobile telephone, thermogram. The thermogram shows the emission of infrared radiation, displaying it as colour-coded surface temperatures



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Communications technology has come a long way, bridging the gap between old and new methods of communication. From the days of smoke signals to the era of mobile phone use, it's fascinating how we've evolved. One notable figure in this journey is Frances Densmore, a US anthropologist who recognized the power of communication through her studies on Native American tribes. She understood that language was not limited to spoken words but also encompassed gestures and symbols. The iconic image of a radio tower emitting radio waves reminds us of how far-reaching our messages can be. It symbolizes the ability to connect with people across vast distances, transcending borders and cultures. Looking back at an early mobile phone or desk telephone, it's hard to imagine life without instant connectivity at our fingertips. These devices revolutionized communication by allowing us to stay connected wherever we go. The Great Eastern steamship laying the Atlantic Cable showcases one of history's greatest achievements in communications technology – connecting continents through underwater cables. This monumental feat paved the way for global communication as we know it today. In a thought-provoking artwork depicting a businessman with a mobile phone head, we are reminded that technology has become an integral part of our identity and daily lives. Mobile phones have become extensions of ourselves, blurring boundaries between virtual and physical existence. However, this reliance on mobile phones hasn't been without its downsides; "mobile phone rage" has emerged as people struggle to find balance in their usage habits amidst increasing distractions. Yet despite these challenges, there is no denying that holding a mobile telephone to your ear still holds immense power – whether it's for business calls or heartfelt conversations with loved ones afar. And let's not forget about X-ray technology. The fusion between communications and medical advancements allows us to peer into hidden realms within our bodies using X-rays transmitted via mobile phones - truly remarkable.