Thispresentation will include a wide spectrum of the many opportunities provided by radio waves. Wider use of radio waves, beyond radio broadcasting. Their impact on society. Less obvious uses of radio waves.
Radio waves lie on the electromagnetic spectrum and are a very low frequency (roughly 30 KHz to 100 GHz) and over time has become integral to the running of our modern day society.
Besides broadcasting radio waves still have a lot of other uses, they can transmit both images, audio and text which enabled the first real complex long distance communication. When first discovered in 1896 the capabilities of radio waves were not instantly recognised however it did not take long them to be discovered, with the first audio being broadcast in early 1900s courtesy of Nikolas TeslaExamples of innovations over the years; MRI Scanners send radio waves to provide an in-depth look behind the flesh Mobile Telephones Radio communications e.g between emergency services. Cordless telephones where a massive success replacing almost all wired telephones in a very short space of time
More serious uses were also adapted for more entertaining purposes. RC toys (Radio Controlled) enabled children a completely different type of toy, putting them in the driving seat.
A lot of wireless technology has branched from Radio technology: Door opening remotes Wireless networking Wireless/cordless phones Wireless printingThese developments have changed society through the creative use of Radio Technology.
A ‘Walkie Talkie’ was the nickname given to a handheld transceiver. It was initially created during World War II and provided an advantage to the allies. The technology enabled medium distance voice communications ideal for battlefield planning and discussion. Donald L. Hings created the war time device.How does it work? Similar to standard radio broadcasting they transmit on a frequency from an antenna. This then means that anyone on the same frequency channel can listen. Echoing the one to Many broadcasts but on a micro scale.
Stands for Radio detection and ranging Another discovery that aided war was the Radar. Radar allows detection of presence of an object at a distance as well as the speed. Both the frequency and wavelengths greatly vary.
Probably one of the most obvious uses of radio waves - mobile phones have revolutionised mobile communication.How do they work? Mobile phones work in a ‘cellular’ pattern hence the American term ‘cell’ phone. Various areas are split up into cells. Transmitters are key to mobile communications – a small low power transmitter is fitted into the phone which connects to the base stations for that area or ‘cell’.
Though advances in radio have brought about incredible inventions there are still some problems associated with the use of Radio Waves: Large Doses are thought to cause both Cancer and Leukaemia Some people claim that regular exposure to a low frequency field near their homes has affected their health. Some people fear the new wireless age with almost constant connections to WiFi can lead to health risks however according to the following article these are unproven: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6676129.stm
Toconclude radio waves discovery has revolutionised many forms of every day life be it medical, communication or just increasing the ease of living.
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