Unfolding the first trifold phone

(instrumental music) – Folding phones are boring. Look we've had the first
wave of foldable devices and they're neat, but you've
seen all that already. This is about what comes next after the current generation of foldables. Sling like the tri-fold from TCL, a wild new concept, folding
tablet, phone thing. (techno-music) Unlike most foldables the
tri-fold has two hinges, which lets it fold up into thirds . You can use it as a phone, you can unfold it once
to use as a bigger screen or fold the unfolded
into a full size tablet. It's not a half way compromise
like some of the other foldables that we've seen which basically turn into just slightly
wider phone displays.

This is a full blown tablet. It's nearly as big as an iPad, but you can still fit it in your pocket. The screen folds from a 10 inch tablet down to 6.65 inch phone. You could also open it two-thirds the way and ya know prop that up it'll auto rotate so you can use in whatever
orientation you want. There's a lot of weird use cases that you could probably use this for. The screen on this one is a 3k panel, but again that's just this prototype.

We have no idea if the finished
version will have that, but the tri-fold shows just
how hard it's gonna be to turn these ideas into reality. I've gotten to play around
with the prototype for a bit and it's really rough to use right now. It is incredibly heavy for a phone. It's got those big metal hinges
and there are three separate batteries to power all those displays, it's basically three phones.

And even though it's really
thin as a tablet the phone mode is super thick and that's
before your worrying about things like the software, which is basically non-existent. Durability which is a huge question or price which who even knows. (techno music) But looking even further into the future. TCL also had a very early
mock up of a rollable phone. This is really cool idea
that's a phone that has a fully flexible display that
slides around the side and behind the phone. And it could roll back out
and become a larger display when you need more space. The way it will, in theory, work is that there's gonna be motors
on the inside of the phone and you'll press a button
and it'll expand out from a 6.75 inch display
to a 7.8 inch screen.

Now that doesn't sound like a
lot, but your actually getting almost double the screen space
it's almost twice as wide. The whole system is actually
pretty similar to the rollable Oled TV that LG's been
showing off for years. Now again this is a really early concept, it's not even a functional
device, just plastic and a screen that's literally
just a sheet of paper.

Is this a good idea? Who knows. It does avoid some of the
issues of current foldables, like those easily breakable hinges and the creased display which is cool. But it's almost guaranteed
to have issues of its own. Moving parts they're tricky. Now the tri-fold is
just a proof of concept and the plastic sliding one even more so. You won't actually be able to
buy either of these devices and it's not clear if TCL's
actually gonna make products based on these concepts in the future.

So why should you care. Well, first of all, because it's cool. I mean look at this thing
it's a phone that unfolds into a giant full size tablet. And it actually turns on and runs android, it's like a science fiction prop. But it's also important,
because TCL is planning on eventually making
foldable and rollable phones that might actually look like these. Possibly as early as next year. The company says that it's
experimenting with dozens of different form factors right now.

So it's possible that phones like these, could be real one day. Look phones have basically been the same for the last decade. Black boxes with touch screens. Devices like the tri-fold
or that sliding concept, even if they're not here yet, show off what the future phones might one day look like. And that's really exciting idea. Thanks so much for watching. If you want to see more videos
about cool phones check out our Galaxy S20 ultra review. You can actually buy that one.

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Note 7 Battery Explosion!! CAUGHT LIVE ON CAMERA!!

Rechargeable Lithium ion batteries are everywhere
– Electronics, tablets, laptops, cars and pretty much every single cell phone. And most of the time, these lithium batteries
are incredibly safe. As long as the lithium fail-safes are in place. Fail-safes… that work. Samsung just, voluntarily, recalled an estimated
2 million Galaxy Note 7's as a safety precaution. Since some of the batteries are exploding
inside the phone. Obviously, random explosions are not a feature
that most people look for when purchasing a cell phone. So lets take a look at the Note 7 and assess
why it might spontaneously combust. During charging, the phone is protected by
multiple fail-safes.

First off you have the part the plugs into
the wall; the charger, and the cable. If the charger is faulty, or not designed
specifically for the phone, it can effect the safety of the battery. It can destroy the battery's protection circuit
which ill show you in a second. The charging port is also a fail-safe as well. It tries to do its best to protect the phone
and the battery from faulty chargers and incorrect electrical flow. BUT as a last resort, the battery also has
its own fail-safe built in.

Here is where the battery plugs into the mother
board to receive its juice and supply the phone power. Then we have this circuit board; also called
the protection circuit, at the top of the battery. This controls the flow of electricity AND
the temperature of the lithium. All lithium batteries should have a variation
of this board. It makes sure that the battery does not over
charge, and it has a thermal fuse of sorts will blow if the temperature gets too hot,
thus protecting the lithium inside from rapid unplanned catastrophic dis-assembly. The body of the battery is typically two layers. The Anode and the cathode, which are separated
by an electrically conducting fluid. This is oily and smells surprisingly of burnt
skittles. The combination of these elements allow your
phone to charge and function as long as the battery protection circuitry is working correctly
and the electricity and temperature of the lithium are regulated.

If it is not regulated correctly during charging,
the lithium will react violently. So if we look at one of the exploded phones…
we can easily see which of the fail-safes… is failing at being safe. The charging port sits here inside of the
phone. There are no burn marks near the port, OR
where the port connects to the motherboard. BUT we do see some scorching where the battery
sits. Not where it plugs into the main board which
would be about here. But it explodes in the center of the battery. Around the battery hole in the thick aluminum
midframe. So on this particular exploded Note 7, all
of the connections are good, its just the battery itself isn't behaving. Tesla cars are also powered by lithium batteries,
and the Model S had a small issue at the beginning of production where the batteries on the undercarriage
could get punctured by derbies on the road… which could cause the lithium battery under
the car to explode.

Tesla corrected this problem by adding a titanium
puncture proof under-plate to the Model S. The Note 7 batteries are definitely not being
punctured internally. Since there is nothing to poke them on the
inside as you can see from my teardown video. It sits on smooth aluminum. So since the Note 7 battery isn't being punctured…
that narrows us down to overcharging, shorting, or impurities in the battery itself. A small metal impurity in the lithium could
short it out. Personally, I think the problem has to do
with the little circuit board failing at the top of the battery during charging. From what I have read about the people who
have complained publicly about their Note 7 exploding, the phone was charging when it
happened.

The phone starts charging… the tiny regulator
doesn't do its job and the battery enters into a thermal runaway and the voltage regulator
cant stop the chain reaction. Since this particular Note 7 battery isn't
plugged into the phone right now, my tweezers are acting as the other possible failure point;
a metal impurity in the manufacturing of the battery; That could possibly short out the
battery. All of this smoke and fire would be under
extreme pressure locked inside of your water tight Note 7, the more pressure there is..
the bigger the explosion. Remember this only happens on a VERY SMALL
number of devices. So far its only happened on 35 phones out
of 2 million.

So, ya definitely take advantage of the recall,
but also feel free to use your phone as normal in the meantime…. just don't set it on your
lap while its plugged into the wall…. and maybe take a fire extinguisher with you to
bed… just in case. My Instagram followers saw the results of
this combustion before the video was posted to YouTube, So follow me there, if you want
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Unboxing The World’s Smallest Phone

My goodness. I like this mysterious package. It’s always exciting to open the box, but I happen to know what’s inside. It’s a product prototype sticker that has attracted a lot of attention on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. This is not, this is The business card is still their CEO’s business card. Throw it away ♂~ The smallest mobile phone in the world is so small that it’s unbelievable. ZANCO tiny t1 The smallest mobile phone in the world. It's the "smallest" mobile phone. This is smaller than those. Synchronize contacts and music on your mobile phone. Monochrome screen voice changer. 3 days standby time.

Built-in Bluetooth mobile phone plugs into a Nano-sized card. It can store 500 text messages. This mobile phone has a voice changer. You can become male and female, children, old cartoon characters, teenagers, Optimus Prime Duck, EVA robot WALL·E robot, Rap guy and Rap girl are starting to become fun. Let’s take a look at this stuff. How small is your child! WOW! It’s so small that it’s unbelievable. Am I dreaming? It seems that there is a speaker SIM card inserted from the side on the back. Compared with this, I feel that the Nano card has become bigger and smaller than my thumb. It is about the same size as the SD card. It is about a coin. It is bigger than a small lighter. The ketchup bag is much smaller, about the size of two pieces of chewing gum, which is too small! With a micro USB cable for charging, there is also a card pin, which sells for $55. You may be thinking, who is the user group for this thing? I feel that this is a fun thing for people who will try all kinds of things .

I took this out at a party. Everyone was stunned. They would definitely be stunned to make a phone call with this thing. The buttons on the phone are better than me. His fingers are much smaller, Jack, what do you think? hhhhhhh This is Pixel 2XL. Of course, the two phones have different goals. But if you look at the comparison, this is too small . The boot time appears. When the battery is full, I need to insert the SIM card. Try to make a call. Woolen cloth? Looks like I have a text message . Let’s try to make a call. Will you have your cell phone number? Did you hear that? Not bad . It's connected. That's weird. Oh WOW! The speaker is quite loud Will: Yo~ Hey man, your voice is very clear. Will: Uh, your voice is also very clear. Really? I didn’t expect this thing to have a good call quality. You too, I feel very clear that I don’t need to bring my mobile phone like a secret agent. Just bring this and put it in my socks. If you want to go for a jog, but you’re afraid I have a phone call, but I don’t want to take such a big phone out.

You need a smaller phone, or should I try a voice changer? Okay, I’m going to change positions with Will, Will, your low voice sounds like a robot but it feels weird Things, for example, when you think about sending text messages, it’s surprisingly good to make a scary call. hhhh What the hell, this phone is not black yet. It’s $50. You can buy a normal phone, but it will definitely not be the smallest in the world. For those who like to collect, buy this as a gift for him, he absolutely loves it.

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Vivo Nex S – Hidden Camera Durability Test! – Scratch and Bend

The Vivo Nex S is that sweet looking, bezel-less
Android smartphone with the motorized popup front facing camera, and in-screen fingerprint
scanner. Probably the most futuristic smartphone we've
tested so far this year. Even though it looks epic from the outside,
I'm honestly more excited to take this one apart and review it from the inside. But, like always, we got to test it first
while it's all in one piece. Let's get started. [Intro] Right off the bat this thing looks incredible. Full screen design with no notch just looks
good. The colorful edge to edge display is impressive
all by itself, but we aren't really here to talk about the screen. There is so much other weird tech inside of
this phone to check out, starting with that camera. It just pops out of the top like a daisy in
springtime. It activates by poking out like an accessory
on R2-D2 each time I turn on the front facing camera.

And then it retracts as soon as I switch back
to the rear camera or exit the app. The sound you hear isn't the actual sound
the hardware is making. It's an added affect. There are actually 3 sounds. I'm going to leave mine muted, but if you're
looking to impress your friends or show off the mechanical extremity of your phone, the
extra sound is a nice effect.

The extended camera niblet does feel very
solid. There is no wiggle to the block. And when I press down hard on that camera,
it will dip in for just a second and then come back up, or retract all the way if I
press in too hard. It's still very firm though, and feels like
it can handle it's own. The only way to know for sure will be to see
how solid those tracks are from the inside, and see how the lifting mechanism is made. But for now, it seems like it can handle normal
abuse. Even when I try to hold the camera out while
it's pulling itself inside, the first time the motor is strong enough to yank the camera
from my grip.

But the second time, the gears spin for a
second and then succeed in pulling it back. It's surprisingly strong. Thumbs up for that. We'll come back to the front camera in a second,
but now let's see what else the phone has to offer. It's definitely nice of Vivo to include a
plastic screen protector on both sides of the phone. Any protection is good protection. Now we can start with the scratch test. There is no mention of Gorilla Glass on this
Nex S, but since we've made it past the level 3 pick, we know the screen is not plastic.

We start seeing scratches at a level 6, with
deeper grooves at a level 7, meaning we're looking at tempered glass. Sapphire would be a level 8 unless, of course,
it's Apple's sapphire, that's still a level 6. You might have noticed that there is no earpiece
on this phone. It doesn't pop out with a robotic camera on
top either. The Vivo says it uses vibrations instead of
a speaker. It's definitely a weird thing that takes some
getting used to, but it works. No matter where you put your ear on the frame
of the phone, you can hear sound imminating from the device…kind of like those bone
conduction speakers. For example, this is what a normal earpiece
sounds like. This is coming out of an iPhone 8. It's pretty standard across all smartphones
with a little speaker inside the earpiece. You can't discern one smartphone from the
other just by the earpiece inside of the phone. Unless, of course, there is no earpiece speaker
inside of the phone.

This is what it sounds like from inside the
Vivo S Nex. It's done through vibrations instead of a
speaker, and pretty much sounds the same no matter where you're listening on the phone,
since the vibrations encompass the whole frame. It sounds a lot like a speaker phone, but
contained in a much smaller area. Another successfully hidden component is the
fingerprint scanner hidden underneath the display. I tested this previously with the Vivo X20,
and even with scratches on the glass, the Vivo Nex S still functions. Hiding the scanner under the screen is pretty
impressive – technologically and physically. I made a super in-depth video on what that
particular component looks like with the Vivo X20. It's pretty magical.

With a closeup look at this Nex display, you
can't even see where the scanner is hidden, so they're doing a pretty good job. The sides of the phone are made from metal,
including the volume button and power button. At the top of the phone we have our headphone
jack, which is incredible. Vivo has a bezel-less, notch-less phone and
still includes that headphone jack…while Apple's over there claiming there's no room
and dongles are the way to the future. Last time I checked, Apple's sold 23 different
dongles, so you know what direction Apple's taking their innovation.

Taking a closer look at the front facing 8
megapixel camera. The metal housing is solid with no loose movements
in any direction. The camera lens is made from glass, which
is important because aluminum is lower on the hardness scale than glass is, which means
no matter how many times the lens extrudes out of the phone, it won't ever get scratched
up by the metal right next to it…even if it ends up rubbing a bit. A scratched up camera lens would be annoying. The back of the camera has more metal and
a little auto-lifting logo on the back. I'm still excited to see it from the inside,
but I'll be patient. This phone is not water-resistant by the way. The Vivo Nex has a textured assistant button
on the side. This guy's name is Jovi. I don't know what his competency is compared
to Bixby, Siri, or Google, but he is there permanently.

The bottom of the phone has our standard USB-C
charging port and a dual SIM card tray. Fun fact, if you ever still your little tool
in the wrong hole, like this little microphone hole right here off to the side of the tray,
it probably won't cause any damage since the microphones are placed off at an angle inside
the phone and the tool only goes straight in. The psychedelic back panel is pretty intense. Instead of Vivo just picking one color, we
get all the colors. It is glass, which makes me think that a clear
phone might be a real possibility. I'll have to give that a try. Let me know in the comments if you want to
see that one. One thing I would change is that this camera
setup is doing the whole death sensor blurred background thing.

I still prefer an extra telephoto or wide-angle
camera lens over a blurred background feature. A blurred background can basically be accomplished
with just one lens anyway. The dual color LED flash is also under the
glass on this one. And now for the burn test. This wall to wall, 6.6 inch AMOLED display
lasted quite a while. A burn test is basically a mandatory, yet
semi-pointless stepping stone to get to the next event. Kind of like what algebra is to graduation. The Nex lasted an impressive 16 seconds under
the heat from my lighter, which coincidentally is about how long I lasted in math class. Hit that subscribe button if you haven't yet. The structural bend test is next. We'll see if the motorized rails inside of
the frame compromise the structural integrity of the phone.

There is a little more bend than I'm comfortable
seeing, but still no cracked glass or catastrophic failure no matter what side the pressure is
applied from. So I'm very pleased to report that this technologically
advanced metal and glass sandwich passes my durability test…even the protrudy bits. Phones passing my test is a very good thing. It means that manufacturers are putting thought
into construction and the longevity of our devices, which is good for us as consumers
and our wallets, but also the planet.

Phones are pretty hard to recycle, so the
longer they last, the better. Now we just need Vivo to bring their stuff
here to the United States. Only China, India, Russia, Malaysia, Hong
Kong, and Taiwan get the cool phones at the moment. No US or UK, unfortunately. I'll keep the description updated if that
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The Worst Text You Could Ever Receive…

My goodness, it's terrible Super bad That’s right, it’s a disaster To be honest, the matter is much more serious than I thought A simple text symbol that crashed iMessage Just such a symbol makes iMessage completely unusable but I asked Will to look into it to see what the hell was going on It turns out that the actual situation is much more serious On his Macbook, this symbol crashed Havok directly The Note application on the notebook has crashed Just because there is a note in it that contains this symbol Just need a symbol That’s why I called Will over because he was studying this all morning Let’s test it in different ways to see how bad it is His Android machine is here, there is another one here, and then the iPhone X I will copy this symbol in the SMS chat and send it out, and send it to the Android device using the Android device, so that I can confirm that this is a problem only for iOS and OSX.

let's start My cell phone signal is a bit poor, so… Got it, look Nothing happens on the Android machine But what's going to happen next is a bit risky Just such a simple symbol may directly crash the messaging application on iPhone X Kind of crazy The ghost knows if we find this, will other apps have problems? Give it to Jack, show them Okay, that symbol is there, once the mouse touches that symbol Highlight it… collapsed! Show them what happens when you open the note app The note-taking app can’t even be opened IPhone X on the left, your phone on the right I put my phone card in, it might be a disaster I want to warn you, don't do this! I'm not kidding, it's really bad This symbol may crash your phone Yes, let them see what we are talking about Symbols are copied in The SIM card is read on the iPhone X send Will told me before that this is a foreign language Yes, I think it should be the Indian language Anyway, the language symbols of individual countries What if you are in this country? Do you have this symbol on your keyboard? Everyone is going to collapse The sending speed is a bit slow Why I feel that as long as I send a Test, he won’t crash It takes some time Did the iPhone receive it? Oh My God A little dangerous WOW! The phone restarted directly! If I open the text message, click on this text message Ready? But I don’t know why my iMessage app didn’t crash completely Because my next text message rejected the previous one, so it’s okay If someone is stupid and sends you this symbol, then he is willing to help you He can send you a rescue text message In this case, when you open the SMS, the phone does not need to display this symbol Before I send the rescue SMS, I first try to open the SMS app Now send a rescue text message, and then…

BOOM! I can enter the SMS application now If I take the initiative to open the chat window with Will SMS app will still crash collapsed! But if you copy this symbol in and post it, the iPhone will crash again. SMS arrived Open…crash It crashed immediately, and the text message was completely useless Completely collapsed The extent of this matter is more serious than I thought Apple, I hope you can find some engineers to see what's going on This is a big problem Remember, your Uncle Lewis told you not to do this They don’t realize how much we rely on technology now Just such a small bug immediately makes you panic It’s just a small symbol that makes so many things fall apart Willy Do, thank you for investigating this matter and sacrificing your own computer for presentation I'll go back and use my Pixel 2 XL hhhh, Android device Then I want to send this to Jack Do not! Don't do that! I was kidding, kidding

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Unboxing The World’s Smallest Phone

Oh my God I like this mysterious package best Unboxing is always exciting But i happen to know what's inside This is a product prototype that has attracted a lot of attention on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform Stickers This is not, this is a business card It’s still their CEO’s business card, shocked Throw away Ah ♂~ The smallest mobile phone in the world This thing is too small to be unbelievable ZANCO tiny t1 The smallest mobile phone in the world As you all know, I opened the box once called the "smallest" cell phone This one is smaller than those Sync contacts and music on your phone Monochrome screen voice Changer 3 days standby time Built-in Bluetooth Insert a Nano size card into your mobile phone, which can store 500 SMS You heard that right, this phone has a voice changer You can become a man Female, child, elderly Cartoon character, teenager, optimus prime Duck, EVA robot WALL·E robot, Rap man and Rap sister Started to get fun Let's see how small this thing is Ho Ho Ho! WOW! It's unbelievably small Am i dreaming Great profit! It looks like there are speakers on the back Insert the SIM card from the side Compared with this, it feels that the Nano card has become bigger Smaller than my thumb About the same size as an SD card About the size of a coin Smaller than a small lighter Much smaller than the ketchup bag About the size of two pieces of gum This is too small! With a micro USB cable for charging There is also a card pin This one sells for $55 You may be thinking, who is the user group of this thing? I think this is fun to make For those who will try anything I took this out at the party, everyone was stunned Use this thing to call They will be stunned The buttons on the phone are much smaller than my fingers Jack, what do you think? hhhhhhh This is Pixel 2XL Of course the two phones have different goals But if you look at this contrast, it’s too small Ok, boot up Time has come, full power I want to insert the SIM card and try to make a call What do you think? Looks like I have a text message Let's try to make a call, Will what's your phone number Did you hear Not bad It's connected, it's weird Oh WOW! This speaker is quite loud Will: Yo~ Hey man, your voice sounds very clear eh Will: Uh, your voice is also very clear Really? I didn’t expect this thing to have good call quality You are too, very clear Feel like a secret agent You don’t need to bring your mobile phone, just bring this, and you can put it in your socks Suppose you want to go for a jog, but you are afraid of a call and don’t want to take such a big mobile phone out.

You need a smaller phone Should I try the voice changer? Okay, I'm going to change positions with Will, Will you come over Low voice Sounds a bit like a robot But it feels so strange hhhhh Okay, this thing is made for fun The body is incredibly small Not bad for fun But if it comes to work, such as texting I feel scary when I think about it It's unexpectedly good to call hhhh What What the hell This phone is not as big as the black part You can buy a normal phone for $50, but it will definitely not be the smallest in the world But for those who like to collect, buy this as a gift for him, he absolutely likes

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Unboxing The World’s Smallest Phone

Oh my God I like this mysterious package best Unpacking is always exciting But i happen to know what's inside This is a product prototype that has attracted a lot of attention on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform Stickers This is not, this is a business card It’s still their CEO’s business card, shocked Throw away Ah ♂~ The smallest mobile phone in the world This thing is too small to be unbelievable ZANCO tiny t1 The smallest mobile phone in the world As you guys know, I opened the box once called the "smallest" cell phone This one is smaller than those Sync contacts and music on your phone Monochrome screen voice Changer 3 days standby time Built-in Bluetooth Insert a Nano size card into your mobile phone, which can store 500 SMS You heard that right, this phone has a voice changer You can become a man Female, child, elderly Cartoon character, teenager, optimus prime Duck, EVA robot WALL·E robot, Rap man and Rap girl Started to get fun Let's see how small this thing is Ho Ho Ho! WOW! It's unbelievably small Am i dreaming Great profit! It looks like there are speakers on the back Insert the SIM card from the side Compared with this, I feel that the Nano card has become bigger Smaller than my thumb About the same size as an SD card About the size of a coin Smaller than a small lighter Much smaller than the ketchup bag About the size of two pieces of chewing gum This is too small! With a micro USB cable for charging There is also a card pin This one sells for $55 You may be thinking, who is the user group of this thing? I think this is fun to make For those who will try anything I took this out at the party, everyone was stunned Use this thing to make a call They will be stunned The buttons on the phone are much smaller than my fingers Jack, what do you think? hhhhhhh This is Pixel 2XL Of course the two phones have different goals But if you look at this contrast, it’s too small Ok, boot up Time has come, full power I want to insert the SIM card and try to make a call What do you think? Looks like I have a text message Let's try to make a call, Will what's your phone number Did you hear Not bad It's connected, it's weird Oh WOW! This speaker is quite loud Will: Yo~ Hey man, your voice sounds very clear eh Will: Uh, your voice is also very clear Really? I didn’t expect this thing to have a good call quality You are too, very clear Feel like a secret agent You don’t need to bring your mobile phone, just bring this, and you can put it in your socks Suppose you want to go for a jog, but you are afraid of a call and don’t want to take such a big mobile You need a smaller phone Should I try the voice changer? OK, I want to change positions with Will, Will you come over Low voice Sounds a bit like a robot But it feels so strange hhhhh Okay, this thing is made for fun The body is incredibly small Not bad for fun But if it comes to work, such as texting I feel scary when I think about it It's unexpectedly good to call hhhh What What the hell This phone is not as big as the black part You can buy a normal phone for $50, but it will definitely not be the smallest in the world But for those who like to collect, buy this as a gift for him, he absolutely loves

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Google I/O 2021 keynote in 16 minutes

good morning everyone it's great to be back at io today i'm excited to share our latest breakthrough in natural language understanding lambda it's a language model for dialogue applications and it's open domain which means it's designed to converse on any topic and while it's still in research and development we've been using it internally to explore novel interactions for example say you wanted to learn about one of my favorite planets pluto lambda already understands quite a lot about pluto and millions of other topics let's listen to a conversation the team had with pluto a few days ago i'm so curious about you i sense your excitement ask me anything tell me what i would see if i visited you would get to see a massive canyon some frozen icebergs geysers and some craters it sounds beautiful i assure you it is worth the trip however you need to bring your coat because it gets really cold i'll keep that in mind hey i was wondering have you ever had any visitors yes i have had some the most notable was new horizons the spacecraft that visited me let's break down what made it feel so natural first learn concepts as you saw the model talked about the new horizon spacecraft and the coldness of space lambda synthesized these concepts from its training data because none of the responses were predefined lambda answered with sensible responses keeping the dialogue open-ended natural conversations are generative and they never take the same path twice and lambda is able to carry a conversation no matter what we talk about yet it's still early research so it doesn't get everything right sometimes it can give nonsensical responses imagining pluto doing flips or playing fetch with its favorite ball the moon other times it just doesn't keep the conversation go going we believe lambda's natural conversation capabilities have the potential to make information and computing radically more accessible and easier to use we look forward to incorporating better conversational features into products like google assistant search and workspace lambda is a huge step forward in natural conversation but it is still trained only on text when people communicate with each other they do it across images text audio and video so we need to build models that allow people to naturally ask questions across different types of information these are called multimodal models for example when you say show me the part where the lion roars at sunset we will get you to that exact moment in a video advances in ai are helping us reimagine what a map can be but now you can also use it to explore the world around you you'll be able to access live view right from the map and instantly see details about the shops and the restaurants around you including how busy they are recent reviews and photos of those popular dishes in addition there are a host of new features coming to live view later this year we're adding prominent virtual street signs to help you navigate those complex intersections second we'll point you towards key alarm landmarks and places that are important for you like the direction of your hotel third we're bringing it indoors to help you get around some of the hardest to navigate buildings like airports transit stations and malls indoor live you will start rolling out in top train stations and airports in zurich this week and will come to tokyo next month we're bringing you the most detailed street maps we've ever made take this image of columbus circle one of the most complicated intersections in manhattan you can now see where the sidewalks the crosswalks the pedestrian islands are something that might be incredibly helpful if you're taking young children out on a walk or absolutely essential if you're using a wheelchair thanks to our application of advanced ai technology on robust street view and aerial imagery we're on track to launch detailed street maps in 50 new cities by the end of the year so we're making the map more dynamic and more tailored highlighting the most relevant information exactly when you need it if it's 8 a.m on a weekday we'll display the coffee shops and bakeries more prominently in the map while at 5 pm we'll highlight the dinner restaurants that match your tastes you'll start seeing this more tailored map in the coming weeks people have found it really useful especially during this pandemic to see how busy a place is before heading out now we're expanding this capability from specific places like restaurants and shops to neighborhoods with the feature called area business say you're in rome and want to head over to the spanish steps and its nearby shops with area business you'll be able to understand at a glance if it's the right time for you to go based on how busy that part of the city is in real time area busyness will roll out globally in the coming months let's talk about all the ways we're innovating in shopping soon on chrome when you open a new tab you'll be able to see your open carts from the past couple of weeks we'll also find you promotions and discounts for your open carts if you choose to opt in your personal information and what's in your carts are never shared with anyone externally without your permission we capture photos and videos so we can look back and remember there are more than four trillion photos and videos stored in google photos but having so many photos of loved ones screenshots selfies all stored together makes it hard to rediscover the important moments soon we're launching a new way to look back that we're calling little patterns little patterns show the magic in everyday moments by identifying not so obvious moments and resurfacing them to you this feature uses machine learning to translate photos into a series of numbers and then compares how visually or conceptually similar these images are when we find a set of three or more photos with similarities such as shape or color we'll surface them as a pattern when we started testing little patterns we saw some great stories come to life like how one of our engineers traveled the world with their favorite orange backpack or how our product manager christy had a habit of capturing objects of similar shape and color we also want to bring these moments to life with cutting edge effects last year we launched cinematic photos to help you relive your memories in a more vivid way cinematic moments will take these near duplicate images and use neural networks to synthesize the movement between image a and image b we interpolate the photos and fill in the gaps by creating new frames the end result is a vivid moving picture and the cool thing about this effect is it can work on any pair of images whether they were captured on android ios or scanned from a photo album in addition to providing personalized content to look back on we also want to give you more control we heard from you that controls can be helpful for anyone who has been through a tough life event breakup or loss these insights inspired us to give you the control to hide photos of certain people or time periods from our memories feature and soon you'll be able to remove a single photo from a memory rename the memory or remove it entirely instead of form following function what if form followed feeling instead of google blue we imagined material you a new design that includes you as a co-creator letting you transform the look and feel of all your apps by generating personal material palettes that mix color science with a designer's eye a new design that can flex to every screen and fit every device your apps adapt comfortably every place you go beyond light and dark a mode for every mood these selections can travel with your account across every app and every device material u comes first to google pixel this fall including all of your favorite google apps and over the following year we will continue our vision bringing it to the web chrome os wearables smart displays and all of google's products we've overhauled everything from the lock screen to system settings revamping the way we use color shapes light and motion watch what happens when the wallpaper changes like if i use this picture of my kids actually getting along for once i set it as my background and voila the system creates a custom palette based on the colors in my photo the result is a one of a kind design just for you and you'll see it first on google pixel in the fall starting from the lock screen the design is more playful with dynamic lighting pick up your phone and it lights up from the bottom of your screen press the power button to wake up the phone instead and the light ripples out from your touch even the clock is in tune with you when you don't have any notifications it appears larger on the lock screen so you know you're all caught up the notification shade is more intuitive with a crisp at a glance view of your app notifications whatever you're currently listening to or watching and quick settings that give you control over the os with just a swipe and a tap and now you can invoke the google assistant by long pressing the power button and the team also reduced the cpu time of android system server by a whopping 22 percent and with android 12 we're going even further to keep your information safe to give people more transparency and control we've created a new privacy dashboard that shows you what type of data was accessed and when this dashboard reports on all the apps on your phone including all of your google apps and we've made it really easy to revoke an app's permission directly from the dashboard we've also added an indicator to make it clear when an app is using your camera or microphone but let's take that a step further if you don't want any apps to access the microphone or camera even if you've granted them permission in the past we've added two new toggles in quick settings so you can completely disable those sensors for every app android's private compute core enables things like now playing which tells you what song is playing in the background and smart reply which suggests responses to your chats based on your personal reply patterns and there's more to come later this year all of the sensitive audio and language processing happens exclusively on your device and like the rest of android private compute core is open source it's fully inspectable and verifiable by the security community with a single tap you can unlock and sign into your chromebook when your phone is nearby incoming chat notifications from apps on your phone are right there in chrome os and soon if you want to share a picture one click and you can access your phone's most recent photos to keep movie night on track we're building tv remote features directly into your phone you can use voice search or even type with your phone's keyboard we're also really excited to introduce support for digital car key car key will allow you to lock unlock and start your car all from your phone it works with nfc and ultra wideband technology making it super secure and easy to use and if your friend needs to borrow your car you can remotely and securely share your digital key with them car key is launching this fall with select google pixel and samsung galaxy smartphones and we're working with bmw and others across the industry to bring it to their upcoming cars that was a quick look at android 12 which will launch this fall but you can check out many of these features in the android 12 beta today let's go beyond the phone to what we believe is the next evolution of mobile computing the smartwatch first building a unified platform jointly with samsung focused on battery life performance and making it easier for developers to build great apps for the watch second a whole new consumer experience including updates to your favorite google apps and third a world-class health and fitness service created by the newest addition to the google family fitbit as the world's largest os we have a responsibility to build for everyone but for people of color photography has not always seen us as we want to be seen even in some of our own google products to make smartphone photography truly for everyone we've been working with a group of industry experts to build a more accurate and inclusive camera so far we've partnered with a range of different expert image makers who've taken thousands of images to diversify our image data sets helped improve the accuracy of our auto white balance and auto exposure algorithms and given aesthetic feedback to make our images of people of color more beautiful and more accurate although there's still much to do we're working hard to bring all of what you've seen here and more to google pixel this fall we were all grateful to have video conferencing over the last year it helped us stay in touch with family and friends and kept businesses and schools going but there is no substitute for being together in the room with someone so several years ago we kicked off a project to use technology to explore what's possible we call it project star line first using high resolution cameras and custom built depth sensors we capture your shape and appearance from multiple perspectives and then fuse them together to create an extremely detailed real-time 3d model the resulting data is huge many gigabits per second to send this 3d imagery over existing networks we developed novel compression and streaming algorithms that reduce the data by a factor of more than 100 and we have developed a breakthrough light field display that shows you the realistic representation of someone sitting right in front of you in three dimensions as you move your head and body our system adjusts the images to match your perspective you can talk naturally gesture and make eye contact it's as close as we can get to the feeling of sitting across from someone we have spent thousands of hours testing it in our own offices and the results are promising there's also excitement from our lead enterprise partners we plan to expand access to partners in healthcare and media thank you for joining us today please enjoy the rest of google i o and stay tuned for the developer keynote coming up next i hope to see you in person next year until then stay safe and be well

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Galaxy S8 Teardown – Complete Repair Video

The Galaxy S8, the newest infinity displayed
flagship from Samsung. But what happens when that display breaks? This thing already passed my durability test
with flying colors. Now it’s time to see what this thing is
made of, and what it looks like on the inside. Let’s get started. [Intro] There are no visible screws along the outside,
which is pretty normal for Samsung these days. It does make the phone slightly harder to
repair, but not impossible. The process I am demonstrating is going to
be pretty much the exact same for both the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus. But the replacement parts are going to be
different.

I’ll have those linked separately in the
description. I’ve warmed up the back of the phone with
my heat gun or hair dryer until it’s just barely too hot to touch. Then I can stick a thin metal pry tool between
the metal frame and the glass of the phone. Lift it up just high enough to slip a playing
card or business card inside, and that will help you get around that curve without breaking
anything.

If you need replacement backs, or if you break
yours during your repair, they are pretty inexpensive so don’t stress out too much. After slicing through both sides, I’ll slip
my green pry tool in to hold the glass up and keep it from resealing itself onto the
phone body. The rest of the adhesive will be easy to cut
away after that. Remember it’s important not to go too deep
inside of the phone because there is important stuff under there that can be punctured, like
the wireless charging or the battery. So stick around the edges. Once the back glass is free, we can see the
fingerprint scanner up along the top. It’s still attached to the real panel. The first interesting thing that we find is
all the warnings on the battery. You got normal stuff like don’t burn, don’t
puncture, avoid extreme temperatures. And then you get this no dogs allowed sign. Like, I’m not a dog person myself, but I
don’t advocate pet discrimination either.

Are cats and goldfish okay? I don’t really understand the rules anymore
and Samsung just kind of made it weird. There are 14 screws holding down the first
layer of guts. The circle-y thing is the wireless charging. We cut open one of these on the What’s Inside
YouTube channel. The copper wires coil up to receive power
through inductance, and then pass that power through the battery into these pins on the
motherboard. Pretty sweet technology. Apple will probably invent this technology
in the future for one of their next iPhones. So that’s something for iPhone users to
look forward to. The battery disconnects from the motherboard
easy enough, but there are no magical pull tabs underneath like we’ve seen on some
other phones, so it’s time to use brute force.

I’ll use the rounded end of my metal pry
tool, taking extreme care not to slice or puncture the battery. I also took special care not to use a dog
at any point during this procedure since that’s one of Samsung’s battery requirements. The battery does look pretty cool. It’s got a 3000 milliamp capacity, and it
even has a see-through area up at the top for the protection circuit that I talked about
during my Note 7 video. The clear plastic on the battery makes me
want a clear phone even more. It’s also cool that the inside of the phone
is the same color as the outside – just like what we saw with the red iPhone that
I took apart a few weeks ago. The loud speaker is the next piece to come
out. It’s got a little water damage indicator
down at the bottom. Remember, these phones are water resistant
and not water proof.

It still has those golden contact points where
it receives it’s power and signal from the phone. Before we can remove the charging port, we
have to take out the main board. I’ll start disconnecting the wire cables
at the bottom; there are three of those. Then the screen ribbon unsnaps like a little
Lego from the side of the motherboard. After that I’ll move up to the front sensor
array ribbon cable, and the front facing camera ribbon connector. And then, you know, there’s the SIM card
tray that I should have removed before we started. At the base of the motherboard there’s a
Lego connector for the charging port, but it’s on the underside of the board making
things a little more complicated than it should be. I’ll give you a better view of that in just
a second. Now that the motherboard is out, we have the
plastic Samsung heat pipe.

This helps keep the processor cool since copper
is a better conductor of heat than aluminum is. The thermal transfer away from the processor
is more efficient than with copper. Now the rear 12 megapixel camera has it’s
own Lego-like connection on the motherboard. I’ll snap that off and push the camera through
the board. This is definitely replaceable. Just for kicks and giggles I’ll pull out
the front facing camera as well. This little guy is attached to the iris scanner. If you look at the rear camera, you can see
it move around inside of the frame. This is called the OIS, or optical image stabilization. I’ll show you more of how this works in
just a second. On the front camera unit, the iris scanner
is solid and normally the front facing camera is solid as well, but this one has movement. Samsung didn’t advertise having stabilization
on this front camera, but it looks like they might have been playing around with the idea
of adding it.

OIS takes image quality to the next level
so it would be pretty awesome if they did. I’ll tuck that front facing camera back
into the frame and clip the rear camera back into place as well. Let’s take a look at that earpiece speaker. Remember, during my durability test I complained
that the grill size was way smaller on the new S8 than it was on the older S7.

It turns out that the internal speakers are
pretty much the same size. If anything, the S8 might even be a little
bit larger of a speaker, so no worries there. Since the speaker does sit a little lower
than the actual earpiece slot, this channel directs the sound out of the hole in the front. This sensor array at the front is all connected
with this ribbon cable. And the volume and Bixby buttons are all connected
with these golden contact pads.

The round vibrator has it’s own two contact
pads. And the power button is built the same way
– two little contact pads resting up against the motherboard. Now for the bottom of the phone. The headphone jack is very easily replaceable,
just one little screw to hold it in place. And it has the same little Lego style ribbon
connector connecting it to the charging port board. You can see the little rubber seal around
the headphone jack to help keep the water out. There are 5 more screws holding the charging
port board to the frame. And here is the charging port itself. Incredible nice that we don’t have the front
capacitive button reach around that we saw in the Galaxy S6- that was a nightmare. The charging port is pretty standard. It’s got the USBC port and the little microphone
off to the side.

This phone is actually pretty easy to work
on once you get inside that glued shut back glass. From the exterior you can see that there is
metal all around the edge of the phone, but now that we have the guts taken out and the
internals of the S8 exposed, we can see that it’s the same hunk of metal throughout the
entire device which fully explains the rigidity of the phone. Metal is pretty solid. There’s a little slot in the frame for the
screen ribbon to poke through. Speaking of the screen, replacing a cracked
display is not cheap or easy with a Samsung. For one, it’s glued into place. And two, the curved AMOLED panels are pretty
expensive. I’ll have the current pricing linked in
the video description for you. Since the screen is glued in, the old display
is essentially sacrificed in the removal process. Once it is heated up and removed, similar
to how we did the back panel, just feed the new screen ribbon through the metal frame
of the phone and plop it down into place.

I did this with the Galaxy S7 teardown if
you’re interested in seeing the exact process. Since this screen is not broken though, I’ll
leave it intact. And I’ll talk about a few ways to protect
your phone towards the end of the video. Assembling the phone is a piece of cake. Charging port gets tucked back into place
along with the headphone jack. This is a pretty great use of space, Samsung. There are 6 screws holding down all the components.

Then get those round wires tucked into the
grooves along the metal frame. Now the charging port is connected at the
base of the motherboard which is normal for Samsung, but strange to the rest of us. I’ll plug that in before setting the rest
of the motherboard into place making sure there are no ribbons or connections stuck
underneath the board as it goes down. I’ll clip in the front sensor array, and
then the iris scanner and front facing camera. There are those 3 signal wires down at the
bottom of the motherboard. The circular heads are pretty fragile so make
sure you are gentle as you press them into place. And finally the screen ribbon snaps into place
like a little Lego. The loud speaker is next. It’s easiest to snap the plastic into the
metal frame from the bottom edge first. And the last thing we plug in is the battery. This is for the phone’s own protection. Normally you’ll want to put adhesive under
the battery as well.

And you should definitely not turn your phone
on at this point, but I kind of want to show you something cool, so I’m going to do it
anyway. Remember the camera stabilization I talked
about earlier? Here it is in action. The camera is turned on right now and the
phone hardware is physically stabilizing the camera image to compensate for the shakiness
or the movement of my hands.

Huge thumbs up for that. It’s seriously one of the best features
you can have in a smart phone, and not every phone comes with this kind of hardware stabilizing. I think it’s pretty sweet. I check the front camera, but it doesn’t
look like there is any kind of movement or stabilizing in the lens. So while Samsung might have considered adding
OIS on that front camera, it’s definitely not enabled at the moment.

Now the phone is turned off again. I will set the wireless charging into place
and get all 14 screws screwed in. And finally I can clip in the fingerprint
scanner ribbon. This is a tedious process that reminds me
a lot of the iPhone 5s. I maybe could have popped the fingerprint
scanner out of the back glass and set it into place on the inside, but I wanted to keep
that seal with the back glass as tight as possible, and my green tool worked just fine. The best kind of repair is the one you don’t
have to do. The best way to keep your phone from breaking
in the future is to protect it with a case or a skin.

A naked phone is just asking for trouble. A skin, like the one you see here from dbrand,
goes a long way for adding grip, keeping that phone scratch free, and adding a raised surface
around the camera lens for a little extra protection. I’ll toss a link in the description for
you. And thanks to dbrand for supporting this video. Hopefully it will save people money when they
break their phones in the future. If you want to check out a few other projects
I’m working on, Instagram and Twitter have all my behind the scenes. And let me know if you were successful in
repairing your own phone. Thanks a ton for watching! I’ll see you around..

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RETRO TECH: DYNATAC

Marques: Before cell phones,
it was a very different world.
Couldn't really walk around.
You were kinda stuck
to wherever the phone was. Absolutely no privacy,
and anyone could pick up
the phone and listen
to your conversation.
Woman:
Growing up, I always really
wanted a cell phone,
but my parents wouldn't
let me have one. Getting my first cell phone
was freaking mind-blowing. One of my earlier cell phones
was, like, a flip phone. There is something
really satisfying
about cracking it open. – ( snapping )
– The cell phone gives you
this sense of independence. I thought I was the coolest. I thought I was
a super tech girl. Oh, my God. My first cell phone
was the ultimate freedom. Marques:
I'm Marques Brownlee,
and I review dope new tech.
But on this show,
I'm rewinding the clock
to discover the tech
of the past
that changed
our lives forever.
This is
"Retro Tech: DynaTAC."
Hey, what's up, guys?
MKBHD here.

As you already know,
I'm pretty into tech, and specifically
a lot of smartphones. My first ever cell phone was this little blue
Samsung flip phone, probably back
in, like, 2005. And even that
was 20 years after
the first ever cell phone the DynaTAC 8000x
was released. So this is not
the original box it came in, but inside this box
is the OG DynaTAC. Let's get into this. That's a lot of leather, and you actually get
a little leather smell. I hope that means
it's real leather. This is the DynaTAC in here. Good old Velcro. Whoa. That is crazy. And this is your
antenna-looking thing. It has a digital screen.
The buttons are pretty soft. It really does have
some heft to it. It'd be kinda funny to see
how many phones today would equal the thickness
of the DynaTAC.

One, two, three. Five, seven, ten
of today's smart phones thick. But that's how far we've come. If that isn't Moore's Law
for you, I don't know what is. This battery comes off. "May explode
if disposed in fire." Slide that back on. So these phones operated
on the very first wireless network
ever created, which we'll now
refer back to as 1G. 1G networks are not
still operational. They haven't been in,
like, 20 years, but I'm kinda thinking
of things that I think people would say
on 1980s phone calls. Hey, you gonna be
at jazzercise today, Bill? My fax should have
gone through by now.
Hopefully you got that. – Hey, are you home yet?
– Yeah, I just got here.

Can you set up the VCR
to record "Golden Girls"
on the VHS today? – For sure.
– I'm probably gonna miss it. Bill, relax.
I sent the fax. You'll get it soon, okay? It's hard to imagine
a time now
without a cell phone
in every pocket.
So I need to know,
how did the DynaTAC create
an entirely new world
of portable communication
where it didn't exist before? First of all, welcome.
Thanks for joining me. – Thank you, my friend.
– I want to start by asking you to check underneath
your chair. I can do that, I guess.

Oh! That's cra–
yo, I'm done. I'm done. Look how big this antenna is.
This is huge. Man, this phone is mad heavy. Like, if you ever
got into a problem, you could throw it at somebody
and actually win a fight. Like, this thing is just baller.
It's so cool! Marques:
So I want to take it back before the days
of any cellular phones. What was that world like? ( phones ringing ) Lisa:
Before there were cell phones,
you could make a phone call
from home
before you left your house. But if there was an emergency
or if your car broke down,
you had to use a pay phone.
– This is an emergency. Give me the local
fire department paramedics. Until the car phone came out. – ( phone ringing )
– Brad: Motorola was
this tech company,
and what Motorola was developing
were these car phones. The car phone
was the first mobile phone, and they were only mobile
in the sense that you could
fit them into your trunk. Announcer:
More and more people have
a phone in their car,
like this unique cellular
portable made by Motorola.
Michael:
They were massive, massive
pieces of equipment
that drew a lot of power. Announcer:
And they are a hot item.
A year from now,
every metropolitan area
of the nation will have
cellular phone service.
Brad:
So, the challenge
with the tech
was how to fit
all of the crap
in the trunk of the car, the antenna
on the top of the car,
into an actual portable
handheld cell phone.

There was a team within Motorola
led by Dr. Martin Cooper. Dr. Cooper emerged
as the leading proponent of,
"Hey, people are gonna
want to buy
portable cellular telephones. We need to build them. And we need to build them
in a massively short
amount of time."
Because they knew that
there was gonna be competition.
And I think
one of the engineers said, "Oh, that sounds great.
I'll get around to that." And Dr. Cooper said,
"You don't understand. We have to build this
in six weeks." What's crazy
is they were able to do it. Whoa. Marty Cooper and his team
at Motorola
were in a race
against rival phone company
Bell Laboratories
to come up with the world's
first cell phone.
So, who better to tell
that story
than the legend himself? Martin Cooper:
At the beginning,
it was a great curiosity. I don't think anybody
ever believed that everybody
would have them– except we did.

What was the first
phone call that you made after the successful creation of that first DynaTAC
prototype? I must tell you
that I hadn't planned on who I was gonna call. But walking down
6th Avenue in New York,
and it occurred to me, "Why don't I call
my counterpart?"
His name was Dr. Joel Angel
at Bell Laboratories.
And I said, "Hi, Joel.
This is Marty Cooper."
And he says, "Hi, Marty." "Joel, I'm calling you
from a cell phone.
But a real cell phone. A handheld personal
portable cell phone.
What do you think of that?" Silence on the other
end of the line.
I could only imagine
what he was thinking,
and I suspect he was
gritting his teeth.
And that's when things
took off.
Did you ever imagine
the technology advancing this far? Not a chance.

Today, there are more
portable phones in the world
than there are people. So we never could've
imagined that. Amazing. I can remember
the first phone I ever got, the first smartphone
I ever got, the first time I ever
pointed a camera at myself and talked about how much
I loved my new phone. All that stuff
comes from the DynaTAC, so I feel like I owe you
a thank you, too. You're very, very welcome. Marques:
The DynaTAC prototype
was nothing like anyone
had ever seen or sold before.
The end result
was 1.75 pounds,
stood 13 inches high, stored 30 numbers, took 10 hours to charge for about 30 minutes
of talk time,
and cost a hefty $3,995. Adjusted for inflation, that's over $10,000 today. By today's standards,
this might not seem impressive,
but in the early '80s,
the DynaTAC
was a groundbreaking
piece of technology,
and the very first
of its kind.
And in March of 1984,
the DynaTAC 8000X
officially hit the market. And this is it.

This is a portable
cellular phone. When people got hold of the first portable
cellular telephone,
they didn't want
to put them down.
They became addicted
to that convenience. I think it's the greatest thing
that I've ever had, and it's something
that I wanted somebody to come up with
for a long time. Brad:
So, after the DynaTAC
comes out,
cell phones do blow up,
but it's a limited blow-up because these phones
were so expensive.
The prevailing attitude
at the time was how are you gonna get people to buy a $4,000 handset? This is gonna be a toy
for the rich
and nobody's gonna
buy the thing.
( tires squeal ) Brad:
But once pop culture started
pushing this stuff out,
people were buying
these phones to show out. Very famously, of course,
the film "Wall Street"
featured the phone, and I remember thinking
as a kid, "Wow, I really
want one of those.
It looks like
it makes you cool."
I don't care
where or how you get it, just get it. And there was
"Saved by the Bell." The Zack Morris phone.

I'm, I guess, a little young. I don't think I've ever seen
"Saved By The Bell." – Who is Zack Morris?
– What? And what is
the Zack Morris phone? All right. "Saved By The Bell"
was an iconic
mid-'90s television show
where Zack Morris
essentially terrorizes
everyone in the school. He would have this phone, making calls
and doing deals,
and essentially
putting his friends
in very precarious
predicaments all the time.
I'd like to order
a large pizza and the hottest peppers
you can find. When kids saw Zack Morris
using a cell phone, we talked about that phone. Like, "Yo, we want that." Lisa:
That was when we really
started to see
the DynaTAC 8000X
entering the mainstream for the everyday person. Marques:
Four decades after
the DynaTAC 8000X
was first released,
mobile phones have become
the most used electronic
device in the world.
But these last 40 years
haven't been without
some questionable designs
along the way.
So, we have with us
some of the most interesting and unique designs
from that time, and we also have
fellow YouTuber and friend Austin Evans to help
take a look at those.

Austin has reviewed tech
for over a decade on YouTube,
and he especially loves
all things cellular.
…to this. This is "Dope Or Nope." All right, let's take
a look at the first one. This is called the Motorola
StarTAC Rainbow. – Is this from
the '90s, perhaps?
– This is from 1998. Go ahead and flip this open. Oh, wow.
It's actually original. – Yeah.
– I think '90s are still cool. There was
a matte black version
that you didn't get. You got the rainbow version. – What? Wait.
– That is sick. It looks like you made it
out of Play-Doh. I like the look
of this phone. – It's so '90s, it's so cool.
– And you got plenty of– Oh, God, you're
probably about to mount
this to your belt.

I am– you read my mind. – Aw.
– Pretty sure I count
as a dad now, right? – That's the SIM card.
– This is the SIM card? Oh, it even has the cut-out.
Oh, wow. See, but it feels so che–
( gasps ) ( laughs ) Sorry, I'm getting a call.
One moment. – Are you getting a call?
– Just let me make sure I'm– – Yeah.
– He's got it. No, the GameBoy's
gonna be big, yeah. Yeah, we should buy. Marques: All right,
so I think we should place our bets on the price,
'cause I don't know the price of this one.
I think this is $400. Oh, I was gonna say $400.
I agree. Okay. The price tag
is on the bottom of the box. ( laughing ) Starting price, $1,000. This cost $1,000? For a thousand bucks
to feel this cheap
is simply unacceptable. Good-bye. Gosh.
I hate talking to you. That's a nope. So, this next one is called
the Siemens Xelibri 6, and all I know about it
is that it was targeted for the female demographic. And that is it. It's like a compact, right? Uh, what is that? Like a–
like a makeup thing.

This is that,
but without the makeup. I think if we boot this up, we can see what
the screens are about. ( music playing ) Oh, oh. Okay, I'm losing all
my respect for this phone. So, we have what I assume
is signal flashing here, and then your battery life
is your heart. So, dude,
I have one heart left. So many bad ideas
in such a small space.

Pictures.
Oh, let's look at pictures. Cake.bmp. What if these are all
pre-loaded photos that you could send to people
because they were already in your library
as a reaction, kind of like the way
we use emojis right now? – Hmm.
– That's cool. But, like, what is–
what is this? What is this?
Like, who am I,
really, right now? This is clearly designed
by a bunch of dudes
who are like, "Oh, you know what women
are gonna love? This." There's a lengthy list
of possible pros and cons, – mostly cons for this phone.
– Mm-hmm.

This is definitely,
I'm gonna say, missing the mark. So, the Xelibri 6,
that's a nope. Austin:
That's a nope for me. All right, so,
this next one comes
to us from Nokia. This one was dubbed
the Lipstick Phone,
and that is… – Oh, word.
– …this here. This is totally
from "Star Wars." You mean, like
a lightsaber, kind of? Austin: Yeah, yeah! ( gasps ) A camera! – Is that a camera?
– Yes! Whoa, it's got a click wheel. So, dude, this thing
is actually really cool. The UI must be wild. Okay, I think
we have to turn it on. Can you find a power button
is the question? – What about this one?
– There's, like, zero descriptors
on this at all.

There's not, like, one word
besides the word "Nokia" on it. Marques: Wait,
what is happening right now? Okay, so, think 2000s.
Think. Is there a button
on the side? There's a couple buttons, but none of these
are screaming – power button at me.
– Wait, no. Austin: Hey! Marques:
The red button turns it on. Oh, look at that.
We've got a full color display. Wow. So you're just meant
to use it in landscape. Marques: But I need to see
what this camera looks like. I mean, I'm sure
it's not going to be great. It's 2004, like, whatever.
Set and… – Not bad, not bad.
– Other phones have T9. You have a keyboard
for a reason. You don't have
a keyboard on this phone, so if you're texting,
you're texting
with that wheel. – Good luck.
– Okay, just take a step back.

– Mm-hmm.
– Okay, put yourself in 2004. Look at how cool this looks. I just don't think
I can give this dope – because it's not–
– Really? Maybe because I'm not
a huge lipstick guy. I don't know what it is. Yeah, Nokia 7280
for me is a nope. Well, it gets
a certified dope from me. Awesome, well, thank you
for taking that journey
with me, Austin.

– Of course, man. Any time.
– I appreciate it. "Dope Or Nope," signing out. Marques:
Since the DynaTAC's
release in 1983,
thousands of unique
cell phone models
have circulated the world. And in my personal
pockets alone,
I've owned and tested several
hundred different models.
But this cell phone boom
wasn't immediate.
It took years
after the DynaTAC's release
for the cost of cell phones
to drop down far enough
in order to be accessible
for most people.
So, in the mid-1980s, that's
when a much cheaper device
was introduced
to the mainstream.
Enter the pager. Announcer: Get the pager.
It's affordable,
it's portable, from Motorola. Boom. The pager dropped. Michael:
And a pager was just a little
box you wore on your belt,
and it would buzz
when people called
a specific number,
your pager number.
So if a friend
was at a payphone,
they could call
your pager number
and then you would call
that payphone back.
You were immediately
reachable.
You didn't have to go home
to get your messages from your answering machine.

Gerard: So, now that
the pager dropped,
it's like, yo,
it ain't a cell phone,
but it's still something that we can use
to communicate with. A lot of people
in the hood–
like, hip-hop, music, entertainers,
once it got into that world,
everything started
to explode and change. You can't be a hip-hop fan
and not know the beginning
of Biggie Smalls' "Warning," which is just the beep… ( beeping ) – And then…
– ♪ Who the hell is this ♪ ♪ Paging me at 5:46
in the morning ♪
♪ Crack of dawn
and now I'm yawning ♪
When that happened,
you had to have a pager.

Man, gotta spin the chain
on that, baby. Lisa:
Pagers were everywhere,
and people developed
their own language
to communicate through pagers. Michael:
You don't have to put
a phone number in there,
you can put in whatever
numbers you want.
So people started
sending coded messages. Lisa:
It kind of lead to
this whole vernacular
very similar to the way
we have our own language
when we text people today with emojis and bitmojis
and things like that.

The pager gave birth
to texting. Marques:
So, in the '80s and '90s,
pagers were a convenient option
because phone booths
were on every corner.
But today,
in New York City,
there are only
three phone booths left.
So I'm here at one of them at the corner of 90th Street
and West End Ave.,
where I'm waiting for a page from fellow YouTube creator
Sara Dietschy.
On her channel, Sara's always
tackling new tech,
so hopefully we can figure out
the pager together.
I'm leaving my phone number.

I guess now I have to wait
for him to call me back. ( beeping ) That's jarring. Oh, I hold it down
to see the number. – ( dial tone )
– Dial tone. – Hello?
Hey. This is the first page
I have literally ever sent. This is the first page
I've ever received, also. Voice: Please insert 25 cents
for another three minutes.
Sounds like a rip-off. Before this call disconnects,
let's just meet at the studio and figure out
this whole pager thing. ( click ) I hope she got that. All right, so,
we're back at the studio. I'm just kind of curious
in general, like, what do
you know about pagers? I've seen it in
one episode of "Friends" when Ross got a pager
when his kid was being born.

So, for, like,
emergencies, right? – "Call me."
– Important messages. – Yeah.
– Something like that. So, I've been told
that there's a certain thing
called pager codes. Back in the day,
people would send each other
strings of numbers
as a messaging system,
– kind of like an early text.
– A text message, okay.
Marques: In codes. What we're gonna
try to do is decode what sort of message
we just received. We have the answers here,
and we have our little – whiteboards here.
– Feel like I'm back at school. We'll try to see
if we can figure out,
against each other, if one of us can get it right. You're going down. I mean, I'm not
confident at all, so I– Me neither, so I don't
know why I said that. I'm just gonna go ahead
and give it a shot. – Ooh.
– ( beeping ) – That's so loud.
– Okay.

– Can you not?
– And awful. – Sara: 707.
– Oh, that's easy. Done. Yes. I finished that first. Yeah. Yeah. – Dang it!
– But I got it first. Hold on, so you're telling me
people in the '80s were the ones
who came up with LOL? Yeah, that predated
texting, I guess. – Wow.
– Next page. Next page, please. ( beeping ) – I just want that to stop.
– Mm-hmm. – 187.
– Interesting. – 187.
– Seven. I feel like these codes,
there's so much more thought that's put into it than,
like, LOL. – You're distracting me
from my answer.
– I'm so sorry. – Ready?
– Yep. I'm the late one. And I got that by– when I turned it
upside down, I got L-8-1. Yeah, this is truly horrible. What did you get? "I am hungry." – Like, "ate," food.
– Yeah. And then I would probably
text this to people.

But then, like,
who is hungry? I got the text
from an unknown– an unknown source is hungry. I don't think
either of us is right. No, I don't think so either. All right.
"I hate you. You're dead." – That's so mean.
– "You're–" What? What? Sara:
"Police code for murder." Why would anyone know that? "Uh, we got a 187 over here on Northwest
Broadway Street." That's what people
are paging each other? – Yep.
– I guess it give me
an appreciation for how creative you had
to get to send a message.

– ( beeping )
– This is the last one. – This is the last page.
– Yep. – Okay, one, dash.
– Dash. I love how we want to do it
at the same time. One– 1-177155-400. – So that's probably
three words.
– Ooh! – Do you know
what it is already?
– I have no idea. This is something
you would page someone. I'm pretty sure I'm wrong.
I just wrote this down as a bail-out
answer because…

I am so unconfident. – Ready?
– Yep. I picked the police
codes category. I picked the turning it
upside down, and the only thing
I saw was "ill." – So, "I'm sick."
– Ill? Where's "ill"? Oh, 177? – Wait.
– That's "L-L-I." – I am just confused.
– Upside down and backwards. – I am utterly confused.
– So, look, we're both
probably wrong. – Reveal!
– This is the final answer. – "I miss you."
– What? I miss you. I miss you? Oh! Wow. It was spelling it out
right-ways. It was spelling it out. It was right
in front of our face. The 177 makes an "M." – Now it's so obvious…
– Yes. now that you can see the "M." But thank goodness
for technology, because this is insane. Marques:
I think we both learned
what it was like – to have a pager in the '80s.
– Yeah. It's kind of funny.
This might even be further ahead of its time
than the DynaTAC was, just because if you
have a quick message you want to say, like,
"Hey, you're dead to me," you might just make a little
text message out of it instead of calling them up
and saying it.
Thank you for taking
the journey with me.

Thank you so much, Marques. – I'm glad we did this.
– Sara: Same. Marques:
Of course, nowadays
you can send texts
and make phone calls
on one device,
but the ways in which
we use our cell phones
are still evolving to this day,
40 years later.
What is the legacy
of the DynaTAC? And then what is
the legacy of pagers?
Lisa: Mobile phones
are the most used
electronic device
in the world.
Without the DynaTAC,
without this idea
that you wanted to take
your phone calls with you,
who knew
if there would be the idea that we wanted to take
everything else with us, too? Gerard: The DynaTAC created
a new level of relationships.
Relationship happens
through connection,
so the better
you can create something that allows us
to connect better
is groundbreaking.

Michael:
Compared to the DynaTAC,
I think pagers
have a less visible history, but they pioneered
this era of text first. Nobody talks
on phones anymore.
Everyone texts,
and pagers were the first embryonic form of that. Brad:
The age breakdowns
work as well,
where it's, like,
younger kids are just texting,
and then our old parents
always want to call us for no good reason. Today, we look at this and say,
"What a brick." But you can't have
our current information age without the technological
innovation
that the DynaTAC started. It's a massively important
piece of history.
Not just communication
history– history.
Marques:
So, wow, this was such
a fun one to throw back to,
because this one
I feel like is the legacy
that I'm most familiar with. Before mobile phones, before this communication
that has spread so far, the amount of people you could
have a conversation with or could connect with at all
was much more limited.
But now that almost
everyone can have some sort
of mobile phone, it sort of shrinks the world,
and allows you and everyone to communicate with
more people than ever before
at any other point
in history.
So thank you
for your dedication, Dr.

Marty Cooper. Thank you, Motorola. Thank you, DynaTAC 8000X. And thank you for watching. Peace..

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