One of the easiest ways to place a movie in time is to check the tech the characters use. The bigger and boxier the cell phones, computers, and radios, the older the movie. Sometimes it can be easy to forget how quickly tech has slimmed down. These days, we expect to be able to slip our phones in our pockets, carry a tablet in the palm of our hand, or wear an entire computer on our wrist.
Each year (sometimes it feels like each day), devices get smaller. Part of that has to do with the ability of engineers to pile more data and power onto smaller and smaller chips. Another part of the equation has to do with flex circuitry. With the help of companies, like GC Aero, we’ve been able to make circuits smaller and thinner as well as more flexible, so they can fit inside curved devices like phones and tablet computers.
Next time you sit down for a movie made in the 90s, enjoy watching the main character bang away at a huge computer that she probably couldn’t lift over her head. Thanks to flex circuitry, you can now watch that movie on a sleek new phone held in the palm of your hand!