Try to imagine life without your smartphone. No email, no tweets, no Facebook updates, no alerts from the office. We use smartphones at work, to stay in touch with family and friends, to shop and to explore the world around us. For most of us, life without a smartphone is unimaginable.
Now, picture your smartphone without the pioneering federally funded research done at America's research universities. You can't, because your smartphone would not exist without that research. First, they would likely be far bulkier because they would use bigger batteries. Location-based services? They would not exist without GPS. Your fingers would not work on the touchscreen because multi-touch screens would not exist. And more fundamentally, with no chip or memory they would be empty aluminum shells - if that. All of these components owe a significant debt to federally funded research at America's research universities.
Click on the smartphone below to begin your journey through the smartphone, and see how different it would look without federally funded university research.
Explore the phone below to see the research behind it
Click on one of the phone parts to learn more