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Your Body Is Basically A Smartphone, Here’s Why

smartphone’s camera versus human eye

both your eye and your smartphone’s

camera have lenses and

surfaces sensitive to light your iris

can control the amount of light getting

into the eye

your lens focuses this light the retina

a light-sensitive surface at the back of

your eye receives the image

then it uses optic nerve to send

impulses to your brain

and finally the brain interprets what

you see at the moment

in smartphones light hits the lens

surface a special opening in the lens

controls how much light can enter the

camera

after that the light makes it to an

image sensor which is something like the

retina in your eye

interestingly both the retina and the

phone sensor receive

upside down images and then flip them

into the right position

smartphones accelerometer versus human

inner ear

there are loop shaped channels in your

inner ear they contain fluid and tiny

hair-like sensors

that prevent you from losing balance

inside these hair cells

there are tiny particles they monitor

the position of your head

in relation to motion and gravity it

helps you not to get confused when

moving forward and backward in

a car or up and down in an elevator to

figure out its location

your smartphone uses an accelerometer

just like your body

uses the inner ear the accelerometer

measures such forces as gravity motion

and vibrations

it also helps your device understand

which side is the right side up

smartphone’s processor versus human

cortex

the cerebral cortex is the most

developed part of your brain

it’s in charge of countless processes

going on in your body

your perception attention thinking

language and problem solving skills

and even the way you communicate with

others and move your limbs

all of this is possible thanks to your

cortex

but no worries your smartphone has a

processor to do the same things

it’s the gadget central hub it receives

and carries out tons of commands

performing billions of calculations per

second it also controls everything going

on in your phone

and make sure it functions correctly

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smartphone’s battery versus human

stomach

without energy you won’t be able to

function and neither will your gadget

you get energy from everything you eat

your body digests food by

mixing it with different fluids in your

stomach the carbohydrates from the

products you’ve eaten

break down into a kind of sugar called

glucose it gets into your bloodstream

and is either used right away for energy

or stored to be used later

when your smartphone gets plugged in it

gets its own food

electricity this starts a chemical

reaction within the battery

once the battery is charged it stores

this chemical energy

and gradually turns it into electricity

smartphone’s antivirus versus human

immune system

when your body spots outside invaders

for example bacteria

viruses are fungi your immune system

springs into action

it hunts these foreign substances and

gets rid of them

your immune system also keeps a record

of every single microbe that’s ever

defeated

in case it has to deal with it again an

antivirus in turn

scans files programs and apps and

compares certain codes with the

information it has in its database

some of these codes may be similar to a

piece of malware kept in the database

then the antivirus decides this code is

a virus

and removes it or quarantines it

the internet versus human speech to make

it possible for you to communicate with

others several parts of your brain work

together

some of them help you formulate what you

want to say others enable you to

pronounce

words most of the speaking related

activity usually happens in the left

part of your brain

the internet is also a kind of

communication you

send and receive data the whole process

isn’t any less complicated

it involves routers servers satellites

cell phone towers

radios your smartphone and a whole bunch

of stuff

smartphones compass versus human sense

of direction

people have an inbuilt navigation system

and you can thank

a part of your brain called the inter

rhino cortex for your sense of direction

place cells located there swing into

action once you start your way to a

particular place

groups of them immediately form a map of

your surroundings

grid cells are your brain’s gps system

they tell you where you are relative to

the place where you started

and the head direction cells begin to

work when you’re facing a certain

direction

your smartphone’s gps uses radio waves

between

satellites and a receiver inside your

gadget to get the data necessary

to find out where you are and what time

it is

your phone might also have a sensor

called a magnetometer

it measures the direction and strength

of magnetic fields

then your gadget analyzes this

information and figures out your

location

smartphone’s alarm versus human body

clock

your biological clock is your body’s

internal alarm

that keeps track of time it tells you

when it’s time to eat

to sleep to work harder and to relax

it’s controlled by a group of cells in

your brain that react to light and dark

plus every cell in your body has a clock

of its own

and follows a 24-hour cycle that’s why

jet lag

messes up your biological clock so badly

there’s a limit to how much you can

readjust your body clock at a time

your smartphone’s alarm is way less

complicated than your body clock

you set the time and get woken up

exactly when you need it

or you can choose a special app that

will follow your sleep pattern

and wake you up in a light stage of

sleep

smartphones memory card versus human

hippocampus

the hippocampus is part of your brain

responsible for learning and memories

thanks to it you can form short and

long-term memories

and navigate in space the hippocampus is

also the place where short-term memories

turn into long-term ones

when you place a memory card in your

smartphone tiny electrical currents from

the gadget move electrons in the flash

memory chip

that’s how data gets written down when

you erase information

a slightly higher voltage is applied by

the way

an sd card usually can’t keep data for

longer than 10 years

the data cells on it carry a certain

charge that dissipates with time

smartphones microphone versus human ear

your outer ear gathers sound waves and

sends them down the ear to your eardrum

it vibrates and sets in motion three

teeny bones in the middle ear

this causes the fluid in the inner ear

to move

hair-like cells located there bend and

produce electrical impulses

they’re sent to the brain that

interprets these impulses as sounds

your smartphone uses a miniature

microphone that needs little power to

work

and doesn’t take much space just like

those mini structures in your ear

sound waves hit the microphone its

diaphragm a thin piece of plastic

aluminum or

even paper starts to move back and forth

this vibration gets converted into small

electrical currents

and then to the audio signal

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