For entertainment and work, the personal computer continues to be an integral part of our daily lives. However, as technology continues to advance and the world becomes increasingly connected, many household devices, such as the humble television, are transforming into multi-tasking products of the future.
Recently technology manufacturers have begun to build HDTVs with built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections allowing you to connect to the Internet wit your TV. This offers various forms of multimedia functionality. Computer hardware manufacturers have been building high-resolution screens for many years but until recently they were too expensive for the domestic and personal market. However, production costs inevitably lower and HDTVs can now be found in many houses.
are no stranger to this process. People are now used to using several gadgets and devices for numerous different functions. However, manufacturers are increasingly incorporating functions into a single device. The telephone used to only feature calls and messaging, but now you can access the Internet, take pictures and play games. The Internet is integral in facilitating this, continuing to push the potential of technology further.
Websites are itching to take advantage of these new markets. National broadcasters offer streaming through televisions and popular websites such as Youtube can now be accessed with the television. However, features such as social book marking will no doubt be available soon. Imagine being able to store bookmarks online and access them all without turning on the computer. Personalization and customization have been integral to the success of the Internet. Imagine being able to design, create and publish a personalized homepage and then access it by a button on the remote control called “personalized home page“.
Whilst many people enjoy the convergence of features into a single multi-functional device, some people do not like them. Many people prefer to switch off from being constantly connected with the world, whilst others like having specific gadgets for specific functions. There is an argument that it is better to do one job really well rather than many jobs poorly.
Ultimately, computers do a much better job at providing online connectivity. But you should not underestimate the novelty factor of new functions: touch screens and 3D technology are widely anticipated to become commonplace.
The question arises: should designers embrace innovation or stick with tradition? Is this an indication of the encroachment of technology into every part of our lives?