Tweeting with the TV – The Future of Multifunctional Technology

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For work and entertainment, the personal computer continues to be a key part of our daily lives. But as we make our first steps into the twenty-first century, quite a few humble household objects are being transformed into lean, mean, multi-tasking machines of the future.

In recent years technology manufacturers have designed HDTVs with Ethernet and Wi-Fi allowing you to connect to the Internet wit your TV. This offers various kinds of multimedia functionality. Computer hardware manufacturers have been building high-resolution screens for numerous years but until recently they were too expensive for the home and personal market. However, production costs inevitably lower and HDTVs can now be found in many houses.

Technological advances mean consumer demands also increase which means manufacturers incorporate even more new functions. Televisions (are also involved in this process. Considering the number of devices and gadgets we are exposed to daily, streamlining our lives has become an alluring selling point for technology companies. Telephones used to only feature calls and nothing else, but you can now access the Internet, take pictures and play games. The Internet has been integral for advancing technology.

Online websites are itching to take advantage of this new marketplace. You can now even access online television streaming and popular websites such as Youtube, all through a humble television. However, more and more services (such as online book marking and social networks) will undoubtedly be available soon. Imagine being able to save your bookmarks and access them all without turning on your computer. Personalization and customization continue to be important features of the Internet. Imagine being able to design, build and publish a personalized homepage and then access it by a button on the remote control called “my home page“.

Whilst many people enjoy the convergence of functions into one multi-functional gadget, some people do not like them. Reasons range from wanting to “switch off and get away from being constantly connected to the world” to just wanting to “use the TV as a form of escapism”.

Ultimately, a modern day laptop can do a much better job at providing online connections. But the magic is within discovering new functionalities in traditional objects such as the new TVs.

The question arises: should manufacturers embrace innovation or stick with tradition? Is this a worrying indication of the encroachment of technology into every part of our lives?