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6 February 2011 No Comment

The personal computer continues to be an integral part of the day for millions of people all over the world by offering the best platform for entertainment, work and multimedia. But while we make the initial steps into the twenty-first century, lots of household objects are being transformed into lean, mean, multi-tasking machines of the future.

In recent years technology manufacturers have begun to create HDTVs with built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections allowing you to connect to the Internet wit your TV. This offers several types of multimedia functionality. Though computer manufacturers have been building high-resolution screens for numerous years, building larger models for the home has often been too expensive. But with everything, production costs lower and the first large-screen HDTVs were ready for the home market.

are no stranger to this process. Considering the number of devices we have to use daily, streamlining our tech-lives has become an alluring marketing strategy for the technology companies. Telephones used to only feature calls and messaging, but you can now access the Internet, take pictures, play games and listen to music. The Internet is a key factor in facilitating this, pushing the potential of technology further.

Online websites are itching to take advantage of this new marketplace. National broadcasters are offering streaming through televisions and popular websites such as Youtube and Twitter can now be accessed through your television. However, features such as social book marking will no doubt be available soon. Imagine being able to save your favorites and access them all without turning on your computer. Personalization and customization are key features of the Internet. Imagine being able to design, build and publish a personalized homepage and then access it by a button on your remote control called “personalized home page“.

Despite many people welcoming these technological advances, some people dislike the convergence of so many features into one domestic appliance. Reasons range from wanting to “switch off and get away from always being connected to the world” to just wanting to “use the TV as a form of escapism”.

Nonetheless, conventional computers arguably offer the best web browsing experience. But the magic is within discovering new functionalities in traditional objects such as the new TVs.

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

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