Technology is king our ever increasingly connected lifestyles; Facebook, email, Skype, online shopping, the pervasiveness of technology in our devices has been documented and commented on countless times. Thinking about the ways we communicate, there are countless devices we can use both at home, at work and on the move. So just how many do we utilise?
I use a few devices on a daily basis, although my list might be quite small compared to others. Personally I use:
- Smartphone (Nexus 4) for mobile communication – texts, calls, emails, social media, news, music and gaming
- Toshiba laptop for personal use – social networking, news, work and gaming
- A desktop PC at work
- PlayStation 3 – gaming, video streaming, DVD & Blu-ray
- HDTV & Virgin Media package – On demand & live television
Other bits of technology hang around my flat, portable games consoles (Nintendo DS), digital camera, hi-fi system etc. but none of these are used on a real daily basis and are now nowhere near the peak of current technology.
Others may have a more extensive list; perhaps a Smart TV with Internet access, tablet computers, iPods and mp3 players, Internet ready audio systems and cameras, multiple games consoles, standalone GPS etc.
Interconnectivity is also the next big step with technology. Some protocols and technologies are designed to allow devices to be able to communicate with each other to share information – NFC has been adopted in many high-end smartphones recently and DLNA has existed for a long time, although some manufacturers have a bad habit of putting proprietary software on top so only their devices can speak to each other. My laptop and PlayStation communicate directly using DLNA and my Nexus 4 has Wi-Fi direct capabilities – an updated future Smart TV or dongle will mean I could use Miracast to mirror the screen to another display.
So the question is how much technology do you own and how much of that is on a daily or very regular basis? On top of that, how much of your technology would you consider to be mobile and/or portable? Finally how much of it is interconnected – are you well on your way to creating the digital home of the future?