In this high tech world, there are many different products that make our lives easier and everyone has their “baby.” Perhaps your baby is that dual core CPU driven computer that helps you get work done, shop online, and surf the internet. Or, maybe it’s that cell phone that helps you keep in touch with your friends and family. If it’s not one of these, then it probably is one of the many electronic gadgets that increase our livelihood: televisions, stereos, high tech DVD players, navigation systems, and I-pods. Oh, and to make us feel more secure, let’s not forget about security gadgets such as home security systems, baby monitors and smoke detectors.
While the current models of these devices are nice and do a great deal to enhance our lives, we still seem to be driven by a force that leads us on a never ending quest to buy the latest and greatest gadgets. It’s like we are fighting an endless battle to keep up with all the latest electronics on the market. For example, look at the rapid evolution of mobile communication devices and the way consumers rushed to buy the newest stuff on the market – and for a good reason.
Back in the day, you had a very limited selection of products to choose from. Mobile communication devices like the walkie talkie and earlier phones were big, bulky, and quite heavy. I mean the batteries back then weighed more than two of today’s cell phones put together. Oh, and what about reception? Do you remember those long antennas that had to be extended in order to get a decent signal? Seems like ages but actually that time was not too long ago. Nowadays you have 3G and 4G cell phones equipped with wireless internet connections and that are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.
Now the rapid development of new mobile communication devices is just a small example of a never ceasing cycle of turning out new and better products at lightning speed. This really is just the tip of the iceberg. On a larger scale, you have the entire electronics industry that is set on a mission to produce more and more electronic gadgets that are smaller, faster, have more features and greater visual appeal.
Take today’s flat screen TVs for example. Today you could have the sweetest set on the market and within a year you will probably be trying to sell it to a friend to get enough money to buy a newer model that has higher resolution or more enhanced features.
Going back in time again and look at another example. Do you remember when home video viewing first came out? You relied on that hard- to- load piece of junk BETA player for your movie entertainment. At the time, most people were satisfied with that since that was all we had. Then came laser disc players, VHS players, then DVD, and now Blu-Ray. Who has …