Without a doubt, the rapidly advancing media technology in today’s day and age can most certainly enrich our everyday lives here living in the United States of America. There are many examples that are already quite commonplace in our society, and no doubt there will be some technology developed in the near future that we can’t even imagine as of right now. But indeed, one does not have to look far in order to see some examples of how media technology is already enriching our everyday lives.
GPS: Many people now have GPS navigation systems installed in their car – technology that was unheard of only fifteen to twenty years ago. Gone are the days of flipping through the awkwardly-sized road atlas as you are trying to drive down the road. Now all you have to do is type in your destination, and a computer voice will guide you right to the spot. You can even get real time road and construction information, as well as any breaking news in the area through your GPS. All of these features and more make GPS systems well worth their money, and a form of new media technology that is catching on quite quickly and gaining in popularity.
Touch screen monitors: Touch screens have been in place for years all around the country. Many cash registers have converted to touch screen technology, and more recently, touch screen technology has now made its way into the homes of normal, average computer users all around the country. Using a touch screen, you can accomplish tasks much quicker on a computer than you ever could before – everything is literally right in front of your eyes and right underneath your fingertips for the easiest access ever.
HDTV: High-definition technology is a brand new form of television broadcast, and probably the newest form of media technology that is out there on the market today. Through the use of HD broadcasting and HD signals, television channels are broadcast with stunning clarity and an in-depth sound that has never been heard before. Combine this with the latest in plasma television and include a surround sound theatre system, and you are all set.
The United States government is even embracing the media technology that is HDTV; so much so that they have required that all television signals and broadcasts be in high definition by February of 2009. For those of you with older television sets that only work with an analog signal, you are going to have to get a converter box, or else you will have no television reception whatsoever. According to the United States government, this is a matter of national security – the television is needed to relay information to the general public in the event that an emergency is taking place.
If you are not receiving a television signal however, this information will never find its way to you and as a result, you could miss out on some important precautions or instructions. In an attempt to avoid this problem, the government is issuing vouchers which can save you some money when purchasing an HDTV converter box.