Technology in 2014

Posted 14/01/2014 by BrightHouse Team

Technology is always moving ahead. Most of us can still remember a time when sending a text message was a bit of an event. At BrightHouse we love our new technology, from the latest computing devices, to TVs and smartphones, and this month on the blog we’re going to be looking at a selection of our favourite current products, as well as looking back to see where we've come from, and forward to where the technology is going.

We’re going to start by looking at computers, including laptops and tablets.

Chinese Counting BoardThe oldest computers were simple number devices such as counting rods from ancient China, and the Roman abacus. In the 17th century we had the first mechanical calculating devices, such as Babbage’s difference engine, and then in 1936 Alan Turing described what would be the principle of all modern computers. During World War II, some of the first electronic computers were used at Bletchley Park to break German codes. After the 1960s computer hardware became more and more sophisticated, taking on the basic structure of integrated circuits that we recognise today.

One of the main features of computer technology is that is gets smaller and smaller as it develops over the years – as set out in Moore’s Law. Early computers were extremely large, and the processing power of a modern smartphone is far greater than computers that used to fill entire rooms!

Bletchley Park

Personal computers in the home really became widespread in the 1990s, with the basic structure differing little from model to model. The development of laptops made powerful computing smaller and more mobile, integrating all the systems and peripherals, such as the screen and keyboard, into one device. The rise of the touchscreen also allowed devices to become more simply designed and intuitive, eliminating the need for a physical keyboard, and making computers even more mobile.

 

Today at BrightHouse we have some of the best and latest computers available, including PCs, laptops, and tablets, and even the lines between these devices are becoming blurred by new innovations.

We have the Samsung ATIV Tab, which combines the benefits of both a tablet computer and laptop with its touchscreen and detachable keyboard.

Samsung ATIV Tab

We also have the Samsung All-In-One PC, which integrates the components of a traditional desktop computer into the same housing as the screen, making it a very compact and sleek design. It also has a touchscreen making it more dynamic and user-friendly.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab makes casual computing more compact still, and provides a surprising amount of power in a small, portable device. Touchscreen tablets are also much more accessible for those of us who are not so confident with using computers.

So what does the future hold for computing technology?

One of the main aspects that will certainly keep developing is the speed and power of computers, but more difficult to imagine are the applications and design aspects. Some people predict that we might have huge supercomputers managing cities, an idea more usually associated with dystopian sci-fi visions of the future, but in reality would be very helpful for keeping traffic running smoothly, and organising emergency services.

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On a more immediate scale, we’re likely to start finding computers making themselves more obvious in objects and appliances around the home, such as a tablet device built into the hob of your cooker for recipes and cooking tips, or a more flexible and adaptable computers in your car.

Computers will also continue to get smaller, to the point where the chip itself is invisible to the naked eye, meaning they could be used in pretty much anything. It’s been said that this will eventually lead to computers that can be made as intelligent as the human brain, which in turn will be able to invent their own computers that will be far more intelligent than humans.

Until that day comes (or doesn't), we can enjoy all the great computer technology available to us now, and look forward to the new devices coming to us soon. You can check out all of the great products available at BrightHouse in the Computing section of our website.

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