The modern home is becoming more and more like an electrical retailer with families bringing in the latest tech and gadgets to stay up-to-date and on-trend. In the past few years homes have been filled with flat screen televisions and wireless stereo systems as well as the more typical household electrical items like games consoles and stylish lighting.
The home is somewhere we get the chance to show off what makes us ‘us’, a place for us to fill with our possessions that tell guests what makes us tick – our hobbies, interests and passions – and technology, in this day and age especially, says a lot about people. Homeowners are often judged for being outdated with their traditional colours throughout the home, but increasing numbers of homeowners are now utilising the latest gadgets to make life and processes simpler, like bag-less vacuum cleaners that make chores much simpler, and custom USB flash drives from USB Makers that let us show off our interests wherever we sit down to get on with homework or projects.
Some forms of technology have always been viewed as being for particular members of the family, with mum’s stereotypically preferring kitchen accessories that help them to prepare the family meal, dad’s wanting the latest stereo systems and the kids wanting, well, anything that’s new and exciting really!
In the modern era, however, gadgets are in high demand by most family members with some proving to be particularly popular – like USB drives, as mentioned earlier. These tiny devices can hold substantial amounts of data that allow us to work at school, in the office, on the train or even in bed on a lazy weekend morning meaning that projects can always be worked on, edited and handed in on time so you don’t have to stay in the office or library late into the night to get it done on the one machine.
That point leads nicely onto the next gadget that is appearing in increasing numbers of homes – the tablet computer. Devices such as the iPad, Kindle Fire HD and BlackBerry playbook have been in high-demand over the years because of their ability to do just about anything on a computer that fits beautifully in the palm of your hand. You can do your work, banking and shopping on them as well as playing music and games and downloading apps that help, educate or entertain us.
Smart televisions are becoming increasingly common too, with manufacturers attempting to incorporate Wi-Fi into their televisions so owners can watch their favourite shows, surf the Internet and watch DVDs through the same device. In the coming years, smart TVs are likely to become “the norm” as demand increases. At the moment they’re seen by some as a novelty that they don’t really need but, as with most forms of technology, these people are likely to be swayed by the advancements and capabilities in the newer models.