Many of us may remember a time when landlines ran through our homes and trash compactors were the next big thing. In today’s world, we have the power of ever-changing technologies like smart thermostats, robotic vacuums, smart devices, and even garage door openers that we can operate from anywhere.
While the younger generations are unlikely to remember landline phones, there was a time when almost everyone had at least one in their home. Nowadays these phones have been replaced by cell phones that most people use in place of their outdated counterparts.
Landlines, for those unfamiliar with the term, are a type of telephone that uses metal wires or fiber optic telephone lines for transmission. You can easily recognize them by their stationary structure as they have a short range of motion as they are connected directly to the receiver and the wall plug. According to Nextiva, landlines were the telecommunications choice from the late 19th century and were replaced by the more convenient mobile phone in 1973. Today, builders forego installing phone cables in an entire home.
Televisions came a long way from their original functionality and design in 1927. There was a time when televisions had few channels and showed black and white pictures. With color televisions, we chose to have cable lines in our homes so we can have a television in every room.
Today our televisions have become flat and slim, some even curved to reduce glare. We are now using high resolution screens with bright images and hundreds of channels. Televisions have been adapted to connect to streaming devices, video game consoles, and your internet if you have a smart TV. The devices we use today have not only changed in size, shape, and video quality, they often don’t require cables to function. Smart televisions plug into a standard 110-volt outlet and connect to the internet using wireless technology so that viewers can mute whatever they want. Cable lines can still be installed in a house for internet or cable use. However, it is not necessary to have a cable socket in every room.
Who knew we’d have a smart object for pretty much anything in 2021? From Roombas to smart stoves, we’re at a time when anything can be tweaked to function more easily. Before there were intelligent objects, most cleaning, cooking, and safety tasks were done manually. Today you can always check something without leaving your couch. You can even know exactly when your package is arriving with just a few clicks on your phone. No more cooking food, turning on the news for daily updates, getting up to set the thermostat or turning off a light, or vacuuming the floors.
Overall, the future of technology will continue to transform the way we build and design our homes. While some prefer the older way houses were built, current and future generations are always looking for a way to make something easier and more convenient.
Rich Cosgrove is the President of the Stark Trumbull Area Realtors, which serve Counties of Stark, Carroll and Trumbull.