How many times do you check your phone or PDA everyday? Every hour? Half hour? Ten minutes? Most people can’t even go one whole day without their communications devices at the ready. Have you ever stopped and wondered how we even got to this point in the first place? The answer is growing interactive technology within our communications devices. From gaming, to movies, to buying online products, virtually anything to do with the consumer can be done from a smart phone or PDA device now.
The history and workings of interactive technology has changed communications devices by becoming more widely used, more common with business integration, and by becoming more user friendly. According to Apai (2009) the first PDA integration into communications technology started with the BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator which came out in 1993. This was the first PDA/phone combo that allowed users to make phone calls while also having data stored onto the device such as calendar events, mail, memos, and clocks.
While at the time it was running minimal applications it gave a way for people to starting thinking outside of the box and was the start of something much more. Before integrating PDA’s onto communication devices there were a few stand alone PDA products like the palm pilot. A palm pilot was a task organizer that looked much like a smart phone would today that could run various applications for the user except it was not a phone. While this was a good idea at the time, over the years these devices were integrated into cell phones and communications devices which made them practically obsolete.
Now fast forward to 1999 when the internet became widely popular to use on new Smartphone’s like Blackberries and Nokias. Because of interactive technology advancements people could now check online emails, browse web pages, and even download files and ringtones from various sights. When this happened, businesses and companies saw a huge opening for advertisement and marketing to people right from the devices that they carry in their pockets everyday.
The idea of running your business or parts of your business on your communications devices came from the idea of selling product through the internet. When the internet hit, people caught on very fast that you could expand your business and advertising for very little cost to an unlimited number of people for big turn outs. The same thing happened when communications devices started to have internet and application abilities. Businesses saw an opportunity for their customers to connect to them instantly without having to go through anymore trouble then it takes you to reach into their pocket.
Businesses started using interactivity on communications devices in various ways at first. Some integrated specific mobile platforms on their websites for mobile users while others developed applications specifically for running on communications devices. As wire (2011) states: “Since its founding in early 2008, Bottle Rocket has completed more than 60 iPhone, iPad and Android apps for leading brands such as PBS, Disney, ESPN, TBS, TNT, Discovery Channel, BET, A&E Television, American Express and AARP. Almost every type of major business has jumped onto the bandwagon of developing mobile applications on wireless communications devices for their business.
These applications and platforms have helped out businesses tremendously by drawing in new customers, having a larger audience for their advertising, and ultimately bringing in more sales because of the convenience. As Ellis (2011) states about a new legal application in the states: “The app has recently gone live but has already attracted interest from Sydney. This is another way to get ourselves noticed,” Mr. Osborne said. ” Businesses recognize that the easier the access to their business, the more likely someone might use it. This lead business to think about how to really reach their customers as an individual and started developing more user friendly applications. When Wireless communication devices first came out you had to reach for the instruction booklet to find out how to hook up your email, connect to the internet, and ultimately understand how to use the applications within it.
But over time companies got smart and started listening to their users and what they wanted out of their devices. Soon enough, companies where developing user friendly apps that took care of all the hard work and remembered user inputs to make applications run faster and help the user reach their goal in a shorter amount of time. One big thing that came out in 2008 was videophones and wireless video communication. This was a way to wirelessly record and send video via wireless communications devices.
As Patentdoc (2008) states: “there is provided a first portable communication device for communicating with a second portable communication device, the first portable communication device including a communication module for transmitting and receiving video and audio information” This was the main summary of the invention and the reason why sites like YouTube and Facebook thrive largely today on communications devices. Social media has become a big part of communications devices because these social media sites are ways to communicate with the world all at once.
What better way to show your friends or the world what you’re doing by simply reaching to your phone or communications device, recording, and clicking upload. Now days, unless a communications device can run like a computer or generate multimedia, users want little to do with it. The future of communications devices all points to one thing and that is sharing. People want to be able to bounce what their doing at home, onto their communications devices for on the go activity. Sony and Microsoft have already started doing this with their gaming consoles and T.
Vs. You are able to take you media anywhere you go at the touch of a few buttons. So do you realize now how far we’ve come today for you to be checking your email, social statuses, and banking from your pocket every 15 minutes? Interactive technology has changed communications devices by becoming more widely used, more common with business integration, and by becoming more user friendly. These small advancements over the years have added up to a whole new mobile and wireless market throughout technology and businesses.
Application development is growing for communication devices and companies are looking to be geared more towards customer’s needs then their own. With everything becoming more technology driven these days the future seems very bright for wireless communications devices and the potential that can be unlocked with them.
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