Display devices play a major and changing role in homes, schools, and businesses across the U.S. From their initial widespread appearance as yesterday’s big and bulky high-voltage cathode ray tube (CRT) models to today’s paper-light cutting edge touch displays, these machines have seen a rapid advancement in both their capabilities and their place in modern life.
The past few decades have shown a particularly stunning development in how these devices can be used and how that application is realized across the country. The children of today encounter touch-screen devices early on, and like the early alphabet bits that increasingly seem so antiquated, modern display devices are playing a crucial and growing role in how everyone sees and interacts with the world around them.
This is particularly the case in scholastic and business settings, where communication is paramount and schools and companies alike are eager to make the most of these capabilities.
Evolution of an Idea
Today’s display devices ultimately find their origin in the comparatively simple concept of the book. Far from the ultra-high-resolution LCD screens of today, these familiar objects perform a similar function: to communicate an idea outside of space and time, conveying concepts wrought by one human being to another via an inanimate object.
Books have always been tightly entwined with education and business needs and it may have been these two topics that lead to their development in the first place. The situation is no different today and display devices fill a changing role in business and school life.
Perhaps the most noticeable example of this changing role is the place of tablets and touch screens in school and business environments. Only recently have touch screens become a commonplace piece of technology in day-to-day life, and in turn, the range of applications that they present are only recently becoming explored.
For example, many small and large businesses across the U.S. are replacing cumbersome and heavy systems with elegant touch screen devices. Not only are these devices far easier to maintain, but they’re also less expensive up front, revolutionizing this aspect of doing business.
Another example where tablets are making more and more of an appearance are in public schools. Rather than carrying around comparatively heavy and complicated laptops, schools are providing tablet devices to students, allow them to engage with media that nourishes the mind and expands learning opportunities far beyond anything that was once available.
Language learning software, for example, has been completely upended by the widespread availability of devices that allow for constant practice, something that was restricted to science fiction novels in the past. In a sense, today’s use of interactive display devices looks increasingly like a future predicted long ago, where devices have simplified and the possibilities have expanded.