Tuesday, 14 April 2015

John Logie Baird (Smart or not so Smart?)


Way back in time, the 26th January 1926 to be precise, a genius Scotsman by the name of John Logie Baird (1888-1946) demonstrated to the public for the first time what we now refer to as television. Little could he, or anyone else watching on that day. have the remotest idea as to how the demonstration of this amazing new technology would go on to change the world as they knew it or indeed to help shape the future beyond anything they could possibly imagine.Would the world go on to thank him for this ?

However lets not skip too far ahead at the moment, the world back them was a very different place technologically, after all they were still getting used to the idea of radio, a magical way of sending voice invisibly over the air and suddenly someone could now do the same with pictures and images, magic indeed. A century before that you would have probably been burned at the stake for imagining or suggesting such a thing!

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Jump forward a decade or three to when I was born television had become far more advanced since the days of Mr Baird, I mean three channels and in colour too were available, amazing. I grew up with this technology never giving it a second thought. Even when they added a fourth channel, then came along satellite television suddenly hundreds of channels were available and  it was just the way things were, we accepted it, it was normal, entertainment and news at the press of a button all being displayed on a square and generally ugly box sitting in the corner of your living room.

The next big thing that came along to amuse us all was computers, I shall not dwell too long on them as we all know how they progressed from simple devices that you could spend hours programming just to have a coloured ball or wavy lines bounce across your television screens to the amazingly powerful devices we have now come to accept as being part of our every day lives.

Then came the Internet and goodness how that has changed the world of entertainment and communication beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Suddenly across a multitude of devices, computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones we had access to the world and almost everything in it.


Then came along the Smart TV like this one made by Panasonic  truly amazing now everything is available on a very attractive box sitting in the corner of your living room or more commonly nowadays mounted on your wall. 



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 Besides the traditional functions of television sets this amazing technology can provide us with internet television and an almost inexhaustible supply of online interactive media. We can communicate with our friends and family, send emails, pictures, call up videos, watch satellite TV, and access unbelievable amounts of information all at the press of a few buttons on a small device in the palm of your hand. Truly amazing if not magical, and yes in amongst all that we still have the original three channels, so yes  Mr Baird the world does indeed have an awful lot to thank you for, you were indeed a very Smart fellow. 

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are wording are my own. 












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