The Conusumer Electronics Revolution
The Consumer Electronic Timeline:
1972: “Home pong” is the first successful arcade video game manufactured by Atari. This two dimensional tennis game has triggered massive growth in the video game industry and was available for home use by the end of 1975.
1977: Apple 11 became the first successful personal computer. It was massed produced and distributed to all schools in the US and became a household name.
1979: Japan creates the first fully analogue automated cellular network to allow all of Tokyo’s cell phone users to participate in the network. This event triggered the use of cellular networks globally.
1979: Sony releases the Walkman audio-cassete.
1982: The compact disc (CD) becomes the first digital storage format for commercial use in the public domain. The use of the CD for storage of digital music was used until 2009.
1983: Betamovie BMC-100P was the first camcorder released by Sony and was so large that it was unusable with one hand.
1984: The Discman a portable digital CD player was released by Sony. The digital format of this device offered a superior sound quality.
1984: The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x brick phone weighed two pounds and offered half hour talk time per charge and retailed at $3995.
1985: Nintendo releases the family computer (Famicom) in the US under Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) making Nintendo one of the wealthiest Companies in Japan.
1989: The Nintendo Game Boy is a portable video game which allows users to go mobile. It was released in Japan and North America.
1989: The portable laptop computer becoming more popular as various manufacturers like Apple, Zenith Data Systems, Compaq and IBM release there latest versions.
1991: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was released and sold 49.10 million units.
1993: The Pentium microprocessor was released by Intel making personal computers faster and more energy efficient.
1995: The first Sony play station video game system is released in December in North America. This system used discs instead of cartridges and sold over 102 million units.
1996: The first release of US HDTV broadcast was aired in limited circulation. It was launched during John Glenn’s 1998 discovery return mission.
1996: The Kodak DC-25 is the first point and shoot digital camera to be released. Another feature was the ability to record onto removable compactflash cards. Retailed $499.
1997: The Digital Video Disc (DVD) is created for video and data storage. It is currently used for viewing video.
1998: The first iMac computer was successfully released by Apple and is referred to as “the gold standard of desktop computing.”
2001: Apple releases the first iPod a portable media player, used initially for music and now is used for photos, videos and more. the iPod has sold 230 million units through 2009.
2002: The Microsoft Xbox was released globally. It rivals PlayStation 2, Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Gamecube. In 2002 Xbox Live was launched which allowed users to play online connecting to high speed internet. By mid 2009 Xbox Live had over 17 million global users.
2004: The Nintendo DS is hand-held console that sold over 113 million units by 2010.
2006: Blue Ray is an optical disc storage medium that can store up to 10 times data then a DVD.
2007: The iPhone released in June and is a revolutionary hand-held phone and multi-media device. It was described in Time magazine as the “invention of the year.”
2009: The Flo TV released in November measures 3×4.4″ and weighs 5ozs and 3.5″ touch screen. It has long battery life, offers 5 hours viewing time and 300 hours on standby. Retails $249.
2010: The iTablet released by Apple will attempt to bridge the gap between iPhone and iMac.
How electronics is being used.
Cell phones are an extremely popular form of communication and are relied upon by families, businesses, friends, and pretty much anyone who needs to talk on the phone.
Universities now expect all of their students to own their own computers, because so many assignments, lectures, and information is given and received online. Also, computers are able to perform similar functions to the television and DVD players now, since so many forms of entertainment can be found online. The internet has made communication all over the world possible with the click of a mouse and companies are able to expand globally because of this phenomenon. Computers are electronics which are going to be around till the end of time and they are going to continue growing, expanding, and improving throughout the upcoming years.
Don’t forget about the television which is standard in homes across the globe and many other countries globally. Just like all other electronics, the television is continually being improved upon and advanced, and televisions are becoming more and more expensive with these improvements.
The iPod electronic device is used to play music and view videos and are popular with people who work out and want to listen to music while doing so. The iPods are a popular electronic device used by people who travel and do not want to carry around a laptop. These little electronics are quickly gaining more and more features and tools to make them more marketable, diverse, and popular.
What is the future of electronics? Mobile connected devices are the most wanted gifts this season, led by tablet computers. Tablets are the most wanted gift on both adults’ overall holiday wish list. Money and peace/happiness are close behind on the overall wish list with smartphones and notebook/laptop computers rounding out the top five. When asked specifically about electronics, consumers’ wish list it is similar to their overall wish list, with televisions also making the list.
While consumers want mobile connected devices, they’ll also be giving them as gifts. Smartphones likely will be the most popular electronics device given as a gift this year, followed by tablets, notebook/laptop computers and DVD/Blu-ray players. Electronics device accessories will likely also be a popular gift this season, with headphones/earbuds, carrying cases and memory cards being among the most popular accessories given as a gift this year. Gift cards also will remain a popular gift for digital music purchases, for electronics book purchases, for App purchases and for online gaming purchases.