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  • 1. The Future of Communication Technology in 2023 BENJAMIN MERCKE
  • 2. Uses and Gratification Theory  This is an approach used to understand why and how people actively seek out specific media to satisfy specific needs. To put it simply, the main question asked with this theory is, “what do people do with media?”  This theory allows researchers and developers to better understand the demand of the market and further allow them make business decisions based on these results.  Technological developers use this information as an indicator of what should be made next.
  • 3. Technology of the Future  Throughout the past fifty years the face of communication technology has evolved into what it is today. New innovations and technological advances have been solely responsible for shaping how we communicate with each other. Through our developments we have created faster, more efficient methods to interact. There are several topics covered in this slide show illustrating the history and future of our technological landscape. The topic covered will be:  The future of Smartphone technology  Next Generation Gaming  Television
  • 4. History of the Telephone  Throughout the course of history, communication has been essential to humanity’s success. In 1870, Alexander Graham Bell changed the way we communicate upon inventing the telephone. The telephone allowed people to talk in ways no one had experienced before. The rate of communication was drastically sped up because of the instant connectivity the telephone provided.  Over the course of the telephone’s development we have seen many different variations. The rotary dial, touch tone, cordless and finally the mobile phone. Until recently, the mobile phone was very similar to the home LAN line phone. Now, we have mobile phones as powerful and capable as some home personal computers.
  • 5. Current Smart Phone Technology  In 2013, smartphones are taking communication to levels it has never been to. With applications like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, people in today’s society have more outlets to communicate than ever before. Smartphones are becoming so prevalent they are starting to phase out the home phone. This is not only because people have the ability to make calls anywhere they are but also because of the increased ease at which they can choose to communicate. If they don’t want to commit to a full blown conversation they have the option to send a text message or chat on Facebook. Along with the telephone, the original mobile phone is also disappearing. Most wireless carries don’t sell the devices anymore because of their outdated technology and drastic decrease in demand.
  • 6. The Future Smartphone  There are many possibilities the smartphone could evolve into.  The features of smartphone will continue to evolve allowing ease of communication. Already we are seeing new developments in voice recognition services through Android’s new OS called KitKat and Apple’s I0S.7.  With accessories like Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear, we are already witnessing the emergence of smartphone accessories. This device looks and is in fact a watch but is also completely run by AndroidOS and linked to a Galaxy smartphone.  Flexible screens should also be expected in the future. With smartphones technology increasing, flexible screens will allow these expensive devices to take more wear and tear. They are made possible by Organic Light-Emitting Diode technology which allows the screen to be folded to pocket size.
  • 7. The Future Smartphone  Built-in projectors are also on the near horizon. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is an early projector device that hooks into a Galaxy smartphone. It allows the device to display 3D projections turning the phone into a screen anywhere with a flat surface. While this seems extremely handy, there is a massive issue with battery life. This is why projection devices are not being widely made yet. http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxybeam/spec.html  3Dimensional screens and Holograms are the final technological advancement we should expect to see in our smartphones. Screen resolution is at its climax of advancement. With screens like Apple’s retina display, manufacturers have maxed out the technology currently present to them. Naturally, we want more. The 3D screen is in its early development stages with few devices currently on the market such as the Samsung AMOLED 3D and the Motorola MT810. Once again, the issue with these devices is battery life. Once developers create a way to improve the processing power of the devices, Id expect to see 3D screens rapidly advancing.  The next step after 3D screens would be holographic projections. This technology will combine the 3D screen technology with projection screen technology to allow the user to view 3D images on the screen itself.
  • 8. Next Generation Gaming Gabe Newell Co-Founder of Valve Corporation
  • 9. Next Gen Gaming  Console gaming has generally been the focal point for video games in mainstream outlets for years. The new XBOXONE and PlayStation 4 have recently been released and one has to question, is this really next gen material? I bring this up because there is a fairly unknown way to play true next generation games with real next generation hardware. PC gaming has been around for as long as any console can be remembered. While popularity for the system has wavered over the years, the PC world is booming. Growing in numbers everyday members of a subgroup called PCmasterrace on a popular site named Reddit, users discuss the overwhelming advantages to PC gaming.  While the XboxONE and PS4 figure out their graphical performance issues with the most vital aspect of the next gen gaming war, the PC is having no such issues. With both consoles promising 1080p resolution and failing to do so (xbox runs at 720p and PS4 is boosted to 900p currently), why would one spend $600 on something last generation could easily do? Here is a link to three different PC builds which will allow PC gaming, all in different levels of quality depending on their hardware capabilities: Reasonable PC Build  Current next generation gaming technology is completely available today, the only difference is it does not come packaged in lime green or royal blue. You may have to do a little extra work and a little extra research in order to be playing something that looks better than systems of yesterday, but it is worth it. With machines capable of running dual graphics processing units, maxing up to 350 frames per second all at 1080p resolution and some even higher at 1440p, why buy a console?
  • 10. Next Gen Gaming (Future)  In terms of next generation gaming, consoles are a thing of the past. The only system continuing to make leaps and bounds of improvement is the PC.  Currently on the PC there are several ways you can access games. Origin developed by EA and Steam developed by Valve Corporation, are video game clients which allows users to manage and download all their games. Any developer who is trying to make it in the industry goes to valve for a place to sell their product. It is products like Steam and Origin which are free to download and use, that make PC gaming so easy.  On Dec 13, 2013 Valve corporation has announced they are releasing the first version of a new gaming focused operating system called SteamOS. It is a Linux based platform meaning this OS will be focused on a new type of console, which is completely integrated with your PC steam library. Along with the release of their new OS in which any user can download for free and install on a computer, they have announced premade “Steam Machines” along with a new controller which attempts to bring the sensitivity of a mouse and keyboard to the living room with sensitive track pads, which will be priced cheaper than the current next get consoles.  Innovations like this are attempting to bring the processing power and graphical power of the PC to the living room through the Steam Machine and SteamOS’ streaming capabilities. On top of this Valve is rewriting most of their thousands of games to Linux, so every Steam game will be available to play on the new Steam console.
  • 11. Next Gen Gaming (Future) Steam Machine  Innovations like the Steam Machine and SteamOS will finally cross the void between PC and console gamers allowing for both groups to get a flavor of the other. New multiplatform integration will be a main focus over the next 10 years as companies try to sort out how to make the best video game system.  Interactive systems like Xbox Kinect and Nintendo’s Wii will also be a focus of development. Id expect the next line of consoles to be fully equipped with sensitive, accurate motion sensor controls.  Last but not least, 3D gaming will be an innovation of the next 10 years. With rapid developments in 3D televisions and smartphones, it is only a matter of time before all game developers are writing their games for 3D play.  Steam Machine Information
  • 12. Long Tail Theory  The long tail theory describes specific niche marketing and the way it works on the internet. Generally, when companies created a product, they focused on a “hit” item. The internet changes this because it allows consumers to view and examine alternate products that would most likely never make it to a store shelf. There is profit in this for vendors as well. Amazon benefits from selling off the wall books and Netflix can stream weird unheard of movies.  I believe this theory applies directly to the next gen gaming war because of how the internet can provide alternate information for better ways to game in 2013 and in the future. There aren’t ads in the paper, on Television or the radio promoting PC gaming. It is an underground world that can only be discovered through the internet. Microsoft and Sony spend billions on advertising each year in order to ensure their product is the highest selling for the holidays. Most people aren’t aware video games can be played on a PC and the internet gives them an opportunity to discover the PC side of gaming.
  • 13. Television  The television has had a massive impact on humanity and specifically, how we interact with each other.  The amount of influence conveyed through a television screen is rather alarming and the United States has been witnessing its effects for more than the past half century. People act accordingly to how they see things on television and can even be influenced into doing stupid things, the show Jackass comes to mind.  In the early stages of television it was widely used for propaganda during war times and for basic news casts. Throughout its development, the television has changed and its influence with it. Through its progression we have seen the alterations in our clothing, the addition of sex appeal and tons of advertisements using the same techniques.
  • 14. Television’s Future  Television will likely begin to drastically alter in the next ten years. With 3D screen technology being perfected and holographic projectors in the works, it isn’t ridiculous to say out televisions may just be materializing before our eyes in 2023. Current voice recognition services are as advanced as ever, coupling that communication with a television is most likely the immediate step to be taken.  Aside from the hardware innovations I expect to see, I also expect a radical change in the way we choose our programming. In ten years we wont be paying a lump sum fee for 800 channels we don’t watch. Everything will be by choice. If you want to watch Game of thrones, you command your television to play Game of Thrones. Each television series will essentially be its own channel, but will not be constantly streaming. It will be available when each individual user desires it. Essentially, On Demand viewing will be the only way of viewing.
  • 15. Diffusion of Innovations Theory  This theory directly seeks to explain how, why and at what rate new technology is spread through varying cultures.  There are five steps of this theory and are as follows: knowledge, persuasion, decision, implementation and confirmation.  These five steps are the process used by consumers to choose which item they desire, why and how they will use it.  This theory applies to this project because it relates to the decision making process. This process for consumers may not seem important but in reality, it is. Companies use these decisions to base their next business move and to decide what they should focus on producing. Without this type of data consumers would end up with products they aren’t happy with or have no use for.
  • 16. The Future Upon examining the history of our technological landscape and researching its future, Id say the next ten years have a lot in store for communication technology. With devices as capable as a smart phone and televisions displaying 3D images, where could we go next? Judging by the rapid pace we have been progressing, it looks as if it will only continue. New screen technologies, new video game systems and a new way of watching television are all aspects of communication we should expect to see changed and with them, expect to see innovations that aren’t even fathomable yet. 
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