It’s fall, which means it is time to break out the coziest of clothes and curl up with a good book. But what about when you want to eat? The TV tray is back in style for this season thanks to smart new designs that are perfect for stay-at-home consumers. Check out these five trends in TV trays that will be sure to keep your living room looking fresh!
The invention of the phonograph
The invention of the phonograph was one of Edison’s crowning achievements. However, he didn’t actually invent it by himself; instead his team made this achievement together. The product became known as a commercial success because they sold over 500 products within just two weeks after its release date in 1878 and continued to sell more than 3 million units up until 1920s when records were replaced with CDs which had less physical size but higher capacity for storing information on them.
Today, the phonograph has been retired into history and is not able to be used for anything. However, it’s interesting to see how much the technology has changed in only 152 years! How do you think you’ll feel when your smartphone can’t hold any information anymore? How about if your laptop blew up one day because there was no more space to store information? How could you live with no technology to provide you with the simplest of needs such as holding and reading books or listening to music?
Although we don’t use phonographs today, they’re an important part of our history. There’s just something about knowing what life was like before we had all these devices that makes it much easier to appreciate everything we have available right now.
The birth of the cassette tape
The birth of the cassette tape happened in 1963 when Philips engineer, Lou Ottens used a thin plastic-based magnetic recording material for use with an audio recorder. The first recorded song on it was “Breathless” by Jerry Lee Lewis and within 5 years more than 200 companies were manufacturing tapes using this new technology to be sold as either prerecorded cassettes or blank ones that could easily be dubbed from records.
Tape recorders proved popular because they didn’t require rewinding like vinyls did; you just flipped over the cartridge after each playback side ended and kept listening (the end pieces looked like little arrows). However, reel-to-reel set up still offered better sound quality but remained niche products due to their high price. How fast do you think new technologies nowadays will become obsolete? How soon before we stop using laptops and start just carrying around a thin piece of plastic that can hold all our books, movies, music and games up in the cloud which is accessed from different devices?
The dawn of digital music
Digital music has been a major part of our childhood and it is still going strong today.
Digital music has become the most convenient way to listen to many songs at once with just one device, but these devices can also be used for other purposes as well such as making phone calls or playing games on long road trips. Digital media stores have now started calling their customers by name when they purchase new titles which helps them improve customer service because everyone will know what kind of content you like based off your previous purchases so there won’t ever be any awkward moments where someone picks up something else than expected without knowing that person’s taste beforehand even though this feature does mean people are tracked more closely than before through purchasing history databases, but if privacy isn’t an issue for you then go right ahead and enjoy the benefits of such technology. How do you feel about customer service that knows your name and what kind of content you like?
The invention of CDs
In 1970, Sony had introduced a product called ‘Compact Disc’ which was used as a storage medium to be sold with prerecorded music (which was done as a backup method of achieving popularity following the failure of Betamax, their first video recording and playing machine due to VHS’s higher usage). However, it wasn’t until 1982 that this product became successful after mass production had started. How does it feel knowing that you can store so much data into such a small device? How about if you had to accidentally lose your entire library of MP3s? How about if all hard drives stopped working and the only place where music was stored was on CDs but they were so delicate that you could easily scratch them or ruin the CD player if it wasn’t carefully used by someone who knew how to do so? How long do you think CDs will last until we move on to something else? How long do you think USBs will last us before we start trying other methods of data storage and transfer such as uploading to the cloud or having a physical drive that is capable of holding massive amounts of information without taking up too much physical space like HDD drives currently do?
Streaming services and how they have changed our listening habits
Streaming services have changed the way people are listening to music.
Streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud provide access to millions of songs that can be listened on demand wherever you may go. They allow users who pay a monthly subscription fee unlimited skips within each song or album they’re playing so there’s no need for dedicated skipping tracks while driving in your car anymore! These streaming companies also offer offline playlists which is great if someone doesn’t want their phone data being used up when out camping/hiking where cellular service isn’t available without having an expensive international roaming plan with one of these major carriers. How do you feel about streaming services? How close are they to becoming obsolete? How long will they last before something else comes along that may be better than them?
The future of music consumption and the great vinyl comeback
What could be next in terms of digital media consumption after CDs, USBs, and hard drives become obsolete? How long do you think they will be used for before something even better comes along? How long do you think streaming services will last? How about vinyl records, are they too obsolete to stay around or could they possibly have a comeback in the near future.
What’s next for the evolution of audio technology, and what does it mean for us as consumers today ?
In the audio space, there are a few challenges for innovation. How do you make speakers small when people want them to be even smaller? What is going to happen with surround sound in our living rooms and how can we keep that immersive experience while still making it affordable ? How do you make speakers loud enough to have a party with friends without them being so loud that they drown out the music or it’s even damaging for you ear drums? How do I not lose my cell phone which stores all of my music and playlists when going out on a bike ride? How can we keep our phones charged for longer so that we aren’t carrying around a charger or an extra battery with us all the time? How can we make it where speakers themselves don’t take up too much space and look good in our house ? How do you make speakers look like art and talk to people like they would most likely be talking to their best friend when trying to explain something difficult and how they found the answer to it? How do you make speakers that are affordable and can compete with other companies in terms of sound quality? How do you make better quality components at a more affordable rate ? How do you make anything in this industry better without completely breaking the bank when buying one little speaker for $900 each
There are many questions that have yet to have an answer, but the industry is very much alive and thriving. How do you see speakers changing in the future? How will they improve people’s lives with technology that is already available today ? How can we make something better without it completely breaking the bank? How do you think audio hardware will evolve moving forward into the next decade, and what does that mean for the average consumer ?
Final thoughts on this topic from a personal perspective
Over the course of this article, I’ve discussed some history and implications that surround audio technology. Additionally, there are a lot more details around how it works than what was mentioned here. I just used them as examples for specific points. The important thing to remember is why we have evolved so much over time with regard to the quality of sound reproduction in order to make things like recording music possible; without these advancements (and those yet-to-come), our lives would be worlds apart from now!
We’re all about making life easier, especially during this time of year when the weather is getting colder and you don’t want to leave your house! Check out these five trends in TV trays that will be sure to keep your living room looking fresh. Sure it may seem like a simple idea nowadays but with so many different designs available for purchase, there’s no reason not to get one for yourself today!