No matter how you look at the growth of electronics manufacturing you will mostly look into audio visual technology, which has experienced great leaps and bounds in its category.
The History of Audio Gadgets
In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph which took us all the way to the 1970’s when cartridges became popular. Cassettes followed this and took the electronics industry like a storm. At the time, cassettes were highly popular due to the nature of self recording songs, voices, speeches and such.
From the 1990’s thereafter the compact disc (CD) or laser disc was born which created another new segment for audio players.
Last but not least, memory recording devices like MP3 players hit the market, as well as memory devices like USB sticks and reading cards.
The History of Visual Gadgets
Television on the other hand only started in 1927 or thereabouts. TV has become a favorite past time among multiple generations whereas prior to the television most folks would have to go to the movies to watch a good show. When TV was introduced, many people stayed home to watch their favorite actor or actresses in action.
From the late 70’s video players were very popular and most people used these to record their favorite programs.
And as per above when compact discs came in so did the large laser disc for the recording of movies and television shows. From what Audio developed so did the Visual side for the memory banks.
Integrated Circuit Chips
Audio visual electronics are very consumer oriented and have only a short life span as models are constantly updated.
The basics to electronics is its brain – the Integrated Circuit (I.C.) chips. I.C. chips are bonded onto the mother board together with other circuitry in order to have the power and memory to run over and over. These electronic parts are like seafood prices in a reputable restaurant. The I.C. chips pricing are based on many factors such as:
- Economic prosperity or austerity
- And of course rush on getting the consignments out of their manufacturing facility
What's Next for Audio Visual Electronics?
We now have the phone - an all-in-one audio visual device that we can use to record and play music, take pictures, record videos, as well as play movies and television shows. The manufacturing of audio visual products has really transitioned a lot and has brought us to an age where everything is just a touch and click away. This recent hype will soon be taken by something new I am sure.
We will have to wait and see what is next!