Write about/describe an example of a technique in today’s society. Tell its story and the need for the creation/adoption of this technique and the new techniques that resulted from it? Could we have controlled for this technique? Is there or was there an alternative?
In the mid 90’s several technology companies were working to develop a new type of disc to store video, after dropping competing ideas and joining forces they came up with the DVD. The DVD was invented to replace the VHS tape, which was mediocre for various reasons. Over time a VHS tape loses quality, you don’t have the ability to jump to specific areas of the tape and the player for the VHS tape is large and only serves that function – to play and record VHS tapes.
By 1997 the DVD and its players were available in the United States and other countries. Though the idea took some time to catch on, by 2003 DVD sales were far surpassing VHS sale and by 2005 most retail stores had stopped selling VHS all together. We know that today you can’t usually walk into a chain movie rental store (aka Blockbuster) and find a VHS on the shelf.
Did you know that according to didyouknow.org the “name of the format is simply ‘DVD’; the letters do not officially stand for anything?” Thought most of us assume it stands for digital video disc, we wouldn’t be wrong, it’s just not the official name (…or definition of the acronym??).
From the DVD several new techniques have been created, here’s a short list off the top of my head:
- DVD players
- compact DVD players
- game consoles that also play DVDs
- personal DVD burners
- recordable DVD media
- DVD video cameras
- DVD codec software
*I’m not sure how long this will stick around, though I did see that Blockbuster now has a special section for BluRay rentals
There, of course, is an alternative to the DVD and that is the VHS tape or any other movie format I supposed (would watching it on TV or OnDemand count as an alternative?). However, there are now additional alternatives to the basic DVD (discussed more below). I think we could have controlled for this technique, but I also feel it was necessary to upgrade from the VHS for storage purposes. I think the coming about of the DVD was very controlled because of the way all of the major companies came together to create the technology rather than creating their own version. This is why I’m not sure if Blu-Ray will stick around, yes, you can play a regular DVD on a Blu-Ray player, but it just seems that there is too much added expense. I suppose it is kind of liek HDTV, is it worth the extra money to upgrade your TV and cable service? The difference though between Blu-Ray and HDTV is that HDTV is not proprietary format and therefore will probably be a more evolutionary type of technology where if you’re getting a new TV you go with the HD version because the price point isn’t much different.