Lifespan of Devices in the Family Home

It’s rare for any one individual to not have some old tech/ devices laying around the family home. Take a look at what was currently found in the house of an average older family.

The Uni Student

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The Everyday Tech

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MacBook Pro (Late 2011), iPhone 6 and iPod Classic

“I’m a big lover of Apple, okay? I’ve never been a total tech head who loves to pull things apart and personalise them, so Apple products are perfect for me. I know the what’s and the who’s and that’s fine by me.”

The Nostalgia Tech

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LG KF700 and iPhone 4

“The LG wasn’t even my first phone so I’m not sure why I still have it. It was a birthday gift from about six years ago, and it even made the house move three years ago. I probably need to get rid of it. The iPhone 4 is my backup. I don’t have great luck with iPhone’s so I like having a spare around”

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iPod Nano (4th Generation)

“I haven’t put music on this since 2010 but I can’t convince myself to part with it. The tunes are too good.”

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Olympus fe and Nikon CoolPix

“I remember asking for a point and shoot camera to keep in my bag. Obviously I forgot that smartphones were a thing.”

The Teenage Gamer

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The Everyday Tech

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PlayStation 4 and LG G4

“I like the software that comes on Android devices- it’s so much better than what you get with Apple. I’m on my PS4 daily. Compared to the XBox, I prefer its in-game features and it’s a better gaming experience. ”

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Customised Gaming PC

“I was given my first gaming tower for my seventeenth birthday. My cousin is a big gamer and he convinced me that building my own system was the best course of action.”

The Nostalgia Tech

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PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3

“As a family, we played the life out of the PS2. Not sure why we haven’t gotten rid of it. It probably doesn’t even turn on anymore. I remember when the PS3 was the only one of the market, and I actually used to go outside. Since the PS4 came out, I haven’t played it but some of the games I have for that system still call to me.”

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Nintendo DS Lite and iPod Nano (5th Generation)

“Honestly, I lost my DS for about four years and I’ve only recently found it. I’m not even sure about the music that’s on my iPod Nano. I couldn’t tell you the last time I picked it up to listen to music. I don’t use iTunes, so I don’t have a use for it anymore.”

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Nokia N97, HTC Velocity 4G and Samsung Galaxy S4

“These phones live on my bookshelf and the only reason I’ve got them is incase someone else needs them. If my current phone broke I would definitely use one of these. The Samsung would have to be my favourite but the insides kind of exploded.”

The Tech Obsessed

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The Everyday Tech

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Gear S2, iPhone 4 and iPad 3rd Generation

“I like android because of it’s ability to customise- no two phones will ever be the same. The iPad and iPhone are work supplied products.”

*Not pictured is the PC’s used everyday for work purposes*

The Nostalgia Tech

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Samsung Galaxy S3 and Lexar Digital Music Player

“I still have them because they still work. Prior to getting the iPod Shuffle, I used to use the MP3 player when I exercised.”

The ‘Outdoorsy’ One

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The Everyday Tech

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iPad 3rd Generation and iPhone 6s

“I only use my iPad to read my magazines and to look up real estate and holidays. I own Apple products because it’s the brand that I know how to use. It was the first brand to really release a phone that had internet and all that, and they’ve never really changed.”

*Not pictured is the PC used everyday for work purposes*

The Nostalgia Tech

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iPhone 5

“I still have this phone incase my current one breaks. My daughter gave me this iPhone 5 after she got her new phone, and I passed my old one on to my mum. I don’t like keeping old devices- I’ve passed most of the older stuff onto my mum.”

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Can We Say Adios To Old Tech?

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It’s quite common for people to have old tech lying around that they still frequently use. I personally still have my Gameboy Advance that I will occasionally pick up, if my boredom is that real. I’m sure there are better versions of the games on the AppStore that I could play, but the nostalgia of it all makes it worth keeping. As technology continues to evolve, we have come to understand that nostalgia is a very strong emotion. I have found this recent forum talking all about keeping old games and devices for the sake of old memories. Bröcker (2015) believes that “no matter how high-tech the Oculus Rifts, Microsoft Kinects, IBM Watson or 3D printers become, there is a love for the mechanics of a pocketwatch and the auditory staccato of a typewriter keyboard”.

This video goes through the specs and design features of every ‘successful’ iPad Apple has ever made. EverythingApplePro starts off by looking at the iPad One and mentions that, to this day, it still has an outstanding battery life. As an owner of an iPad mini, whose battery life is questionable, I thought this information was very interesting. Devices seem to be getting thinner and thinner, so it battery life being sacrificed for this? Sherr (2015) has concluded that “the problem with chemistry is that making it smaller doesn’t always make it better. Think of it like a drink: if you put less beer in your mug, you just have less beer.” Are companies starting to sacrifice key features just so they can produce a new device that rivals its competitors?

The notion of nostalgia and older technologies will be examined through the ‘USED’ and ‘HAND-ME-DOWN’ categories of my photo essay. The owners of these devices will be asked about their attachment to each item and their reasoning for keeping them for so long. This, in turn, will create a comparison between newer advanced technology and technologies from an older generation.

References:

Bröcker, Bernadine. “Nostalgia, Stability And Human-To-Human: What Futurists Can Learn From Old Tech”. Medium. N.p., 2015. Web. 

Sherr, Ian. “Why Does My Battery Suck?”. CNET. N.p., 2015. Web. 

Managing The Mass-Produced

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As much as a large majority of people hate everything to do with Apple products, it’s hard to ignore what they’ve done for the world of tech today. They have completely changed the game with what mobile phones can be used for. No longer were mobile phones just for phone calls and text messages. Never before had the average consumer been able to hold, in their pants pocket, a computer that rivalled the capability of a laptop. Since 2007, Apple has sold more than 30 million iPhones. They also introduced the world to the iMac in 1998. It was the first product of the new Apple era that Steve Jobs envisioned. Up until then, “Apple McIntosh were a minority player compared to big brother Microsoft” (Kerr, 2015).  I think it’s very interesting to note that when these came out, they lacked a floppy disc drive. Fast-forward eighteen years and Mac products now lack a CD drive. That is just one example of how fast technology moves in today’s day and age.

I have yet to mention my digital artefact because I’m finding it so difficult to relate it to the topic I’ve chosen.This time around I will be producing a photo essay, looking at how people personalise their mass produced devices and how the devices themselves have evolved over time.  Through random-selection, there will be a focus on both the old, the new and the hand-me-downs. I will be finding out this information through a series of questions that lets the audience get to know the device being photographed. I’m interested in seeing how apple users get around the closed nature of their devices compared to android users and their absolute freedom to personalise as they please.

On a side note, check out this little video I made for DIGC202 comparing some of the features of an LG G4 and an iPhone 6

References:

Weinberger, Matt. “The Whole ‘Mac Vs. PC’ Thing Is So Over, And ‘Android Vs Iphone’ Is Close Behind”. Business Insider Australia. N.p., 2015. Web. 

BRUCE, KERR. 2015. “PC vs Mac? The debate goes on.” Morning Bulletin, 2015. 33. Newspaper Source Plus, EBSCOhost

Out With the Old, In With the New

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Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of e-waste annually, most of which ends up in landfill. Rapid changes in technology and media forms are two of the main reasons for electronic waste around the globe. Nowadays, we spend a good portion of our lives efficiently using different forms of technology. There’s really no way to escape that. We watch television at all ages, use the school computer labs throughout primary and high school, learn how to read and write with iPads and apps, and even document our experiences using mobile phones and cameras.

Nothing lasts very long though, which can be a cause for concern when users don’t know how to properly dispose of these products. For tech-lovers who just have to have the latest gadgets, recycling and ‘re-homing’ can be very beneficial. More often than not, parents will hand down their old phones, iPads, etc. to their children or hand them over to their slightly tech-challenged parents.

Dumping e-waste can be really hazardous for people and the environments we all live in. Some devices contain copper and platinum, which can be reused and recycled, while televisions and computer screens contain toxic chemicals, which can get into waterways if incorrectly disposed. By recycling our devices in the correct way (there are companies who will come and collect from your house, or drop off bays hosted by cities) we can prevent health issues and reduce green house gas emissions.

As fun and clever as new devices are, we have to be careful and clever when thinking of what to do with our old gadgets. It’s quickly become an issue that users have to stay on top of, and with regulations in place, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to keep the risk to a minimum.

Reference:

Hieronymi, Klaus, Ramzy Kahhat, and Eric Williams. (2012).  E-Waste Management

Outmoded Technologies

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I think the generation I was born in is one of the last to know what it’s like to have a childhood without a phone in our hands and apps for anything and everything. During my primary school years, I would only ever use our household computer to print off information for homework research tasks. Nowadays, kids are mastering iPads before they even start pre-school.

I stumbled across this video at the start of the semester and it kickstarted a whole train of thought of outmoded technologies. I was so dumbfounded while watching this video- a majority of the kids didn’t even know how to turn on the computer! Do most people own laptops these days? I just didn’t understand the initial confusion. Don’t PCs still have to be turned on that way? Even though this video is about an operating system, I couldn’t help but think about the devices we use today.

I’m still a big fan of buying CDs and DVDs but technologies today are starting to limit that for me. I use my MacBook Pro for everything. And I mean everything! I don’t have a TV in my bedroom, so I watch all of my movies and TV shows on my laptop. Ninety-five percent of the time, that means I need to utilise the disc drive my laptop still has. If something were to happen to my current laptop (touch wood), I wouldn’t be able to use it how I currently do (until I buy an external disc drive, that is). Companies are making it easier for consumers to move away from ‘older’ media formats like the CD and DVD and make way for us all to go digital. (Is this what it felt like for people to convert all of their VCRs to DVDs??)