For the project we are expected to meet various “learning outcomes” one of these outcomes on the current projects states we must have “Produced and developed an understanding of current digital media concepts and technologies.” We have been put in groups of 3 and asked to take an element each, reporting back to each other in a few days time. Carina is dealing with file sharing such as Youtube and Instagram, Alan is working with social networking looking at sites like Facebook, Linkedin and Match.com whilst I am looking at handheld media devices and their uses.
I would like to say from the off that even between all three of us we wont be able to cover all aspects of digital media, we started drawing up a diagram of what it actually consists of and it got huge! Everything is interconnected and growing all the time, I believe that soon we will not carry any portable media we will not own paper documents, it will be based around fingerprints or eye scanners, everything will be on a cloud, computers will be built into buildings and work around us like air. Until then we will have to carry devices around such as smart phones and tablet computers and rely on Wi-Fi connections. I have made a spider-diagram showing how we use our devices, these interlink with the work both Alan and Carina have done.
Handheld devices have grown in both popularity and complexity, when I say complexity they are massively easy to use with well thought out interfaces but can carry out amazing tasks. I think a prime example of this is my Nan, she uses an I-pad to talk to my aunt and uncle in Bermuda, it costs her nothing via Skype and thanks to the inbuilt camera it’s face to face, one of the many uses. You only have to look on a train to see how the business man will skip between checking e-mails and playing Angry Birds whilst listening to his favourite music, upon getting off his train he can check bus routes and times or connecting trains, even load Google maps to direct him to his meeting. Not to mention the fact the alarm woke him this morning and his calendar (which updates itself from his main computer) has let him know his tasks for the day. Smart media links everything together, it allows us to download up to date media, newspapers, e-zines and social media (Twitter etc) but also upload instantly to a variety of media in different formats (written, sound, video and photo’s) and as their popularity grows the whole movement gains momentum with more features becoming available.
I have outlined the direction where I believe technology will go, however to really know you would have to take a look inside a market leaders r&d lab for example Apple or Microsoft but they keep their secrets well hidden!
Written by Dave Sexton
From are various learning out comes one of them was to understand different sections of digital media. But as there were so many parts of digital medial are lecture thought it would be a good idea if we were in a group of three as this will make it easier. So within this group I was with Dave who looked at Handheld devices such as cameras, iPad and especially Phones like the blackberry and the iPhone, and Carina will look at file sharing for example Youtube and instargram.
As for me I choose to look at Social networking as I wanted to look at how the social side of networking has changed over the years and how it is digital media. Social networking as changed dramatic over the years as many more people join up to sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, Match.com, Skype, Friends reunited and even blogs. A prime example that I mentioned was Facebook as most people these days use it as it is easy to sign up and use which is really handy as you can contact friends or even stay in torch with relatives from great distances. But I also found that with these social networking a lot of business use them to advertise their work and to contact their employe about important deadlines as most people these days are mostly on the move. Another example that I mentioned was blogs as people don’t always use Facebook as there are many varies other blogs that people us such as WordPress, Tumbler and even google version of blogger. These may have not have the same popularity as the other big social sites but they are still part of the digital media and play an important part in how we choose to contact people.
Written by Alan Plumsted