It was the early ‘30 when more than 40% of American households owned a radio and only a decade later, the percentage doubled. Before that, people were organized around simple activities like sleeping or eating. There is no doubt that life was much simpler then and information was delivered only through newspapers. Try to tell this to the digital kids born no sooner than 2000 and they can hardly picture it.
Going back to the post-war economic boom, in the middle of 1950 things have changed and television made a significant appearance into Americans’ lives. About half of American households owned a TV. Only ten years later, in the ‘60, the TV replaced the radio with 90% of the American households owning a TV in their living room.
Nowadays, the use of television decreased. Why? Due to the Internet spreading worldwide and the huge amount of information offered at a click distance. It took us years to find a replacement for the main entertainment symbol in our living room, not to say that some of us are still holding on to it along with the emergence of smart TVs.
But the real competitors of television are considered to be the voice assistants that in just a few years will invade our world in the same way as TV did. Let’s take a look at Amazon Echo, for example. In less than two years there are more than 11 million pieces sold and the prediction is that by the end of 2017 will be sold about 24 million Amazon Echos and Google Homes - because it has recently been launched.
What should we expect next?
In just a few years, voice-assistants will take part from our houses: they are accessible, they ease up our lives and we’ll get used to finding an information just by asking a question (not clicking or browsing). Not to mention the emergence of such voice assistants that will usher in new types of home entertainment and will no longer be disparate systems.
Does this sound scary?
Well, at a first glance it may look as a science-fiction scenario, but as long as we’re aware that technology’s evolution is inevitable and we make the most of it, it shouldn’t affect us in a negative way. You know the saying: technology is not bad, is the way we use it that can turn against us. No device is designed to be used without interruption.
As far as we’re concerned, here at Woogie, we don’t worry about the addiction, that’s mainly because its purpose is to help children to be proactive, to learn in a highly interactive way. We embrace this change and impact big the educational field through Woogie, the voice-activated smart alien robot.