Since you’re reading this article, it is safe for me to assume that you are not averse to technology, particularly that of digital electronics and the internet. In our current world, it is near-impossible to function normally without these devices, unless you have decided to deliberately live in a lower technology level compared to that of the rest of modern civilization (certain religious-centered groups like the Mennonites come to mind).
Just about every modern household is rife with digital technology, and the computer (a programmable, digital electronic device, to be specific) has become ubiquitous throughout all aspects of our lives, literally from the cradle to the grave.
If you aren’t convinced, then this piece is perfect for you. We’ll enumerate the various rooms of a typical household and exemplify that in each and every one of them, there is a computer that is operating there, making your life all the more convenient (and ironically, more complicated). The sizes and complexities might differ, from pocket-sized processing units to diminutive appliance-type fanless PC implementations to full-blown desktop or even server units.
Even at the primary entryway into a household, computers are already present. A good number of modern homes already have integrated alarm and surveillance systems, and at the control panel or terminal, there it is, the first programmable computing device meets you. Through this terminal, the homeowner is able to configure the alarm settings of the house, alerting them of any unlawful intrusions or somesuch irregularity. To control the various devices (alarms, sensors, cameras, etc.), it takes no less than an a electronic computing device to make it happen.
The main thoroughfare of the household, this portion hosts a slew of computing devices, a good number of them concerned with telecommunications and entertainment. Replacing or augmenting the classic A/V cabinet full of various electronic components, the home theater PC or the DVR is the centerpiece of the entertainment system. These are very closely related to the desktop PC, as the HTPC is by definition, a personal computer aspected towards audiovisual pursuits.
The “smart” television units that are showing up in more living rooms everywhere are basically screens with modest computers built-in. They are programmable and can store data, and are even capable of some internet-based services like video streaming and browsing.
As with the living room and den, bedrooms will have their own entertainment devices, and the same devices will be driven by the same kind of embedded computers. For the game-oriented generations, game consoles will also be present, and these are every bit a computer as a desktop PC.
Even with very powerful smartphones and tablets available, the desktop PC might also be found in a bedroom, either a gaming rig for the hardcore player, or a classic desktop for the eternal workaholic or PC traditionalist.
Technology doesn’t end at the living area, and the modern home’s kitchen is a venue for a lot of electronic technologies that require a computer’s processing power. Refrigerators, microwave ovens, and other appliances of today are more often than not, programmable devices, some of them even capable of communicating with other devices, or even over a network.
It is indeed possible that there might even be more computers in the kitchen than in any other part of the house.
Attics, garages, basements, and other parts of the house will likely still have a computing device within it, from instrument panels for lighting or security, to electronic wireless access points, wireless landline phones, or some other novelty device.
Truly, the computer is anywhere and everywhere we live or work in, and I can only see the saturation of computing devices to increase evermore as our technological levels rise. As Moore’s Law states, they will just keep getting smaller and more powerful, and ultimately, extend man’s capabilities. Onward to better technology!
Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and maintains a blog with her closest friends, Word Baristas.