Technology is one of those industries that tends to propel itself forward every day. Not only is there a lot of competition within the industry which leads to this, it is also true that the nature of technology is to rather rapidly increase over time. It is an exponential growth, and for the consumer this means a lot of choice – but often a lot of confusion as well. When you are trying to decide between a number of options for any given solution, it can be hard knowing what will actually work out for the best. In this post, we are going to list some of the major signs that you want to look out for. As long as you can see the following, you can be fairly certain that any given piece of technology is likely to serve you pretty well.
Every piece of technology you come across should effectively solve a problem of some kind. Problem-solving is the whole point of technology, which is essentially just an adaptation of the tool. If your chosen piece of tech doesn’t seem to solve anything, but instead just looks flashy and so on, then it might not be the best option. It is usually best if a piece of technology is particularly unique in solving a problem, perhaps one which nothing else does. But it doesn’t have to be one of a kind to be worthwhile. Something which finds a new way to solve an existing problem can also have great value.
Ultimately, the technology is all about the user. It is only by allowing the user to be able to use it properly that you can be sure it is a piece of superior technology. If you struggle to use it, then it is likely that the equipment has not been designed as well as it could have been. There might even be more useful solutions out there which offers a much friendlier interface. User-friendliness is all about understanding the customer, and that is basically a matter of market research. If you are trying to create the best cell phone for seniors, then you will need to focus on a large display, large buttons and so on. If you want a tablet, you’ll need to balance it nicely so that the majority of users can use it well. This might be the most important factor of all.
Not all technology is absolutely one of a kind, but it should at least be relatively independent of anything else that has gone before, otherwise there is little point in it existing at all. This is also one of the hardest things to achieve, for obvious reasons. But as a consumer, it is always going to be something that you consider to be particularly important. For that reason, it is worth looking out for this when you are deciding between different similar products which serve the same purpose. It might be that the uniquity of one is the main thing which trumps it over the rest.
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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