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Many of us may remember a time when landline wires ran throughout our homes and trash compactors were the next big thing. In today’s world, we have the power of ever-changing technology at our fingertips like smart thermostats, robot vacuums, smart appliances and even garage door openers we can operate from anywhere.

While it is unlikely that the younger generations remember landline phones, there was a time when almost everyone had at least one in their home. Today, these phones have been replaced with cellphones that most people elect to use rather than their outdated counterparts.


Landlines, for those who are unfamiliar with this term, are a type of telephone that uses metal wires or optical fiber telephone lines for transmission. You can recognize them easily by their stationary set up as they have a short range of motion due to being connected directly to the receiver and the wall plug. According to Nextiva, landlines were the choice of telecommunications dating back to the late 1800’s and were replaced by the more convenient cell phone in 1973. Today, builders opt out of installing phone wire throughout a house altogether.


Televisions have come a long way from their original functionality and design in 1927. There was a time when televisions only had a few channels and showed black and white images. With color TV, we opted to have cable lines ruan throughout our homes so we could have a TV in every room.

Today, our TVs have changed to become flat and sleek with some even curved to reduce glares. We now use high definition screens with bright images and hundreds of channels to watch. Televisions have been adapted to connect to streaming devices, video game consoles, and your internet if you have a smart TV. The devices we use today not only changed in their size, shape and video quality, they often times do not need any wires to operate. Smart televisions connect to a regular 110-volt outlet and with wireless technology connect to the internet for the viewer to steam anything they desire. Cable lines may still be installed in a home to use for internet or cable, however, there is no need to have a cable outlet in every room.


Who would have known that in 2021, we would have a smart object for pretty much everything? From Roombas to smart ovens, we are in an age where anything can be optimized for easier function. Before smart objects existed, most cleaning, cooking, and safety tasks were done manually. Today, you can always check on something without leaving your couch. You even can know exactly when your package arrives in just a few clicks on your phone. No more over cooking food, turning on the news to get daily updates, getting up to adjust the thermostat or turn off a light, or vacuuming the floors.

Overall, the future of technology will continue to change the way we build and design our homes. While some may prefer the older way homes were built, current and future generations are always looking for a way to make something easier and more convenient.

Rich Cosgrove is the President of Stark Trumbull Area Realtors, which serves Stark, Carroll and Trumbull counties.

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