An Inside Look in the World of Audiovisual Technology

The expansion of audiovisual technology (sound, video, lighting) is prevalent in each sector of many societies across the world. Ranging from business, military, education, sports and entertainment, retail, etc., it is undeniable that the booming of this technology has enhanced our experience in communication. Audiovisual technology is found in collaborative conferencing, presentation rooms, lecture halls, auditoriums, etc. The most obvious venues where this technology is used are in concerts and corporate events. Providers of this service are known as rental and staging companies, although they could also be provided by in-house tech teams. 


In the 1920s, sound was first incorporated with film, birthing the terms audiovisual education, audiovisual devices, and audiovisual instruction. Though, now widely accepted, the transition to this form of technology was not welcomed with open arms as far as education. During the time, teachers were gravitating toward the idea that silent films held more advantages than film with sound. On top of that, the introduction of audiovisual technology would have to wait until the Great Depression was over to bring them into the classrooms. 


Now, audiovisual education (or multimedia based education), industry is a multibillion dollar industry. According to Wikipedia.com, it is “instruction where specific attention is paid to the audio and visual presentation of the material with the goal of improving comprehension and retention.” Following the use of training films and other visuals during World War II, the technology eventually developed in more sophisticated models, and its use became more widespread in educational establishments (schools, colleges, universities, museums and galleries, and even tourist destinations). 


One example of audiovisual technology are pipe cameras, used for personal purposes, and for educational tutorials. These cameras are used in many different professional fields, but specifically designed for plumbers, contractors, inspectors, and many other professionals to get a better look at areas that cannot be viewed easily. These devices are used to capture spots in different pipelines, drains, waste and stormwater systems, and other secluded crevasses. Getting a pipe camera will save a lot of time, effort, and energy, and can locate the problem quicker than without one. 


These cameras can also be known as as borescopes. According to Wikipedia, it is an optical device that consist of a rigid tube with an eyepiece or display located at one end, and an objective lens or camera on the other side linked together by an electrical system in between. Video borescopes use a small camera at the end of a flexible tube. The end of the tube consist of a light which makes it possible to capture videos or still images in dark spaces. 


All in all, audiovisual technology, whether originally welcomed with open arms or not, has eventually grown on the larger society as a whole. Making life easier for everyone, it has allowed for international communication, new educational techniques, and creative entertainment. Many educators and professionals have adopted the technology in their own settings, which has shown to provide many advantages. From movies, to educational tutorials, it has without a doubt brought many pluses to society.