Home Entertainment System Design

By Roman, Harry T. | Technology and Engineering Teacher, February 2013 | Go to article overview

Home Entertainment System Design


Roman, Harry T., Technology and Engineering Teacher


INTRODUCTION

Imagine a room in your home that could be dedicated to home entertainment. What would you like to see there? What can you envision for a system that could relax and restore you and your family members?

This is the challenge to your students ... to envision a new form of home entertainment that can be exercised in a dedicated room of the house. They are completely free to choose the form of entertainment, and how it should be delivered to that room.

GETTING STARTED

In developing their ideas, it is important for students to consider some basics, such as:

* Will the system be purely for entertainment or contain some educational components too?

* Does this system exist in some form today, or will it need to be completely designed from scratch?

* What kind of market is envisioned for this new system?

* What might something like this cost?

* Is anyone contemplating something like this already?

Looking at this problem, it would benefit the students to research how home entertainment systems have developed over the decades, what form they have taken, and how highly futuristic ideas have fared in the marketplace.

Use the Internet and school library resources to search for possible ideas, information, and concepts for home entertainment systems. Have some fun researching past science fiction literature for references to home entertainment systems or systems used in space-travel situations. Remember the "holodeck" from the modern version of the Star Trek TV series? That was a dedicated entertainment, training, and exercise center for the use of the crew. Could there be adaptations for home use someday in the future?

Are there home builders today who incorporate home entertainment rooms into their designs? What do they use as a basis for the design of the rooms? Are there home entertainment vendors, designers, consultants, equipment suppliers, and futurists who advocate or supply plans and information about how to make a home entertainment room in homes? Theme parks like Disney and others may employ high-tech simulation programs and systems for the enjoyment of their visitors. Is there something there that can be used in the home? What is available now in terms of information, systems, and expertise that can be tapped?

Encourage your students to be futuristic, but with an eye toward something that can be used within the next 10-20 years. It may be worthwhile to have students first try articulating some ideas in the form of short stories or futuristic accounts of how home entertainment systems might be used.

THE DESIGN

Student designs should focus on what homeowners might want to see in this home entertainment or education center. Ideas for home entertainment designs and what folks want to have available can be obtained by surveying possible users of such systems. …

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