With the Internet of Things being a hot topic for the last year or so, the term convergence has come up in assessments over and over again and we can expect to see it for quite a while longer.

The word convergence means to come together or join as one.

The best example of convergence is probably the smartphone. This one device has replaced a multitude of devices both physical and functionally:

  1. Alarm clock
  2. Atlas
  3. Calculator
  4. Calendar
  5. Card game
  6. Cellphone
  7. Compass
  8. Contact list
  9. Diary
  10. Dictaphone (Voice recorder)
  11. Dictionary
  12. Digital Camera
  13. Encyclopaedia
  14. Fitness Trainer
  15. GPS device
  16. Magazine
  17. Map
  18. Metronome
  19. Mirror
  20. MODEM
  21. MP3 player
  22. Newspaper
  23. Personal Computer
  24. Photo Album
  25. Radio
  26. Stopwatch
  27. Telephone Directory
  28. Timer
  29. Tour guide
  30. Video game console
  31. Video recorder
  32. Watch

What other devices are good examples of convergence?

  • A Smart TV which functions as a TV and also allows you to browse the Internet.
  • A modern GPS-enabled sports watch tells the time, monitors your heart-rate, records your GPS track in 3 dimensions, speed, G-force, direction and more.

By MisterFoxOnline

CAT Educator

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