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Displaying Fusion in Information Technology

Displaying Fusion in Information Technology

Jan 9, 2007
Mary Hobson
Technology Schools Columnist

If you're interested in information technology, or you simply want better home entertainment, you may be aware that there is a race to produce better quality, better-designed display screens. For many years, the old-fashioned Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) technology has been seen as too bulky and not capable of producing the really large domestic displays that are increasingly in demand. On the other hand, liquid crystal and plasma displays have not reached the quality of image that CRTs have accustomed us to.

Technology schools and research institutes the world over have been working on a number of possibilities that will allow us to benefit from the best of both worlds. And now the field is about to benefit from nanotechnology, in the form of carbon nanotubes.

This new technology works in the same way as a CRT, shooting electrons onto the screen. However, rather than having one large gun about 1.5 feet away from the screen, there are thousands of individual nano-guns situated very near the screen. This gives excellent color display, plus definition good enough to maximize the impact of high-definition television technology.

New display technology has been a goal of information technology research for a number of years. The ability to use these screens as a part of wall furniture, or to create massive displays for public use, will allow greater flexibility in the delivery of entertainment and information. This, along with better battery technology, also provides more opportunities to develop portable information technology.

A Degree in Information Technology Opens Up Your World

So how could you, a techno-savvy user, become more involved in these developments? The obvious way is to get yourself a good education in information technology. Degrees in information technology are offered by many schools, and you can study on campus or in your own home, on your own schedule, through an online degree.

Once you've gained your degree in information technology, you can choose to get yourself a computer-related job or go on to earn a graduate degree in information technology, possibly leading to a research career. Many technology schools specialize in fusion research, such as the combination of nanotechnology with applications in information technology.

If you choose a computer job, you will find that many different pathways open up to you. There is a worldwide shortage of well-educated employees for the information technology industry, so with the right education and training, your job prospects are strong in this dynamic and growing field.


About the Author

Mary Hobson is the Head of IT School at a Polytechnic in New Zealand. She also works as a freelance writer.