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Applications of Multimedia
Multimedia is the most fast growing area in the field of information technology. A Multimedia is an application which has in its use collection of multiple media sources like text, images, sound/audio, animation and video on a single platform. Predominantly, Entertainment and Education are the fields where multimedia is used in majority.
Multimedia plays an vital role in offering an excellent alternative method to traditional teaching by allowing the students to explore and learn various concepts through animation. Students, teachers and the parents enjoy this multimedia mode of learning and multimedia learning materials. Many educators accepts multimedia introduces new ways of thinking in the classroom. Multimedia based teaching and learning system named as MODULO at GMU in Germany developed is a web-based environment that aims to provide students with flexible and decentralized learning environment based on their educational background.
In India, multimedia is used in different ways for teaching and learning like e-learning, distance learning, virtual learning and so on. EDUSAT (Education Satellite) is launched in India for serving the educational sector of the country for emulating virtual classroom in an effective manner.
The remarkable advancement in the entertainment industry is due to the Multimedia Technology mainly. This technology is needed in all mode of entertainment like radio, TV, online gaming, video on demand etc.
Video on demand or movies on demand is a service that provides movies to television sets on an individual basis at homes. Movies are stored in a central server and transmitted through a communication network. A set-top box connected to the communication network converts the digital information to analog signals and inputs it to the television set.
Business applications for multimedia include presentations, training, internet protocols and so on. The marketing and advertising agencies are using animation techniques for sales promotion. Multimedia is used very commonly for building employee ID. High resolution projectors are common for multimedia presentations on the road. Cell phones and personal digital assistants with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi communication technology makes multimedia communication for business more efficiently.
Medical services are grown drastically with the development of multimedia. Medical Students practices surgery methods via simulation prior to actual surgery. Tiny digital cameras are inserted in human body and it displays the inner scene of the body. In this way the medical practitioners were able to see the inner part without dissecting it.
Multimedia is available in many public places like trade shows, libraries, railway stations, museums, malls, airports, banks, hotels and exhibitions in the form of kiosks. It provides information to the customers and helps them. The information presented in kiosk are enriched with animation, video, still pictures, graphics, diagrams, maps, audio and text. Banks uses kiosks in the form of ATM machines.
Multimedia conferencing or video-conferencing is a system that performs face-to-face interactions among participating users, located far from each other, as if they were sitting and discussing in a single room.
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