The concept of integrations for making life easier and simpler has been around for a long time. One of the early integrations I found really useful was the remote control for the television. The ability to use a device to control how the TV operated without leaving the comfort of my couch was mind blowing.
At the time, the integration was very basic - it only had four buttons, one each for moving the channel up/down, one for volume and another for power. Simple, but mind blowing. Another integration that changed my life was the garage door opener. This wonderful device opens and closes the garage door with the click of a button, saving me from going out in the cold Canadian winter to fight with a frozen door. Instead, from the comfort of my Mom’s warm car, I got to press a little button, watch the door magically rise, and off we’d go to hockey practice at 4 am.
As simple as these integrations are, they were revolutionary at the time. Now, they are part of our day to day lives. We’ve come to trust their dependability and consistency.