CEID came to life in the 1980s, a decade that saw technology become increasingly intertwined in our daily lives. Computers were just beginning to enter education and personal spheres. For our homes, computers came in the shape of word processors and the first home video game consoles.
At the same time, culturally, we were reminiscing about much earlier days. In fashion and interior design, oak country furniture, colorful, flowered calico fabric, prairie skirts and petticoats made a comeback. Weekday afternoons, children would rush home after school to watch “Little House on the Prairie” on TV. Though set in the late 1800s’, the show explored contemporary issues and attitudes on wide ranging themes like adoption, poverty, and prejudice of all types.
Introduced internationally in 1980, the Rubik's Cube became an overnight sensation. Everyone wanted one! Something about the little cube captured everyone's attention and within a couple years more than 100 million cubes were sold.
Technology was also changing for hearing aids. Though it would be a while before hearing aids with digital signal processors would be available to individuals, research and applications were beginning to open up new possibilities beyond analog devices which were limited as they amplified sound indiscriminately.