One of the things I always love to do is peek over the horizon to see what is coming. Lummo was an interesting thing for me, a robot that was also a Segway or personal transportation system. Seeing Lummo roll around our house is a blast. Realizing that I don’t have the balance, and need to practice to get better is something that makes me realize I am not the primary audience for that particular tech. The reality of new technology is always the tradeoff – do I need it vs. what does it bring to my life. In the case of connected medical devices, I suspect those will become more and more a part of our lives. But there are many devices that fall into the cool, nice to have a category.
All of us have criteria for what we need around us. I suspect most of us would argue its family and friends first then things. Unless the things are life-saving devices, then they might move a little closer to with us all the time. The reason for this morning’s post is more thinking about what is the stuff we have to have. I lived through the birth, growth, and evolution of the cell phone world. There was a time when I was one of the few people driving around Cincinnati Ohio with a car phone. Then everyone had car phones, and portable phones became the rage. Then, the world of digital phones opened up and well the rest is history. The first smartphones in the early 2000 period, were the Pocket PC phones. The iPhone changed the world in 2007.
One of the smartest people I know once told me that he wasn’t going to get a PPC phone. “I don’t like Swiss Army knife marketing,” he said. I was confused and asked what he meant by that. “Good at a few things, sort of the Jack of All Trades approach.: The funny thing is the capabilities of the phones has continued to increase, although, they are now becoming master of a few of the potential areas.
What are the things that move the needle for you? What makes you most comfortable with technology>? (in the comments for these would love to know)!
Is there something that you buy regardless of if you need it or not?