Technology Got Stuck

I can’t help but shake the feeling that right now technology feels stuck in the novelty and experimental stage. Progression seems to be mixed with different companies and industries experimenting with all sorts. Where will a product line end up?

Let’s take tablets and netbooks, hell, even laptops as an example. Apple undoubtedly managed to persuade the general public that every single one of them needed an iPad to replace their laptop and now other manufactures are following this example. But who’s going to come out on top? Everyone is experimenting. We have ultrabooks, we have hybrid tablets, we have convertibles we have plain simple tablets… then we have iOS, we have Android, we have windows…. and thats just tablets…. there’s more operating systems coming!

This isn’t the only example. Look at smart phones currently. Manufactures are simply recycling their older products and bumping up the screen size and internal specs. Where has the innovation gone? I remember eagerly watching as a phone was announced and being wowed or shocked by the complete new design. Gone are those days.

I just can’t help but shake the feeling that manufactures are pushing their products into niches they just don’t fit into. It reminds me of the HD DVD vs BLU Ray race. People held off dedicating themselves to a technology because they didn’t know what would win out. I feel the same right now, especially with things such as tablets/laptops. I honestly couldn’t say which is going to win out and last into the foreseeable future.

Everything just seems as though its manufactures testing the water and experimenting without actually truly dedicating to what it is they want to do. Come on guys back to what made technology so exciting! Stick with the direction you want to go in and throw your weight behind it! 😀

The pen and the next generation

Recently I stumbled upon a problem when writing my first draft, I found myself struggling to write electronically. Now I work with tech all day long and I’m pretty fast when it comes to typing but ask me to creative write electronically and a big slab of writers block slaps me in the face.

So I’m writing by hand and it hurts. It’s been years since I’ve written anything substantial by hand. At this point I begin thinking what will happen to the pen in the next generation?

Back in school and college we had to write everything by hand so at least I have experience to fall back on but this modern day generation does everything electronically. So what does that mean for them? There will always be moments when you are forced to write by hand and I already witness far too many people stare blankly at their pen and struggle to jot anything down. That’s the generation who grew up with pen in hand.

So will the pen die out our will it stick around?