There were indeed some interesting products featured at the recent 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Curved screens, wearables and fitness trackers people! All jokes aside, there are some very talented tech people in this world, designing some phenomenal things. I am not about to delve into specifics, as this post has another message. For some more in-depth views on CES:
Reiterating a sentiment I have conveyed in a previous post, amidst the lure of new gadgets (particularly with a new Apple Store about to open a block from my workplace) it is easy to forget the sheer power we all currently hold in our pockets (in my case an iPhone 4s) – on occasion I still marvel at the things we can do today with our mobile devices.
For example, my 50 minute commute yesterday consisted of catching up on information and articles through Twitter, my RSS Reader, and Zite. Picking up a copy (that is, a download to my Kindle cloud reader) of a new novel, watching the Season 4 trailer for Game of Thrones, electronically thumbing through a copy of one of my favourite magazines, and updating my family of goings on via Path and Instagram. A phone call, a couple of iMessages and clearing email whilst listening to some music completes the picture.
And that was without even needing to take out my iPad.
A timely thought given last week’s seventh anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone:
An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone…are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.
– Steve Jobs
I am all for innovation, however don’t let anyone tell you what we can already do today isn’t amazing.Follow @petedenison