If you like gadgets, you must have noticed how they are evolving, literally day by day. Have a look at some of your old devices (mobile phones, cameras, gps, mp3 players, laptops).
Once upon a time, they all used to be people sized objects. Now they languish in a drawer but for another reason. They have been replaced with smarter and more useful devices with extra added functions and features. They now use Wi-fi, 3G, RFID, and Bluetooth and are all people magnets.
Most of them have outgrown AA batteries that go ‘on and on’, and now sport the sleeker NiCad batteries. Some have had their obsolete storage media replaced with a memory card/flash ram.
Now you can actually hold a camcorder above your head, even if you haven’t got six-pack–abs. And that’s with only one hand.
Regrettably, not all the improvements are good. The most disconcerting thing is the sizes of some gadgets. The reduced footprint or a more apt phrase would be ‘the handprint’, has enhanced some gadgets, so now they only weigh a couple of ounces. However, I think some manufacturers have gone over the top in making these devices so small and compact.
Who needs a credit card size digital camera or cell phone?
Unless, you are a spy – Why?
It’s nice that you can fit them in your breast pocket but the downside is the buttons and the interfaces on these devices are minute and awkward to manage.
I now fully understand why some elderly people hate these devices.
Soon these devices will come with a remote control that’s bigger than the actual device and a special interface to help you read the instructions and control the keypad if it has one.