The everything device

I remember way back in 2001 I wrote in a tech briefing for our MoD customer that predicted the mobile phone would swallow a number of key technologies. Not particular precient, as it was already happening, but I think I quoted the camera and the wallet. Well somehow it’s 16 years later and it looks like the phone has become the only piece of technology that most people need to carry. For me it replaces the following;

  • The phone (obvs)
  • Portable music player
  • Radio
  • Pocket TV
  • PVR
  • Camera / Camcorder
  • Photo album
  • Note book
  • Calendar
  • Maps
  • GPS
  • Alarm clock
  • Torch
  • Voice recorder
  • Calculator
  • Document scanner
  • Diary
  • Gameboy
  • Books
  • Credit and Debit cards (though not the whole wallet)

For many it replaces the functions of a PC. In addition there is a whole host of things it didn’t replace, because they just didn’t exist before. Makes you wonder what it will have swallowed in 10 years time, or what will have swallowed it.

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