Amazing! At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, a company called Powercast showed off technology that essentially broadcasts power via RF, allowing any device equipped with the fingernail-sized receiver to “harvest” the energy and power/charge devices continuously and wirelessly. For gadget geeks, this is fuckin’-A awesome (whatever that means). For everyone else…yawners, probably. 🙂
Here’s an interesting article about the short attention span a lot of us have, thanks to our many gadgets. Cellphones, PDAs, and iPods seem to be the main culprits that I’ve noticed…we just can’t leave them alone, even for a few minutes, and many of us are not able to simply pay attention to one single thing for very long (if at all). The perfect example is given in this story: people fidgeting with their Blackberrys during a lecture on distraction. Ha!
Personally, when I’m concentrating on something I like to focus all my attention on it. F’rinstance, I rarely listen to music at work, and hearing someone talking or making other noises during a movie is extremely irritating. I just don’t see how people can tether themselves to these gadgets and be at their beck and call every minute of the day. However, I suppose the internet itself is my main distraction, as I love to surf and explore, especially at work during breaks. Hmmm, maybe if I had a PDA……
The headline on Slashdot says it all: Microsoft To Construct iPod/DS/PSP Killer. Again with the “killer” crap! What can we learn from this? Anytime you see a product reported as a “killer” you can immediately dismiss it as a clueless blogger or an idiot ad executive talking out of his arse. The comments on Slashdot about this are pretty entertaining, too.
The tech blogs are all atwitter today after learning that Microsoft has been working on their own “Photoshop killer” and had recently stopped work on it in order to focus on other things. OK, am I the only one getting sick of the way new, competing products are automatically called “killers”? How many times have we heard the term “iPod killer” for instance? Oh, zillions. “The Zen Micro is Creative’s new iPod killer!” Uh-huh. Every new portable media player that comes out now is somehow an iPod killer. And how many have succeeded? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Same goes for iTunes. Remember when Napster was hailed as the “iTunes killer”? Funny, they’re struggling to get new subscribers while iTunes jusd sold its billionth song. Yeah, iTunes is dead all right.
The list goes on: Skype, MS Office, Internet Explorer, XBox, Playstation 2, Sony PSP, Nintendo DS…competing products have come out against all these established brands and all have been labeled “________ killers.” Sigh. It’s time to get some new terminology, people…not every new product has to be branded a killer of its competition. (Someone on Slashdot had the exact same reaction.) Besides, the idea that anything can “kill” the iPod or outperform Photoshop, especially something from Microsoft, is downright laughable. *snort*
A post over on Idiot Toys really made me laugh today. He often remarks on the ghoulishly-happy girls used to show off new gadgets, and this one is even more special than usual. See how she uses all her fingers to prominently display five versions of the product! Fantastic. His comments are dripping with such biting sarcasm, I love it:
They said it couldn’t be done, but she’s proven them all wrong! She’s SMASHED the previous record of three, and established a new best of FIVE that’s going to stand for decades to come. Sensational! Absolutely sensational. You can’t teach that kind of finger work, and oh my goodness, even the little finger is in use!
Once again, Disney proves that it can take any object in the known universe, slap some cartoon characters on it, and sell it to kids. Anything at all. Lately they’re into the PC biz, but now they’ve added another item essential to your child’s happiness and fulfillment as a human being: the Disney DVD player. Yay!
Christmas is just ’round the corner! And since I’ve been such a good boy this year, please-please-please bring me a shiny new handheld cellphone jammer, perfect for shutting down blabbermouths at close range. Thanks, Santa! Double-chocolate chip cookies and whole milk will be waiting in the kitchen for ya!
I cackled with evil glee when I read this article about certain New Yorkers who are investing in cell phone blockers.
Unsuspecting cellphone users may find themselves saying that more often now that cellphone jammers – illegal gizmos that interfere with signals and cut off reception – are selling like hotcakes on the streets of New York.
“I bought one online, and I love it,” said one jammer owner fed up with the din of dumb conversations and rock-and-roll ringtones.
“I use it on the bus all the time. I always zap the idiots who discuss what they want from the Chinese restaurant so that everyone can hear them. Why is that necessary?”
He added, “I can’t throw the phones out the window, so this is the next best thing.”
Online jammer seller Victor McCormack said he’s made “hundreds of sales” to New Yorkers.
While I don’t know how good an idea it is to use long-range ones (in case someone needs to dial 911), I would certainly be happy to pay a couple hundred bucks for one that could zap a phone within 50 feet and shut the obnoxious blabbermouth up. People loudly yik-yakking on their phones and forcing the rest of us to listen to them deserve a little annoyance, and business owners (theaters, restaurants, etc.) should be able to shut these rude people up as well. And I gotta admit, when I read the bit about the guy who repeatedly zapped someone’s phone until he threw it down in disgust, I think I fell in love. 🙂 (Here’s something else I readily admit: I used to drive around Phoenix with a device which would set people’s radar detectors off…so I’d zap these idiots driving 90mph and suddenly they’d slow waaaayyy down, thinking they were being clocked by the cops. Then they’d get brave enough to speed up, and I’d zap ’em again. Yeah, I was an evil bastard. Oh, the memories…)
OK, I’ll admit it: I’m an iPod whore. I take it with me most places, and I’ve got my music collection painstakingly organized the way I want it. I don’t buy lots of gadgets for it, but I do have a carrying case with a flip-up face and a handy belt clip. An iTrip is next…yeahhh, baby. There are tons of accessories out there for the iPod, but I usually have no interest… But I’m also a sucker for things that glow in the dark, and this is looking like plain goofy fun… Behold, the iPoDonut! It’s a glow-in-the-dark sticker for your scroll wheel. And look at the different patterns they have! Oohhhhh…. OK, I’m back. 🙂
OK, this is one of the stupidest uses of MP3 music player technology I’ve ever seen. A jacket that plays music? With built-in headphones? For $700? They’ve got to be kidding. Like I wanna be walking down the street fiddling with the sleeve of my jacket, trying to find the right song. Plus, for that much money, it had better a lot more than 128MB…you won’t get many songs in there with that. But all that is beside the point: this is a pointless blend of technology and clothing (!) with no real purpose, since cheaper and better players are all over the market (granted, they aren’t embedded in clothing). This is a product created purely because some geek or marketing guy thought it would be a good idea…not because there’s a demand for it. Don’t we have a little too much crapola on the market like this?