27 September, 2020

You Are (Not) Here

Super phones, Blu-ray discs and flash memory —the theory of evolution is on the move

Narendra Bisht
You Are (Not) Here
A universe of techie products will flood the planet in 2008 and beyond. At the centre of that universe will be the device we still call a mobile phone, though its basic resemblance to a phone is fading fast.

The mobile is special not because of its features or the tremendous progress it has made over the last decade. It's unique for two reasons—one, because it's with you. It's become the default 'always with you' device, overtaking the wristwatch. In science fiction, there was the universal personal device. In real life, this is it. The mobile phone.

And because it's always with you, it's become the platform for the convergence of every type of application, function and gadget imaginable. Here's a sample of what I use every day on my ageing, humble sub-Rs 10,000 Nokia E50 mobile, other than good old phone calls: BlackBerry e-mail service, speakerphone with pre-set conference call groups, group SMS, multiple instant messengers, a weather data application, GPS navigator, trip recorder and Google maps, voice recorder, music player,...


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