Wednesday, June 03, 2009

What Will Your Portable "Laptop" Computer Look Like In The Future?

Break out your crystal ball .... and take a peak at what the future may hold for your beloved laptop computer. For you Wizard of Oz fans .... "we're not in Kansas anymore Toto."

Though rather tongue in cheek, did we really say "Laptop", as in one of those boat anchors that people are shlepping around to do more net based applications (or SaaS applications)?

Don't we really mean something more along the lines of the HTC Touch Pro2 running WinMo12.x .... which allows for transparent interchange of assets (files, images, documenst, etc) between mobile device[s] and the cloud? Well we should. Just using the term "laptop" is passe. We've advanced well beyond the horse and buggy days. And if the future holds true ... are poised to go even farther. At least we hope so.

Besides, "devices" are so 1999. Clouds are where we are flying now.

Now .... what will your "traveltop" look like in the future?

Hmmm ..... how about this:

* The size/screen factor. There'll be enough that it doesn't bother you. It will be compact yes .... but not so much that you'll need to get your eyes examined.

* Bundled software .... there'll be none. You'll "live in the cloud". Your connectivity will be your bundle. Access to whatever your heart desires will be through your cloud connectivity. Switch on .... connect ... and voila. Everything you want is at your finger tips. No fuss .... no muss.

* There'll be no specific applications and the "machine" will just work flawlessly. It'll be so pure, so non-pesky, it'll rock, it will be solid, it will be sparse, it will be free of assumptions, it will simply offer a gateway to the web. What more do you need?

* It will not be Windows. It may be Mac. It will probably be Linux.

* It will be kinetic in power. It'll charge off of you.

* It will be slim, gestural, but smart enough to give you a keyboard.

* It will come in a rainbow of colors. It will be flexible, and run for days on a charge.

* It will have a crap load of competition ..... such as something akin to a Kindle ZLT, or the new iTablet.

* It will be affordable (oh yeah!), big in Korea, and hot movie stars will carry it around. he cool factor will be obvious.

And finally ..... it will be no nonsense, already dated, but coming out with something new the next year. So I guess not much will change in that regard.

Sound a bit far fetched?

Maybe this is a bit of a humerous prediction. However, there is some realistic truth to the vision.

It could happen.

With the way "travel tops" morph so fast in this high tech world .... and as the tech savvy and tech hungry public clamors for "more ... and better .... and newer .... and cooler" .... who really knows what the future will really hold.

But .... it sure is fun day dreaming about it.

Now what do YOU think????

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Blogger Robert said...

I've been waiting for the following for over 20 years, the specs really haven't changed.

1. 5.5 x 8.5 tablet using color ink drop technology so it is easy on the eyes. About the thickness of a clipboard.

2. Touch sensitive and connected in "the cloud". At the same time, having unlimited storage so that I can use it w/out connecting it to the cloud. BTW, all someone needs to do is to come up with an algorithm that continually changes the way hard drive storage happens as more data is put on a drive.

3. If I need a keyboard, either one appears on the screen or I roll out a keyboard to use.

4. Handwriting recognition software that can actually translate my left handed scrawls into the correct words.

5. The usual connectivity items.

6. Voice recognition and recitation.

That's about it.


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