Friday, December 30, 2011

Everything is a computer

Christmas shopping this year really drove home to me how completely the electronics industry has made itself obsolete in recent years. The electronics stores are emptying out. All the gadgets that have been so popular in recent decades -- cameras, camcorders, VCRs, tape recorders, CD players, portable music boxes, dictation machines, game consoles, pagers, PCs, notebook computers, TVs, radios, pocket calculators, GPS navigation devices, synthesizers, mixing consoles and of course telephones (mobile and land based) have all disappeared into smart phones.

But smart phones aren't really phones at all, they are just palmtop computers that include an interface for cellular networks and a phone app. They are called smart phones for marketing reasons -- because the phone companies use them to lock consumers into overpriced network contracts. If photography were the killer app, they would be called smart cameras, which is just as appropriate. The only thing that seems to be keeping the entire electronics industry from being swallowed up by the black hole of Moore's Law is this kind of marketing wheeze and the (rapidly falling) price of screens.

I'm old enough to remember when Radio Shack was a national treasure. Now it's just a place to buy batteries while being harassed by a hard selling salesman from some telecoms oligopolist best known for hating its customers. And in this age of smart hearing aids, robotic assembly lines and fly-by-wire airplanes, its not just consumer electronics that is being computerized.

3 comments:

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Ross Taylor said...

Nice article. Recent decades several electronic equipment's were more popular in the market such as cameras, VCRs, tape recorders, CD players, PCs, notebook computers, TVs, radios, pocket calculators, GPS navigation devices, etc. for their communication an entertainment But today, all the peoples are using smart phones, tabs, laptops, etc, that's easily you can use anywhere. Day by day, developers are developing excellent electronics technologies. Business Research

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