Last night as I drove home from the airport, I got to thinking how many gizmos and gadgets I had sitting in a pile (my new tech museum) in my office that were now rendered useless because of my phone! Just eight short months ago, the new Google phone entered my life and at the time I had no idea it would reek so much havoc among my other gadgets.
I used to bring my TomTom GPS wherever I went not only to talk me through directions to my destination, but to tell me what time I was expected to arrive (which became a sort of game to see how many minutes I could shave from the initial projection). I had grown quite close to my GPS, even naming her Gloria Petunia Schreck. But now, Gloria has been replaced, or RIGHTSIZED, by my phone's navigational system. My Nexus One (Nexie for short) pulls up the location, gives me turn-by-turn directions, with a slightly more robotic voice than the old Gloria, but it gets me there all the same. It even allows me to play the “shave the minutes” game.
I have a fabulous 10 megapixel Nikon DX camera that I would somehow fit into my purse whenever we went on trips, or I would carry around in my car, because you just never know when you might see something picture-worthy. Now, Nexie is snapping pics and videos that are almost as good with the built in 5 mega-pixel camera everywhere I go. My big Nikon camera has not moved from my dresser top in months.
I have just about every iPod version Apple has put out: The original fat white one, a tiny green nano that clips on your shirt, a yellow bigger nano with a video screen, a metallic Shrek green wider bodied model and more. They sit in my office museum. Nexie has music downloaded onto it and with a sync application that brings songs from my iTunes library right in.
Videos no longer need a DVD player, we don't need to carry a digital voice recorder, video games don't have to be played on a dedicated device like DS players, no separate calculators, flashlights, pedometers, or travel alarm clocks are needed, and even webcams are not really needed with the new iPhone 4's forward-facing camera.
Last night I was reading in USA Today's travel section about Holiday Inn rolling out its Mobile Key, that allows guests to bypass stopping by the front desk when they check in. After making your reservations, you are sent a code that tells you your room number and then opens your door. Check out the video demonstration here:
Now as Tom Bodet would ask, “Will it leave the light on?”
With so many mobile apps being developed and our devices doing so much more more than make and receive phone calls, it's no wonder we call them MOBILE DEVICES instead of just CELL PHONES. What does all this mean? Is it like iRobot, where our phone will rise up and take over the world? Well if it will cook dinner for me, I may not mind. But what it does mean is that the trend is not stopping any time soon. Our devices will get smarter and do more, but how will you use this trend and the power it has to reach new audiences, in your business? What services can you provide through these devices?
I know one thing for sure, those who learn how to develop the applications and programs that we continue to load, will be in greater demand than ever before. Sign that kindergardener up for app development classes NOW!
Will we still carry these devices around in our purses and pockets or will we soon wear them? Let your imagination run for a moment and share your creative ideas on what else can be replaced by these SUPER SMART gadget killers.
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