[FoRK] Betting on the iPad
aaron at bavariati.org
Tue Feb 9 11:14:27 PST 2010
On Sun, Feb 07, 2010 at 09:59:52AM -0800, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> Aaron, are you stepping up to speak for conventional wisdom among
> techies? Sure there's wisdom in conventional wisdom?
Speaking mainly for mah cynical sailf.
> Form factor is a subtle and important part of comp sci.
Form factor is critical to physical and UX design, certainly.
But to comp sci? I'm missing something.
> A netbook without a keyboard is not a lesser desktop, it is a new type of
> thing with new strengths.
The same could be said of *any* design variation. This particular one has
been tried many, many times. Good on them if they make it work.
> It's a profound development in the computer industry that the
> morphology of this object has so much in common with smart phones,
> maybe more than it does with desktops, and yet is competitive with
> desktops for many purposes.
Remember where the Symbian phone OS came from? Or, for that matter, where
the iPhone OS came from? Or Windows Mobile?
> The desktop, including both monitor and keyboard, has defined our
> conception of computers.
It's not so much the form factor as the tasks that determine how we
interact with computers. The industrial and military worlds are very
> Laptops without keyboards are a significant step. The next step is to
> lose monitors. I wonder what that will be like? What if the device
> was voice controlled and had a speaker output? (But also a full scale
> web browser and connectivity).
Why... then you'd have a standard wearable. Or a modern Gphone. Give it
time and context-awareness and you'd have something impressive, but until
we have a paradigm shift in how computers facilitate human interaction and
labour, non-visual computers will live in the niches.
For more information about that paradigm shift, consult your local sci-fi,
from Star Trek to Charlie Stross.
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