01-20-2015 09:01 AM
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  1. df79transam's Avatar
    What I mean, when is the next cool, blow your mind technology going to reveal itself. Lately, I just feel that the devices today, have become boring. I'm ready for holograms, or something that will blow your mind completely.
    A lot of the devices I only see as being rehashed, yeah the tech is in a different case, theres chrome trim, next year theres not, a bit better screen, a bigger screen, I can wave my hand and turn the screen on, and a little faster processor but nothing that just blows ones mind.
    TV makers tried 3d and it didn't go over so will, now most TVs today might have it or might not. So now they are doing the curved thing and I have read its a gimmick, don't know. What are your feelings on today's technology? When will we begin to watch TV as a hologram, or see some cool futuristic device, like you'd image in a sci fi movie of the depicted future.
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    01-11-2015 04:24 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Kelvin, Lord Thompson, said, in 1900, "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement." I guess he said that over his crank-powered cellphone, huh? Or did he text it on his Babbage Engine?

    Holograms? Just look on your credit card - they all have holograms on them now. (If you mean 3-dimensional walk around holotanks, that's doable - if you count your money by how many bank vaults it takes to hold it.)

    The "next big thing" in technology? You mean aside from Göbekli Tepe? (If the name isn't familiar to you, you aren't keeping up with current technology. Agriculture as early as 20,000 years ago? We'll see how far down it goes.) How about finding a planet with an oxygen atmosphere? (That would mean life - planet-forming doesn't produce oxygen-containing atmospheres.) Or quantum computing? 64 bit? A 6 bit quantum processor would be a lot faster.

    BTW, "TV as a hologram" is 3D TV, and it's cool, but there are no 3D shows yet - it's the old hardware/software problem. If there are no shows, people aren't buying the sets. If no one is buying the sets, no one is going to spend the money to produce shows in 3D. (I have a Vizio passive 55" 3D TV. The video quality is better than their 2D 55" set. And if there's a 3D show, the glasses are right there near the TV. The same thing happened when color TV came out - there were still black and white shows for years after that.) Again, "walking around to see it from all angles" TV is possible, but I'd rather buy an Aston Martin if I'm spending that kind of money. Or a Lear jet.
    01-11-2015 04:52 PM
  3. df79transam's Avatar
    Yes you make very relevant points, and I didn't make myself clear, I was mostly referring to gadgets. When is the last time you had that wow moment? Yes I was talking about holographic 3d tv.
    01-11-2015 06:34 PM
  4. df79transam's Avatar
    Maybe I'm just an addict for that wow factor when I get word of the next cool gadget. Yes, can you imagine back in the day, seeing a color tv for the first time, wow! Or being able to store a ton of songs on a media device, where as before you where limited to a limited media medium. Or what about the time you seen a flat screen TV, wow! How cool was that? A ton of people had the wow factor when the Nintendo Wii out, for the first time, you had to move to play a video game. I was wondering, has gadgets reached a period of lingo. I guess what I'm saying, yes when is the next big thing going to arrive.
    01-11-2015 06:53 PM
  5. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Maybe I'm just an addict for that wow factor when I get word of the next cool gadget. Yes, can you imagine back in the day, seeing a color tv for the first time, wow! Or being able to store a ton of songs on a media device, where as before you where limited to a limited media medium. Or what about the time you seen a flat screen TV, wow! How cool was that? A ton of people had the wow factor when the Nintendo Wii out, for the first time, you had to move to play a video game. I was wondering, has gadgets reached a period of lingo. I guess what I'm saying, yes when is the next big thing going to arrive.
    Well, my Note 4 wows me sometimes when I stop and think about how irrevocably awesome it is. ...and my Galaxy Alpha wows me when I consider how slick and tiny it is. It may not be the same level of 'Wow' that you mean but I think we have some cool toys in 2015.
    01-11-2015 07:18 PM
  6. df79transam's Avatar
    Well, my Note 4 wows me sometimes when I stop and think about how irrevocably awesome it is. ...and my Galaxy Alpha wows me when I consider how slick and tiny it is. It may not be the same level of 'Wow' that you mean but I think we have some cool toys in 2015.
    Gosh I sure hope so... But maybe your right, I've gotten so used to the devices I have that I have taken them for granted. I sit here now thinking about your comment, there once was a time I had to make a phone call to the bank, now days, check my banks app. Your correct, gadget technology I guess can become so much a part of our lives that one can almost over look it. It's just been a while since I had that true jaw dropping wow moment. I must say that the Samsung Gear S kind of gave me that wow feeling when I first seen it. It'll be amazing to me to see how it might lead the way to devices like it.

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    01-11-2015 07:51 PM
  7. Rukbat's Avatar
    Maybe I'm just an addict for that wow factor when I get word of the next cool gadget. Yes, can you imagine back in the day, seeing a color tv for the first time, wow!
    I remember seeing TV for the first time - black and white. Color? We had plastic sheets we put over the CRT, blue on top, orange in the middle, green at the bottom - Color TV! We were one of the first families to have our own phone (well ... my Dad's phone, because he owned a business, and sometimes needed to call clients when he was at home). Jet planes. Direct Distance Dialing (area codes). When you can remember World War 2, you've had a lot of WOW moments, but every time I realize that I don't have to look for a payphone, or have a two-way radio to be reached, it's a little wow moment for me.

    Or being able to store a ton of songs on a media device, where as before you where limited to a limited media medium.
    Like a 256k 8" floppy?

    I guess what I'm saying, yes when is the next big thing going to arrive.
    About 3 times a day, we just don't realize it. The first hominid who stood up didn't realize that it was the next big thing. Things are being discovered and invented all the time, but they don't really become WOW moments, except in retrospect. (You can't even do a coin check on that 206 number any longer, as far as I know. Or tell where an 800 number is located. [Or any number - my phone number's area code is nowhere near where I live. Portable VoIP - was that the next big thing, and we didn't notice?])
    01-11-2015 09:54 PM
  8. Geodude074's Avatar
    What I mean, when is the next cool, blow your mind technology going to reveal itself. Lately, I just feel that the devices today, have become boring. I'm ready for holograms, or something that will blow your mind completely.
    A lot of the devices I only see as being rehashed, yeah the tech is in a different case, theres chrome trim, next year theres not, a bit better screen, a bigger screen, I can wave my hand and turn the screen on, and a little faster processor but nothing that just blows ones mind.
    TV makers tried 3d and it didn't go over so will, now most TVs today might have it or might not. So now they are doing the curved thing and I have read its a gimmick, don't know. What are your feelings on today's technology? When will we begin to watch TV as a hologram, or see some cool futuristic device, like you'd image in a sci fi movie of the depicted future.
    Did you watch CES 2015? There's so many new gadgets coming out every year, it's hard to keep up sometimes.

    My favorite was 3D printing. Now you can 3D print more than just plastic, like metal, wood, etc. It's going to change the world. Imagine just downloading the file for something you want to print, putting in the materials you need, then POOF it's printed for you. You can even 3D print FOOD!

    Second favorite was that laptop with a desktop i7-4790k inside of it. That was pretty sick. Gotta love the Intel guys for making faster and faster CPUs every year. I remember when I upgraded from my Core 2 Duo E8500 from 2008, to my i7-4770k in 2013. It only took 5 years to freaking DOUBLE the single-thread performance of a CPU, and freaking SEXTUPLE (that's 6 times more lol) the multi-thread performance. FREAKING INSANE for a 5 year period if you ask me. If Intel keeps this up, by 2018 there will be a new chip that's twice as fast as my current chip clock for clock lol and that will finally give me enough reason to upgrade.
    01-11-2015 11:39 PM
  9. Geodude074's Avatar
    Also, smart phones and tablets have been around for a very long time. I remember way back in the early 2000's Microsoft was making tablet PCs, way before the iPad was even conceived. Smart phones existed way before the iPhone as well. It wasn't until Apple popularized it that smart phones and tablets really took off and became what they are today. People often mistaken Steve Jobs as some genius inventor who created gadgets like the iPad and iPhone - nah, he just took what already existed and marketed them towards middle-class families lol.
    01-11-2015 11:48 PM
  10. df79transam's Avatar
    Second favorite was that laptop with a desktop i7-4790k inside of it. That was pretty sick. Gotta love the Intel guys for making faster and faster CPUs every year. I remember when I upgraded from my Core 2 Duo E8500 from 2008, to my i7-4770k in 2013. It only took 5 years to freaking DOUBLE the single-thread performance of a CPU, and freaking SEXTUPLE (that's 6 times more lol) the multi-thread performance. FREAKING INSANE for a 5 year period if you ask me. If Intel keeps this up, by 2018 there will be a new chip that's twice as fast as my current chip clock for clock lol and that will finally give me enough reason to upgrade.
    That is pretty amazing
    01-12-2015 03:34 AM
  11. mayconvert's Avatar
    its not that tech has hit a ceiling and can't get better. It's just people now days not appreciating that the Note 4 (and other phones) in peoples pocket IS amazing.
    The Note 4 is more powerful than my first gaming machine I used to play EverQuest mmo in 1999.
    People are just too spoiled and don't appreciate that the phone in your pocket is blow-your-mind-amazing.

    The iphone came out 8 years ago. it was the first Good smart phone, blackberry and windows phone back then were considered smart phones, but they were pretty bad. So a kid that is 18 years old has seen iPhone like tech since he was 10 years old.
    Seems like a norm for him. Ask the guy that's 40 and he will tell you about Pagers, and Nokia cell phones with green and black 2 color displays.

    Its perspective. I am in the 40+ crowd, so I find current phone tech mind blowing and satisfying.
    an 18 year old kid thinks he deserves better cause mommie got him an iPhone at 10 years old. ... perspective.
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    01-12-2015 09:38 AM
  12. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I agree in that new phones haven't "wowed" me in a couple of years but technology is nowhere near its zenith.
    01-12-2015 11:05 AM
  13. Inders99's Avatar
    Its perspective. I am in the 40+ crowd, so I find current phone tech mind blowing and satisfying.
    an 18 year old kid thinks he deserves better cause mommie got him an iPhone at 10 years old. ... perspective.
    LOL...awesome. They never had to walk to school either!
    01-12-2015 12:33 PM
  14. sting7k's Avatar
    Its perspective. I am in the 40+ crowd, so I find current phone tech mind blowing and satisfying.
    an 18 year old kid thinks he deserves better cause mommie got him an iPhone at 10 years old. ... perspective.
    Perspective is it exactly. I'm amazed by the power of the iPhone 6 that I carry in my pocket every day. There is no way technology has reached any zenith...I still have to drive my car around manually every day.

    Sticking with the perspective angle I'd also say that IMHO that most products being shown off an CES aren't really new technology. They are old technology applied in novel ways that are really just gimmicks and don't actually add much improvement to my life in any way.

    When I think of actual new technology I think and dream of brain implants, self driving cars, robotic replacement limbs that are controlled with your mind just like a real limb. You know...something...new that I can't already buy.

    A TV with a curved screen that shows 3D images with LED backlights IMO is just an LCD TV with a higher price tag. It's not new technology to me.
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    01-12-2015 01:40 PM
  15. Inders99's Avatar
    Sticking with the perspective angle I'd also say that IMHO that most products being shown off an CES aren't really new technology. They are old technology applied in novel ways that are really just gimmicks and don't actually add much improvement to my life in any way.
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    Exactly the reason I pay CES little heed.

    Agree with the balance of your post.
    01-12-2015 05:57 PM
  16. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Well, I still want a G Flex2. Good thing I'm on AT&T.
    01-12-2015 06:22 PM
  17. df79transam's Avatar
    When I think of actual new technology I think and dream of brain implants, self driving cars, robotic replacement limbs that are controlled with your mind just like a real limb. You know...something...new that I can't already buy.
    That's what I'm talking about, Why hasn't these things become part of our lives, it's the FUTURE, It's 2015.

    A TV with a curved screen that shows 3D images with LED backlights IMO is just an LCD TV with a higher price tag. It's not new technology to me.
    Exactly the way I feel, I read an article a while back about the curved TV idea, said TV manufacturers where just running out of ideas for the next cool thing.

    I still have to drive my car around manually every day.
    The day you can program your self driving car is a day I hope happens in my lifetime. I'm in my 30's and hope for that someday. It would be just like I robot with Will Smith.

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    01-12-2015 07:07 PM
  18. df79transam's Avatar
    I agree in that new phones haven't "wowed" me in a couple of years but technology is nowhere near its zenith.
    Yeah like others have stated, some have or might have gotten so used to smartphones, they get taken for granted. Yes, phones in the last few years, it just seems the tech hasn't had that wow factor in quite some time. Pretty HD screens are nice I guess, a little better processor, but nothing amazing. I'm being sarcastic but I want a George Jetson kind of car, my phone is a flying car, when I get to my destination, it folds up into a phone, lol.

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    01-12-2015 07:13 PM
  19. df79transam's Avatar
    Exactly the reason I pay CES little heed.

    Agree with the balance of your post.
    I second that, same old rehashed tech, just in a different case, or bigger screen, or a few more Mega Pixels camera

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    01-12-2015 07:16 PM
  20. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Yeah like others have stated, some have or might have gotten so used to smartphones, they get taken for granted. Yes, phones in the last few years, it just seems the tech hasn't had that wow factor in quite some time. Pretty HD screens are nice I guess, a little better processor, but nothing amazing. I'm being sarcastic but I want a George Jetson kind of car, my phone is a flying car, when I get to my destination, it folds up into a phone, lol.

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    Even Anakin Skywalker didn't have that.
    01-12-2015 07:17 PM
  21. df79transam's Avatar
    Even Anakin Skywalker didn't have that.
    I bet he dreamed of it like myself ;-) lol

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    01-12-2015 07:22 PM
  22. sixty_four's Avatar
    I'm the opposite and I'm constantly amazed by what smartphones these days can do. Although I do agree that new phones seem to be more of an evolution of previous designs rather than something truly innovative, these are really just endpoint devices in what has grown to be a pretty impressive infrastructure.

    The magic isn't in the phone, it's in the infrastructure. Fast wireless networks, huge content providers, GPS satellite access. Stuff like that. If you could somehow go back in time 100 years with a 2014 smartphone, it would be little more than a glorified Gameboy. Sure it would seem miraculous to someone in the early 1900s but the real wow factor - talking to anyone in the world, navigating by satellite, accessing seemingly endless books, movies, music - would be missing.

    I can't imagine everything that has to happen between my phone and whatever service I'm talking to when I'm out and about thinking of going to dinner and a movie, using IMDB to swipe through movie listings, watching trailers on Youtube, buying tickets on Fandango, finding a nearby restaurant, calling to make reservations and navigating by voice-guided directions to the theater. Twenty short years ago, all of that would have been impossible. I would even say that 10 years ago, the workflow and process of doing all of the above would be a clumsier and a lot more frustrating.

    So I say, no - technology hasn't reached a zenith. Just because the sleek, sexy piece of glass you hold in your hand doesn't seem that much different than last year's model, that doesn't mean development and innovation has ground to a halt.
    01-12-2015 09:51 PM
  23. df79transam's Avatar
    I'm the opposite and I'm constantly amazed by what smartphones these days can do. Although I do agree that new phones seem to be more of an evolution of previous designs rather than something truly innovative, these are really just endpoint devices in what has grown to be a pretty impressive infrastructure.

    The magic isn't in the phone, it's in the infrastructure. Fast wireless networks, huge content providers, GPS satellite access. Stuff like that. If you could somehow go back in time 100 years with a 2014 smartphone, it would be little more than a glorified Gameboy. Sure it would seem miraculous to someone in the early 1900s but the real wow factor - talking to anyone in the world, navigating by satellite, accessing seemingly endless books, movies, music - would be missing.

    I can't imagine everything that has to happen between my phone and whatever service I'm talking to when I'm out and about thinking of going to dinner and a movie, using IMDB to swipe through movie listings, watching trailers on Youtube, buying tickets on Fandango, finding a nearby restaurant, calling to make reservations and navigating by voice-guided directions to the theater. Twenty short years ago, all of that would have been impossible. I would even say that 10 years ago, the workflow and process of doing all of the above would be a clumsier and a lot more frustrating.

    So I say, no - technology hasn't reached a zenith. Just because the sleek, sexy piece of glass you hold in your hand doesn't seem that much different than last year's model, that doesn't mean development and innovation has ground to a halt.
    Very insightful, congrats
    01-12-2015 09:53 PM
  24. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    My opinion behind this, being a person who has been an admirer of tech since the first home computer came out. I think we've just simply gotten used to 'wow'. I blame Apple partially for that personally but it's just part of the tech world where you reach a point of 'where do we go from here' and what is 'usable' tech.

    As people have pointed out, we simply live in wow. Internet and information at our fingertips, smartphones (pocket computers), being able to communicate instantly with anyone at any time around the world from almost anywhere. Our data speeds are increasing. The CPUs are getting faster. The RAM is getting higher. So we're always left wondering, what's next?

    How about phones with unbreakable screens? Folding screens? A phone that replaces your computer completely? Battery life that lasts a week or more on one charge? I could go on but you get my point.

    There's lots of room for more wow. We're still in infancy as far as I'm concerned. There's lots of room to grow and lots more wow to be had.

    I've seen tech grow since Pong was created and I remember the wow of using my first computer, no hard drive, no colour screen but I was still amazed. I remember the first CDs. It's difficult to keep that amazement up but I still love seeing what's coming. I'd say at the moment we're a bit stagnate but that happens. The PC had it in the 90s and it was just a matter of time with smartphones.

    Give it time, I'm sure things will move once again.
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    01-13-2015 03:40 AM
  25. walterg1's Avatar
    I think right now we are being held back by battery technology.
    Its slowing down phone development.

    Better screen technology,
    Bigger processors,better cameras, requires better batteries.

    We also need to find a way to cool the phones .
    Who wants a phone that gets hot.
    Tho, I think this technology already exists but hasn't been implemented.

    Another big holdup is network speeds.
    The carriers need reliable fast 4g speeds everywhere.
    At the rate they are going will they even get there before 5g starts rolling out in 2020.

    Once that happens Chromephones will be one possible future.
    01-13-2015 04:53 AM
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