Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What will replace the laptop?

What will replace the laptop? Good question. I am rather excited about the idea of wearable computers. It will be interesting to see how things turn out. Maybe we will be telling our kids when we got our first laptop and they will not believe us (You must be as old as dinosaurs dad!). MSNBC has an interesting column on the subject by Michael Rogers. He points out some of the new technologies that are being developed to make our handheld devices and cell phones more powerful. The most interesting project:

NASA is currently working on a technology called “subvocal speech recognition” in which electrodes taped to your neck recognize the signals your brain sends to your larynx. It turns out that those signals are sent even when you’re just thinking of words. The NASA researchers have conducted Web searches on a computer merely by thinking, but not saying aloud, the commands and search terms. Several laboratories are working on this technology but it’s still very delicate and—as its origin suggests — probably a bit too close to rocket science for near-term practical purposes.
That is awesome, even if it is still a long way away. I don't think I will miss desktops much. I already do almost everything on my laptop.

1 comment:

A.Venegas said...

Hey Kyle, if you're into computers you wear, check out the latest episode of Systm on iTunes. They go to the Make Faire - pretty crazy what they do with RFID tags.