Staying up late to watch a product announcement, vying for that invite to a new product launch, staying up with friends to review gadgets all used to part of my life. The idea of a new flashy toy that could connect me to the internet faster or allow me to automate more of life or just connect me with my friends in new ways was so exciting that I would want to be there to see this ‘revolutionary’ new product or service.
But you see…I said, “used to”.
I’ve stopped getting excited about much. Everything seems to just be a copy of various existing products. Take two existing products, put them together and *bam* it’s suddenly marketed as a new revolutionary product. But it’s not. It improves things, sure. But it doesn’t really change it.
And if it’s not new spin offs, it’s existing products updated to be slimmer and faster. With the former, i’m not even sure if it’s an update because sometimes it means lower battery capacity.
I think the few things that have excited me over the past couple of years must have been :
- The Kindle
This really changed the way I read and the amount of space books took up in my room.
- The proliferation of smartphones ( Thank you Apple )
Let’s face it, smartphones have actually been around for a really long time but it became significantly more useful when everyone around you started having one (and the iPhone accelerated the timelines I guess).
I remember the days when we were on Friendster and ICQ. But the level of connectivity those platforms provided paled in comparison to what Facebook brought to the table with their Open Graph.
Other than those, nothing’s really caught my attention. That said, I am looking forward to the Google Glasses and the Myo – both of which are slated to come out at the end of this year. Those, I think, have the potential of truly change how the digital and real world come together in a realtime overlay.
What stuff has really excited and changed your life? Care to share?
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Ridzuan is Head of Development at INEO Solutions Singapore and has been dabbling in both web and mobile development since 2003. His interests include how technology can be used to improve the human condition, poverty alleviation through sustainable development, education and microfinancing.