Converged Products: A late-2012 view

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post each week that catalogued all the items that were being replaced by the cellphone. Yesterday, Nick Drake, in his NY Times blog did a great job of bringing that perspective up to date:

Last week, I realized I didn’t need to carry a wallet anymore. My smartphone had replaced almost everything in it. So, it’s gone. Add that to the pile

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of things — my address books, Filofax, portable music player, point-and-shoot camera, printouts of maps — that have melded into the smartphone.

What’s next?

2 Responses to “Converged Products: A late-2012 view”

  1. Pete Says:

    Some random thoughts…

    What’s next is the total end of even the illusion of privacy as well as the use of the one device to track your purchases, location and associations.

    The wealth of information available to the carriers will prove to be irrisitable and at some point they will offer a discount to consumers in order to be able to compile and sell this information to advertisers (if they don’t already).

    Ironicly, as was the case with the home phone, we the consumers are paying the fixed cost of the devices that the advertisers intend to use to deluge us with information about the products that they want us to buy.

    I also think that using the smartphone for “everything” will also cause people a lot of grief as they find out that when their phone is lost or stolen, that “everything” is gone. The phrase “putting all your eggs in one basket” comes to mind.

    Additionally, while your data may be stored within the cloud, you still have to have a compatible device as well as all your passwords in order to be able to access the data. I suspect there will be a lot of digital decomposition of data in the cloud as it ages and becomes worthless because the various users have lost the ability to access the data because they have lost/stolen devices or have upgraded to incompatible devices or services.

  2. Tomas - University Place, WA Says:

    Hmmm… I’ve never had one of my credit cards need to be rebooted, I’ve never had one with a dead battery, nor have I ever had one forget that it ever was a credit card.

    (And for some reason the people just won’t accept a picture of my driver’s license or Passport Card or insurance card or…)

    I still carry cards. I trust them more and actually find it easier to slide a card through a slot than to mess with a complex electromechanical device to do the same thing.

    I’m an early adopter – have been for many years – but some things just do not show me any Real World™ advantage, and until they do…

    Take care,
    Tom

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