Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Kindles, Tablet PCs, iPhones Almost Ideal

There are a couple of not exactly new products that have been emerging lately that have caught my eye lately. I see these products as almost achieving the Roddenberrian ideal form of the Padd. Do you know what a Padd is?

Chances are if you are reading this, you do. It’s a device seen in some of the Star Trek series. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we first saw this type of device in TNG.

padd

The moment I saw these things on the tin box I was dazzled by the possibility of such a doohickey. I like that in da future no one types. Its all speech to text. You just walk around and sometimes look at the ceiling and talk. No stupid Madonna mics are necessary.

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The new kindle is more like a Padd then the previous boxy model. You can read novels on it like a Padd. You can’t write novels on it and it doesn’t do any speech to text but it does do text to speech and you can have your book read to you. Though Michael Crichton does not read the book to you like a book on tape, it’s a robot voice that makes you want to discombobulate it like its Landru or some other business. OK, maybe it only makes me want to discombobulate it. But the point is its robotic and not a dramatic reading. The worst part is you have to buy the device and then buy the books. I guess if you are always buying and reading books it could be a great thing. To me it seems like they are selling the razor and the blades both for more than I have or want to spend.

The thing is that only viewing one page at a time not two plus being in grey it really is not going to make for a great electronic comic book reader. Why isn’t anyone thinking about this?The thing is that only viewing one page at a time not two plus being in grey it really is not going to make for a great electronic comic book reader. Why isn’t anyone thinking about this?

You can get comics online, did you know that? You can even pay to read comics online. Well, Marvel comics anyway. DC is as usual back in the stone age of comics. Wait, aren’t those highly collectible?

Still I think the Kindle is too expensive and not really quite there as far as to be really all the features of a Padd. It is a step in the right direction though.

You might also get a tablet PC. Dell is making some pretty interesting ones now. This is getting closer as its going to be able to do whatever a laptop can do so its not just a single use device like the kindle. Still not every application will be able to take advantage of the tablet form. So I think except for some people you could wind up buying the tablet but wind up using it as a laptop. Big waste of money.

dellpad

The iPhone is kinda tiny to be a Padd but it is ubiquitous, it is multi-use. You could download a book and read it in theory, on your iPhone. I think it woiuld be about as satisfying as watching a David Lynch movie on an iPhone. Which is to say, not at all.

ifone

So I will keep looking for my perfect, connected, text to speech, speech to text, reading comic books, writing letters, novels, poems, thumbprint signing on a contract, write and read reports on a Padd-like device. I have not seen it yet, but it is coming.

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