Category: cell phones

iPhone – MyPhone

Who invented the iPhone? If you said Steve Jobs, you would be partially correct. Actually, neither Jobs nor Apple have invented much of anything. Job’s genius was in packaging technology to appeal to an audience of people he understood. He did it with the Apple computer, the McIntosh, the iMac, the iPad, and the iPhone.

There were lots of MP3 music players on the market prior to the iPad, but Apple made it smaller and sexier. The appeal is in the presentation, as any good chef will know. Jobs was an extraordinarily good cook.

The iPhone is basically a wireless communications device, such as that used in Star Trek by the intrepid  Captain Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise. The writers of Star Trek doubtless got their inspiration from the cartoon, Dick Tracy, whose 2-Way Wrist Radio was the dream of every school age kid in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It was later upgraded to a Wrist-TV in the 1960’s. This kind of sounds like an iPhone, only sexier.

What inventors have done is to follow their dreams. These dreams were spoon fed to these guys by fiction writers in the 60’s and 70’s. These authors got their inspiration from earlier writers. The point is that some ideas have been around for a long time, just waiting for technology to catch up to imagination.

Science fiction has spawned lots of ideas, including a partial list as follows:

  • Artificial joints.
  • Artificial limbs.
  • Artificial hearts.
  • Organ transplants.
  • Space travel.
  • Communications devices.
  • Space based telescopes (The Hubble).
  • Travel to the moon.
  • Travel to the planets.
  • Brain implants.

Brain implants? Yep, they are real and they are here. Well, they are in the labs being developed.

There was a recent television show on one of the cable channels showing the latest achievements in cyber-aids for victims of accidents who had lost their limbs or eyesight. They all involved direct connectons to the human body, and in the case of a sight aid, directly to a blind person’s brain.

Scientists in studying the functioning of the human body and its nervous system are trying to harness current current technologies to augment the human body. We just hope that they can be the kind of imaginative chef Jobs was.


Let’s Outlaw Electronics Usage In Cars

There is an MSNBC article about this self-same subject entitled, Scientists endorse driver cellphone proposal… It’s not that MSNBC is normally worth reading, but even a blind hog can occasionally find an acorn. In the article the scientists are recommending the banning of all personal electronic devices while driving. Does this include radios, CD players, and iPods?

I have thought for a long time that using cell phones while driving is very dangerous. You know it is, and yet you still keep endangering my life, and the lives of others because you just have to talk to your wife/lover/boyfriend/customer while driving in 70 mph traffic on the San Diego Freeway, or whatever thoroughfare you are whizzing at the moment.

It is a no-brainer that texting while driving is deathfully dangerous, and it is generally no-brain people like teenagers that persist in this activity, even though the activity is universally against the law.

But, this proposed ban of all personal electronic devices is taking the war to a new level. Now, not only are brainless texters at risk of breaking laws or murdering untold of millions of citizens, but, we are all put at risk of the ultimate boredom of having to drive our cars with nothing else to do!

We have all thought of our cars as rolling radios and CD players for a long time. Now, we have iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, DVD players, Blackberries, and two-way radios to keep us company. It gets lonely out there, and we have triumphed over that with our personal electronics. I wonder if the proposed ban includes our personal vibrators medical devices?

Now, I don’t remember any laws against reading a newspaper, magazine, or comic book while driving. I don’t remember a law forbidding the application of facial makeup while driving. I don’t remember any law against a lady putting on her pantyhose while driving. All these are known cases of attention-diverting activities performed by at least one woman driving to work in her Chevrolet Suburban, and all on the same morning! She could have wiped out an entire battalion of troops with that tank.

Some of us are better drivers than others, and doing little things while driving is generally non-life threatening. However, talking on the phone, typing text into a device, or watching Toy Story on a DVD player are definitely candidates for legislative solutions.

So, let us keep our personal electronic devices that don’t require talking or taking your eyes off the road. Cell phones, two-way radios, and personal video devices should be banned for our mutual good.