Posted by: crudbasher | May 6, 2011

Classroom Technology Will Take Care of Itself

I found this interesting story today about a cell phone made from flexible materials as an experiment. While the technology is pretty neat what strikes me is the pace of innovation shown here. The fellow who created this says that this technology will be common in 5 years. That’s 2016. Of course the state of the art in cell phones today is something like an iPhone. More generically known as a smart phone. Those first came out about 5 years ago. What did we have 10 years ago? This:

Cell Phone - circa 2001

This is a Nokia phone circa 2001. How many of us then would have been able to predict what an iPhone could do? Even if we could have guessed, I bet we would not have thought an iPhone would be cheap enough to be widespread. And yet that is what has happened.

Technology means electronics get much faster and much cheaper very very fast. In fact, I submit that most phones in 2020 won’t even be phones as we know them today. They will just be portable computers that also allow us to communicate with anyone.

The cell companies and computer companies are rapidly moving to a business model where they make more money they more people have their gadgets. The gadgets themselves will be so cheap that they can be given away.

Trying to get the public school system to bring technology into the classroom is too hard and too slow and way too expensive. Then, once a technology has been decided on, it become obsolete quickly.  Just wait and technology will come by itself. The students will bring their own. The more important question is what will be do when the technology arrives?

Have a wonderful weekend!

  • flexible phone technology

    tags: technology cell phone flexible epaper

    • A prototype flexible smartphone made of electronic paper has been created by Canadian researchers.
    • The PaperPhone can do all the things bulkier smartphones can do such as make and take calls, send messages, play music or display e-books.

      The gadget triggers different functions and features when bent, folded and flexed at its corners or sides.

      “Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years,” said creator Dr Roel Vertegaal.

    • The prototype was created in order to investigate how easy it is for people to use bending and flexing to control such a device. The early version is connected to a laptop to interpret and record the ways test subjects flexed it.

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