I know it might be a bold statement, but I’m gonna go on record today. I believe the days of the ubiquitous input device that you likely have in your hand as we speak has it’s days numbered. It has served us well over the years, and has yet to let us down. It has soldiered on throughout the years as an unsung hero of the computing age. Never complaining, even though lord knows what horrible shit you have clicked on; oh the secrets it must have!
Now the mouse is not going to go away completely, let’s just call it “semi-retirement,” it will always have a place, but it’s going to be more relegated to a niche corner of the world, things that require a little more precise moments that you can get touching your screen. Gaming, graphics and design, auto-cad etc.
I know what you must be thinking right now, I’m thinking the same thing myself, “how many live chickens can I cram into my car?” You might also be thinking, “Jer, you are a certified mad-man. On what basis can you make this bold and daring assumption about the current and future state of the wonderful world of high tech….ummm tech.”
Well, let me tell you champ.
You see, there is this little shindig they have in Berlin, (that’s Germany) every year around this time called the IFA. What is the IFA you may ask. Well, good question young sir or madam. The IFA is a huge consumer electronics show where various companies come to show off there shit. Why is this important? That’s a very noble inquiry old chap. The IFA is in the late summer/early fall, which means that all the cool ass shit you see there is going to be hitting store shelves just before Christmas. I hear people love to by shit at that time of year.
Let’s have a quick look at the highlights! Jeeves, roll the film!
The M3, V5 and S7 ultra books, all have been upgraded this year to touch screens. They also are releasing two new Windows tablets.
They showed of a fucking 27 inch touch screen “tablet.” They call it a tablet, but’s really just a touch screen all in one desktop.
Touch screen laptops, tablets, and hybrids, not a mouse to be seen.
Oh this is taking to long! Ok, Samsung, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba all are sporting touch screen laptops, ultra books, tablets, and desktops. The more astute readers my have notice a pattern developing here, and you are correct, all these manufactures make electronics! Also, they’re all touch screen. In fact, the only computer manufacturer that I could find that didn’t have a touch screen computer is Apple.
I was planning on doing a whole bunch of thorough research and providing links to all these new products, but that seemed way too much like work, so I found a website that had already done all the heavy lifting.
For better or for worse, Windows 8 has almost arrived. Next month, there is going to be a paradigm shift, I really believe that the very fundamentals of computers is changing. Anyone who tries to cling to the old ways is going to get left behind.
So, I think the only real thing left to say is goodnight sweet prince, your memory will live on in our hearts and mind forever-ish.