Actually Ken, I don't think that's a very apt description, Honda has always been a very tech savvy company, more like a , well, I don't really know these days all cars are pretty amazing. I guess a generic Ford or Chevy.
It really is quite something how they are using the touch technology, amazing even, but its for controlling a portable entertainment device, selecting a music track and how it will play. That's akin to using a mainframe as a basic calculator. Sure, its whiz bang and very cool and all that, but its just a bloody 'walkman'. A very fancy and impressive walkman but still a walkman.
It sort of reminds me of the fabulous LED and then LCD watches that came out in the 70s and early 80s. Oooh they were so thin and they could do all sorts of cool stuff, stop watches, split watches, count down timers, alarms, dual time zones, multi time zones, etc. But in the end, they told time. Cracking walnuts with a wireless computer controlled automatic 2 ton hydraulic device powered by solar recharged fuel cells with interactive video/8.1 audio and remote is still cracking walnuts. I guess it might be the bee's knees to a professional walnut cracker. Its just all so very "Sharper Image".
I would hope it could be so very much more. I've always said the touch tech was snazzy, no questions about it, but its the gesturing that is the real gem, especially with the programmability.
Maybe such uses as this uberPod will provide the funding and show the applicability of the touch tech, but you know, touch control is really old hat, I remember seeing demos of it back in 1980 as a CAD tablet interface. True, that wasn't capacitive based, they used ultrasonics tucked into a relatively thick bezel to read the x and y of your finger. Like I said, the touch control is just means.
Don't get me wrong, I love tech, even just for tech's sake. But the parlor tricks only get me through the boring after dinner company.
Computers can be an extension of the human intellect and they can be great entertainment devices, the TS was an example of the former, this uberPod is an example of the latter. As an extension of our intellect, they help us grow and evolve, become more than we were; as the latter they become distractions from the real work. We all need the distractions, all work and no play makes Jack a dull and listless boy, but at the same time, all play and no work make Jack a dull and useless boy. Unfortunately, I see way too much priority on the play to the exclusion of the work.
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