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SAN FRANCISCO -- I'm not in Las Vegas this week covering CES, and I'm just
fine with that. I'm a guy who's comfortable in his own skin, especially when that skin's not exposed to Vegas.
Instead, I'm enjoying reading dispatches from Junko Yoshida
and Sylvie Barak
about the newest gadgets swept up in the hype swirl
in the desert.
A lot of these gadgets are amusing at best, and
that's OK, because they represent how electronics design makes even
the dumbest ideas possible.
Here are three technologies I'd like to see but likely will never
see at Consumer Electronics Show:
- A gas detector that would prevent people (for
instance, my college-age son) from consuming certain
foods/beverages that will have an adverse affect on those around
them, if you get my drift. Yeah, that's right, I started off
with a flatulence joke...Happy New Year! But tell me you don't
think that this a hugely practical. We're great at detection;
not so great at prevention. Your smartphone would detect and
analyze what you're about to consume and politely warn you about
the social consequences. If you continue, it would apply a
current to some portion of your body to reinforce the message.
- A productivity estimator bolt-on to corporate e-mail
systems. This clever piece of software would analyze
users' keystrokes, subject matter and the number of potential
and e-mail recipients and spit back an estimate of the potential
lost productivity that e-mail distribution will have on the
group. Users who consistently send e-mails in the
lost-productivity "red zone" would be flagged to IT and HR.
- Sensor software built into all new cars sold in the city and
county of San Francisco (or New York/Boston/Chicago/London, for
that matter). The add-on to the parking-assist sensor
prevent drivers from taking up too much free space in a
residential street parking area. (Some drivers, I've observed,
will park and take up space that could accommodate two cars.
This seems to occur because the driver is, um, stupid and
selfish. And in cities where street parking is at a premium,
stupidity and selfishness should be prevented at all costs.
OK, so two of these are reasonable.
I'm more interested in hearing about technologies fermenting in
your heads that you'd like to see brought to light, no matter how
limited or pedestrian their application. What are they?
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