Consider the following quote, from The Design of Everyday Things
by Don Norman (copyright 1988):
Would you like a pocket-size device that reminded you of each appointment and daily event? I would. I am waiting for the day when portable computers become small enough that I can keep one with me at all times. I will definitely put all my reminding burdens upon it. It has to be small. It has to be convenient to use. And it has to be relatively powerful, at least by today’s standards. It has to have a full, standard typewriter keyboard and a reasonably large display. It needs good graphics, because that makes a tremendous difference in usability, and a lot of memory – a huge amount, actually. And it should be easy to hook up to the telephone; I need to connect it to my home and laboratory computers.
I bought the book and found this passage while reading the book on my couch… on the Kindle app on my iPhone.
I love living in the future.
That is beautiful! I will smiling at that all weekend at least.
That was 1988 try going on-line and finding some mid-1960’s Popular Mechanics or Popular Science if you really want to feel like your living in the future in 2010 and what they forecast as the future. The home computer was never mentioned!!!
I don’t know what “Kindle” or “app” or “iPhone” means, but I sure hope somebody invents that thing the guy was talking about soon.