June 26th, 2013


Tablet penetration is officially at 1/3 of the U.S. adult population.

Smartphones: 56%. Tablets: 34%.


Reblogged from Pew Internet
April 24th, 2013


Samsung and the University of Texas conspire for thought controlled tablets - SlashGear

Electronics giant Samsung is working with researchers at the University of Texas on a project that has to do with providing control of a tablet using brain waves.

Reblogged from A Smarter Planet
April 8th, 2013


I ate at a robot restaurant in MSP Int’l Airport. Each seat has one of these tablets (not sure the brand). And each seat has two electric outlets including two for a USB. You can see the USB ports on the outlet on the left. The wood is fake, so are the leather seats. TV screens hung from nearly every wall surface. I’m not sure if you can see it, but can you see the steam behind the counter? I can’t be 100% sure, but I’d swear it was artificial, like that fake smoke at clubs. Even the battery operated candle had a fake flicker.

To order food and drinks, you swipe and poke at the tablet, which, btw, also has full internet access. After you order, you pay by swiping your credit card on a swiper nearby (out of frame).

About five minutes later a server delivers your order, which looks nearly identical(!) to the meal in the photos. Eerie. If you need something, there is red “Assistance” button on the bottom right of the tablet (you can see it on the tablet above). Push that, and someone comes over and asks “How may I assist you?”

All the diners had forks in one hand while swiping news or email on the tablet with the other. The place was spookily silent. Everyone’s heads were down, focused on the screens, and shoveling food in their mouths, as if sedated.

We live in the future.

Reblogged from Climate Adaptation
January 12th, 2013
Opportunity is everywhere: The offline world is filled with friction, inefficiency, incomplete information, tedium and excess capacity. We feel it all the time. Waiting for elevators. Waiting for delivery drivers. Going across town only to find an empty bar. Forgetting the name of the person you just met. These problems are so frequent and inherently human we are often blind to them. But for almost every problem we encounter, relief will be found in the same place: The device we carry with us. We don’t need to log in. Sensors minimize the information input. Smart assistants and voice recognition allow hand’s-free use and allow the least technically capable among us to use their deepest, richest features. Last year saw the first mass implementations of phones making what used to be our offline lives better with companies like Uber and HotelTonight, but 2013 will be the year in which we start looking to our devices to scratch our every itch – for companionship, entertainment and much more…
November 7th, 2012
March 20th, 2012

The Future Of Reading Is Tablets

According to a new survey by the Pearson Foundation, the majority of U.S. college students now prefer reading digitally, for both studying and for “fun” reading. Other factors:

  • 57% preferred digital for fun reading
  • 58% preferred digital for textbook reading
  • 25% of US college students own a tablet, up from 7% in ‘11
  • 17% of college-bound US high school seniors own a tablet, up from 4% in ‘11
  • 63% favor iPad, followed by 26% Kindle Fire and 15% Samsung Galaxy Tab

So, this study isn’t about digital reading, after all. It’s about tablet reading, which is clearly the future. My bet is that next year over 50% of US college students will own a tablet, and a large number of schools will start to require them.

(h/t PaidContent.org)

March 14th, 2012
March 5th, 2012

Publishers Cooling On Tablets?

E-Books on Tablets Fight Digital Distractions -  Julie Bosman and Matt Richtel via NYTimes.com

There are signs that publishers are cooling on tablets for e-reading. A recent survey by Forrester Research showed that 31 percent of publishers believed iPads and similar tablets were the ideal e-reading platform; one year ago, 46 percent thought so.

“The tablet is like a temptress,” said James McQuivey, the Forrester Research analyst who led the survey. “It’s constantly saying, ‘You could be on YouTube now.’ Or it’s sending constant alerts that pop up, saying you just got an e-mail. Reading itself is trying to compete.”

But it’s just the very capable tablets that they dislike. Publishers love the cheap black-and-white e-readers, that don’t do anything except let people read books:

But Mr. McQuivey of Forrester said that it was more likely that tablets would eventually edge out black-and-white e-readers. “The historical precedent suggests that’s the case,” he said, citing the Palm Pilot, digital point-and-shoot cameras and portable GPS systems for the car as items that have been gradually displaced by multifunction devices. “There’s less and less reason to have these as stand-alone devices.”

Yes. I have found my iPhone to provide a great reading experience, for example, so I wouldn’t contemplate buying a dedicated e-reader, now.

March 2nd, 2012

When will tablets outsell traditional PCs?

Horace Dediu agrees with Tim Cook that the tablet market will eclipse the traditional PC market. He makes some reasonable — even conservative — assumptions, and comes up with fall of 2013.

And by that time the Amazon tablets may be capable enough to really replace PCs.

February 27th, 2012
The iPad is terrific; I have one. I use it to read books or watch TV but I don’t use it to really get work done.

- Meg Whitman, CEO of HP,  cited in HP’s PC Addiction by Jean-Louis Gassée via Monday Note

I think these are words that will haunt Whitman for the rest of her life, like IBM Chairman Tom Watson’s famous line,

I think there is a world market for about five computers.

HP is caught in a trap: last year, they were going to walk away from the PC business, but it is producing 18% of the company’s operating profit:

And in the recent earnings call, there is zero mention of tablets. And their smartphone strategy is all contingent on Windows 8.

Time to sell HP short, and we can start the dead pool for Whitman. As Gassée puts it, Whitman has ‘opened the first envelope’:

For her part, CEO Meg Whitman ‘‘opens the first envelope”: She (subtly) blames her predecessor for his PSG spin-off announcement and the ensuing on-again-off-again business disruption.