Monday, April 29, 2013


I've been enjoying, and blogging about, Wired Magazine's 20-year anniversary issue. One of their topics to represent the  technological landscape of the past 20 years is Convergence - of smartphones with a huge variety of other stuff.

An infographic demonstrates "How over 40 gadgets converge into the tiny device in your pocket". The image isn't ideal as it comes off as a devotional item to the cult of Apple, but it effectively (and amusingly) demonstrates the various technologies that most current smartphones have subsumed.

Wired has the graphic on their website, but briefly here is the list of old tech now found on smartphones:
  1. Email
  2. Camera
  3. Barcode Scanner
  4. Alarm Clock
  5. Music Player
  6. Handheld Gaming
  7. Video Capture
  8. GPS Navigation
  9. Personal Trainer
  10. SMS
Wired includes "more functions smartphones consumed":
  1. Radio
  2. Video Chat
  3. Bubble Level
  4. Boarding Pass 
  5. Weather (forecaster)
  6. Instrument Tuner
  7. Vuvuzela
  8. Credit Card Scanner
  9. Remote Control
  10. Whoopie Cushion
  11. Check Deposits
  12. Lighter for arena power ballads
  13. Car Keys
Any that Wired missed?

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