A look back at a look forward

1967\’s predictions about what home computing will look like

This is what we thought home computers would look like in the future. I have to say I don’t see it as too far off the mark. Sure, our modern computers are far more compact, diverse, and adaptable, but I think it’s really rather nifty that even back in 1967 people were dreaming of online banking, amazon, e-mail, web-cams, net-linked security cameras, etc.

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The Reactable… silly name, Interesting technology.

I have it on the best authority that not only does the technology exist, but it’s being produced and sold. This is no demo.

Don’t let the silly European techno culture distract you from this incredibly glitzy and brilliant piece of computer engineering. It is an intuitive leap forward for the way we view music and music creation (or it will be, anyway, if the price drops). They even have a newer model that’s supposedly more durable and easier to use, for installation in public institutions such as children’s science centers and music/arts learning centers.

Soooo…. yeah. Anybody know if this is for real?

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If you’re a scientist, or have experience with this technology, or a reliable source that is verifiable, I’d love to hear from you. because this is just plausible enough to scare me and exhilarate me at the same time… and leave me feeling like this might be a fake.

I mean, this is some really awesome technology, if it exists. think about what it could mean for places like the Sudan, or even rural areas in that battered, (and much face-palmed) but good hearted, old lady, my own U.S. of A.?

And that’s just for something like lighting a room for things like studying at night (Lincoln wouldn’t have had to wear glasses with these babies around, lol) . . . What about the other applications? extreme fuel efficiency, for instance? after all, think about how much heat comes off of a car’s engine, exhaust pipe, drivetrain, etc. … if all of that were kicking back into a hybrid’s fuel cell, we actually might get a car that would do three or four hundred miles to the gallon…

*boggles*

So before I get my hopes up, please come along and smash them ^^

’cause… yeah. *wants to do a “Fiddler On The Roof” dance to the beat from ‘If I Were A Rich Man’*