Chindōgu: were we sold that gadget as a solution to our problem? A Xmas thought, whilst you search for gifts
A life-saver or another well disguised millstone?
Chindōgu (珍道具?) is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that .. seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem .. find that it causes so many new so many new problems .. effectively it has no utility whatsoever
I often find myself wondering how many of the things we allow into our lives could fall into the category of chindōgu.
How many problems in our lives were introduced by the things we hoped would make it so much better.
Especially in the area of technology. The things that do have many useful qualities, yet create many more unforeseen and unexpected problems.
An even better line of thinking may be what useful things become chindōgu because of the way that we use them. Is a smartphone just out of the box useful but, after installing a few dozen distracting and purposefully time wasting apps does it become chindōgu? Was the social network you joined useful when you only followed a couple of dozen friends to keep up with their lives useful but, now that you follow a few hundred people you barely know, is it chindōgu? How about those few blogs you added to a RSS feed reader to stay abreast of a particular subject or save some time navigating to each one? That was useful, I’m sure. Are the few dozen more you added after that?
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But please enjoy the Christmas season, remembering that the giving of gifts is the sharing of good-will and showing thanks for friendship and generosity received. A true and open heart is rarely wrong.
What you have right now — why isn’t that sufficient?
What you have right now — why isn’t that sufficient? The existence of something better doesn’t negate the usefulness of what you already own. I don’t have a philosophical objection to these things, and far be it from me to moralize. I’m no luddite, nor am I even particularly ascetic. The thing that concerns me — especially when I detect it in myself — is the false belief that these things will really revolutionize our lives.
There is so much truth here.
What are we missing today that we needed yesterday?
The tech has all been there, its how we use it that matters.
Email and online messaging has been around since 1975 and 1995 apx, only now they are a little more shiny.
Mobile digital cameras have got better though 😉 but even with higher pixel counts, will never replace the dedicated pro camera, there’s not enough physical space.
5in, 1920 x 1080
that’s 441 pixels per inch (326ppi for the iPhone 5)
Continuous Grain Silicon (CG-Silicon) thin film transistor technology
– enables switching apparently 600x faster than current LCD films
Screens should be thinner and lighter, and allow more light to pass through them, improving contrast
We could be looking at far superior screen tech in 2013!
And surely Sharp wont be the only ones.
Lets hope they are kept repairable/ replaceable & manufactured sensitive to the environment
*retina being a meaningless marketing term of course, mostly used by a certain fruity company 🙂 As with most things, at the end of the day, it boils down to just numbers