Monday, June 10, 2013

Former Fanboy's First Feelings: Favorable & Fail

New MacPro

Favorable: every tech exec will want the large black soup can to be seen sitting on their desk.

First fun-looking desktop in a decade.

Pricing: I'm guessing models will range between $1,999 and $10,000.

"Wow, you have a computer that could have cost $10K!?!"

Lots of up-selling and up-posing (is that a word?) possibilities.

iOS 7

Fail: my first impression agrees with Ryan Katkov's post above. It's a bit messy in there.

Do remember, however, that the OS is still at an early stage. There will be many clean-ups before iOS 7 ships.

On the other hand:

Now we can be post-anti-skeumorphic.

Yay! And thanks to PaulM for the link.


Robo Raven (UMD Robotics) - Weapons and Saviors of the Future?

Devices like these - quadcopters for example - tend to have short battery charge lives. These days perhaps 15 minutes at the most. In the future battery charges will last longer, but probably not long enough to cross an ocean.

I can see future robotic birds being transferred to remote areas of interest to NGOs and the military via  larger Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) that stay safe high and away.

The robotic birds fly to the target. Some take videos while others carry out actions - such as dropping medical supplies or sniffing/sensing for signs of life after earthquakes or doing whatever the military of the future has to do...

Then the robotic birds either return to the mother ship to refuel and resupply and or perhaps just dispose of themselves in some environmentally suitable way.

Link courtesy of BillB.