Tired of the “connected” concept
It was another drop-dead exhausting day in Barcelona. I was there for the annual Mobile World Congress, attending the event on behalf of our company’s media. I’ve tried to get my hands on every latest smartphone and tablet, identify new trends and technologies and exchange ideas with journalists and industry insiders from all over the world. Having been there for a week, I could barely feel my feet but overall it was worth the effort and the fatigue.
If there’s something I’ve seen here in Barcelona and I’d like to write a few lines about, this is certainly the “connected” concept. A few years ago, companies tried to connect devices: mobile telephones to computers, media players to TVs, ovens to the internet, etc. They made it to a certain extent but there were a lot more prospects, so they had to rethink the whole idea. Eventually what they did change was the approach to the “connected” concept: it wasn’t the devices that had to be connected; it was the everyday activities.
I don’t really care if my smartphone can recognize my computer, my TV, my console or even my car. What I do need is pair my music to my daily commutes, my schedule to the traffic I face every morning on my way to the office, my PlayStation videogames’ library to my profiles on various social media platforms. This is the “connected” concept I really want; a complete and truly smart solution that can indeed improve my life.
So, I have gotten in touch with the “connected” concept about twice a year over the last three years, usually at every IFA and MWC (consumer electronic and mobile devices shows, that is). Companies are like goldfishes: they forget what they’ve told us the last time and every six months we are “introduced” to the same things: connected cars, connected houses, connected cities, M2M infrastructure, NFC philosophy. I’m tired of “exploring” the same sci-fi prototypes again and again and, at the same time, being forced to use outdated methods in my everyday life.
I have attended two simulated demonstrations of using an NFC-enabled credit/debit card for commercial reasons and yet I haven’t been in a store that allows me to do the same anytime, anywhere in Greece. Jeez, I’m tired of being introduced to the same novel technologies every time. I want them in my life and I want them now. I don’t want to describe to my readers things I alone know; I want to discuss with them our common experiences and identify ways to make them better.
Hell… Am I asking too much?