The technology magazine “BBC Click Online” this morning, was filmed in Taiwan, where the reporter presented the latest in emerging laptop technology. There are now laptops made of bamboo; laptops which emit perfume whilst warming up; even laptops shaped like tractors and dogs.
I was reminded of how, as part of the “Connecting Kent” broadband programme a few years ago, we introduced the visionary Tablet PC into our schools. I was convinced that a laptop whose screen could be used as ‘electronic writing paper’ was the best thing since sliced bread. The ability to hand write notes on the touch-sensitive screen and have the laptop transcribe them into a word processed document is a massive time saver.
Although personally I have used a tablet ever since, they just don’t seem to have taken off as I thought they would.
I suspect that whilst the technology’s fine, it’s the rest of us that need updating!