It’s amazing how many gadgets come into the market. While at the time of concept, they were probably the latest in technology, and had the chance making life easier. Unfortunately, by the time they got to market, they were already obsolete. Technology is changing so fast, that some products just can’t keep up. Just because gay men have all kinds of disposable income, doesn’t mean that we should be jumping on the gadget bandwagon.
Take the IRISNotes digital pen. It is a smart pen, which has been carefully designed allowing a user to use the special pen, to print on standard paper, then upload the data to a PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone, and instantly convert the handwritten notes into editable digital text.
The problem is, most people now already carry with them a laptop or tablet device to meetings, where they can take notes digitally. The IRISNotes requires the use of a special stylus plus a base unit receiver, which then needs to be plugged into an Apple 30 pin USB cable. It also requires special software, which comes on CD or is available for download through the App Store.
It takes so many steps to go from a handwritten note form to creating digital text, it’s just not effective. If this product was geared towards a busy executive, chances are, they are going to have an EA who can type 100+ wpm. And if you were thinking of giving this gift to your grandparents so they could write you a letter and email it, they’ll be more confused on how to convert the letter to digital format and learn how to use email, that they should just stick to paying for a stamp and putting the letter in Canada Post. Some things just weren’t meant to be.
There are also products like ScanStick that have come into the market. While at first glance, it seems like a cool product, in reality, it does pretty much everything that you can do with your iPhone already.
The ScanStick records voice notes, scans pages, photos, receipts and documents, and can organize, archive, and email files once uploaded to the custom software on your mac, mobile phone or PC.
Again, iPhone already has voice memo recording feature already built in. Accounting software companies are coming out with cloud based software that allows you to photograph the receipt and automatically enter it into their software, keeping your business expenses neat and accurate. And what would you ever do with a portable scanner? If you really want the article that you read in a magazine, chances are you’ll send yourself an email note and Google it later.
Overall, these products were intended to be helpful, especially during the period while smartphone adoption was still emerging; however, with new Android and iPhone devices coming out every year, these types of gadgets are just a waste of money and are essentially useless technology. Instead of buying this kind of crap, invest in a $25 iTunes gift card and download some free apps that can do all this and more! You’ll save yourself time, have everything neatly packaged on one device that fits into your pocket, and you won’t have to worry about cluttering up your office, junk drawer or spare room with more crap.
Save your money boys, or better yet, go buy yourself another vodka cran this Saturday night at the gay bar.