As we continue to ring in the New Year, we thought it would be interesting to take this time to reflect on our not-so-distant past. We looked back into our Unplggd archives and dug up some interesting posts predating the introduction of the iPad. They're full of speculation and anticipation for whatever the "Apple tablet" could be. It made us wonder: what will be the next tech revolution and what are the clues around today that could point us to an answer?
One interesting example of the iPad-effect can be seen in this post taken from August 4th, 2009: Hope or Hype: Would You Even Want a Tablet Computer? Where our very own Gregory Han remains highly suspicious of the benefits an Apple tablet could bring yet only days ago, we see him proudly flaunting his iPad on his Tech Top 10 claiming, "the iPad has proven to be my truly mobile companion." And he certainly isn't the only Unplggd member who has now fallen for the iPad craze. Joel, Joelle, Sonia, and Campbell all have embraced the tablet revolution while many of us anticipate the release of the iPad 2 and other tablet innovations to come.
So where do we go from here? It certainly seems like "touch" and new screen technology will be the wave of the future, ushering in all sorts of new possibilities in home and mobile devices. Other advancements we're looking forward to is a greater push towards solid state drives and the move away from optical media.
Are there any innovations or revolutions you're betting on in the coming years? Maybe with new social networking capabilities, smart phones, or even 3D TVs? Let us know in the comments.
In the meantime, here are more links from the iPad speculation days that are sure to incite a sense of nostalgia.
Apple Tablet to Reshape eBook Market?
Is This the Real Apple Tablet
Is This What Textbooks on the Apple Tablet Will Look Like?
Rumor Mill: An Apple Tablet Coming This September
Apple Patents Tablet-like Device
[header image depicts Fujitsu's flexible screen technology]