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Time travel

This is my first blog post, the very first that I have ever written! So a special moment it is for me!

Back in the early 90’s, Titan, an Indian maker of watches, ran ads on their products saying that they also showed the time of day. That the watches had so many features tagged on that it became necessary to remind the consumer that the product was a watch after all. And that yes they could use it to tell the time besides all the other features that were rolled into it.

Fast forward a few years and the first cell phones were being launched in Calcutta (today’s Kolkata), the capital of the Indian state of Bengal. I was working with a multimedia / e-learning company those days. We were engaged to develop a multimedia presentation on cell phones, introducing them to the public. The presentation that was developed did an outstanding job of why someone would need to use a cell phone. For example, the car breaks down on the road and you need to call the mechanic. A task clearly made easier by the phone. There were many more examples. All brilliantly told.

Move ahead to today and it sometimes can become hard to see why someone would call today’s cell phone a “phone.” Pocket computer seems more apt. Perhaps it would not be a stretch to call it a pocket mainframe.

The dizzying pace of developments in cell phones has been overwhelming to say the least.

Forget sending emails on the cell phone: that is passé! Consider instead that you can make payments and deposit checks using the cell phone. Would you call the phone a pocket bank? When you look at the sheer number and variety of apps available on today’s iPhones and Android phones, it becomes evident that the device has vastly overtaken the desktops that used to be the sole access to computing resources not so long ago.

Today the action is moving on to wearable devices. Smartwatches. That will compete with cell phones.

And yes, presumably, they will also tell the time. Back to the future it is!

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