Babies Use Tablets, Grownups Get Tickets Driving With Google Glass
Recently I had a lengthy discussion with a friend, as our amazed children listened, about various types of technology we’ve used going back to our childhoods and the amazing changes that have taken place over the years.
Included in that discussion were:
1. Black and white TV (mid 1960s)
2. Color TV (late 1960s)
3. AM radio/transistor radio
4. Turntable for 45 rpm records
5. FM radio/Stereo system/Turntable for 33 1/3 rpm
6. Cable television (1970s)
7. Eight-track player and tapes (early 1970s)
8. Cassette recorder and tapes (mid 1970s)
9. Electric typewriter (1970s)
10. VCR (1980s)
11. Typographic equipment (early 1980s)
12. Pager (early 1980s)
13. Compact discs (early 1980s)
14. Car phone (mid 1980s)
15. Fax machine (mid-late 1980s)
16. Workstation connected to a mainframe computer (mid 1980s)
17. Apple computers at work for ad design (late 1980s)
18. Apple LE at home (late 1980s)
19. Video camera (late 1980s)
20. More sophisticated Apple and Mac computers (1990s and 2000s)
22. Online shopping (late 1990s)
23. Online grocery shopping/home delivery from Streamline (late 1990s)
24. Online publishing (late 1990s)
25. Cell phone (early 2000s)
26. iPod (early 2000s)
27. iPhone (late 2000s)
28. Flatscreen TV (late 2000s)
29. iPad (late 2000s)
The way we as a society use technology or at least how early we start using it and what types of devices we use has changed dramatically over the years. Two recent news items reinforce these points.
Firstly, new research from Common Sense Media found:
- Forty percent of families with children eight or younger have tablets, up from eight percent 2011.
- Seventy-two percent of kids eight or younger have used mobile devices, up from 38 percent two years ago.
- Thirty-eight percent of kids under the age of two have used a mobile device, up from 10 percent in 2011.
Secondly, a woman named Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for speeding earlier this week in San Diego. She also received a summons for wearing her Google Glass while behind the wheel. While she didn’t know it until getting written up, California’s vehicle code section 267602 prohibits drivers from operating a vehicle in which a video display is visible to the driver.
- Zero to Eight, Children’s Media use in America 2013 – Common Sense Media (report)
- Traffic citation: Google Glass-ing while driving – The Christian Science Monitor
Which technological advances or consumer use of technology have had the biggest influence on retailing over the past 10 years? What will have the greatest impact in the next 10?