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Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone

Funnily enough, just a few days ago as I pen these words, I was chatting with my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) when she informed me that — as a kid — she had never played at making a telephone using two tin cans connected by a piece of string.

I must admit to being a tad surprised. I thought every kid was obliged to do this as a rite of passage or something. Even now that I'm old and gray, I'm not above playing with this sort of thing. Everyone should have a little whimsy in their lives. (I know, I know… it's not the size of your little whimsy, it's what you do with it that counts, but we digress.)

So, you can only imagine my surprise on discovering the ultimate in iRonic gifts — the iCups communication system, which is billed as “The apex of high fashion and high technology, and the perfect gift for the trendiest of friends and family!” As you can see in the photograph below, being presented with his very own iCups communications system certainly brightened Steve Wozniak's day.

I think it's fair to say that, in this increasingly complex technological world in which we live, the retro iCups system takes us back to a simpler, purer time.

What, you want an iCups system of your very own? Well, in that case I'm about to bring a smile to your face and brighten your day, because Magdim Mukhametshin, co-founder of ADA Sport, has an iRonic iCups Kickstarter project up and running.

Why do these folks need a Kickstarter? Well, as Magdim says, quite apart from anything else, they need to be prepared for the onslaught of lawsuits from the phone companies whose business they'll be stealing! Knowing how litigious companies are these days, it's hard to argue with this.

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33 comments on “Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone

  1. Eldredge
    September 22, 2014

    It looks like there may be some space for me to enter the market witha competitive product – iCans (actually got the idea from you!)

  2. Himanshugupta
    September 23, 2014

    ha ha…really nice to read about the stuff of high-tech past.

  3. Susan Fourtané
    September 23, 2014

    When technology gets too advanced, simplicity becomes enjoyable. 😀

    -Susan

  4. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 23, 2014

    @Eldredge, I think you should go for it!

  5. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 23, 2014

    Really, at the base of it, it's all about helping people communicate. That's what it was about adn that's what it will be about.

  6. Eldredge
    September 23, 2014

    @Hailey – I think so too. Among other things, it has nostalgia going for it.

  7. itguyphil
    September 23, 2014

    @Susan F,

    … or too big. It's funny when every other device gets smaller & the one you carry around everywhere slowly gets bigger.

  8. ahdand
    September 24, 2014

    @pocharle: Well it's the trend isn't it ? I think we are heading towards the early stages of technology where every unit was quite big in size. 

  9. ahdand
    September 24, 2014

    @eldridge: Any others who are interested in heading towards it ? 

  10. prabhakar_deosthali
    September 24, 2014

    Icups has been synonymous to reliving childhood for all of us old gray people.  

    This also reminded me of the firefighter tanker we used to make out of the used empty colgate toothpowder  cans , which were of the same shape as the fire fighter water tankers. Another Nostalgia!

     

     

     

     

  11. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 24, 2014

    @prabhakar, and don't get me started about all the things you can make with a large cardboard box! Reuse at its finest.

  12. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 24, 2014

    @prabhakar, and don't get me started about all the things you can make with a large cardboard box! Reuse at its finest.

  13. ahdand
    September 25, 2014

    Well re-usability is something which has to be encouraged in mass scale. Many does not have any idea about what re-usability can do for them. 

  14. ahdand
    September 25, 2014

    @prabhakar: Well there were so many things which we used to recycle but now with all these new technology recycling has been sidelined

  15. Ashu001
    September 25, 2014

    Prabhakar,

    Thanks for bringing back some really-really splendid memories!

    Great times for Sure!

     

  16. Susan Fourtané
    September 26, 2014

    pocharle, 

    “It's funny when every other device gets smaller & the one you carry around everywhere slowly gets bigger.”

    Well, long time ago I predicted that phones, as we know it, were slowly walking their path to extintion and the way we communicate using a phone today was going to evolve and change. 

    And, it's slowly happening if you put all the pieces together, including wearables and what is in R&D as we speak.

    The size of the phones went from super big to getting smaller to the point of very tiny phones, and then they started getting bigger again.

    It has a logic if you see all what you can do with your phone today, which is much more than just use it as a phone. Almost no one makes as much phone calls as they used to make some years ago.

    -Susan 

  17. Eldredge
    September 26, 2014

    @ Susan – That's a good point  The size of the phone has changed becasue of how it is used, and what functions it provides.

     

  18. Eldredge
    September 26, 2014

    @ Susan – That's a good point  The size of the phone has changed becasue of how it is used, and what functions it provides.

     

  19. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 29, 2014

    @nimantha, many people may not know about real usability but i think they know it when they encounter it. Think of many of the products that have gained real mainstream acceptance. People didn't come up with the idea but  when they used it, they began to see the possibliities. It's a reality that consumer electronics has been built upon.

  20. Ashu001
    September 29, 2014

    Hailey,

    Absolutely Right!

    The Whole Consumer Electronics industry is based on precisely this possibility and Potential today.

    I was recently reading that Samsung has TWICE as many Engineers as Google has currently,But they are struggling to make an OS of the level of Android.

    Why is that?

    Its because Samsung is spread very thin across many different industries while Google has almost Lazer Like Focus on Software.

    It makes a big-big difference to the entire Scheme of things.

    At the same time it also means that Google can't produce half the Products that Samsung can today;because they just don't have those many Skilled Pros across different Consumer Electronics Ecosystems today.

     

  21. itguyphil
    September 29, 2014

    @nimantha.d,

    I hope not. I'm perfectly happy with things being more powerful & taking up less space. Why go backwards now?

  22. ahdand
    September 30, 2014

    @pocharle: Yes in a way that's good. 

  23. itguyphil
    September 30, 2014

    @Susan F,

    “Almost no one makes as much phone calls as they used to make some years ago.”

    I most certainly do not. You're right – the phone has become like a personal concierge for most people. I still personally like the smaller size trend.

  24. Susan Fourtané
    October 1, 2014

    Eldredge, 

    Yes. For voice communication wearables like Glass and smartwatches are going to replace the phone. The phone will merge with the tablet, completely, as you can already see today if you pay attention at how you use your devices. 

    How much do you use your phone for making/receiving calls and SMSing? 

    -Susan

  25. Susan Fourtané
    October 1, 2014

    pocharle, 

    Again, it depends on your needs and how you use the device. At this moment, I prefer a bigger phone. But as I probably mentioned before, I don't care for making/receiving calls, or texting. This may also be linked to my experiement spending almost two years without using/carrying a phone. 

    -Susan

  26. Eldredge
    October 1, 2014

    @Susan – Personally, I'm behind the curve with regard to smart phones – I just upgraded from my I-can hardware. But I have also added a wireless system. Installed a dinner bell on the back porch!

       Seriously, I am considering more connected technology for business reasons.

  27. Susan Fourtané
    October 2, 2014

    Eldredge, 

    A wireless dinnner bell is a great and important idea. 😀 

    I am for connectivity for both business and consumer reasons. At this point you can't leave consumers out of the equation. 🙂 

    -Susan

  28. Eldredge
    October 2, 2014

    @Susan – Are you implying that you are ambidextrous?  OK, you caught me…I'd like more connectivity for personal reasons too!

  29. Susan Fourtané
    October 3, 2014

    Eldredge, 

    “I'd like more connectivity for personal reasons too!”

    Perfect. 😀 Connectivity has to reach every aspect in our life, not only business. Because, after all, business and personal are also connected. 

    -Susan

  30. Eldredge
    October 3, 2014

    @Susan – How true – my business interest is driven by my personal interests in patents – life is good!

  31. Susan Fourtané
    October 4, 2014

    Eldredge,

    See? They are connected. 🙂 What kind of patents? 

    -Susan

  32. Eldredge
    October 4, 2014

    @Susan – My background is in chemical and electrical engineerng, and my interests are in the chemical/electrical/mechanical fields. I am also a patent agent, so I can help others make their case befroe the USPTO for a patent application.

  33. Susan Fourtané
    October 6, 2014

    Eldredge, 

    How interesting. The world of patents is very interesting, I believe. 🙂 

    -Susan

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