Posts Tagged ‘i-Phone’

‘Alan Epstein, a professor in the aeronautics and astronautics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has begun a prototype for a miniature jet engine chip that will be able to power many electronic devices including your PC or Apple tablets. 2016 may be six years away but lets hope by that time, jet fuel will come free with the purchase.’

Tablet technology has been  slowly dying in terms of development  for the majority of its life-span thus far.

However with the hype of the newly anticipated i-Pad, could we be seeing a turn for the better in the tablet department?

It is hard to say at this point whether or not tablets will take flight as a leading contender for Mac and PC products, but if they do there could be some extremely exciting movements and advances on the horizon.

Tablets thus far have not appealed greatly to most consumers simply because whatever a tablet could do, a laptop or desktop could do better. This feeling remains in critics and consumers alike for the release of Apple’s i-Pad. Taking a leaf out of first article in this series that I wrote, remember that even if the i-Pad in it’s first generation will not do as much as a laptop, that does not necessarily mean that it wont be able to compete on an even playing field or surpass laptops in a few years from now when the i-pad is redesigned in a 4th or 5th generation format.

In saying this, I believe there are a few advancements that will most likely take place within the next four years for tables of both Apple and PC origination.

The first advancement will actually be a re-designing of the operating systems used in tablets. At the moment, even the most advanced tablets are on operating systems that resemble a Smartphone’s’ format and operation rather then the respective companies’ computer operating system. A good example of this is the i-Pad. As many consumers have said it “looks like a giant i-Phone!”. The i-Phone and i-Pod touch operating system is perfectly adequate at this time for small and portable communication devices. However tablets are designed and were meant to be designed to reflect computers rather then phones or music players. In saying this, not only is the i-Pad’s operating system outdated even before it hit’s stores, but it does not bode well for the future of the tablet industry.

What developers need to do within the next four years,  is move away from the portable communicative device operating system and move towards computer operating systems. Therefore the i-Pad OS should resemble the Mac OSX and PC tablets should resemble the Windows 7 OS.

I am not saying that tablets should be run on an identical operating system that computers are run on. It doesn’t even have to look similar to those operating systems. What it does have to include however is a resemblance to those operating systems in terms of familiarity (making the transition between computer and tablet easy and comfortable for the consumer), and also be as intricate and powerful as an Apple or PC operating system.

The only way for tablet development to survive and succeed within the next few years, is for the developers to aim for tablets to become a viable alternative to laptops or become better then what laptops are. The only way in which to do that is to make tablets have the ability to achieve the same things that a user can achieve on a laptop with less hassle, and more ease. To do this software and hardware must resemble and then compete with the software and hardware that you see and will see in laptops.

The problem with this advancement is that the software and hardware power is contained and constricted by the vessel itself. It would be wonderful to have a 3.0 GHz processor in a tablet, but as technology stands at this time that may not be impossible with the physical parameters in terms of length and width of tablets themselves.  For tablets to succeed, they need to be sleeker, sexier, thinner and shinier (for lack of a better word), then the hottest laptops available now. However in order to achieve this ‘sexiness’ the software and hardware for the tablets have to take a hit. Though this is a problem now, it may not be the case in 4 years. The way in which technology is advancing, it is not a stretch to assume that developers for tablets will be able to take the knowledge and understanding for laptop software and hardware, and be able to assimilate it for a smaller package in the form of a tablet.

However there may be evidence for a bright future in tablet development if there is any truth behind HP’s 2016 tablet that will “possibly” be fueled by a miniature jet engine who’s prototype creator is Alan Epstein, a professor in the aeronautics and astronautics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Though this is very exciting news for not only future advancement in tablet technology but all technology, I wouldn’t jump out of your seats just yet as i would be weary that if the chip blows, you might need to buy not only a new tablet but a new house. Just hope you are not any where in a 5 mile radius if it does go up in flames.

Until then my advice (though probably unwanted) to Apple and PC companies is to  stop trying to make a tablet that looks like a ridiculously over large i-Phone that you are planning to sell at the ‘Giant products for Giants!’ shop and re-think the operating systems you are using or planning on using.

With this, I hope that in four years from now we will see tablets that are on par as a perfectly viable alternative to laptops, with equal power and equal sophistication in their operating systems.  It they cant meet this mark then developers need to create a new purpose for tablets that travel on a different road from laptops and their uses.