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How Else Do You Think We’ll Get to Star Trek?

Forget everything you’ve heard about the iPad. Put aside all the caveats and seemingly major flaws that people are floating around, and think about what Apple’s really doing here. If you don’t quite get it, don’t worry, it’ll eventually click.

A tablet computer, a beefed up iPhone, a touch screen slate, the iPad, whatever you call it, this device’s magnitude won’t be entirely realized for a few years to come. The ambition behind this single device is huge. What Apple’s trying to do here is momentous, it’s unmatched and whether you like it or not, it’s going to change the way you compute.

When you watch movies like Star Trek or recent phenomenons like Avatar, you see conceptually magnificent user interfaces. You see rich and robust screens and characters interacting with them in ways we could only dream of. With the swipe of a finger, the flick of a wrist, or some motion in your arms, you have the power of a fully embraced suite of technologies. This is conceptual immersive computing that we have never experienced as a species, let alone something we can begin to understand, comprehend or imagine being worked into our daily lives.

It’s no secret that Steve Jobs loves Star Trek. When asked about the future of computer input on stage at the All Things Digital conference in 2007, Jobs responded with, “Ya know, just give me Star Trek.” He was talking about the way the characters interacted so fluidly with the technology around them. The way that technology interfaces and responds elegantly with the people controlling it. Computers are depicted as natural elements, organic structures baked into the core of any room or ship. Quite the opposite from the desk, mouse, keyboard and monitor combinations we currently use.

If you don’t think Apple is trying to make Star Trek or Avatar style computing a reality, then you haven’t fully grasped what the iPad brings with it.

Let’s get one thing straight. As it currently stands, only one company has the potential to invent, deliver and actually execute these high-level, infinitely complex scenarios. No other company on earth has multi-touch technology like Apple’s, let alone the ability to combine that software with highly optimized hardware and now custom silicon. This is the trifecta of the future.

The iPad is Apple’s first attempt at bringing this technology outside of a handheld device and into general computing. We’re talking about extremely powerful gestures, motions and finger swipes to accomplish tasks that had previously only been done through the combination of a keyboard and a mouse.

Just like the old saying goes, “You can’t build Rome in a day.” For Apple, the iPad is the first brick in this Star Trek-like Colosseum of technology. Imagine the iPhone as the gravel, and now you’re beginning to grasp how monumental this device is. We still have a very long way to go, but this is the foundation. It can’t be rushed, it can’t be hurried and you can bet Apple is going to make billions of dollars while increasing the company’s bottom line along the way.

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A completely immersive computing experience. As conceptually realized by James Cameron in the film Avatar.

It’s impossible to go from where we are today, to a fully immersive world of touch-screen technology. The general public would be lost, and the most technically savvy computer users would feel alienated by such a rapid change in computing. It would never happen, it can’t happen, and if it did, it would be by one of Apple’s competitors as a rush to beat the competition. However, Apple knows that this is extremely valuable. It’s the holy grail of computing as far as we can see it today. This absolutely cannot turn into Windows Mobile. For all the proprietary downfalls that the company brings with it, the way they get behind open standards (banning flash from nearly everything they do), should come as a relief to the general public. For the people that actual develop applications and pieces of software for our computing platforms, open standards are a way of life. We live and die by them. If Apple wasn’t the largest player in the paradigm shift to touch computing, I’d feel a bit nervous, anxious and kind of unsettled to not know what’s coming. With Apple, we know we’re in good hands. They value healthy competition, and it’ll be done right.

To the nay-sayers, give it some time. Just pretend this is the first iPhone and keep whining about copy-and-paste.

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10 Comments to “How Else Do You Think We’ll Get to Star Trek?”

Rick @ January 28th, 2010 at 8:13 pm
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I too want Star Trek and Avatar computers. I’m ready for it.

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lolo @ January 28th, 2010 at 8:20 pm
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Sooooo, you don’t write for the site for like 6 months and then pow? Weird news cycle :P

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OS86 @ January 28th, 2010 at 8:40 pm
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i don’t think they needed to absolutely kill flash off, or leave it off of the entire thing. i mean, i get that they’re not into it, or hate it, or whatever. but it runs a shit-ton of things i love doing everyday.

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Aviv @ January 28th, 2010 at 9:08 pm
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I genuinely think the cons outweigh the pros with these devices. I don’t think Adobe will ever get its shit together. We’re better off hoping for a more open and far more stable video format to gain adoption.

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YourNightmare @ January 28th, 2010 at 9:02 pm
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“This absolutely cannot turn into Windows Mobile.” – nice :D classic!

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paul @ January 29th, 2010 at 8:57 am
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Good piece Aviv, welcome back

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Aviv @ January 29th, 2010 at 9:27 am
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thx paul

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Matt Edwards @ February 7th, 2010 at 11:59 am
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I find myself also querying the purchase of an ipad. Sure I don’t really need one but will it provide a unique way of interacting with my customers possibly?

I run a local computer repair company, BurtonBytes in Burton On Trent in England. There’s a lot of potential for me when discussing new upgrades or showing customers images such as of failed components where the flexibility of passing the ipad stands out against a netbook.

My main concerns are will it prove better than my iphone and will i really miss the ability to view flash on larger devices and quite possibly the flexibility of a USB port???? Time will tell though apparently a SD card reader will be available at launch with a typically high Apple accessory cost no doubt to boot.

Matt

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Juan M @ February 24th, 2010 at 10:55 am
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Don’t forget Minority Report computers – remember Tom Cruise at the computer using his hands with the transparent display.

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iPhone Developer @ April 19th, 2010 at 12:53 am
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Minority Report, Star Trek, Avatar…Waiting for Hollywood to give more…so that I could have the latest.

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