Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Jan 2014 20:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I came across a website whose purpose was to provide a super detailed list of every handheld computing environment going back to the early 1970's. It did a great job except for one glaring omission: the first mobile platform that I helped develop. The company was called Danger, the platform was called hiptop, and what follows is an account of our early days, and a list of some of the "modern" technologies we shipped years before you could buy an iOS or Android device.

Written by one of Danger's first employees, Chris DeSalvo. Amazing detailed look at some of the revolutionary things Danger did - years before iOS and Android.

It should come as no surprise that I loved this article. I hate how everything is framed as "iOS/Android invented this" - while in fact, both of those platforms rely very, very, very heavily on those that came before, such as PalmOS and Danger.

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maccouch
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2012-03-14

exactly.

from the wiki but if you read or attended any course or seminar about technology and business innovation they will say the same thin:

"An innovation is something original, new, and important—in whatever field—that breaks in to (or obtains a foothold in) a market or society".

What Thom constantly misses is this differences. it doesn't matter who researched or thought about what first. It definitely matters who first brought it to the masses/society and made a large scale "technological rupture".

Edited 2014-01-06 16:09 UTC

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