Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've kind of painted myself in a corner with that headline, because I never anticipated I would need another preview article for this project. However, thanks to all your comments on both the site and through email, the scope of this project has grown considerably. As part of this growing scope, I'm acquiring more and more devices, and yesterday, I managed to score a phone which, while almost forgotten by most of the rest of the technology press, contained two very important firsts. Not only was this the first phone with a capacitive touch screen, it was also the first phone with an interface design from the ground-up for finger/touch input. Say hello to the LG KE850, better known as the LG Prada.
Thread beginning with comment 482820
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Part 2
by tyrone on Fri 29th Jul 2011 23:49 UTC in reply to "Part 2"
tyrone
Member since:
2011-07-29

the development of the iphone startet in the area 2003-2004 when the device myorigo was show'n to the public.

2003:

http://www.mobileburn.com/review.jsp?Id=547

2007:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-FlAg3YYXA

or do you remember this one?

http://www.hpl.hp.com/downloads/crl/itsy/index.html

and for the history there was also s branch after the xerox gui in europe;

http://www.ethistory.ethz.ch/rueckblicke/departemente/dinfk/forschu...

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: Part 2
by Tony Swash on Sat 30th Jul 2011 10:03 in reply to "RE: Part 2"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

the development of the iphone startet in the area 2003-2004 when the device myorigo was show'n to the public.

2003:

http://www.mobileburn.com/review.jsp?Id=547

2007:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-FlAg3YYXA

or do you remember this one?

http://www.hpl.hp.com/downloads/crl/itsy/index.html

and for the history there was also s branch after the xerox gui in europe;

http://www.ethistory.ethz.ch/rueckblicke/departemente/dinfk/forschu...


Not sure I can see the significance of the stuff in these links?

One of the points I was making was that one should not obsess about the forensic search for the first development (or in this case proto-development) of any given technological feature or characteristic but instead look at the actual development of the technology davelopmental evolutionary tree. What actually led to what? What had an actual impact in the ecosystem?

Using my suggested use of the conceptual framework from the study of the relationship and evolution of living creatures one could draw this analogy. When scientists unearth fossils they sometimes come across one with features which when grouped with other features in later species led to a major mutation in a whole range of species across a whole ecosystem. But often characteristics appear and disappear as species rise and fall. What is most important is what species actually had a big impact, what actually led to changes in the ecosystem, what species led directly on to new species.

The first appearance of feathers in the fossil record is interesting. But what matters is when the first bird appeared.

The various curiosities you link to are just that - technological curiosities. They led nowhere. Nothing was directly developed from them. One cannot link them directly to any later and significant developments.

Mildly interesting but not useful in reconstructing the key events and milestones in the evolution of technology.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Part 2
by _txf_ on Sat 30th Jul 2011 10:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Part 2"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17


The first appearance of feathers in the fossil record is interesting. But what matters is when the first bird appeared.


You're trying to say that one day a bird just plopped out from nowhere?

It is hard to make analogies with tech and biological evolution simply because tech evolution is not governed natural selection; It is after all intelligent design and characteristics of a device can come from many different evolutionary trees . Also biological evolution happens extremely slowly and gradually.

Besides can you honestly claim that nobody was influenced by these devices. Just because they were not popular, it doesn't mean that they had no impact whatsoever.

Reply Parent Score: 2