Whenever I have to do home repair I’m a stickler for using the right tool for the job. That can end up being a handyman’s nightmare. A toolbox overflowing with single function devices. I’ve got tools in the toolbox that I’ve only used one time because it fit some toilet or light fixture. I can’t even remember for what purpose I bought some of these things.
When it comes to personal technology I also believe in getting the right tool for the job. I used to dream of having that be-all, end-all product that would take care of every one of my digital needs but I’ve realized that my wish is probably never going to be fulfilled.
There are some things best done on a phone or a tablet and other things that work better on a laptop or desktop. I’ve tried doing spreadsheets and word-processing on a tablet. It just doesn’t work for me. I always end up going back to the tool that’s better suited for the job. A desktop with a big old flat panel monitor is hard to beat for working tasks.
If I add up the devices I have in my digital life right now, it seems to actually be growing. I have a tablet, laptop, desktop, media player, watch and phone. Some of these I own in duplicate. That’s a lot of disconnection. I think this is a near-term trend, however, because there are some products coming out of the big players like Amazon, Google and Microsoft that will reverse the trend.
Products like Amazon Echo with Alexa and Google Home are going to redefine how we manage our digital lives. I can see that combining these base products with VR and Robotics is going to create whole new areas of data interaction and redefine the ones we currently rely upon. Mixed Reality, along with mixed media is just on the horizon.
I’ve mentioned that I use an Amazon Fire Stick for my TV/Movie viewing. I like the integration it gives me with Amazon products and the other media services for which I’m a subscriber. Likewise for my background music. I have an Fire Tablet setup with a Bluetooth speaker that provides access to Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and Pandora, my favorite music services.
The days of getting the “right tool” for the job are numbered. This scattering and reproduction of identical functionality can’t last. Besides giving us an overflowing toolbox, it’s really not productive.
What I see happening in the future is the integration of these media devices with the above mentioned control centers. You’ll have a Google Home or Amazon Echo at the heart of managing all of your data and connections and whatever devices you want to hang off of them will rely mainly on the intelligence of the hub, and of course, the Internet.
Just following the trend out far enough it’s not hard to see that data management and casting will come from your single source and any thing else will merely be a window into that device. Laptop, Phone or Tablet simply become passive devices. I actually think the interface of choice will be something akin to the Mixed reality googles that both Microsoft and Google are racing to produce.
Further down the road your Mixed Reality headset will also be the interface to your robotic home assistant who can act upon all that data your center piece is managing. Perhaps at some point the robot will cut out the middle man. But that’s another story.
While we’re waiting for convergence, here’s a product that can help you consolidate the functions of two products – a tablet and laptop (and maybe your phone). It doesn’t have the highest resolution you’ve ever seen on a tablet, but it will get the job done, and for an incredibly low price.
RCA Galileo Pro 11.5″ 32GB Touchscreen Tablet Computer
- Processor Type: Quad-Core Processor
- Display Technology: Touchscreen
- Processor Speed: 1.30 GHz
- Contained Battery Type: Lithium Ion
- Connector Type: 1 x DC In, 1 x Headphone, 1 x Microphone, 1 x MicroUSB 2.0, 1 x miniHDMI, 1 x USB 2.0
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Screen Size: 11.5 in
- RAM Memory: 1 GB
- Color: CHARCOAL
- Accessories Included: Detachable Keyboard , AC Adapter
- Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 11.81 x 7.54 x 1.16 Inches
Some Customer Reviews
This tablet is loaded with features. It has a nice size keyboard where you can actually type papers and letters on a web based word processor. The processor is *very* fast, and there is no wait. Sound is very nice and loud enough to actually hear YouTube videos.
Basically it’s a computer with a big screen but it is light weight! It is easy to start up and running when you get it ad works great! It has a USB port and the tablet is detachable from the buttons! It is also touch screen! HERE IS THE BEST PART: When you charge the table it charges the keyboard at the same time!
This tablet/laptop has the best features of both worlds and that is putting it mildly – I am actually thinking of getting 2 more of these! The keyboard detaches/reattaches to the tablet easily (magnetic) and it runs ALL of my Android Apps smoothly and effortlessly.