Right Place, Wrong Time: 9 Technologies Born Before Their Time

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letuspaint

QUBE started in Columbus, OH not Cleveland

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enafull

Maybe Engelbart had a strong pinky from: <A href="http://www.gameduce.com/game/2213/Taxi-Gone-Wild.html" rel="dofollow">taxi gone wild</A>

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tenchymuyo2

The Sony MiniDisc player.  I got one just before mp3 players starting coming to the forefront.  I even bought a Pink Floyd: The Wall disc set.  Using an optical cable, I could perfectly sync and link up with my LaserDisc player to copy music. 

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keyzs

oh yeah.... the MDs... i had the MZ-R 30. the MD walkman with recording function... it was so cool then... Cheers!!

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compro01

Oh come on.  Batman and Robin was a perfectly fine action-comedy IMO.

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dwellman

I keep thinking how much linkedin, more so than Facebook reminds me of the old sixdegrees.com site from the mid 90's I guess it was 1997-ish. . .

I think Laserdisc deserves a mention, too. 

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Brad Chacos

Laserdisc was actually on the short list. At the last minute, I cut it because there was already another digital/optical media entry, and I think the story of James Russell is fascinating.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Was his situation like that of Robert Kearns, only without the eventual legal victory?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

???

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thechipper

I think 3d gaming/tv should be added to that list, especially after the pitiful failure it saw in the early 90's.

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cappomutato

Conflicting dates for streaming video. I think it should all be 2004.

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MrHasselblad

My patented idea came some time ago; as a career professional photographer... Imagine if even only a majority of digital cameras made had the ability to swap out the sensor to upgrade? One could either end the unit away to have it done, send it to a type of maintenance facility, or under the right conditions - do it themselves.

Sure you can do just that item with a medium format camera; such as a Mayima, Phase One, or even a Hasselblad - to name but a few. But why are people paying several thousands of dollars for cameras only to have them become obsolete within just a few short years?

See me to borrow the patent idea and run with it. The company to do so first would then beome the new (long time) industry leader - practically overnight

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thechipper

Think about it like this. Technology advances incredibly quickly and in many cases things become obsolete in a matter of months. Ideally all you would have to do to your tv is install a small upgrade so that it went from a crt to LCD or 60hz to 300hz. Likewise with a computer. If all you had to do was replace a processer that would be grand. But you can't just upgrade over and over. Eventually every component of your camera becomes dated and/or obsolete. Some slower than others(ie lenses/battery capacity) But for the most part every 2-3 years there is a pretty large leap in the overall technology itself.

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MrHasselblad

Well I partially agree with TheChipper; in that... How far could one expect to upgrade a camera that costs 200 or even as much as 2000. But all of the flagship models from Nikon, Canon, and Sony cold use this benefit of upgradeability in more than one (of each brand) of their models. For the full frame digital cameras not all that much has changed on the insides of the cameras - especially considering that a true professional actually prefers manual setting a majority of the time. Full frame lens options are actually almost identical to the lens' made decades ago - in some cases thirty years ago - although most have gotten somewhat lighter.

I sincerely think (and could also prove by the business stats numbers) that it would be well worth a try - and not much of a gamble at all. And if one can spare the size and weight of a heavier medium format body - that some systems are actually priced right at the point of the flagship models for both Canon and Nikon. Soon the consumer will have the option of going medium format for not much more than five thousand - and that will change the non-medium format market quite rapidly.

A few other notes about the probable future of upgradeable cameras... That in the near future there only wil be three different digital camera chip makers - that they'll all eventually become standardized. That also soon there will be only three lens brands, and perhaps even standard flash hotshoes, standard sharing batteries between certain makes, etc...

That manufacturers must also consider; whm really wants to pay 8-9 thousand for a camera boy that almost requires upgrading every few years - the body iitself cost less than 2k minus the sensor. It's sad that such numerous areas of electronics have become almost disposable technology

 

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szore

Also you are assuming that when they invent a new better 'chip' it will have a compatable interface with the camera. Also, switching those things in and out require a clean room, not greasy fingers.

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MrHasselblad

Outside of medium format cameras; most full frame digital cameras are standardized to a certain degree. for instance; even with literally all of the cameras made out there; you can count the number of image sensor manufacturers out there for a majority of all of the markets on one hand. Even the eighty plus percent of the lend market comes down to only four companies.

It could rather easily be adopted and done by the camera makers that produce the full frame models.

As for changinf out the sensor; as discusses before. One would have th eoption of sending the camera body in to the manufacturer for quick change over/conversion, or there could be more than quite the number os shops willing to effectively do it. One could technically (and easily) even do it themselves; not much harder than having an Intel 980 build.

Even the 50meg image sensor on my Hasselblad back is quite easy to completely remove. Have done it a few times without risking damage to the sensor costing over 10k.

 

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Neufeldt2002

That Apple graphics tablet sure brings back memories of high school and Industrial Arts class.

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mseyf

" Why the upper-right corner? Who knows? Maybe Engelbart had a strong pinky."

 

Maybe he was left handed?

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Brad Chacos

A fine point that I admittedly never thought of, being a right-handed guy. I still prefer the mental image of a grey-haired scientists with a massive, throbbing, hulk-like pinkie finger, however.

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patrickgdavis

I'm a lefty but I learned on my father's computers, and he was right handed so I was forced to mouse righty as well. The hidden advantage is that my dominant (left) hand is free to doodle and take notes; I was always amazed that mouses (mice?) weren't always on the left for right handers to have the same benefit, especially in the 70s with all that mind numbing peeking and poking and goto etc.

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Vernak

Woah there, Brad.  Maximum PC will have to register a .xxx domain if you keep that steamy talk going.

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Brad Chacos

See? You inadventantly make a joke that could be taken as sexual and no one notices your silly grammatical errors. I'm going to have to remember that...

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