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Earth Day and iPhone rejection

The Daily Heller linked to a pretty cool device (watch out, some pictures show the bird) of the iWood, an anti-iPhone device. Totally tongue in cheek.

Now I love my iPod Touch, and I’m endlessly connected everywhere I go, but I understand where the iWood maker is going. At my son’s choir tour prep meeting, the directors made sure that we knew that all iPods, handheld games, and even cell phones (except for emergency uses) would be confiscated. Why? Because they are going on a trip with a bunch of other kids, and they should be spending time hanging out with the other kids, not playing online games or texting the friends back at home.

That sounds logical, right? Then why do we adults ignore the people around us in favor of being connected 24/7 to our online network? Now I’m going to backtrack: much of my online network is my group of friends, so I have simply extended the manner in which I connect to friends. And I am also connected extensively as a strategic move for profitability — I want new clients.

But hey. It’s always good to be reminded — in a humorous way — that the iPhone won’t save the world. But we will. Save the world, that is.

Happy Earth Day.

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Wow: a really useful, extremely specialized, iPhone app

Do you know what a gobo is? If you do, and you use them often, then this iPhone app is for you: it gives you a complete catalog of the current GAM gobos, but it takes them one step further. You can spin them, defocus them, color them right on your phone, so that you can see exactly (or approximately) what they might look like for your theater or film shoot application.

I believe this is an example of a portable app that truly starts to make the iPhone/iPodTouch (I have a Touch, not an iPhone) useful for specific industries. My hope is that, as the iPhone continues to mature, more and more of this type of application will be released and supported. I’m tired of simple games and “where are you?” and Yelp-type apps (although some of those are quite good); the future of mobile computing lies with truly making these devices work, and save time and money for the user. Congrats to Wybron for bringing this useful app out.