Sunday, June 26, 2016

Microvision's success is.... The Inevitable -- Kevin Kelly

A very interesting chapter on screens and how people like pixels.

After reading it (quickly, I may have missed something) I think he's going to be REALLY excited about PicoP.

"But today more than 5 billion digital screens illuminate our lives. Digital display manufacturers will crank out 3.8 billion new additional screens per year. Thats nearly one new screen each year for every human on earth. We will start putting watchable screens on any flat surface. Words have migrated from wood pulp to pixels on computers, phones laptops, game consoles, televisions, billboards, and tablets. Letters are no longer fixed in black ink on paper, but flitter on a glass surface in a rainbow of colors as fast as our eyes can blink. Screens fill our pockets, briefcases, dashboards, living room walls and the sides of buildings. They sit in front of us when we work- regardless of what we do. We are now people of the screen."

"But today most of us have become people of the Screen. People of the Screen tend to ignore the classic logic of books or the reverence for copies; they prefer the dynamic flux of pixels. They gravitate toward movie screens, TV screens, computer screens, iPhone screens, VR goggle screens, tablet screens and in the near future massive Day-Glo megapixel screens plastered on every surface."

"The fate of books is worth investigating in detail because books are simply the first of many media that screening will transform. First screening will change books, then it will alter libraries of books, then it will modify movies and video, then it will disrupt games and education, and finally screening will change everything else."

"Personally, I like large pages in my books. I want an ebook reader that unfolds, origami-like into a sheet as big as a newspaper today. Maybe with as many pages. I don't mind taking a few minutes to fold it back into a pocket-size packet when I am done. I love being able to scan multiple long columns and jump between headlines on one plane. A number of research labs are experimenting with prototypes of books that are projected wide and big via lasers from a pocket device onto a nearby flat surface." 

"Everywhere we took, we see screens. The other day I watched clips from  movie as I pumped gas into my car. The other night I saw a movie on the setback of a plane. Earlier this evening I watched a movie on my phone. We will watch anywhere. Everywhere. Screens playing video pop up in the most unexpected places - like ATM machines and supermarket checkout lines. These ever present screens have created an audience for very short moving pictures as brief as three minutes, while cheap digital creation tools have empowered a new generation of filmmakers, who are rapidly filling up those screens. We are headed toward screen ubiquity."

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