cphite wrote: jackal wrote:
plumander wrote:Or a smartphone. That would seriously amaze people from as recent as ten or fifteen years ago.
Not much more than 10. Beyond that, wifi hotspots and GPRS cellular networks were not all that common; which (along with the extremely small collection of Wikipedia articles in that day) severely hampers the utility of a smartphone.
There is more to a smartphone than wireless.
The resolution and touch-interface on a typical modern smart phone would be unbelievable to someone in 2003. Not to mention the processing power at that size.
Even more impressive would be the storage. I have 30gb of music on my smartphone... if you told someone in 2003 that you could have a device in your pocket that could hold 6000+ songs at CD or better quality, they'd think you insane. That year they were just breaking out with 4gb memory cards, and a lot of hardware at the time couldn't even register that
much. Especially something hand-held.
I was just going to say something like this, except about taking it back 30+ years, after seeing the idea of bringing your cell phone back got shot down and someone else brought up a laptop.
What would be more impressive to someone from 1980: a device the size of a large-ish book with a 2GHz CPU, 8GB of RAM and a physical keyboard, or something smaller than a deck of playing cards with a 1GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM and a touchscreen interface?
Either way, they'll be blown away by the 3D graphics more than anything, I'd imagine. The idea that something that detailed can be rendered in real-time by a device that is cheap enough for the general public... mind-blowing.
In response to your post, however... the storage wouldn't really "wow" me that much. We had already seen the trends towards smaller, denser, cheaper methods of mass storage, it was only a matter of time, really. One of these days we'll have a "nanoSD card" that is a quarter the size of a microSD card... and we'll have more of those funky adapters to make them work with our existing devices. Oh, and they'll hold a Terabyte. The idea of a touchscreen in the modern sense would have been the kicker for me, 10 years ago, but even then it wouldn't have been that ridiculous. Palm Pilots and styluses were pretty common, and we were only about a year away from the Nintendo DS, so the next logical technological step would be something you can just use your finger for.