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Who will adopt the Chromebox?

chromebox.pngThere has been quite a bit of discussion lately about the post iPad technical economy. Some people are talking about the lack of innovation, new devices and more importantly new applications. That perspective may be limited to that form factor, since there are definitely some interesting things happening elsewhere.

 

I just saw this pre-announcement of the HP Chromebox and thought “that’s cool”. I hadn’t heard anything about it, but the word appears to have been out for a while.

 

This tiny device essentially provides any modern monitor or TV (or two) with access to Google Chrome apps quickly and securely. Although the price hasn’t been announced I’m assuming it will be in the near throwaway technology price.

It did make me wonder thought who is likely to adopt this device? Is it the small business, the large enterprise, the home… I can see some use for it in a wide range of situations.

 

With devices like the Raspberry Pi and other small, yet powerful devices adding capabilities at an affordable price point, I don’t think we’ve even started to see the creativity that is being brought to bear.

Comments
Jay Prestipino(anon) | ‎05-01-2014 06:46 PM

I don't think there is a lack of innovation.  What we had was a product that just dazzled - the iPod, iPhone.  and iPad.  These weren't necessarily the first or best (technically) but they were what the customer wanted.  We can go back in history and see some of the same - i.e. the PC versus the mainframe or cell phones to almost anything wireless.  Innovation never stopped then and it won't now.  I think its just happening so much faster with many more able to get there at the same time.  Shrinking evolution - what took 100 years of learning and development in the 20th century is shrinking quickly to under 10 years now.

| ‎05-03-2014 12:19 PM

Jay the view today about project or even product category lifespan is changing. We're seeing consolidation of functionality into devices that is both transparently 'expected' and mind-blowing when you look back on it. As described in this blog post looking at a Radio Shack add from 1991.

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