Outpacing our imaginations…in our lifetime

Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg’s piece “Personal Dynamic Media” was, in many ways, a demonstration of how completely visionary ambitions for technology can and have been surpassed by the explosion of technological capabilities in the last twenty years. As the discussion text around the article noted, we’re not only able to use these personal computing devices to organize our lives and customize them to our needs and interests, we interact with each other on them constantly. In color, no less! We keep asking what the next wave is, and of course I don’t have any profound insight to offer on that question, but I did find the news coming out of Disney this week that researchers are trying to make it so that you can feel digital images with your fingers through vibrations to be interesting and exciting (http://www.wired.com/design/2013/10/disneys-magic-touchscreens-let-you-feel-apps-with-your-fingertips/). I could see some exciting pedagogical possibilities in that!

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