40 Years of Gadget Evolutionby Harry Lee Manager
For all the gadget aesthetes, have you wondered what it would be like to witness a physical manifestation of the evolution of gadgets from the last 40 years? Kimon Keramidas has done it for you. He is the curator of The Interface Experience, and has accumulated past forty years of personal computing history in a room.
For most people, this exhibit elicits an emotional response. Rightly so too, if one thinks about it. Almost every adult has at least one, if not multiple childhood memories linked with a gadget. Exclamations and cries of wonder can be heard throughout the place as people reminisce decade’s old gadgets and how technology has come so far at warp speed.
This exhibit has something for almost everyone, but the main features are the five milestones of this 40 year old timeline. These are intended to serve as a marker for the major breakthroughs in personal computing development.
The first of the five is the commodore 64 introduced in 1984, an 8 bit home computer which is an all time highest selling computer model. Next is the Apple Macintosh which features a graphical user interface, built in screen, and mouse. The third featured computer is Palm-pilot followed by the Apple iPad and Microsoft Kinect.
For us, the Apple iPad was among-st the most reminiscent in the exhibition, considering how this particular technology has led to our existence as an ipad rental company, today.
This particular exhibit is a culmination of five years efforts of Keramidas and his students. With their help, he also created programs for each device so that the viewers could not only just view, but use the device as they were meant to be.
After all, this is the goal and essence of the exhibit – visitors interacting with each device. A pretty nifty time machine, we say.
For the true tech geeks, there is something special, too; a website that delves into the nitty-gritty of each device. This includes comprehensive information on the device’s history and how it links to other gadgets. A dream come true for all the tech aficionados.Other must see pieces include a cell phone petting zoo, as Keramidas calls it. With over a hundred cell phones hung on a wall, you may not just touch but play with some of these. Put together with lots of love and enthusiasm, we think this exhibit is a must go for everyone.
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