My worst fear is starting to come true: Mobile videoconferencing.
Never mind it required a convoluted mirror device (the iPhone's camera is on the back of the unit), or that it's not something going into production anytime soon.
It's the principle of the thing that matters.
Do you really want anyone to know where you anytime they want? Because that's what the mobile videoconferencing capability will bring you.
No matter where in the world you are, there you will be -- with your (Insert choice here):
f) person you're not supposed to be with.
Even if you're not doing something you doing shouldn't be, do you really want anybody to be able to give you a call and see you while you're (Insert choice here):
a) playing golf (unless it's a really renowned course which none of your friends have played, in which case this choice is OK)
b) shaving while driving
c) putting on makeup while driving
d) skiing down a black slope in Jackson Hole
No, some technologies are just better left unrealized.
Just yesterday, I was paired up with a couple of 13 year-old chaps at my local golf course.
They were pretty good little golfers, especially for only being 13.
That is, when they weren't talking on their cell phones.
I'm not a purist, mind you. You want to bring your cell phone to the golf course so you can check in with the significant other to confirm dinner plans, no problemo.
Just make it short and fast, and don't keep the ringer on when I'm trying to putt.
But I can just see the mobile videoconferencing thing now: "Dad, can you help me read this putt? I'm on the 5th at Torrey Pines South and I'm not sure if the wind's coming into play."
It's Torrey Pines, the answer is yes, now give me that mobile video phone so I can throw it over the cliff!
I won't even get into the privacy implications of mobile videoconferencing (Just to say they're probably not good).
Entertainment franchises (sports, concerts, etc.) will find themselves faced with the dilemma of banning (or worse, checking) phones at the door.
About the only ones who will make out good on this situation are the telcos and the tech vendors like Apple.
If you want to get ahold of me, just give me a shout on the Crackberry.
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