Monday, January 29, 2007

Innovative? I Think Not! Part 1

In the most recent issue of PC World, one of the feature articles goes through a list of products from '06, calling them all innovative. Just for the record, here's the actual definition of the word (taken from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition):

in·no·va·tion n.
1. The act of introducing something new.
2. Something newly introduced.

Now let's go through the list and see how many of these products actually fit the definition:

1. Microsoft Office 2007
Alright, I'm forced to concede that this software suite really is innovative: it includes a few user interface elements that actually are new (a first for Microsoft). Let's move on.

2. Intel Core 2 Duo
No, not innovative. The Core Duo was, the Core 2 Duo isn't. It's just the faster version of the Core Duo: nothing new here.

3. Parallels Desktop for Mac
Hmmm... this is hard. On the one hand, it isn't a new idea (running Windows and Mac OS at the same time). On the other, it is new in the sense that nobody else has made software that actually does this yet. A tie, in my opinion.

4. Nintendo Wii
Wow, no kidding! The first game console to have downloadable games, a web browser, motion control, and so much more. Innovation indeed.

5. Samsung 32GB SSD
The first usable hybrid laptop drive, but just because it's cool doesn't mean it's innovative. The 16GB version came out a long time ago. This isn't new.

6. Sony Reader
As much as I hate to say it, Sony actually has come up with something new here, and it employs new technology as well. Chalk one up for Sony.

7. YouOS
I love YouOS. I do. I'm the #1 developer. But that isn't the point. YouOS isn't innovative: as you can see from my previous article concerning web OSs, there have been plenty more web OSs before and after YouOS. Sorry Webshaka.

8. Dell XPS M2010
Here's a sweet gadget! This laptop/desktop interbreed is really pretty innovative, considering it's the first computer that comes with a detachable bluetooth keyboard. Me likey.

9. Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB
Nope. Not close. Sure, it uses relatively new hard-drive technology, but there have been earlier models. Not innovative.

10. T-Mobile Dash
What's innovative about this? It's a smart phone with a QWERTY keyboard and Windows Mobile. So? Neither of these features are new. Another non-innovative product.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this series with products 11-20 from PC World's list. In the meantime, let us know what you think by leaving comments below.

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