I’ve been recently accused of being a “gadget guy.” Yes, I happened to be writing on an iPad using a Bluetooth keyboard. And my iPhone was laying next to the iPad. A MacBook Pro was closed on my desk. And my watch sometimes needs to be rebooted.
There is a mountain of evidence against me. And if you come between us, I’ll kill you. But it’s not codependency, and I not a gadget guy. Come on…
OK. I do my fare share of unnecessary fiddling with gadgets. But it does prove to be helpful more than other people realize.
Parenting is Hard.
My wife and I have two young boys. 2 and 6. Which is like having three additional full time jobs on top of working.
Sonos and Apple Music make it easy to put on music that we like without having to browse or even make decisions.1 It’s incredibly useful when there’s spaghetti flying through the air and we want to get some music going.
I can glance at my Apple Watch to know if it’s going to be raining soon or if it’s hot enough that the kids are going to catch on fire in long pants.
Using an iPad Pro as my primary work device has helped by reducing the amount of maintenance and meta nonsense that come with a traditional OS, and it means that any other screen I pick up is essentially the same. My phone, my iPad Air 2…they are all almost identical to the iPad Pro. Same apps, same data, same settings. They have become different sized windows into the same computer.
Setting our coffee maker to automatically brew at a specific time in the morning is essentional now that our six-year-old has to be at the bus stop before the sun comes up.
No, it’s not revolutionary or new. But this is the kind of thing that I want more of from technology.
I’m not excited about VR or AR or any of the other Rs. I can’t yet see the benefit.
There’s nothing so compelling going on in home automation that would make it worth the headache. Right now, it seems like it’s mostly about lights that change color.
I don’t need a video game system or a blue ray player or a fridge that I can see from my phone. It’s all frivolous. Additional time commitments. More things to set up and maintain. More things to think about.
Less wow, and more utility.
We need tech that helps us keep our shit together while we raise our kids and maintain our jobs and keep our house from being reclaimed by the earth. Help us get more done without having to think about it. Anything that helps us take time back is a winner.
- Amazon Echo is supposed to be even faster, but we’re in deep with Apple’s ecosystem, and haven’t made that leap yet. ↩