WttF: Mobile Devices and Video

One morning a couple weeks ago I was driving into work and I had a WttF moment.  Let me 'splain by describing a fairly typical morning for me.

Like millions of others, my day starts with the alarm going off and like many others, the alarm comes from my iPhone.  I roll over, turn it off and check my personal email, check work email and then check the weather forecast.  All on my phone.

I roll out of bed and grab my iPad where I store digital copies all of my exercise DVDs.  I then drag myself to the exercise room for 45 minutes of cardio.

It's shower time next and I either crank up the Pandora app on the phone or use the Remote App to start playing something from my iTunes library.

While I make breakfast I'm back to the iPad where I will watch the start of a video podcast (typically Tech News Today [TNT] from the TWiT network).  When breakfast has been prepared, I plug in both my iPad and iPhone to the computer and sit at my desk where I can crank TNT up to watch full screen.  Since I've synched, it picks up right where I left off in the kitchen.

And since my phone as just synched, it now has unwatched copies of any new podcasts that were pulled down while I slept.  That's great news since it is now time to hit the road.  I have a phone dock in the car where I can mount the phone up next to the rear-view mirror.  I select a podcast (usually The Week In Computer Hardware [TWiCH]), Tekzilla or The Week in Google [TWiG]), start it up and I'm on my way.

Now before you start talking about how dangerous it is to watch "TV" while driving, this is typically "talking head" kind of stuff.  Unfortunately the iPhone won't continue to play video podcast audio with the screen locked so....

If you are reading this, you're probably fairly geeky and thinking, "What?  This is interesting?" And that illustrates my point about how we take this stuff for granted.  This is important thing from a technology adoption standpoint, but tends to make us disinterested in what has become the current technological status quo.  That's perfectly fine, but I'm not sure it's fun.

Think about this from a perspective of just 10 years ago.  In 2000 cell phones did not even have cameras or the ability to store media not to mention stream media from the Internet.  The iPhone and Android phones of today seem commonplace, but it was only three short years ago that the iPhone was first introduced.

How quickly we become jaded and it is only until we talk to people who don't follow the industry like some of us do that we realize just how cool a world it is we are living in. The things we do today were the stuff of science fiction not that long ago.

Here is a trip down memory lane for anyone who might have forgotten how far we have come.