17 Aug 2011
Last week marked the 30th anniversary of the first IBM personal computer. Now we’re getting ready to embrace mind-control….technology has certainly come a long way!
The Altair 8800 is widely accepted to be the first personal computer, launched in 1974. This was supposedly the platform that was first used to launch Microsoft; the now global technology giant.
It’s incredible to think how far computing technology has come in this time, with some now predicting the end of the personal computer as we know it.
Mark Dean, chief technology officer, IBM Middle East and Africa, commented on his blog that: “While PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing. They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.”
In the wake of the PC, tablets and smartphones are leading the way. They are powerful, lightweight and portable, allowing for huge levels of customisation, with the ability to handle hundreds of applications. We’ve come a long way since the Altair 8800!
Whilst the PC has been transformed, with improvements such as wireless keyboards, LCD screens, integrated webcams and processors that are much less bulky, new forms of technology continue to emerge.
Mind-control is the latest buzz word, with actions on-screen controlled by the power of thought, rather than a traditional keyboard and mouse. XWave technology was announced last year, using electrical impulses from your forehand and converting analogue signals to digital. This technology even links with iPhones and other devices, allowing you to control lights, games and more without lifting a finger. Impressive stuff.
As for the future of the personal computer, it will be interesting to see how businesses choose to adapt to new and emerging technologies in their offices, and in turn, how the technology giants will respond in order to keep the traditional PC in the game.
IBM blog – http://asmarterplanet.com/