More Functionality for iPods
Anyone who’s been following the evolution of the iPod line would have to know that they’re just keep adding more and more functionality to this product until it can do, well, everything. A couple of news bits over at Wired’s Web site show that the folks at Apple may have a few new ideas in the works.
First is the announcement that Kendyl Roman—who may or may not be affiliated with the company—has filed a patent for a video conferencing iPod. These new devices, which would permit real-time streaming video and audio between each other, would be a boon for almost everyone, from suit-and-tie execs on the road to hypersocial preteen girls.
Second is the “leak” from Terry Gou, CEO of Hong Kong-based iPod manufacturer Hon Hai, that future iPods will have something called a “none-touch” interface. While it’s not exactly clear what this means, some observers believe it could relate to a motion-sensor that would enable it to work pretty much without buttons. Personally, I think it’s some kind of mind-reading device that will figure out what song you want to hear and then play it. Let’s hope Apple uses this new technology for good and not evil. Remember, Mr. Jobs, that with great power comes great responsibility.