The Onion tends to target our cultural soft spots and attack mercilessly, but few articles have hit home more poignantly than the genius “Report: 90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles”. So unbelievably true. And it got me wondering: What will replace the rectangular back-lit screen?
Will it be augmented reality displays that are wearable, projected onto our glasses? Flexible e-ink displays that can be printed onto the surface of any gadget? Or touch-screen technology projected onto just about any surface or object?
Back-lit rectangular screens are as ubiquitous as qwerty keyboards and just about as hard to replace--examples of those few form factors that has evolved almost to their highest possible permutation. But if there's one thing for certain about technology, one day, something will have to replace them. What will it be? Or more importantly, what would you want it to be? Let us know in the comments.
I know I personally can't wait for a Minority Report-like touch screen projected onto my pets.
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