True confession. Yes, I loves me some digital gadgetry. I’m the 21st century version of my father who loved to tinker with machines and tools. I do the same but with gadgets. If one of them breaks, neither me nor my father would be able to apply a fix.
As a bona fide certified Apple watcher, I have my fair share of Apple kit and manage to make all the components work well together in our household but with enough thanksgiving to know I wouldn’t want to manage a company, school, or department of cross-platform gadgets.
Gadget fatigue. It’s a trending thing and I fear it will get worse as more of our technology tools integrate with each other. Here are two basic examples where new technology brings added discomfort– management discomfort.
First, wireless charging. Most of the premium smartphones these days feature so-called wireless charging. Place the phone on a pad and it gets charged. Easy peasy, right? What could be easier? Well, I timed it, and plugging in a Lightning cable– and unplugging it after a charge– takes about one second longer with each event. Even better, the charging via cable is faster and less damaging to the battery and circuitry.
Why is it called wireless charging when it really isn’t wireless? The charger needs a wire to be connected to power. Wireless? Hardly. Even Apple Watch has such inductive charging. Wires are all over the place. The future might be wireless, but it’s not here yet and pretending that an electric charging pad is oh so much better than a cable is nonsense.
Second, how about a mobile wireless charging device for Apple Watch; one that is so small it looks like your car’s key fob? Why, you ask? Because someone thought it would, 1) be a good idea, and 2) somebody might be willing to pay money for it. The Pantheon Portable Wireless Apple Watch Magnetic Charger is the name, segregating you from you money is the game.
$40 gets you a 700mAh battery so you can charge Watch while on the go. Except you can’t because you have to take off Watch, find a place to put it down on top of the charger, then wait for it to get recharged. Since the Watch charger itself needs to be recharged, you should carry around a portable battery with a USB cable to make sure that stays charged, too.
As much as I love using my Apple gadgetry, I’ve come to the conclusion that humanity is not constructed in such a way as to be fully capable of using all those gadgets, maintaining all those gadgets, and getting the most from each of the gadgets. When we travel I carry a small gadget bag that holds cables, chargers, accessories, extra batteries, and everything we need to replicate the home or office experience but while on the road.
That’s a lot of gear and kit, folks. Invariably, something goes wrong or wonky anyway, which necessitates a trip to Best Buy or Walmart or wherever modern gadgety is to be found.
I fear an impending apocalypse where mankind rises up to overthrow our digital gadget overlords, or, in the alternative, they win.