Moving Into A World Of "Immediate Obsolescence"

On any one day you will read on some blog, website or technology posting that another new smart phone, tablet, medical device, super nanotechnique or chemical compound has been developed. This would be interesting except for the fact that these new advances seem to happen almost every day. Not every month or every year, but every day. 

We here at EIC have been following nanotechnology, OLED technology and 3D Printing, with three printers in operation and one more coming next month, we find new data on any one of these technologies almost daily. How can that be? Perhaps it is because new advancements beget new advancements which beget another new advancements. With the speed of information surpassing the speed of light it is entirely possible to develop a product that replaces itself on a weekly basis.

This speed of obsolescence is very disturbing to some of the older generation but not the millennials. They adapt to technolgy as quickly as skiers adapt to changes in the ski slope and they don't really mind it at all. This quick adapt and die attitude makes it very difficult for some companies to develop a foot-hold in the market when developing a new product or concept. If the demographic targets don't adapt to the technology quickly the possibility they won't adapt at all is frightening.

EIC has two 3D Printers which are manufactured by some of the more well-known printer companies. These units are 1.5 years and 2 months old respectively. Yet, in looking at the number of 3D Printer manufacturers around the world there are now over 100 different styles, types, design capacities with different levels of expertise required. Prices now range from $399.00 to over $4,000.00 and every one is aiming at the home owners and youth market.

Compettion is always good for the consumer as long as one can still get parts and materials for the unit you purchased just zix months ago. Obviously not all of these companies will still be in business 2 or 3 years from now, especially since many of these 3D Printer companes are Kickstarter operations. Our suggestion is to stick with U.S. based 3D Printer manufacturers and those that have been in business at least 3 years. 

Amazon has now jumped into the smart phone market because they can. With their marketing power they have made huge advancements in the tablet market, one that Apple had sown up just a few years ago. Now there are 10 different tablets on the market, many of which actually are just as good if not better than the iPad. Do we need another smart phone? How much more can we do with phones that we don't do now? 

One of our new programs is to start teaching students and interested adults in the use of some of the new 3D modeling software. This is important as now almost everything that is produced is now first created on a computer using 3D software. Even this software is begging to be altered so that almost anyone that understands Microsoft Word can now design and create something amazing on a computer screen.  Perhaps next time you read one of our blogs it will be on a wrap-around your wrist flexible OLED computer screen. Don't blink.

 

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