Skip to comments.Tech Gadgets Banned in the USA (New Tech In US, Already In Use Globally)
Posted on 10/07/2006 5:52:10 PM PDT by Dallas59
There's no doubt about it: foreign technology can whet your appetite. Super-lightweight laptops from Japan, feature-packed smartphones from Europe, and shiny, gotta-get-it devices designed in India, South Korea, and Taiwan are but a few of the items that currently reside on tech's cutting edge. But chances are you will never see those gadgets on store shelves here in the U.S.
A trip to the typical U.S. electronics store suggests many Americans would gladly shell out some extra cash for high-end lightweight products. Smaller, lighter, and more-expensive laptops are occupying an ever-increasing amount of shelf space. Even if a larger percentage of Japanese and European consumers reach for higher-end products than their U.S. counterparts, a small percentage of Americans could still spell big sales.
Why, then, do some innovative products never make it to our shores?
I have been giving some serious consideration to a new LCD computer monitor in 16:9 or 16:10 format. That would make the widescreen DVD format display perfectly. It could also be used on my HDTV tuner. The latter use is limited to the ONE HDTV station on the air in town.
Cell phone service in the rest of the world is better because it is regulated better.
With a single standard and mandatory coverage, you can rely on your cell.
I live in a poor cell service area. Which carrier you should get is a matter of constant debate, because none of them are good and whose signal is best depends on the weather.
The proliferation of standards makes each company dependent on questionable business practices to survive.
I'm not too far off the mark.
Less diesel cars in this country is a good thing to my mind.
Ever been behind a damn diesel in heavy traffic? I don't care if they cleaned the emissions or not; they still stink...
That is a design problem. Not a user problem.
The "cell" idea was originally generated by a guy working for
Bell, AT&T or affilate thereof. If I remember correctly it was in the 60s or early 70s.
Post 43 has links.
Yep, I used to work at the Motorola Systems Infrastructure group. They keep changing the name though. The Chicago suburbs were THE place for cellular technology. ATT had their engineering group in a southern suburb, and Moto in a northern suburb. The joke amongst the engineers was calling it ATT North and Motorola South because the top engineers switched between the two as a sort of arbitrage towards higher pay. i.e the fastest way towards promotion was to work at another and get hired back 3 steps higher over the heads of the people that stayed. ;-)
Worldwide cellular standards were defined between the engineers there. Matter of fact, even though I haven't worked in the field for 10 years, I'm still seeing stuff being rolled out that was in development and planning stages back then.
Maybe the competition from wireless has inspired the phone companies to get their act together. European phone companies have been notorious for bad service.
The Euros are soaking with jealousy for the US and they love to brag when they perceive that they do something better than us. But often times these claims are inflated and never countered because -- why bother?
A few years ago, a European country, (Denmark, I think), was claiming to have a better standard of living than the US (based mostly on bogus "quality of life" issues. Some Brits got tired of it and did a comparative study showing that Americans, in net worth, income, and most every way you can measure it, are far better off than the Danes.
HDTV is particularly awesome watching sports, especially the NFL football games and NHL hockey games. I've seen Fox Sports Net Bay Area's HDTV broadcasts of the San Jose Sharks and it's the next best thing to being there, mostly because widescreen allows for better perception of the strategy of how the players move on the ice.
I prefer to separate from a server or a big laptop. Besides, few "calculator programs" have all of the functionality of a decent calculator. They can be solar powered as well, allowing me to operate without a wall plug nearby.
$500? No way, I'have seen dvd/divx players for under $100 at circuit city 2 years ago.. They are under $50 now.. lol.