Java and J2ME technology should study Star Trek

A breaking technology news story today is that scientist can now teleport an atom from one location to another.

See: http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1133890.htm

Of course, Star Trek came up with the idea first. It seems lots of good ideas start out in popular science fiction.

Java and J2ME technologies would do well by studying what works and what doesn't work in the Star Trek world. The Star Trek communicator is a good example. It's simple and intuitive to use. Tap once to have a voice-activated device to talk to anyone, anywhere on the starship Enterprise (enterprise, get it? a metaphor for the Enterprise :-) ).

But, what everyone doesn't get is that the best use of a device like that is audio-only. No video, no games, no applets, just simply audio. The smartphone of today is slow to be adopted because it tries to do too much in a small device. It's like the crosstrainer athletic shoe: tries to do everything (be a running shoe and a tennis shoe and a basketball shoe), but winds up doing everything poorly, since it can't concentrate on a core compentency.

Important lesson from Star Trek when desinging a communicator. J2ME technology really belongs on a tri-corder, not a communicator.

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