seth porges

  • The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us

    The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us

    Mark this down in the “Obvious” bin: more and more cell phones are using real names in recent years. It was only a few years ago that virtually every cell phone was identified by a serial number-esque stream of numbers and letters that, while I’m sure they made plenty of sense to a company’s on-hand staff of engineers and marketing pros, were more likely to leave consumers… Read More

  • The Futurist: Simple Ways To Make Common Gadgets Better

    The Futurist: Simple Ways To Make Common Gadgets Better

    If your house is anything like the CrunchGear Mansion, it’s filled to the brim with gadgetry and electronica. And with all this newfangled convenience comes an equal dose of frustration. Like when your cell phone clock goes dead the second the A train pops underground. It’s almost enough to make you strap on your old Mickey Mouse wristwatch. So this got us to thinking — what are… Read More

  • The Futurist: How The PS3 Could Sink Blu-ray, And Blu-ray Could Sink the PS3

    The Futurist: How The PS3 Could Sink Blu-ray, And Blu-ray Could Sink the PS3

    If Sony is to be believed, the verdict is already in: HD-DVD is a non-starter, and their cross-Japanese Toshibian rivals are toast. They may very well be right: Blu-ray is certainly outperforming HD-DVD in terms of sales and support, and may be headed for the victory stand when it’s all said and done. But in order to get there, Sony may be setting themselves up not only for only a glimmer of… Read More

  • The Futurist: Hands-On With The Neatest New Nanotech

    The Futurist: Hands-On With The Neatest New Nanotech

    So I’m here in Scotland with Audiofile Mike. It turns out that this home of The Highlander and hooliganism not only takes credit for bringing the world television, penicillin, and cloned sheep, but is now a steaming hotbed of new nanotechnology research. We spent the past week checking out bleeding edge nano, including ways of using OLED lights to smooth out skin cancer, microscopic machines… Read More

  • The Futurist: Why Digg Is Bad For The World

    The Futurist: Why Digg Is Bad For The World

    Being a sometimes-media critic (in years past, I wrote for the media magazine Editor & Publisher), the effects of news aggregation sites like Digg on news organizations is a topic of constant interest. Not so long ago, the vast majority of our news diet came from a single channel — reading (or listening or watching) a chosen news source. Whether it was our habit to pick up the Times… Read More

  • The Futurist: What Women Want In Gadgets (Hint: It's Not Just Pink Paint)

    The Futurist: What Women Want In Gadgets (Hint: It's Not Just Pink Paint)

    For the most part, the attention gadget designers give to women doesn’t go much deeper than a thin coat of pink paint. Dip it in fuchsia, slap a label like “Rose” on it, and CE companies take it for granted that the fairer sex will claw at each other to grab their products off store shelves. But what does it take to make a truly female-friendly product? Could it be that the needs… Read More

  • The Futurist: What An XM-Sirius Merger Means For You

    The Futurist: What An XM-Sirius Merger Means For You

    Woah. So XM and Sirius are looking to form a more perfect union. And, at long last, Howard Stern and Oprah fans will have something in common other than being married to each other. Of course, there are lots of regulatory hurdles that could keep the ink from drying on the deal (a failed merger by satellite TV providers EchoStar and DirecTV immediately comes to mind), but lets assume, for… Read More

  • The Futurist: Making Products Better or… CrunchGear Original Concept Designs

    The Futurist: Making Products Better or… CrunchGear Original Concept Designs

    We live in an ergonomically-challenged world. It really is amazing how much our appliances and gadgets rely on archaic designs that are almost senselessly stress-inducing So we got to thinking—what are some simple ways we could improve the appliances around us to be more people-friendly? So I called up the best product design expert I know: human factors design consultant Eric Porges, who… Read More

  • The Futurist: From Lucky-Goldstar to LG, or… Brands That Change With The Times

    The Futurist: From Lucky-Goldstar to LG, or… Brands That Change With The Times

    Biggs and I were talking shop awhile back and I mentioned that it was as if, sometime in the past decade, LG and RCA had a Freaky Friday-like switcheroo. As anybody over the age of 10 likely recalls, RCA used to be an omnipresent CE brand—especially in TVs. And LG? Let’s just say those letters didn’t always stand for “Life’s Good.” Rather, the… Read More

  • The Futurist: Your Friendar is Broken… or How MVNOs Can Succeed

    The Futurist: Your Friendar is Broken… or How MVNOs Can Succeed

    It’s nigh impossible to open a magazine these days without finding a four-page ad spread telling you that Helio is not just a phone. Nope, its a “Friendar” too! And, even better, it gives you instant access to MySpace! Wow! These ads are the product of one of the largest technology marketing campaigns in recent memory. Unfortunately, they are nearly assuring that Helio will be a… Read More

 
  • The Futurist: The Beginning of Truly Seamless Live Concert Albums

    The Futurist: The Beginning of Truly Seamless Live Concert Albums

    It wasn’t too long ago that officially sanctioned concert recordings were a rarity, with most fans being forced to trade shoddily recorded bootlegs pulled from hand held recorders or sub par soundboards. Of course, both the quality and accessibility of live records has come a long way in just a few short years, and when the Palms Casino in Las Vegas opens the doors of its new concert theater… Read More

  • The Futurist: Can The Mobile TV Industry Survive The Slingbox?

    The Futurist: Can The Mobile TV Industry Survive The Slingbox?

    After years of infrastructure building and billions of dollars of investment, the United States is finally ready to join the ranks of our Eastern neighbors who have long had watchable streaming TV service. CES announcements by companies such as MediaFlo and Verizon made as much clear, and competing services aren’t that far off. However, standing in the way of these corporate Goliaths is… Read More

  • The Futurist: Reading The Apple Tea Leaves or… What the iPhone Tells Us About The Future

    The Futurist: Reading The Apple Tea Leaves or… What the iPhone Tells Us About The Future

    From my absentee perch, the best I can gather is that CES this year seems a bit… underwhelming, shall we say? Chock-full of evolutions, this year´s gala seems notably free of true revolutions. Of course, the biggest bomb came from newly-rechristened Apple, Inc., where the they-finally-did-it iPhone is lurking just over the horizon. Within this device lies a number of clues as to Apple´s… Read More

  • The Futurist: What We Will See At CES

    The Futurist: What We Will See At CES

    In just a few short clock rotations, the entire tech industry (short of myself — I’m taking a much-needed vacation) will be rolling into Vegas for CES, and CrunchGear’s crack team will be ready to give you the latest scoops on this year’s year-shaping event. A lot of people take this time of year to play the CES Guessing Game and prognosticate about who will release what. Read More

  • The Futurist: MacWorld's-A-Comin' or… The Perfect Musicphone

    The Futurist: MacWorld's-A-Comin' or… The Perfect Musicphone

    MacWorld is just around the corner, and with it endless speculation that 2007 will not only be the year Apple finally throws its hat into the mobile phone ring, but also the year that the promise of a musicphone that can actually substitute for your digital music player of choice finally comes true. Of course, it’s all déjà vu to us. I’m pretty sure 2006 was supposed the year of the… Read More