I think it is important to keep up with new technology, but I didn’t buy an iPhone.
For one thing I still wasn’t sure what to do with an iPod so there was no point in sleeping on the sidewalk waiting to buy something even more complicated.
However, in an effort to learn about this new gadget, I studied an illustration of some of the external features.
I stumbled when I came to the SIM card slot. I do know what a slot is, but what is a SIM card? I checked with Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia available on the Internet.
Now I know.
The SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card is a removable smart card for mobile phones which stores the IMSI (service subscriber key) used to identify a GSM (Global System for Mobile) subscriber. The equivalent of a SIM in UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) is called the UICC (Universal Integrated Circuit Card) whereas the RUIM (Removable User Identity Module) is more popular in the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) phones.
I’m sorry I asked.
So the iPhone is not for me, but I haven’t given up on technology. I have set up a workshop in my garage for a new device targeted at the older generation, which should be ready for a hyped-up introduction by summer 2008. It’s called the iForgot and will retail for $499.95 with a rebate of $100 if you return your sales slip and UPC code to the manufacturer in an envelope postmarked the day before you bought it.
This device can be worn on the lapel like a television reporter’s microphone and contains a miniature video camera that can be turned on whenever you need help remembering things. If you are cooking, you can rerun it if you don’t know where you put your spoon or whether you have added salt to the stew. You can check to make sure you took your pills. If you are half way down the block and can’t remember if you locked the door, no problem. There will also be a more elegant version, which can be worn to business meetings and parties with a remote button you can press whenever you are introduced to a new person. When you get home you can download it into your computer or into a special base unit (one of the many accessories that will be available for $124.95) so that you can review faces and names before the next party or meeting.
In 2009, after the smashing success of the initial iForgot, a stationary version will be introduced. This will consist of two components — one that sits at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. When you go upstairs you speak into the device and say what you plan to bring down. When you start down with your sewing kit, pressing “playback” will remind you that you went up to get your book.
I plan to get started on this project right away — as soon as I find my glasses.