Back in April, I dropped $US230 ($313) on a gadget that had me feeling that gadget love again. You're familiar with the feeling too; the thrill you get walking into a Sharper Image store or thumbing through a Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. It's that sense that you're seeing a small glimpse of the future neatly packaged and commoditized for the present.
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Pebble, one of the best-known smartwatch brands, is dead. Rumours about the company's demise have been swirling since The Information reported a potential Fitbit buyout last week. Today in a post on Kickstarter, Pebble confirmed that Fitbit was acquiring "key Pebble assets" and that Pebble would "no longer be operating as in independent company".
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.