Living life Unwired: My MID life crisis
I am addicted to the Internet, seriously. I am online about 18 hours a day; at work, at home and on my Blackberry en route to one of the two. No kidding. Email me and I’ll respond in milliseconds. Poke me and I’ll super poke you back. Add me as a friend in Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and I’ll reciprocate faster than you can say “dang, that was quick”.
I’m addicted and I need counseling; and the launch of MIDS isn’t going to help me any. All it will do is contribute to my insomnia, carpals tunnel and LCD blindness. So unless you are “cool geek” and “in the know” like me, you may be asking yourself what a MID is or what it stands for. Sounds kinda weird, I know … but a MID is an acronym for Mobile Internet Device. It’s similar to an iPhone but has no phone functionality.
Just last month at IDF, Clarion announced the ClarionMiND; which is
Clarion’s next generation Mobile Internet Device. The ClarionMiND
represents a ground-breaking new product that combines a personal GPS
navigation system and full web browsing. What this means is that you
can get to where you need to go to quickly, check email, chat with
friends, update your statuses on your social networks, take pics-upload
to Flickr; really, the possibilities are endless. In fact, many social
networks are now optimizing their communities specifically for these
devices. Gypsii, a social network based in Amsterdam has optimized
their network specifically for MIDS using points of interest (POI),
user-generated content, and friend-location capabilities.
MIDS aren’t available yet in the U.S. and therein lies the crisis – I don’t have one yet. And I can’t even image how I will feel once WiMax is available in my area!