Device Malaise

Below is a sampling of devices present at a small family gathering on Martha’s Vineyard. Not shown is the digital camera used to take this photo, as well as a number of chargers, USB cables, and devices including an iPod, a GPS mapping device, a Nintendo 64, more cell phones, and binoculars. (Well, okay, I don’t know if “binoculars” count as a device).

Are we going to look back on these days of endless device proliferation and laugh at our erstwhile profligacy, or are we going to sink further into the unholy morass? So far “all-in-one-devices” (cell phone/PDA/camera/MP3 player) have been kind of sucky, so I fear we are heading more toward the latter option.