TechDadCO Opinion – Future Proofing Tech: Is that even possible?

Technology is accelerating at a faster and faster pace. We look back and laugh at 8-track or Beta video tapes in 2019, but how soon will we look at our current cutting edge tech (like current generation SmartPhones with amazing cameras and facial/fingerprint biometrics or our growing “connected” SmartHomes and devices) and laugh like we do with technology from the 70’s and 80’s?

We look back and laugh at 8-track…but how soon will we look at our current cutting edge tech and laugh…?

Have you ever picked up an original iPod or one of the first generation iPhones recently? Or looked back at iOS 6? (BTW – That was the 6th generation iOS!)

Older Gen iPods look REALLY old today
This was the 6th generation iOS for the iPhone!

Times are a changing fast! However, there has been a strategic shift more recently to technology that continues to get better with time. That is something that I continue to use as a barometer for any serious tech/expense purchase I am plotting to take. Some things, like a SmartPhone will continue to have a finite life and won’t typically last past several years, but many tech items are being created to have longevity baked into their foundation.

…there has been a strategic shift more recently to technology that continues to get better with time.

A perfect example in the auto/tech industry is Tesla Motors. Tesla at its core is a tech (and many would argue a software) company, who happens to make cars. Although the Tesla vehicles have continued to improve in the past 10 years, the current set of vehicles is primed for the future! The hardware installed on current Tesla vehicles will allow continued software updates, that not only improve the user experience (or make the cars actually faster!) but will someday unlock the ability of Full Self Driving (and even a ride share service to earn you money with your car when you are not using it!)

Tesla Autopilot and Eventual Full-Self Driving

This is a prime example of something created today that will continue to get better with time. But not just the obvious Tesla Motors fits into this paradigm. Several other products already reviewed on (or will be soon) follow along these lines.

Our first review of the Ring Family of Cameras and Security is a prime example. The hardware is set for the platform (even though Ring continues to release new hardware categories like smart lights) but the software and integration continues to improve the overall platform and experience.

Another example previously reviewed is the Apollo Outdoor TV enclosure. Not in a software way, but rather the TV enclosure allows the replacement of the actual TV you choose in the future when they are better, brighter, faster, and more feature rich!

There are plenty of other examples listed on the “My Recs” page for future/upcoming review that also follow this lead, like the June Oven, Sonos Sound Speakers, Rachio Smart Irrigation, or the Skydio R1 Autonomous Drone!

Please continue the discussion below in the comments section if this resonates with you or share this article on your social media.

Stay tuned for the next recommendations and reviews from the growing TechDadCO team 🙂

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