Disruptive technologies and products win by changing the rules of the game. They reset expectations. They break business models. They sink entire industries. They blow stuff up. The smartphone is one one such technology.
The disruptive nature of the smartphone may not be immediately obvious, but as acceptance reaches critical mass we’ll start to see the effects. Consider the list of devices, products, and services that smartphones already duplicate or replace. (And imagine the world twenty years from now when a super-smartphone fits in a shirt button or in a subdermal implant.)
Replaceable/Replaced by smartphones:
Assisted listening device
Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Bar code scanner
Content: printed books, newspapers, reference materials, stock tickers, school books
Credit card reader
Handheld game system
Lost child locator/tracker
MP3 player/CD player
Musical instruments/devices: Theramin, keyboard, drum pad, synthesizer, mixing studio
Personal security device (“alarm”)
Remote control device
Radio: broadcast radio, emergency/weather radio
Point and shoot camera
Voice memo recorder/dictating machine
Walkie Talkie (PTT)/emergency communication device
Web cam/video phone
…and many more. Can you add to this list? Leave a comment.
Biometric scanner (Fingerprint and iris scanner)
Can you think of more?