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Beware the Exploding Smartphone

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:

Alarm clock
Assisted listening device
Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Bar code scanner
Calculator
Calendar
Camcorder/VCR
Content: printed books, newspapers, reference materials, stock tickers, school books
Credit card reader
Game controller
Egg timer
Event tickets
Flashlight
GPS device
Guitar tuner
Handheld game system
Identification card
Lost child locator/tracker
Makeup Mirror
Metronome
MP3 player/CD player
Musical instruments/devices: Theramin, keyboard, drum pad, synthesizer, mixing studio
Notebook PC
Notepad
Pedometer
Personal security device (“alarm”)
Photo album
Pocket pager
Pocket translator
Police scanner
Remote control device
Road map
Rolodex
Radio: broadcast radio, emergency/weather radio
Point and shoot camera
Seismograph
Speedometer/odometer
Store coupons
Strobe light
Telephone/answering machine
Television
Tour guides
Voice memo recorder/dictating machine
Walkie Talkie (PTT)/emergency communication device
Web cam/video phone
Wireless router
Wristwatch

…and many more. Can you add to this list? Leave a comment.

Added 1/15/2012…


Biometric scanner (Fingerprint and iris scanner)
Heart-rate monitor
Hearing tester
Steering controller

Can you think of more?