I think that today marks the first time that three new technology concepts that I could get excited about have land on my desk in one day. Two of the three are quickly spreading around the internet while the third has yet to gain a widespread following (as far as I know). The first item is Livescribe. The idea of smart paper infused with an invisible grid is not particularly new, but the people at Livescribe expect to have a time-synchronized audio recording to go with the smart paper and they hope to have the smart paper available at prices comparable to regular paper. The pen would be a scant $200 and they expect to be in the market by the end of this year.
The second item is an addition to Google Maps called Street View. Some members of my family will probably be familiar with the view I linked to. I can’t wait until they expand the coverage of this. It will make trip planning much different. As it is, I can sit in my own home and explore New York City.
The third item is Microsoft Surface. The concept of multi-point interactive touch screens that this is based on was demonstrated in February of 2006. I have been excited about the possibilities of this technology for months now, but Microsoft has added the interaction with objects on the surface which makes this idea even more appealing. Like Livescribe, they hope to have this to market by the end of this year although it will not be targeted at the consumer market by then.