I remember the first time I got an Apple Newton (before there was Palm). Yes, it was bulky, but it was so cool to turn it on and, as Emeril would say, “BAM!” there it was — on. No having to wait for the thing to boot up or load startup files and apps. It was instant “on”. “Why can’t my desktop or laptop be like that?”, I wondered. Well, some of the waiting is over.
Sony® recently announced an “ultramobile” laptop, the Vaio UX Premium. This little guy uses a flash drive instead of a traditional hard drive. Samsung® has already beat them out of the gate with the Q1 and Q30 Flash drive laptops.
The great thing is, a Flash drive, unlike a hard drive is thinner, lighter, can takes knocks and bumps, and runs a lot longer than it’s traditional counter part. This is good news for mobile computing.
According to USAToday, the prices and manufacturing are the current hold up.
Prices are not low enough for flash to totally replace hard drives. Sony’s flash version of its UX laptop costs $2,500 — $500 more than a similar model with a hard drive. But it does allow flash to move into more products.
This is exciting to me because this takes learning and creativity abroad and makes it more instantaneous. Whether it is wearable technology or availability in your car and home, the fact is, we’re moving closer to capturing information and inspiration at the speed of thought.