Are Mobile Payments Fixing Something, Or Just Hot Doggin’ ?
Wired – 8/13/12: Hot dogs: What a hassle! First you have to wrap them in paper towels, then put them in the microwave. And those without every mod con are actually stuck heating them on the stove or the grill — for a few minutes. And don’t get me started on the buns. Does this sound like your dreary lunchtime? Well, thank goodness for American innovation. Thank goodness for the hot dog toaster.
The history of technology is littered with solutions to non-existent problems. The difference between genius and hucksterism runs along the fuzzy line between technology that meaningfully changes day-to-day life, and novelties that just end up hogging space on the kitchen counter. Call it the Skymall divide.