wall-of-monitors.jpgThere’s an interesting segment in technology that really has the largest direct effect on how we work and how teenagers spend 20+hours of their week. The Screen. That amazing peripheral you’re gazing into right now to which we’ve come to view the entire world through… until it goes black or your laptop is yanked off the table by a toddler.

From the ready availability of laptop screens it seems as if this happens to quite a few of them. Without a doubt, in the near future, we’ll put the isolated workstation aside for the ultra-portable laptops that have the same capabilities. I’ve developed a lot of interest in the displays over the past few years because of the advances in technology with thinner laptops like the Sony Vaio or Macbook Air, flexible OLED screens and of course all the multi-touch stuff that has come out.

Then, the prices of LCD’s drop off so much because of competition and increased manufacturing, Best Buy stop carrying the tubes, and I wonder if I can just buy a whole palette of replacement screens to cover the wallpaper I have yet to take down in the bathroom. How sweet would that be?… How expensive would that be? And then replacing them along with the lightbulbs when they go out?

On top of that, there’s the business side where you could invest in the companies producing laptops or in the manufacturers pumping out the screens. To use the California gold rush analogy: It wasn’t the miners who got rich; it was the people who sold the picks and shovels. Who has the next best shovel?

The technology is certainly changing. More than anything though, I’m just glad I don’t have a huge CRT sitting on my desk anymore.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.