The power of Wikipedia rendered pointless by the WikiReader
Everyone has a drawer in the kitchen that, for one reason or another, fills up with crap that has no place elsewhere in the home, or is broken, or entirely pointless. We can't think of another gadget that is going to hit that drawer faster than the WikiReader, a device that appears to have been catapulted forward in time from 1996.
It's a gadget that's larger and fatter than a handset, and holds all of human knowledge inside it. Well fancy that. With a frighteningly modern touchscreen interface yet a display dating back the birth of the mobile phone, it allows you to browse through 3 million Wikipedia entries, so long as you don't want to look up anything recent. Or see the accompanying images:
The problem is that here in 2009 it's not a lot to ask that a device like this has wireless ability or some sort of online connectivity to allow new updates. You might as well publish Wikipedia as a book for all the use this is. So given that Wikipedia itself is revised tens of thousands of times a day to keep up with the planet, how the hell are you meant to update this thing? Don't worry, the makers have a cunning, ye olde worlde plan:
"The fastest and easiest way to update your WikiReader is through our mail subscription. Updates come on a new memory card and cost $29 for two updates per year, plus taxes and shipping."
Rejoice! Stephen Gately can live on for another six months before you're any the wiser. Rubbish.