Thursday, September 21, 2006

20GB of Water

There's no particular reason I spend a good portion of my time speculating about where technology will be going next. I can tell you with all certainty that physical media's days are numbered (meaning CDs, DVDs, Tapes, and whatnot).

But before that happens, they're going to continue to try to sell you increasingly interesting ways of projecting your movies, playing your music, and storing your stupid excel spreadsheets.

The next-gen of DVDs is, of course, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, duking it out for your dollars. The thing is, nobody is going to care about them. They're too much like DVD, and we need something that's entirely different.

That's where Liquid Media comes in.

I can predict that in under two years, we will start seeing movies available in glasses of water. You know how you buy a big old thing of orange juice and keep it in your fridge? Same thing, except you'll buy a gallon of "Over the Hedge."

You then use this pourable storage, or "porridge," by pouring it all over your TV, which, of course, will also be made out of liquid.

Basically, in the future, everything will be made out of puddles.

Will this happen in one year? No. Will it happen in two? Yes.

So start selling your TVs and DVD players... It's time to upgrade your fridge.

Alexander Zalben is Elephant Larry's Head Technology Writer. His weekly column, "I Like Pancakes," is published weekly in over 2 million newspapers world-wide.