By 2003, removable solid state media of the type used in digital cameras and mp3 players will reach between 1 and 2 gigabytes in capacity (Memory Stick 1, 2, Compactflash), which isn't surprising at all, really. What's fun, though, is thinking of new ways to use all this capacity in New and Exciting ways--Matt Webb and Steven Frank both came up with the idea of Conversational Tivo - a random access audio stream of your life [Webb 1, 2; Frank].
We don't have to use 3G anymore, or at least, we don't have to use it exclusively: we've now got enough storage space to simply spool to removable media if the bandwidth isn't there or we're out of range of a base station (heaven forbid we're stuck in a tunnel or in the middle of nowhere).
Without further ado, I present a stopgap product:
About the same size of a Sony memory stick walkman, the Sony Daycorder has:
On the other hand, I'd be perfectly happy with a streaming 3G conversational tivo as well...
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