I reached into my pocket after lunch today to grab my little case of dental floss. Looking down at my hand, I realized I had actually pulled out my cell phone.
Which got me thinking. Why do we combine some functions into a single pocket-sized box, but not others? We now have one device that handles phone conversations, text messaging, email, and surfing the web to find the nearest restaurant.
Why don’t we have a phone that helps you floss your teeth? Is this merely due to a limitation of technology, or is there some unconscious cultural resistance to taking that final step, one last valiant stand against putting every aspect of our existence into a single miniaturized plastic case?