Life, Now In A Convenient Pocket-Size
What gadgets do I no longer have or need thanks to my phone?
Thinking about the topic of virtualization and its benefit to radio stations, I came across wonderful infographic from The Cato Institute that shows, with just a glance, how smartphones have done away with hundreds of familiar office and personal tools that we used to accept as necessities of life — but which have now been replaced by the thousands of phone apps available for download, cheap (and often even free).
As Marian L. Tupy writes, “I asked a friend of mine if he could recommend a good white noise machine. ‘Why don’t you,’ he responded, ‘download an iPhone app instead?’ I did and the app works just fine. That got me thinking: what other gadgets do I no longer have or could do without thanks to my iPhone?”
Engineers, of course, have replaced physical tools with apps by the double-handfuls, using smartphones to, among other things:
- Calculate engineering formulae
- Perform frequency and noise analysis
- Find the source of RF and WiFi signals
- Control transmitter settings
This is part of the inspiration for RƎLAY. If a common smartphone can do the jobs of all those discrete devices, why can’t the vast computing resources of the modern PC be leveraged to virtualize things like codecs, playout systems, phone banks, and even the radio mixer itself?
It can, of course. Which is why RƎLAY is here in the first place.