Gates forgoes reality distortion for reality acquisition

Gates forgoes reality distortion for reality acquisition

Summary: During his Q&A at D with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Bill Gates came up with a new term--or at least one I hadn't heard before. He pulled out a Motorola Q (still not shipping officially), which runs the Windows mobile operating system, calling it a multipurpose device (like a PC) and an example of what will be a "reality aquisition device.

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billgates200.jpgDuring his Q&A at D with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Bill Gates came up with a new term--or at least one I hadn't heard before. He pulled out a Motorola Q (still not shipping officially), which runs the Windows mobile operating system, calling it a multipurpose device (like a PC) and an example of what will be a "reality aquisition device." You'll be able to see an image, for example, and get "augmented reality views of a thing on a portable device," such as going to a baseball game and seeing replays and getting extra information on the screen. I'm not sure if he made that up on the spot or it came from his reading of 100 research papers in his "think week" retreat last week. I doubt whether "reality acquisition" will make to buzzword heaven....

Topic: Mobility

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  • Gates is out of touch with reality!

    Gates needs to figure out how to produce quality software instead of trying to dominate the world. Gates has never marketed one piece of software the was totally designed in-house, and nothing he has marketed has ever worked anywhere close to his promises. Instead of putting out hundreds of half-assed programs, he should endeavor to produce a few top quality pieces of software that actually work as they should. Microsoft is a farce!!
    R.T.F.M.
    • When will people stop loving to hate the giants?

      Microsoft is a huge "reality acquisition" of a farce. Geez, the company and Gates put out quality, world used, software. Come on. What software company have you founded? What applications have you released that was totally designed in house? By the way, there are no critics in the halls of fame. David Jemeyson
      ccisat1dxj
  • Reality acquisition

    May be I am not so creative, or not so good salesman. But I can't accept the idea that reality can come to me thru an electronic device, filtered and oriented, out of my own senses and point of view.
    I see the buzzword almost megalomaniac. Like the Matrix...

    (But, this guy is the richiest man in the world, or used to...)
    raul62
    • Richest Man..

      [b](But, this guy is the richiest man in the world, or used to...[/b]

      No.. Gates isn't the richest guy - not yet anyhow. The Sultan of Brunei still owns that title. What makes him rich? Oil, of course.
      Wolfie2K3
  • Reality acquisition is okay, but...

    ... "augmented reality" is disconcerting. Particularly when he goes on to define the term as the addition of points of view, like replays at sporting events.

    Adding to reality does not produce greater reality, but makes it subject to discussion, conflict, and compromise.
    Anton Philidor
  • Billy G. has promoted himself from CEO to GOD.

    That's it! I'm going atheist!

    If he thinks I want to see the world through someone else's filter, he needs to wake up and see the rabbit hole he's dug himself into.
    Mr. Roboto
    • I resent that remark.

      I do not consider myself GOD!
      BillyG_n_SC
  • Didn't he mean reality check?

    I can use this mobile like a desktop PC using foldable e-paper as a screen. That means $2 an OS license competing with symbian and Linux against $100 for OEM Windows on a desktop. Interesting business model. Last time I looked, if Windows revenues get cut to 2% and OOo takes MSO out by say 50% suddenly MS is losing money.
    INGOTIAN
  • Quit bashing

    Not to this story itself, but every time a industry giant like Gates gets reported about, the bash fest starts.

    I'm not defending the man but it's childish to bash someone like him the instant they're interviewed or reported about.

    One can disagree without acting like a 1st grader in a playground brawl. Get a grip people.
    BlazeEagle