Supercomputing handhelds

Google CEO Eric Schmidt described his vision of a 100-megabit broadband supercomputer in every pocket.

Schmidt cited an Android application that photographs barcodes, identifies the product, and compare prices online. Another application can take a picture of a menu in a foreign language and translate it.

“The creepiest one of all, take a picture of person — somebody built a demonstration — and we can tell you who that person is,” he said, adding, “By the way, that’s obviously useful if you’re a policeman.”

In a few years we’ll look at our current iPhones the way we view the original PCs now. They were nice for their time, but were toys, weren’t they?

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