Gemma was ribbing me last night over this story in Metro. Essentially researchers as Microsoft Cambridge have come up with a machine that can receive text messages and print them onto clear labels so you can stick them on a calendar (as per the photo – it’s meant to be used “in the modern home”). Clearly that’s a production ready model signed off by the same person that designed the Zune. (Actually I quite like Zune in a chunky kind of way but it’s not quite on a par with the competition – especially I suspect in the eyes of its target market). So expect a bare PCB and a great roll of sticky paper on a wall near you anytime soon.
Do I really need it? No, but I quite like it. What I don’t need is the ribbing from my (soon to be) wife about all these “crazy Microsoft ideas”. Can you really innovate without crazy ideas? Doesn’t every true innovation start as a crazy idea?