LAS VEGAS -- Here at CES, you see a lot of visions of the future. There are 3D TVs and cameras, a bunch of new interfaces, a flood of tablets, etcetera.
But one company was bold enough to put their new product in proper historical perspective. After the abacus, typewriter, and desktop computer, NewMine's Phone-PC is the natural next step in technological evolution. What makes it so special? I couldn't really tell, but it appears to be a tablet embedded into a phone that you operate with a stylus.
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Alexis C. Madrigal is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.