Will PCs die for CAD / GIS users?

With what it has cost us to remove the drawing table from the office ... Will the designers have to return to that position?

Ergonomics_pc The subject is discussed at a general level, and they are not wrong. I'm sure we're about to see the desktop PCs as the printed post office; only for special shipments. PC Magazine this month dumps heavy equipment techno-smoked on the subject, although its main line focuses on ways to 45 twit In each sneeze.

A pity, let it be the farewell of other more, Carlos Mendoza. If I had known, I sent him a message for a toast in honor of any Lennon theme, in any corner of the socket during my coincidence with the bicentennial.

But in the world of graphics it will not necessarily happen that way. To believe that the conventional PC will die is to separate between the consumption of information and production. Or as the fallen friend of the Canary Islands would say, raise the flag to the bishops or be in the middle of the infantry.

PC dies for information consumers

Now it is possible to access data from different devices, it is a waste even to do it from an uncomfortable -But correct- position in the studio, up to the hammock With the Wii while the children are distracted on TV. Be it for entertainment, for helping the nanny in her Social Sciences task, for seeing the email or the statistics of the blog; One finger is enough.

And in our CAD / GIS environment, consumption requires no more than an Acer Aspire to open, print, send to the barrel (Datashow), Consult the Redlinear using Bentley Map or gvSIG. In the field, a Mobile Mapper 6 can deploy CartoPad and with this one do editing and then return to the cabinet. As well as TV, nobody occupies a license or special program, just a device to see it, with the variant of interacting.

Yes. Consuming data does not take A GPU, because almost all the science of that task is in the data (produced) and in the slight interaction with them. Be these shapefiles, topologies within a spatial or imaginary base Virtual stables.

Do not die for producers

But a user who works in video editing, CAD drawing or GIS programming will definitely not be able to let go of his conventional position in front of a monitor, which has only become flatter, wider and less pernicious for the eyes. Not for the data, but for the processes that is where your business is, and for this comfort is not taken care of.

It is likely that the graphic designer does feel comfortable with a pencil in his hand, old fashioned on a screen Wacom. But I doubt that we can again lean a draftsman on a table, so it was difficult to get him out of there and convince him to throw away the parallel ruler and rotating eraser.

Yes I believe that the interaction devices and local storage will change, like the hard disk and the obsolete mouse that is a literal dinosaur of 20 years with its two buttons in front; He barely exchanged his ball between his legs for a bright light that comes from his cervix. Those toys that do 3D maneuvers can advance more, as well as the flat screen that can do photogrammetry in real time with what until now we call 3D models, but that are still 2D representations. And with the transactionality, the time component will add so that we operate in 4 dimensions, as in the real world.


But since running a line export gdi with the fossil Geographics until a clean routine with Pyton, they will need a team that is able to make us feel confident that we are producing new content. As well as TV, consumption will be light, but production will remain a conventional art. The processes, not the data. So a cartography office for a long time will still have a boss who navigates with a light device, with a holographic keyboard and monitor hanging on his retina; to monitor processes in their busy days and keep their podcast up to date.

But in the cubicles, there will always be five guys in marsupial position operating a PC to make lines from laser scanning in real time.


And to follow Carlos, we will have to wait for him to be placed back in a fetal position. Yes!

2 Replies to "Will PCs die for CAD / GIS users?"

  1. Completely agree with you. It is true that social networks, instant messages, photos, etc. are increasingly available. However, and in my case, I do not change the "comfort" and "peace of mind" that work with a WorkStation produces, although now we aim to have the GIS on the ground with a Tablet PC and stuff.

    But as I edit and manipulate, a PDA, a Mobile Phone or a laptop does not exceed my worstation. And this, despite his age (5 2 years again and the other), even I entrust my most complex tasks.

    A hug and a pleasure to read to you again.



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