Alec (Hey Alec, long time!), Scoble, & Gartenberg are going back and forth on products designed for the masses vs. “the edge“. I’ve never used the term “the edge“ to describe the category that geek toys fall into, but it works for me.
This is all related (I think) to my thinking on Technology Complexity. Edge products typically have huge technology surface areas. The producer may have attempted to hide that technology complexity beneath a friendly skin, but Aunt Tillie isn’t even going to begin to understand the key concepts. See my previous post for more thoughts.