Having detailed why I personally cannot see why anyone would wait in line or queue for a piece of consumer technology, no matter how great it might be, I thought it would be fun to see which gadget, if any, MakeUseOf readers have deemed, or would deem in the future, worth queuing for.
This was the perfect opportunity for you to either nail your colors to a fanboy mast, revealing the company whose products you willingly wait in line through all weathers for. Or to don your thinking caps, let your creativity spew forth, and reveal a gadget not yet invented that you would give up everything (or at least a few days stuck in a queue) for. And you did both.
Which Gadget Is Or Would Be Worth Queuing For?
We asked you, Which Gadget Is Or Would Be Worth Queuing For? A good number of you responded, some with examples of past gadgets queued for, most with gadgets that haven’t yet made it into the wild that, if they ever do, would be worth waiting patiently for. Even if it means standing in between sweaty people who haven’t been able to wash for a few days for fear of losing their place in the queue.
Gadgets mentioned that have already been, or are soon to be, released include the Playstation 2, the Nokia 808 (complete with 41-Megapixel camera), Nokia’s Windows 8 phones, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and Google’s Project Glass, AKA Google Glasses, Google Goggles, Google View.
Gadgets mentioned that exist purely in the minds of our readers for the time being include a “lifelike robot sex goddess,” a “Star Trek replicator,” a “cordless power transmitter,” and “anything that would let my cat talk to me.” Two more that fit into this category make up the comment of the week below.
Some people also agreed with my general view on this topic that nothing is really worth queuing for, and the sooner we lose this mindset the better.
Comment Of The Week
Comment of the week goes to Vlad, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for:
1. Personal teleporter
2. Invisibility cape
With these two everything else will not need queuing anymore.
I like the thinking here. This combination would indeed mean an end to queuing. The invisibility cape would enable you to push in at your leisure, while the personal teleporter would enable you to jump to the front of any queue. This is of course based on the assumption that you would be the only person to possess these items. Which further suggests you would be the inventor. Damn.
We’ll be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. ‘We Ask [You] Tell Us’ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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