Update: It has been pointed out to me that I just reinvented “Raymond’s Rule of Smartphone Subsumption“. While I prefer the Borg-esque overtones of “Assimilation”, I have to admit he got there first. And he does have a couple of useful qualifiers on his rule which deal with edge cases noted in the comments.
I present Dotzler’s Law of Smartphone Assimilation, which is:
The smartphone will assimilate the functions of any electronic device smaller in size than itself.
Devices that this has happened to already include:
- Mobile phone
- Music player
- Portable gaming console
- Portable WiFi hotspot
- Guitar tuner
It has even happened to some non-electronic devices, such as:
- Spirit level
Resistance is futile… Can anyone suggest any more assimilated devices?