Paper Trail: To Austria and Back Again
Arrival at Hotel/spa and skiing:
Hotel Room key — It acted as your lift ticket if you desired. This is another place your cell phone will replace this product.
Trail maps for downhill and cross country skiing — I am split here, I think GPS-enabled cell phones are going to be more convenient and can act as a locator should you get buried under and avalanche, but I personally like huddling over the map with a few people to plan out your next few moves.
Trail signs and other mountain signage — Can’t see these being replaced with technology at this point. The conditions do not bode well for digital displays. Printed signs are needed for a long time to come.
Our 4 year old daughter won the gold metal at the end of a week-long ski school course and received a printed certificate. In no way would a digital version be a good replacement. Something printed is treasured much more. It is very similar to a collectable, which is another up coming Blog post.
The ski’s themselves where printed on — I think this will stay with printing. Last thing I need is something distracting me as I ski.
The children’s daycare area (Kinderhaus) had a large amount of printed books (along with flat screen for movies) — As a parent I feel it important that I expose my children to how the world works and technology is their future. However, the physical world is not learned via the Internet or videos, but by touch and feel. Having both as part of their lives is critical. I do not see children’s books being completely replaced by digital alternatives. Although, I do see a blended experience as a reality.
Beautifully printed hotel information packet — Could be transmitted digitally to phone or computer, but it would have diminished the experience greatly. A printed piece is something tangible, to be treasured as a thing of value. At a nice hotel I would expect to see a nicely printed product instead of a digital version. It would cheapen the experience greatly.