10/10/2014 09:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Apple, the Great Innovator? Nope, Sony Is the Original Innovator

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I'm tired of hearing how Apple is the most innovative organization on the planet. Blah, blah, blah.

Comparisons of Steve Jobs to Henry Ford and Thomas Edison by tech-clueless papers like the New York Times are idiotic.

Let's be real. In the development and design inventory of Apple, what do we have? Some computers--a Newton. Some MP3 music players. Some phones. Oh yeah, iTunes.

Granted some of these featured ground-breaking design and technology inside. But many of them such as the iPhone were just more expensive extensions of previously existing products like the cellphone.

Simultaneously, these products were and are commodities--if they booted up, played your music and allowed you to talk and text, that's all that mattered. Like tires for a car, there was no point in paying $1,500 for four Michelins for your 1998 Toyota Celica, when you could get four Toyo tires installed for $199. Toyo tires are round, inflatable and keep your car on the road too.

Why in the world some people have to have Apple everything and pay through the nose for it is beyond me.

What are not commodities in Technology are the devices Sony Medical makes. They save lives, empower doctors and patients, save money and give a better quality of life. Let's see iPhone 6 do that.

I have always thought Sony was a much more innovative company than Apple. For one thing, they didn't steal their first technologies from Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) as Steve Jobs certifiably did.


The Xerox PARC Alto computer ... note the mouse on the right ... Look familiar?

"Picasso had a saying, he said, 'Good artists copy. Great artists steal.' And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." --Steve Jobs

Sony invented the Walkman. Sony invented the Trintron TV. In addition to those two, dominant, consumer electronics phenomena, since the 1940's, Sony also invented the Videocassette recorder--that's right the VCR; the Compact Disc; the world's first portable CD player, the "Discman;" the PlayStation; the DVD; and a product line throughout TVs, monitors of all kinds, stereos, computers, laptops, music storage and playing devices, cameras, video-cameras, robots and more. These inventions, absolutely dwarf Apple's, ill-gotten, hardware contributions to kids and affluent adults. No other company more than Sony has had such an indelible, leading role in innovation. Not IBM. Not 3M. And certainly not gadget-oriented, faddish Apple.

Sony's contributions to mankind are myriad.

Let's look at just one category: Sony's long history in producing the world's best TVs and monitors and where that's taken them ... and us as humans.

In our living rooms, Sony TVs have been top-of-the-line for more than five decades. In the world's hospitals and operating rooms, Sony monitors have been the go-to monitor supplier for a long time.

Recently, at the Sony Club atop the Sony Building in NYC, Sony Medical unveiled a new 27" HD monitor for doctors and operating rooms.


Displaying full HD (1920x1080) on a gorgeous OptiContrast screen, this Sony Electronics Medical Systems' LCD Medical monitor is already helping doctors and saving lives. The effect of Sony's products in hospitals and operating rooms is incalculable.

Additionally, Sony's R&D, Design and Manufacturing supremacy in Cameras, Recording, Editing and now 3D has allowed them to wrap up the operating room into one high-tech, Sony' 'center of excellence.'


At the Sony' launch event, there was a panel of doctors walking us through serious surgeries in HD and 3D and talking about their personal experiences with Sony products in the operating room over the last few decades.

So when I compare all of Apple with only Sony Medical, do you agree that Sony's single medical division has brought more to us than all of Apple's inventions ever?

After all, which would you rather the doctor operating on you be using?



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