By Irene Sterian. As technology consumers, we often interact with the user interface or software portion of new technologies. Software updates have become part of owning a device. We wait for new features to be added and complain when they aren’t. In a way, the hardware becomes an afterthought; seen more as a declining asset than a platform brimming with new possibilities, when in fact, the pace of change is in-part driven by innovations at the hardware level.