More Wearable Tech

Barely a week goes by that some company does not announce come form of ‘wearable’ tech that is going to enhance your life and make you a better all around person. This week it was the turn of the tech giant, Microsoft. The tech stalwart announced its latest hardware gizmo know as Microsoft ‘Band’. That’s what I thought, how original?

Below is the promotional video that cam along with the both a Mac App and Android version in the Google Play Store. Having watched the video of beautiful people going about their daily lives and interacting with their very own Microsoft Band, frankly it just seems more of the same! Have a look for yourself and tell me that Microsoft are not, once again, somewhat late to the party. Also read the release article / blog on the Microsoft website here.

I hope it stays fine for them and that the band does not go the same way as the Nike FuelBand which, although still available, has been a bit of a disaster for Nike. It just seems that wearable tech has a long way to go.

Makes me wonder how Google Glass, when it becomes available to the common man and the beta testing by the elite number of users is over, will perform. You would have to ask yourself that if a sporting/fitness powerhouse like Nike fail is its venture, can the behemoths that are Google and Microsoft crack the market with wearable tech. We will have to wait and see I guess.

I won’t even get into the Apple watch as it is the ‘new kid on the block’ as well and that is probably a whole other post. Suffice to say batteries in all these devices is still the achilles heel that needs to be overcome but, as they say, thats another story…

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Star Wars comes to the French Alps (sort of…)

Star Wars comes to the French Alps (sort of…)

Star Wars type Drone Racing, its a thing now!

Remote controlled aerial drones are becoming somewhat ‘commonplace’ with photographers and videographers more and more. On the BBC tech show ‘Click‘,  host Spencer Kelly show us something that now takes place in the French Alps and is akin to the Pod-Racing in the Star Wars movies without the crashes and the injuries but with all the drama.

 

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Adobe and the future.

Is this the future of Photoshop and other Adobe products?

The goliath that is Adobe has released a video of what they believe the future of their products may look like. Is this the future of Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere? Suffice to say, I would not be writing a post about this unless I thought it worthy. Oh boy, is it worthy.

If Adobe managed to bring a fraction of what is contained in the video to life, I would be ecstatic! It really is the stuff of science fiction. This is the kind of thing you might currently only see in movies set in the future. It is the stuff of wizardry and sorcery but I have no doubt, that at the rate technology is advancing, we will see some, if not all, of these things on a tablet near you soon.

Take a look and be amazed. Needless to say, I want all of them NOW!

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Desk Evolution since 1981. Decluttered desks, Cluttered minds?

Desk Evolution since 1981. Decluttered desks, Cluttered minds?

Desk Evolution: how your desk has changed over the years.

There is no doubt in anyones mind that the world has changed and is pretty much unrecognisable from years gone by, especially our desks at work. This short video by the Harvard Innovation Lab highlights that very fact. No more cork boards, no more fax machines, no more planners, magazines or papers. It’s only when you think about it, that you really get an idea of how much physical s’stuff’ has gone and reappeared inside that small metal/plastic box with a screen that sits in front of you. And once you have turned off the small platic/metail box, you have (oretty much) all that information in your pocket or bag in your smartphone device.

Kind of ‘NUTS’ really!

Take a look…..

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Steve Jobs. 3 Years and a day.

Steve Jobs. 3 Years and a day.

It is 3 years and a day since the visionary founder of Apple, Steve Jobs passed away.

What better way to mark the great man and his untimely death at the age of 56, than to show you a talk he gave to the management at Apple upon his return to steer the company in 1996.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with his friend Steve Wozniak in 1976. He created the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes and OS X.

While there are lots of great videos featuring Jobs, this one is more intimate. It features Jobs, less than three months after his 1997 return to the Apple Inc., talking at an internal meeting about his vision for taking the company forward. This talk occurs about 10 weeks after Jobs got back into the ‘driving seat’ at Apple. The quality of the video is not great but it is, relatively speaking, one of the rarer videos of the man. Addressing the crowd wearing shorts and in a relaxed manner, Jobs does what he does best – shows his passion for Apple and its products.

In the video, he describes his desire to take Apple back to its roots, and explains the idea behind the “Think Different”  ad campaign that would become iconic. He talks about the simplicity of good product lines and the desire for Apple to be more than “just” a specs-oriented technology brand. These are the things that are still at the core of all that Apple do today.

It really shows the other thing that Steve Jobs did best. Speaking! If you have your own business, I think there are lessons to be learned here. Question what your small business is about. What is it that your business stands for? It’s not about selling products. What do people say and think when they talk or think about your business. He cites examples of Nike and how they sell a commodity item – shoes! Yet when people think of Nike they think about performance and being the best in their athletic endeavors.

I am a huge fan of Steve Jobs, hence the post. But if you have not seen him speak before, make a point of watching some, if not all, of his Keynote addresses to the Apple faithful over the years when the company was launching products. For now, grab a coffee and take about fifteen minutes to see how a truly great marketer passes on his message.

 

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