Archive March 2010
My 4th year on Perth radio’s 6PR’s Weekender program comes to end this week as it goes into hiatus until after the footy season in October; so in this weeks segment Harvey Deegan and I look ahead to what the future of tech and business may be over the next 7 months, including:
• iPad and iPhone
• Google android phone
• USB 3.0
• 3D – computers, laptops, televisions, billboards
• Augmented and virtual reality
• Location based services – rise of foursquare, gowalla and others
• Visual and semantic search
• Continuing rise of cloud computing
It’s always sad when the show breaks for winter and the footy season, but it’s been a great series and I’m counting down the days until St Kilda wins the AFL grand final and we’re back on air in October.
Beam me up to your social network – William Shatners sci fi network started our on air discussion this week between Adelaine, Phil of ABC Radio Australia’s Today programme and Ryan Egan of Tech Stream and me.
The conversation then moved on to ‘screenagers’, paypal and bump unite to give us a mobile app that let’s you pay anyone nearby by waving your mobile at them, how to predict earthquakes using your laptop and iphone, before joining Hong Kong Radio HK3 to talk about Australia’s rising social media usage, cyberbullying and iPad pre orders.
All this, terrific conversation, laughs, iphone envy and the word of the week competition are all in this weeks show.
Listen to this segment now, or listen each Friday at 12.20 p.m. (Aust EST) and join me on Twitter for in between news and views from the future.
Teff, spelt and kamut started Harvey Deegan, of Perth radio’s 6PR, and I off this week as we meandered our way through the top 10 foods of the future, which includes the return of ancient grains, gluten-free beer, vegan meals, organic alcohol, African and Middle Eastern cuisines, new cuts of meats, gluten-free meals and Quinoa. Harvey even goes so far as to look up teff and we set the listeners a challenge to find a recipe using it.
News of the week also included 120,000 iPad’s being pre-ordered on the first day they were on offer; OnLive announcing its set to take on the traditional games industry by bypassing the need to buy consoles by providing live streaming of games that can be played on either your PC or television. We then rounded off our weekly chat with a look at some interesting mobile device apps.
One of Danny’s favourite apps (and mine) is TuneIn Radio a great little paid app that lets you listen to radio from around the world, the other is a fitness related app that uses GPS to track speed, distance and more.
HK3 Hong Kong radio joined our discussion on a wrap up of the CeBit show in Hanover Germany which included 3D hologram cystal balls, new mobile phone designs, features and gizmos including glasses that plug into your mobile device to let you watch movies on the go, dual sim card phones and a whole lot of 3D devices that are springing up on everything technological.
We continued on to chat about future food trends which are moving towards health and nutrition as well as the environment with increasing interest in ancient grains, gluten free beer and organic alcohol all set to rise in popularity.
On line gaming also came up with OnLive, a soon to be launched streaming game provider, talking about knocking off traditional game consoles as the preferred method of on line play.
All this, Google blue dots, word of the week, great conversation and guests made for another busy segment of FutureTech.
3D hologram crystal balls, smart textiles, the new stuff at CeBit’s annual technology show in Hanover Germany, new on line reality shows and the death of the computer mouse were just some of the topics Harvey Deegan of Perth’s 6PR and I talked about in their weekly chat.
Forget the mouse, just touch yourself to turn the computer on is where we started this weeks discussion between Phil Kafcaloudes and guest presenters Sally and Phil Wales of RRR’s Byte Into It program.
We then took a look at a newish web tool update – Get Glue – that uses intuitive technology to understand what you’re searching for and then feeds you additional related story links.
Joining us as usual was Phil Whelan of HTK3 radio Hong Kong where we talked about the live auction on eBay for two ghosts in a bottle (really),before chatting about the new reality program on the block “If I Can Dream”., a live webisode program showcasing 5 wannabe talents and their search for fame and work.
All this, great conversations, word of the week competition and as usual some interesting discussions all in this weeks show.
This is the true fish bowl experience – put five mid 20’s aspiring models, actors and singers wanna be’s into a Hollywood mansion, turn on a raft of cameras and watch them 24/7 as they live their lives as a permanent audition.
This clever show called If I Can Dream, has been devised by Simon Fuller, the same person that dreamed up American Idol.
The fascinating part of this show, for me, is it is online live 24/7, airs a weekly high quality episode on Hulu and not on TV, uses clever on and off-line promotions to promote itself, has used sponsorship and online advertising to fund it, and uses Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites as an integral part of its product offering.
I’m not sure about the show itself, I’ll leave that to the reviewers, but the technology, social networking and fundamental shift in thinking of what entertainment is, how it is funded, promoted, interacted with and viewed may be the canary in the cage of a brave new world of entertainment.
As they say in the classics, stay tuned.
Skinput, a prototype technology, does away with the mouse and replaces it with your arm and hands, turning you into a mobile touch interface.
It works by monitoring acoustic signals on your arm and translating these gestures and taps into input commands.
Non technically, you wear a cuff (much like a blood pressure gauge) on your bicep which picks up your finger tapping on various parts of your arm and hands and interprets them as input signals to activate or inform the device it’s hooked up to.
Turn up or down the volume on your mp3 player, answer the phone, flick through your contacts or emails. or hook it up to a pico projector (miniature stand-alone projectors also being built into mobile phones and devices) and project images onto your forearm to see what’s happening.
The easiest way to get your head around it is to watch this video (you might want to skip past the technical intro and start watching around 1 minute)
This technology, like emotive headsets that uses your thoughts to interact with your devices, are part of a new vanguard of input technologies that will eventually find their way into main stream use.
It will be not be exactly as we see it now, but it will be in subtle ways with inbuilt sensors and devices sewn or woven into our intelligent clothing, or perhaps buttons, brooches or caps that will link seamlessly to our mobile devices to drive and interact with our real and virtual worlds.