Date posted: January 10, 2017
CES (The Consumer and Electronic Show) is the ultimate geek and nerd convention held each year, in early January in Las Vegas, attracts over 180,000 visitors who are all there to find the latest tech machinations, thinking, prototypes and products that may just become the next big thing.
This year's show was no different, with an incredible array of must-have's, didn't know I needed it but now I can't live without it and I'll never need that on show, but more telling for me than the individual products are the overarching themes and tech directions and in a series of interviews with Hong Kong Radio 3's Phil Whelan, Glynn Greensmith of ABC Local radio and Kier Shorey
Date posted: December 13, 2016
The end of the straddle bus and the beginning of an uneasy truce between President elect Trump and the entire tech community are the stories du jour as Hong Kong 3's Phil Whelan and I catch up for our weekly chat on all things future, tech and whatever else.
The straddle bus was a great Chinese innovation that's been around for a while and in August this year seemed to gain new energy as a prototype hit the streets for a 300 metre journey, but since then its been awfully quiet and we've just found out why.
Only a couple of months since its supposed triumph, the bus is sitting in a yard derelict and unloved and its innovators are being accused of illegal crowdfunding, unauthorized road
Date posted: October 19, 2016
Every great invention started life as a mere thought, became a vision before turning into an obsession.
One of the most oft questions I get asked, "Is where do ideas come from?" and one of the most oft answers I give is Science Fiction.
It's amazing what our brain's have stored away from what we've read, watch and imagine and how at just the right moment of opportunity it springs these dormant thoughts back into life, ready for creation.
In our regular Nightlife on ABC Local Radio catch up Dom Knight and I chatted about the influence Science Fiction has had on our lives and asked
Date posted: October 10, 2016
On this back of this infographic, ABC Far North's Kier Shorey and I chatted about the inspiration and foresight HG Wells, and others like him, bring to the rest of us mere mortals with their ability to see what has not yet been created, hypothesise on what might be, challenge us to live up to their visions and provoke us to create new worlds.
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Date posted: May 17, 2016
It's always a hoot to be in Asia and this week I'm broadcasting live from Singapore into Hong Kong, where Phil Whelan and I ponder why a small country like Singapore seems to be so on top of their game when it comes to tech adoption, innovation and "can-do" attitude.
We explored the driverless buses that are set to make their way on to some Singaporean roadways later this year, an education system that is heavily based on STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) and is usually near the top of any global Education excellence survey and how a government can structure and incentivise a business ecosystem to become the Asian hub for business and technology.
Date posted: April 19, 2016
A near miss between a drone and a London bound British Airways passenger jet was the start of this weeks chat with HK3's Phil Whelan looking at drones and how we might keep them away from planes, trains and automobiles and whatever else they shouldn't be near.
The sky's are full of non commercial recreational drones and in theory there are guidelines around where they can be flown including flying below 400 metres, keeping your drones where you can see them, not flying within 5 miles of an airplane, not flying near people or stadiums and in America your drone should be registered.
These are all useful guidelines but for the amateur drone
Date posted: March 29, 2016
We routinely crowdsource ideas, products and opinions. The Indian government amassed 3 million comments over the past 18 months from its citizens through its portal - MyGov.In and social media seems to be constantly driving and spreading the political agenda.
With both a Queensland and Australian election imminent, ABC Far North's Kier Shorey and I explored the notion of e-voting and digital political engagement.
Finland, France, Norway, Estonia, Spain and Australia have all trialed e-voting either allowing you to vote from wherever you are, or requiring you to go to a fixed polling booth to use a digital voting kiosk, but no country has adopted online voting excl
Date posted: February 20, 2016
Airports should evoke a sense of excitement as we dash off to a new destination or start a grand adventure, but for numerous travellers airports are overwhelming and stressful.
For those who cannot escape to the sanctuary of an airport lounge, there can be long lines and pushy passengers.
But soon airports could become a destination themselves: a bright and airy haven of comfort and calm.
Travellers will be able to glide through with limited human interaction armed only with a smart phone and a smile.
And don't worry about your passport because by 2050 they'll be outdated and totally in the cloud, or wherever we choose to store
Date posted: February 16, 2016
With the onslaught of Virtual Reality headsets in the first half of this year, there's a lot more interest in what it is, why it is, what we might do with it and will it take off and this week in our regular catch up Austereo's Anthony Tilli and I caught up to chat all things Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
So our first task was to tell the difference between AR and VR.
AR takes the real world and adds stuff to it, think Minority Report and heads-up car displays, whilst VR requires you to put on a helmet or similar and replaces the real world with a dig
#CES2016 – the 6 trends that will dominate the year ahead ( #2016trends ) / Austereo, ABC Local, ABC Far North
Date posted: January 15, 2016
CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2016, Nerdvana, has ended for another year and Las Vegas has said goodbye to 170,000 visitors and 3,631 exhibitors all itching to get a glimpse of the year ahead in tech gadgets and retail offerings and also looking for the dots to connect to figure out what's lies further ahead. There were a number of clear categories this year and in this weeks regular ABC and Austereo radio segments I explored some of these and also what may be next and after next. The overriding theme for me this year was that we have crossed over the threshold away from having and owning to using and doing. Read More...