Foresight lane….

2013At this time of year we’re all wondering what might be ahead for us and how the year might shape up.

Jason Jordan of Perth’s 6PR and I took a stroll down foresight lane to see what major trends might be ahead and how we can begin to make sense of them.

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What’ll it be like when we get there?

Everyone loves a chat about Robots and how and when we’re going to see them in our lives and when you match this up to the other topic we are all concerned about – Aged Care you have the basis for my chat this morning with Steve Mills of 6PR Perth.

Topics included Robots that wash hair, carpets that monitor your movements, fridges that know what you’ve taken out, bathrooms that test your bodies vital signs from your ablutions and clothing that can monitor that your breathing OK and if not can call for help, are all part of the future of aged care.

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Which devices is sold more every day, than there are babies born?

What else could it be, but the iPhone.

In its 2012 1st quarter sales figures, Apple sold 37.04 million iPhone’s across the planet accounting for 53% of all of its revenue.

More people across the planet now take home new iPhone’s every day (402,000 units per day), than take home human babies (300,000 human births per day).

The figure needs to be seasonally adjusted as it includes Christmas sales, but nevertheless the numbers are huge and the implications for consumer preferences for their tech and connectivity needs even bigger.

In this weeks FutureTech segment Jason Jordan of Perth’s 6PR and I chat about what this means; what technological road we’re going down and where to from here for mobile technology.

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You can believe your eyes…

Zombie games players, bank ATM’s, cafes, road signs, train timetables and pictures of friends all flash before your eyes as you walk around your local suburb. No you haven’t gone completely mad, instead you’re using one of the newer kids on the technology block – augmented reality.

Jason Jordan of Perth radio’s 6PR and I chatted this week about turning your smartphones camera into a set of binoculars and pairing it with an app that let’s you find physical locations and people and then be guided on screen right to them.

These kinds of augmented reality apps together with the ability for our mobile technology to know exactly where we are on the planet (aka Geo-Aware) are also showing up in our cars as heads up displays, are being used by surgeons to guide them skillfully through the human body and by the armed forces to walk them confidently through hostile foreign terrains.

Listen to this week’s segment now to see how augmented and virtual reality apps using geoaware smartness are all a part of your mobile future.

and listen live each week at 4.40 p.m. (WST)

It’s good to be back

This weeks segment marks my sixth year on 6PR Perth radio and we kicked off with Jason Jordan and I talking about the world of possibilities that exist online and offered through our nearly 7 billion people on this planet.

We chatted about CrowdFunding and the ability to get loans and investors for your projects, ideas and brands. It is the online equivalent of traditional joint venture partners, angel investors or hitting up your family for your great can’t lose world changing business idea.

We also chatted about CrowdIdeas and the growing online industry that let’s you pay other people to do your thinking; before wrapping up talking about that enormous industry of CrowdBuying or buying online.

All in all a great start to the summer season of FutureTech.

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and listen live each Sunday at 4.20 p.m. (WST)

Futurists’ Idea of Heaven – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 9 January 2011

Dreams and heaven come in all shapes and sizes, but for a tech and futurist guy in January of each year they only come from one place, the Consumer Electronic Show.

This annual Las Vegas based event is the canary in the cage for what might be ahead as manufacturers and wannabe’s show off the kit they have innovated and want to sell in the years ahead.

In this weeks radio segment Ted of 6PR Perth and I discuss the many things CES which this year seems to come in 5 basic flavors – 3D, PC tablets, smartphones, connected appliances and video games, it is also the first year we have seen car and gaming manufacturers as major exhibitors.

What’s interesting for me is that we are seeing a true divergence of technology with so many devices and applications sharing common tech and spilling over between themselves. There is a plethora of toys on show that encourage us to take our tech into the home, into the office, into the car, into the streets and share it and play it seamlessly one device to another, one location to another.

This is the commercial mainstream beginning of an attitude where the device is not as important anymore, but what is is that we have continuous seamless access to our digital life wherever, whenever and however we find ourselves.

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6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – Calling Jesus – 26 December 2010

Jesus has just knocked out Angry Birds in the fight for the most downloaded app. It is available across 8 mobile platforms and has had over 12 million downloads in 2 years.

This free interactive Bible app from Life Church has taken the virtual world by storm with 4 billion minutes clocked up already by its users reading the new testament and in Dec 2010 through Jan 2011 there on track to achieve 1 billion minutes of bible reading – now there’s a business apportunity, just waiting to happen!

We also went on to chat about supermarkets self checkouts, NFC (near field communications) coming to a credit card and store near you and Skype app’s imminent arrival onto iPhone 4.

This plus some post Christmas merriment and great conversation make up this week’s on air radio chat between 6PR’s Ted Bull and Morris Miselowski.

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till Facebook us do part – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 5 December 2010

Facebook is being blamed for 1 in 4 divorces in the United States and in our in-depth comical discussion we seek to find out why and perhaps that it’s not Facebook that’s causing divorces, but people – ah if only they would use it for niceness instead of evilness (Maxwell Smart circa 1960).

Ted Bull of 6PR and I then go onto to travel through Lonely Planet’s and Google’s top tourist destinations for 2010 and those predicted for 2011 and work our way through some really interesting travel apps and websites – ah, where’s the holodeck when you really need it ?1?.

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Cyber Monday on a Sunday – FutureTech Segment – 28 November 2010

I’ll see your Black Friday and raise you a Cyber Monday!

Every year Cyber Monday – America’s online equivalent of Black Friday the largest retail sales day of the year – is growing in momentum and tomorrow’s online sales are no different.

With Australia’s great exchange rate and more of us shopping online we too can take advantage of the sales and have it shipped to Oz, listen in as 6PR’s Ted Bull and I talk about the where and how of how to cash in on this annual online shopping bonanza.

And if you’re not sure what to shop for, we’ve got that covered as well with the top 5 gadgets for 2010.

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6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 3 October 2010

It’s not evil, it’s FaceBook! Ted Bull of Perth radio’s 6PR and I kick off our discussion this week with a look at what FaceBook is and what it’s not.

My constant message is that FaceBook and all social media are opt in and a conscious deliberate choice you make. You’re only in it if you want to be and the other big caveat is never to say anything online that you wouldn’t shout out at your local market.

Having said that, Social Media and FaceBook are just the newest form of communication on steroids.

It is the modern day version of the radio, the fax machine, the mobile phone. Each and every one of them was considered evil in its day and despite them being invented and supported by the devil we have survived and thrived using them.

Listen to this weeks segment now, and join me on Twitter for in between news and views from the future.