Another area I think I need to improve in, especially for my work, is being a bit more on top of new technologies. I genuinely find the new things I find out to be really cool, but I’m just rubbish (lazy) at getting round to seeking them out or looking them up.
A couple of weeks ago I got to try Google Glass, completely by chance, and was almost star struck by it – it had only been on the market in the UK for a week at the time and so it did feel pretty special. If you’re interested in my view, I think it could well be the future, maybe not for social reason – I don’t think it will replace the smartphone or the tablet or anything like that, but I think there will be a number of applications for it in industries. However, it needs to massively improve – it feels very temperamental at the moment and battery life is a bit rubbish. The voice controls also don’t work that well (the guy showing it to us seemed to be able to control it better than the person wearing it). I have visions of being stood a train station with Google Glass on and the person next to me trying to use theirs to looks something up but my Glasses reacting to their voice and showing me what they had requested! Could lead to some awkward scenarios I’m sure!
I have finally gotten round to looking up the new technology for speed reading, in the format of Spritz (http://www.spritzinc.com/#) – I heard about this months ago, and then got reminded of it last week and have just finally gotten round to looking it up and having a go. If you’re interested I got to about 500 words a minute. It was a lot easier than I imagined but a little it stressful. I don’t know what happens if you need to go back because for whatever reason you missed something. Maybe I’m a cynic (actually I’m certain that I am) but I don’t really see it catching on, except for on things like wearables such as the Samsung Gear watch thing, but it is one of those things that unless it is adopted quite widely, people just wont be able to get used to it and it wont catch on. That doesn’t mean it isn’t really cool though, and I like that they are challenging the norm with it.
Anyway, that’s just my view, but I’m not exactly what you would call a visionary so I will probably be proved completely wrong!