I’ve seen my fair share of science fiction movies which attempt to predict the future of virtual or augmented reality. Many showcase technology, imagined by writers and directors, that immerses the user within a virtual world – aptly described as Virtual Reality or VR for short. The problem for me personally is that this technology essentially replicates what you currently see on screen but in 360 degree perspective; there isn’t a real sense of self within that experience. Well today Microsoft announced a game-changer which they call Microsoft HoloLens.
What is HoloLens? Put simply it’s a computer built within a headset that projects holograms into your first person field of vision, essentially adding artificial objects into your reality. Picture looking at a car and trying to figure out instructions to change a tire. Now imagine each step projected on to your car showing you exactly how to do that? Now imagine sitting on your couch and tapping the air to enlarge a huge holographic TV to watch a game or movie? The applications of this are also huge for 3D modeling for 3D printing, which was demonstrated today by creating a quad copter using the software included with HoloLens.
The applications of this technology are mind boggling to say the least and will change what we view as being a computer, how we navigate through our day to day activities, and even what we perceive as being real or imagined. This is just the beginning.
Want to see more? Much has already been written following today’s announcement and rather than attempt to re-write that I’ve included the links to many of those articles below. I’d recommend first checking out the official HoloLens site at www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us
In Vancouver it rains, it rains a lot. Most of the time it doesn’t stop me from doing the activities I love to do, mostly outdoor activities, but this weekend was an exception – I watched a lot of movies. Some for the first time but a lot of them classics that I hadn’t watched in a long time such as the hit (to me) Wargames
Evernote is a great way to capture information and access via “the cloud” which simply put means accessible anytime from virtually anywhere on any device that has a browser (and a working internet connection). I use it a lot for things like travel itineraries and even recipes people post on Facebook… I didn’t say I actually used those recipes but they’re nice to have when I eventually (hope) will… but I digress.
The typical way people use Evernote is to copy from their browser, Facebook etc.. and paste into the Evernote app or evernote.com in a browser. This can be somewhat difficult to do when using a smartphone with a small screen, switching between the browser and evernote app, so here’s a great tip on how to use email with Evernote instead!
I’ll just add the following tip: from your email client create a new contact, I named my “evernote mail”, and paste in the email address from Evernote everyone has (how to find this address is in the link above).
Then following one of the tips in the link above by using @email (or whatever label works for you) it then sends to a specific notebook called “email” within Evernote. For me when I want to forward large attachments in an email instead of having to copy and paste the attachment I simply forward the email to “evernote mail” and it’s just there.
There are two different types of Office software products available from Microsoft:
Office 365 – A one year subscription single product that allows you to install on up to 5 PC, Mac or Windows based tablets per license key.
Office for Mac or PC 2013 – A timeless version that can be installed on only one PC, Mac or tablet per version. Sold separately as PC and Mac versions.
I see new technology all the time. In fact that’s part of my job description, to search out and review new technology and products to bring to our London Drugs’ Computer Departments. So when I see something that will revolutionize the way we use products I get excited. Very excited!
The technology I’m referring to is something called Near Field Communication or NFC for short. You’ve probably already seen or heard about this because it’s being used today at most gas stations and some retailers, something called Tap & Go. Simply put customers hold up a credit/payment card to something and instantly the card is charged. How this works is there’s an radio frequency identity (RFID) chip in the card that can be read by a special reader, which then corresponds to your payment information. Of course it requires you agreeing to be automatically billed.
So you may ask does that mean I’ll be buying things with my cell phone or computer? No not exactly what I’m talking about, though of course that’s possible. No the first exciting application for this technology relative to the phones and computers you use now is instantly pairing devices to talk to each other.
Consider a real world example: You’re playing some music on your MP3 player or phone and think “wouldn’t it be cool to listen to that on that speaker?”. You wave your MP3 player close to the speaker and the music begins playing on that speaker instantly. Or you want to transfer a contact from your phone to your PC and so you simply hold up your phone next to your laptop and instantly the contact just shows up!
This is technology that is in use right now and will become a standard feature on pretty much everything you use that can connect wirelessly to another device today.
Look for NFC coming to a computer/cell phone/tablet/speaker/TV/
Console/headphones/stereo at a London Drugs near you :)
This list is only a fraction of the technology I use. However take any of these away and my daily routine would be compromised, and though I’m sure I could function just fine I wouldn’t be very happy about it. ttfn.
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