5 Technologies that
have changed our lives
• And 5 that we are really
excited about seeing!
• When was the last time you bought stamps?
• Some advantages of Email
– Distance is no factor
– Time is no factor
– Can send to multiple people at
• Some disadvantages of Email
– A birthday card by Email?
– Reply all, whoops!
– Less personal
• Instead of 5 shelves of albums, you have one iPod
• Advantages of iPods:
– All of your music is within reach
– Portable: Can be played anywhere
– Playlists for events and parties
– Can get music directly from Internet
• Disadvantages of iPods
– Aesthetic experience of holding the
– Less value
• Phones are no longer just for talking
– Can do everything that a computer can do
– No such time as “dead time”
– Find everything (files, pictures)
– Latest news, weather, games
– Great resource for price checking
– Less eye contact
– More accidents
Facebook (and other social media)
• Watch the grandkids grow up before your eyes
• Advantages of Facebook:
– Immediate updates on family & friends
– Touch bases with people from past
– Create events and track attendees
– Send private, instant messages
– Chat with a group of users at once
• Disadvantages of Facebook:
– Too much information?
– Not enough time for it all
• Video calling is finally here!
– Keep in touch with loved ones, see
how they are really doing
– Conference instead of face to face
– Can talk with several at once
– Can be used in place of a home
phone, and used internationally
– Connections not always so good
• Think of a computer without the computer
• What is it? Take a look!
• Consider the possibilities:
– Interactive Gaming
– Skype without a computer
– Quick reference
– Driver’s education (in a simulator!)
• Now, think of a computer that you wear on your wrist
• Curious? Take a look!
• What can you do with it?
– Everything that you do with your computer
– And, things like unlock doors, operate
speakers in your home, access control
panels in home
– Can integrate with features like sleep
analysis, fingerprint sensors and other health
• Goodbye privacy, Hello real time advertising
• Previously, Internet helped us find the What
• Geolocation technology provides the who, where
• Works with social networking such as 4Square
which provides “check in” potential
• Possible uses:
– Marketing to the person based on
where they are and what they like
– Find your friends who are nearby
– Provide reviews on businesses
– Find local deals
• And you thought ink was expensive!
• How can we explain it? Try this short video.
• If you can sketch it, you can create it
• Think of the possibilities:
– Plastic toys that look like the kids
– Quick replacement parts
– Medical implants (yes, it is
– Quick prototypes for inventions
• Internet for all (quick and free to boot!)
• Superfast (up to 1000 Mb/sec, compared to
average 10Mb/sec most of us have)
• OK, so it is only in one place now (Kansas City)
• And, there have been some problems
• Main problems: Infrastructure and money
• Good news: Other providers are searching for
similar products (Gigabit Squared in Chicago)
• Note on Gigabit Squared: They are working with
senior care service that uses 2 way video to reduce
costs of health care. Allows recently released
patients to confer with doctors from home.
Bottom line on technologies
• New technologies are cropping up quicker than we
can develop them
• Technologies on the horizon may not become
• And a future technology that can change our world
may be completely out of our range now
• Exciting though to consider all of the possibilities.