Brandon shared a ton of information with our class on Thursday, April 18, about some of the latest technology trends; gave us previews of several amazing free or low-cost apps that are available now; and shared relative details about the latest mobile devices and their computing capabilities.
Some of these “trends” encompass various devices, but it will give you an idea as to the direction we are headed.
- Everything to depend on “mobile”
- Adaptable tools and content are needed to support an innovative user interface as desktops and mobile devices merge
- Voice recognition and natural language processing
Trend-setting devices and apps
- Siri voice recognition and natural language processing app for the iPhone
- Google Now app for the Android
- Google Glass – wearable computing that responds to vision and voice – truly amazing technology
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone (more on Smartphones down the page)
- Leap Motion – device that turns any monitor into a touchscreen; about the size of a pack of gum
- MYO – Arm band that uses hand gestures to control multiple devices; works with Bluetooth
- Daedalus note-taking app that doesn’t require saving and auto-uploads to the cloud
- Solar weather app
- Clear “to-do list” app, utilizing multi-touch
- MyScript calculator math app
- Word Lens – Converts/translates languages from short, printed texts
- Interactive books and digital textbooks
- Dimensions – a FREE alternate reality game that uses a microphone and headphones to create an alternate reality from background noise
Smartphones are fast becoming the new PC
Computers will likely always be around in the workplace, or for the person that requires absolute precision that a Smartphone can never offer, but the term PC (personal computer) no longer defines computers in general. A PC, or personal computer, refers more to our mobile devices and Smartphones in 2013, according to Brandon.
Brandon got the class to thinking about “what defines mobile?” Virtually anything can be mobile – our laptop, iPad, and phones; but it’s the multi-touch, always-on, always-connected device, not the screen size, that we view as “mobile.”
We all agreed it is not likely that we would ever lend our Smartphone to a friend or family member, simply because it contains such personal information, and we depend on them too much for communication, scheduling, directions, etc. Interestingly, most of us were more comfortable lending our automobiles for use than we were our phones.
Brandon shared some other interesting stats regarding Smartphones:
- In 2010, Smartphone sales rose more than desktops, laptops, and notebooks combined.
- 40% of American teenagers own an iPhone; 33% own an iPad.
- By 2015, more Americans will access the Internet on their Smartphones than from desktop computers.
Brandon teaches a course at Pellissippi on Mobile Web Design, and he shared some of his expertise on the subject with us. Brandon explained that soon web pages on Smartphones will be able to auto-detect our surroundings, just as some apps currently do. He explained the importance of flexible content and responsive web design, because the designer no longer knows what type of device will be viewing or listening to the page. Content is now created through a Content Management System with a variety of file formats available so that each type of service knows what to use; the file supports multiple devices and utilizes CSS media queries.
How do you fit into this new technology world? Do you see yourself trying out Google Glass, MYO, or upgrading to a Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone? According to cnet.com, these gadgets are expected to see widespread use within the next year. Are you among that group ready to make the leap?