A Dose of Virtual Reality

November 30, 2010

Do you remember Second Life? It’s a virtual world where people could live, fall in love, go to concerts — in fact do anything we do in the real world. I often wondered what was so wrong with the real world that people wanted to go there. And apparently some people still use it — perhaps they’re lost and can’t find their way out.

In today’s BTalk Phil Dobbie and I talk about how virtual worlds can actually be useful for business. We also talk about the idea of augmented reality, which is more likely to have traction and influence how products are bought and sold. It’s something that is likely to impact the way most businesses interact with their customer — and it’s already started to happen.

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

November 28, 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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Konichiwa – Radio 6PR FutureTech Segment – 21 November 2010

November 21, 2010

This weeks segment is live from Tokyo Japan as we discuss my travels around Tokyo’s Akihibara – the electronic and gadget district, the Japanese view on all things gadgetry, the future and electronics, my driverless cars experience and meeting robots.

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Facebook Royalty – Radio 6PR FutureTech Segment – 14 November 2010

November 14, 2010

HRH joins Facebook this week and becomes an instant friend to a 1/4 million loyal subjects is where this weeks segment kicks off before Ted Bull and I take a detour to discuss the future of education, one of my hobby horses and my reality that we need to educate our students to serve their future not our past.

We take a look at tomorrow’s classroom learning needs, online learning, the notion that today’s students will have 6 careers and 14 jobs in their working life and that many of the jobs, tasks and industries they will work in have not yet been invented.

With all this uncertainty, the only thing certain is that it’s up to us to pave the wave for tomorrow’s decision makers, thinkers and leaders and we better get it right.

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Where oh where is Geotagging taking us?

November 1, 2010

Just thirteen months ago the Apple App store had three geo-tagging applications. Today there are around 3,000. It shows how we have become accustomed, very quickly, to involving geography in the way we use the Internet.

In today’s BTalk podcast Phil Dobbie and I ponder whether Geotagging, or devices and applications that know where you are and give you real-time, real-place advice is all a fad that will provide little benefit for businesses and marketers. We also take a look at some examples of how it can be used effectively to promote to your customers and make some money.

So where will all this take us? Phil extracts his pound of flesh by asking me to forecast how this technology will develop over the next few years.

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