Is this the new look in computer interfaces?

February 21, 2013

google-glassesClarke Kent took off his glasses to become Superman, but Google is hoping you’ll put on their glasses and transform yourself into superman and superwoman.

Google Glass just launched its website and video to explain what it hopes will be the next revolution in computer interface technologies, a pair of glasses that let you see the real world and digital world simultaneously – think Top Gun heads up display – and allows you to speak your commands to it.

If you’re an eager beaver you can get your hands on an early model of this $1,500 new gadget, by entering a competition and flying to the States to pick up your prize.

Take a look at the video and website and let me know whether you think this new gadget is going to take off or not.


What’s not going to here in 2050

December 13, 2012

Obsolete-StampHow will we ever live without toilet paper, cars we drives, television sets, computers, oil, the post office and credit cards, just some of today’s everyday things that we might not see in 2050.

In this fun chat with Tony McManus of 6PR Perth radio we looked at what today’s necessities are that might not be here in 30 years and also took a tonne of listeners calls on what they wanted gone by then.

Have a listen now and let me know what you think will be obsolete by 2050.


Mirror, mirror on the retail wall

November 14, 2012

On the back of recent research by the Australian Centre for Retail Studies (ACRS) that found that only 4% of people start shopping in store before eventually purchasing goods on-line and that the majority of shoppers don’t go in store with the intent of buying online, but rather are driven there by poor in-store experiences, I chatted with 6PR’s Tony MacManus about the future of Retail.

We explored magic mirrors that let you try on clothes and accessories in store without getting undressed; at home webcam technology that lets you try on before you buy; mobile phones and tablets that let you navigate around retail spaces to find exactly what you’re looking for and technology that lets you bring in-store your virtual closets or pantry so that you can match what you already have, with whatever you’re looking to buy.

All this will happen in a future retail landscape that will offer a seamless blend of in-store, mobile, and web-based experiences in which retailers and consumers will sell and buy in whichever environment suits them best depending on their immediate situation and needs.

My final message to retailers in this interview was to not overlook the longer term retail revolution that’s happening behind the scenes of the immediately more impactful economic conditions, to do so is to doom your retail store to irrelevance.

Listen now and let me know your thoughts on the Future of Retail