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.


The Future of Education, Technology, People & Innovation

February 2, 2013

memories-of-tomorrow_1In our regular look ahead James Lush of ABC Perth and I looked at what’s over the horizon for:

Education
– students will have 6 distinct careers, 14 jobs and live 100+ years; 60% of the job tasks they will do in the next 10 years have not been created yet; the traditional 3r’s – reading, writing, arithmetic- are great foundations, but our kids also need the 3 C’s – communication, collaboration and creative problem solving.

Technology – we have only just begun our technological journey and haven’t seen anything yet; and the imminent rise of the Internet of Things.

People – what will living to 120 mean?; will man and machine meld to the point where it is hard to recognise where flesh ends and machine starts?

Innovation – how Collaborative, Crowdsourcing and Co-create is changing the way we work play and live and why innovation is now a constant in our everyday world.

This is a great interview touching on lot’s of tomorrow’s horizon questions so have a listen now and let me know what you think tomorrow’s big questions are.


What may 2013 bring us?

December 27, 2012

2013_TrendsIn this morning’s extended interview on ABC Radio Australia’s Breakfast Show we take a look at my 2013 trends foresight’s to debate what they may mean for us, our lives, our society, religion, medicine, economies, culture, technology and business.

Take a listen now (23 minutes) and let me know what you think and click here for a complete list of my 2013 trend foresight’s:


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


Find Your New Career Here

October 15, 2012

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Well, I never thought I’d make it into Cleo, except for the Bachelor of the Year contest – but given that I’m not a Bachelor and past my prime I’d say that ship has sailed also, but in this month’s magazine, I chat about with Edwina Carr about Future Careers, where the job market is headed and some of tomorrow’s growth sectors including Health Services, Financial Planning, Digital, Community Managers, Gamification and the notion of becoming a Solopreneur and doing it your way.

Have a read of the article and share with us what you think are tomorrow’s big careers and industry’s.