The commonality between technology, sports, and green energy is competition. Each industry desires success, which requires winning in some form. Strategies and ideas are key and must be protected. Innovative products are great to speak of, and have knowledge of, but the real proof is based upon consumer acceptance, sales, and sustaining growth. Whether owning one, two, or some multiple collections, we are best serve by making technology an integrated/seamless part of everyday living.
Let me illustrate a point. A new kid on the block is the ‘Danalock,’ playing to home security. It reflects what is good and challenging about innovation. Essentially a smartlock; however, if you are using an android phone, you’ll need one that has the newest Android 4.4 KitKat; a very interesting business decision. http://www.danalock.com/. In contrast, as an evolution step, The “Dick Tracy”-like BURG 12 smartwatch offers all the basic functionality of smartphones, via touch screen; yet needs no connection to a smartphone. http://burgsmartwatch.com/.
We the consumers have limited resources; consequently, we must choose among the possibilities. Another product putting pressure on the need vs. want quandary is the Shimano 11-speed XTR Di2. http://www.ridextr.com/en/di2/. A pathway bringing mountain bikes into the digital age. It’s truly about the personal ride. On the other hand, though said no “I” in team, we will begin to see more performance analysis of athletes during game time. Among devices used, the GPEXE, measuring position, velocity, and heart rate. http://www.gpexe.com/. Of course, beyond discussions of accuracy and assessment, there are likely inquiries of data ownership and privacy debates. Keep in mind, today’s and tomorrow’s innovation are generating more than oohs and ahhs; additionally, conversations about humanity, societal interactive standards, and lifestyle acceptance. There’s also an underlying economic question: Can an entity (small, medium, or large) utilize more technology, make money, improve productivity, increase quality, reduce costs, and maintain or grow their workforce? If not, why not?
In looking at the direction of things to come, the profitability concern is about number of units to sell and at what price, crossing all industries. The tougher debate is about balancing this to the greater good of society in regards to individuality, employment opportunities, privacy rights, preserving nature, and so forth. In accordance, we are seeing more products mingling leisure, health, environment, and work. For 2015, forthcoming to this concept, is the ‘Rollkers, out of Dijon, France. Simply attach to your shoes and roll-walk on, your way and your pace. http://www.rollkers.fr/#/welcome/3335431
Obviously, any discussion of innovation is not just tangible goods. There are processes and services impacted, especially in medicine. Take the presence of computerization, in literally each room, for use by medical staff, whether at hospitals or doctors’ offices. In sports, for example, in watching women’s college volleyball on ESPN3, either a coach or member of support staff, are regularly using tablets and laptops to assist in real time game matters. In Europe, as a means for generating more passengers, commuter trains offer free WiFi services, moving away from fee based wifi. http://www.eurailmag.com/mag/23.htm?page=116. Continuing, there’s a new plug-in tool, free and paid versions, by Flicker Freak http://www.digitalanarchy.com/, for adjusting videos to show dramatic effect or suspense, i.e. the horror movie feel. See a demonstration, Demo Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDHQ40cYPzo.
In closing, we live in a society of those who think expansionary and forward, on life in general; and those who don’t. A fair feeling is the world is a better place where people strive to be inclusive within a context of lawfulness and respecting each other’s choices. So, go ahead, live life for yourself, with or without any new gadgets.