I usually love all gadgets. I love my iPhone, my iPad, and my Kindles. Other tech stuff is fun too. I have some remote gadgets, step-counting gadgets and kitchen gadgets. I rarely meet a gadget I don’t like.
But I don’t like this one.
This is just plain creepy.
The Narrative is a clip on camera that you wear. It automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds.
The point? To create a “narrative” of your life. All the regular moments. The things you don’t remember… remembered.
I don’t want to be on either end of this device. I don’t want all those photos of …. ???? and I sure don’t want to be talking or working with a person who is wearing this little camera. I know I’d find it highly distracting.
(I suppose there is an argument to be made for wearing it to capture candid photos of your children, or maybe at an event …. I’ll go with that. But it’s the “all day” and photographing unsuspecting people that just seems yuchy. Bye bye privacy.)
You can read more about it in this article, and view examples of the photos that this gadget takes:
Cool or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment
If you’re interested, the Narrative sells for $279.
Just don’t visit with me if you’re wearing one.
Posted by sharechair on February 25, 2014
Walter Cronkite was the host of a show called “The 21st Century” back in the sixties.
In 1967, he hosted a program that looked at the home of the future, and how technology would be integrated into all aspects of the house.
It’s fun to see as he takes you through the home office, the kitchen and the living room. The tech is all big and clunky with lots of buttons and knobs. But some predictions are quite accurate.
Remember …. this is 1967 looking ahead to 2001.
The Home Office of the Future (2001).
The Kitchen of the Future (2001) … not quite as accurate. Although the plates idea might still be coming as those 3D printers evolve!
The Living Room of the Future (2001). He was right. Big TV, big sound. But NOT the big ‘console’. Not all those buttons and knobs. They didn’t imagine controlling these things with a gadget that fits in the palm of your hand.
And then there are those windows! Do they exist? Were they ever invented? I kind of like those.
Posted by sharechair on February 7, 2014
Does this bring back memories??
Did you eventually have to install a “separate line” for this new-fangled internet thing?
Posted by sharechair on January 22, 2014
England’s Bristol Central Library is celebrating 400 years of service.
(wow … 400 years! That’s 1613-2013 Congratulations!)
And so, for the next few months, visitors to the library will be greeted with an amazing animatronic display of books.
It’s called “Book Hive” and it is interactive. There are motion sensors so that a person standing (and moving) in front of the display will cause the books to open and close …. beckoning to be read. (quite clever, I think)
if you have trouble viewing the video here in this blog, you can click this link to see it directly from the artist’s website: Book Hive
Posted by sharechair on January 9, 2014
Office Max has offered us the opportunity to “Elf” ourselves for several years, now, so I’m sure many of you have had fun with this before.
But for those you haven’t …. you’ll want to give it a try and I promise, you’ll enjoy a laugh.
You can start with the original website, which is easy and fun and … FREE to use.
Once you agree to their terms and conditions, just upload photos of anyone you’d like to “elf” and you can quickly turn them into a happy dancing funny fellow. It is easy to do. Once the photo appears on the elf you can size it so it fits just right.
I made a little dancing troupe of President Obama, Harry Potter and President Putin. I grabbed this screen shot as they were dancing across my screen to some cheery music.
If you’d like to actually watch a little dance, click here: http://host-d.oddcast.com/php/application_UI/doorId=1177/clientId=299/?mId=51798277.3
On the website you can select from quite a few different dances/music. You’ll have fun, I promise!
There is also an iPhone/iPad version of this: ElfYourself by OfficeMax
The app version offers a free dance and then other, different dances for a fee.
Dances can be shared from the website or the app.
Posted by sharechair on December 6, 2013
How often have you been in a store, about to make a substantial purchase, and wondered if you could get a better deal someplace else?
I sure have. In my attempt to get the best price I will stand there with my phone and google the product to see what I can find.
But with this app, the process of bargain hunting is made even easier.
All you do is scan the barcode, and it will tell you how much the product costs at other retailers AND online.
When you bring up the app on your phone, it might look confusing, because they encourage your involvement in all the social media possibilities, and, of course, there are lots of ads and links to ‘deals.’
But the beauty of this app is the basic simplicity of comparing prices. Keep yourself focused on your task, and don’t get distracted.
When you open the app, just look to the BOTTOM. There you will find the scanner ‘button’, right in the center at the bottom.
Just hold your phone over the barcode of the item and tap that scanner button on your phone. It will generate a list of stores (retail and online) that carry the item …. and the price so you can get your best deal.
I have used it for the last few weeks, and so far (after checking the accuracy of their price reporting) it has been absolutely correct.
ShopSavvy is FREE in the iTunes store
Posted by sharechair on December 5, 2013
Two blog posts ago I included a short video of Amazon’s new drone that is scheduled to start delivering packages sometime in the not-too-distant-future.
Thoughts about these drones range from delighted to terrified.
Enter Colbert, weighing in on the Amazon Drone.
If you enjoy witty satire, you will love this.
Colbert cleverly moves our advancing technology backwards.
Colbert talks about the Drones and offers a NEW and innovative idea for Mr. Bezos
Posted by sharechair on December 4, 2013
Holy Cow! This looks like Science Fiction….. but it’s not.
Really, truly, Amazon plans to deliver goods BY FLYING DRONES in the not-too-distant-future. (perhaps 2015!?)
It’s Technology on steroids.
Watch this short video to see how they plan to fly your purchase right to your door.
Posted by sharechair on December 2, 2013
What is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (WOTY)?
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word, or expression, that we can see has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Every year, candidates for Word of the Year are debated and one is eventually chosen that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.
And so, this year’s Word of the Year was recently announced, and the winner is …….. drum roll, please ……. “selfie.”
Yes, that’s it. The International Word of the Year.
What is it? Here is the Oxford definition:
(also selfy; plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website
The word Selfie can be traced back to an Australian online forum wayyy back in 2002.
Do you use this word? (I haven’t)
Do you take selfies? (I have, a few times when traveling, and quickly deleted the result. Clearly selfies are not a friendly form of photography for folks-of-a-certain-age :shock:)
Posted by sharechair on November 20, 2013
Every once in a while an idea comes along and you say …. yay!
This is that kind of idea.
If you have done even a fair amount of flying in your life, you have probably experienced the dreaded “lost luggage.” You can recall that awful feeling you get when you stand at the luggage carousel and watch the bags go round and round. But not yours. And gradually the crowd around you thins out until you are the only one standing and waiting for your luggage to appear. And it doesn’t. No luggage for you. (Been there, done that).
But next year, this experience might be a thing of the past.
Beginning in 2014, airlines are going to introduce electronic tags for your luggage. With your Smartphone you will be able to track the exact location of your bags at any point during your travels.
If your bag misses your connection, you’ll know it, and you can let the airline know immediately where to send it. (and you won’t waste time standing at the dreaded carousel.)
I really like this idea. No more “surprises” at the airport!
Lost Luggage? Airlines Have Got A Brand New (Electronic) Tag
Posted by sharechair on November 14, 2013