The ways to interact using technology are exploding. You can email, or message if it's ok to wait a few minutes. If you are in real-time you can talk, use Google Hangouts, or use video to communicate. The options for virtual reality, cinematic reality, and merged reality are exploding as well. Oculus Rift, Samsung, Magic Leap, and multiple others are moving virtual reality into the mainstream.
With Ebola fears surging at the same time global markets plunge, you have reasons to worry. If you heard there was an Ebola vaccine available you might decide now is the time to get it. If you live in Dallas or Cleveland, (with a combined population of over 6 million people) you might be wondering if you have had some type of contact. This is serious.
This may not be surprising, but I love new tech. But...it has to be useful. Yes, Google Glass and the Apple Watch see a lot of press. We have actually have a few Google Glass devices around the office. What has really exploded recently are wearables to track your health. I just recently took the plunge and bought a Jawbone UP24. There are features I like and my young daughters are always asking me how many steps we took during any walk or run. You can go as far as tracking your weight, exercise habits, food intake and I’m sure much more. The tiny (Lime-colored) computer strapped to my wrist is monitoring my EVERY move: 880 steps so far today. It automatically syncs that information to an app on my phone that I can check any time.
So as I was flying back from a lovely weekend with extended family in Maryland, I had the opportunity to think about all the time I spend in airline security lines. In fact, after missing my first flight, I learned 1 hour is not enough at Baltimore Washington International (BWI). I also had a large amount of time to ponder the subject, sign up for the Global Entry program (which includes TSA pre-check), and test our new version of Lime (limeapp.me). I sure hope I pass my interview for Global Entry in late August! I can’t even imagine the line for the re-test.
NPR featured one of my favorites this morning: the man wearing brown shorts that keeps our business growing. You may know him (or her)! I don't know what we would do without Earl. In 60 seconds he can change our world with just the thing we need. It's not by accident. Earl uses the latest in technology. With push-to-open door locks, computer tracked packages, and complex algorithms to guide his feet (and trucks), he is 33% faster than 20 years ago. Those savings add up.