I remember when I worked at HP, I was blown away by the innovations in technology hardware and software that was coming out of the futures lab. Biometric readers for log on, cars that knew where the next petrol station was, devices that recognised who you were and digital displays in cars. I was looking at an unlikely technological brave new world that amazed me. At the turn of the century, satellite navigation systems weren’t common and had a large margin of error, phones didn’t have nice user interfaces, and cars weren’t very intelligent. The Cooltown video, developed by HP in 2001 showed an incredible world, with connected systems, location aware devices and email that responded to voice commands.
The video is now a trip down memory lane. Did you recognise the early versions of things you use every day like the smartphone, email that talks to you, web conferencing, VOIP calling and GPRS tracking? Technology like this is now part of our daily lives. Software such as Windows has evolved significantly too since the early days of the GUI and Microsoft have been giving tasters of how the future of productivity is going to look like 10 years on from here…
I’m sure in 10 years time, we’ll be looking back at this video and wondering what all the fuss was about, but hopefully videos such as these will inspire us to create the need for the next technology generation. it may only be a dream now, but… who knows?
Eileen is a social business strategist and author of Working The Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business. Contact her to find out how she can help your business extend its reach.