The world is becoming more connected. When we say this, we don’t just mean as individuals. Our devices are becoming more connected to each other as well. This makes our lives easier by adding seamlessness to our day that wasn’t present before. You can now work on a document at work, send it to your smartphone and use a voice transcription app to continue doing work in your vehicle. This is just one example; this video is Microsoft’s vision of what connectivity is likely to make our future look like. What types of devices, apps, or combination of the two will help create a future like this? Here are a couple I have found, tell us of any you can think of.
iControl is a home energy management and security product that Comcast introduced recently. With this product, people can monitor their homes in real time through video, control the thermostat, and turn the lights on and off giving the “lived in” illusion when away. The iControl software plus hardware and apps along with Comcast broadband make it possible for people to have full control over their homes even when far away.
This app for the iPad allows you to use your iPad or iPhone as an external hard drive for your computer. Having the ability to effortlessly access and transfer your documents allows for more mobility in your workday.
Wirelessly stream music, videos, and photos to Apple TV using Apple’s AirPlay. This lets you flow easily from your walk, where you were listening to a podcast or audio book, to your home without disturbing your entertainment.
Will the future be filled with gadgets, apps, and software that synchronize all aspects of your life? In this era of connectivity, we are deeply connected to our devices. Hopefully they will one day be so interconnected that they will even be a few steps ahead of us. If this requires less effort on my part, I’m for it…how about you?