In some ways it seems Google have read our last blog post and agreed!
It seems there is actually no use for Google Glass in its current form and Google have acknowledged it by discontinuing the explorer programme.
I stand my comments in the previous blog post that Glass does have a use – but maybe Google are right that it needs to be worked on further behind closed doors without the pressure of deadlines and Glass Explorers.
Hopefully Google will recognise us dedicated Glass explorers in the future and find a way to allow us to recoup the £1000 we invested in the product!
|Photo courtesy of Mike Licht|
Another great artist, David Hockney, has been creating art work, first on his iPhone and then, more recently, on his iPad. Here’s what he said about painting on his iPhone,
“People from the village come up to me and tease me, ‘We hear you’ve started drawing on your telephone.’ And I tell them, ‘Well, no, actually, it’s just occasionally I speak on my sketch pad.’ Who would ever have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing. I like to draw flowers by hand on the iPhone and send them out to friends so that they get fresh flowers. And my flowers last! They never die!”
What a thought – imagine being sent an original David Hockney on your iPhone! Another favourite David Hockney quote is,
“I have got an iPad, what a joy! Van Gogh would have loved it, and he could have written his letters on it as well.”
The following video gives a whole new meaning to the idea of ‘finger painting’. It is a wonderful example of how the latest technology can be used to create some brilliant art work. This is by an artist called Kyle Lambert, using an iPad.
What do you think? Please let us know.
Footsqueek are giving Charities, Sports Teams and Good Causes the opportunity to win a free mobile smart phone app during July and August 2011.
There are now more than 500,000 apps in the apple app store (Apple, 2011) with more than 1 billion mobile app downloads in the week leading up to Christmas 2011.
Mobile apps can be used to provide a key communication tool which is particularly useful to membership led organisations but the cost if often prohibitive meaning that organisations are not able to take advantage of the resource.
Anyone interested in entering the competition should like the FaceBook page www.facebook.com/Footsqueek where details of how to enter will be published on Monday 9th July 2012.
Steve Westgarth (Managing Director) said “Mobile apps are becoming more prevalent in everyday life however good causes often miss out because they don’t have the financial resources to commit to the development cost.Footsqueek hopes to demonstrate that a mobile app can be of huge benefit to smaller organisations by building a free app for a local good cause.”
If, like me, you’ve religiously following the iPhone craze since the beginning you too were probably very disappointed when Apple announced last year that they were launching the iPhone 4s and not the iPhone 5.
This decision certainly led me to question whether upgrading from the iPhone 4 to the 4s was worth the time, effort and expense. So much of the decision seemed to rest upon the timescale for the release of the next version of the iPhone …. at least that was my first thought.
iOS 5 released a wealth of new features, many incredibly useful, the new notification centre, the reminders app and Find my friends to name but a few. Initially I thought I had effectively all of the 4s features on my iPhone 4 but then, as people around me started to get the 4s I very quickly found myself craving what I origionally thought was a novelty – I really wanted Siri!
When I first heard about the concept I wasn’t excited, I didn’t see the point of being able to ask my phone to do things, but as I started to see demonstrations of the ease with which the phone could interpret natural language I started to feel that the technology had a natural place in my life.
Earlier today I took the plunge! having wrestled with myself for 4 months I decided I couldn’t do without it any longer. I’ve spent the whole evening playing with Siri and entertaining myself by asking it to find information, set reminders, send text messages and more.
For me the technology is incredibly exciting, not just because of what it can do now but because of the potential it has in the future. The accuracy of the voice regognition is so good that it’s not an unrealistic proposition that it could be extended to simply transcribe what is being said around me, in meetings, on the bus and on the move. The GPS tagging feature could even be used to geotag transcribed voice notes and automatically set reminders to follow up on meeting actions. In many ways this seems to be the beginning of a resolution where computers actually understand and interpret what we want or ask them to do without us taking explicit action!
To return to my initial question, is it worth it? I guess for me it depends if you like useful gadgets. I like new gadgets as long as they are useful. For what it’s cost I think Apple are once again going to have an impact on my life that will change the way I do things and as such I believe iPhone 4s to be worth every penny!
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