Smart TV Making Us Lazy

“I think it’s brought the world a lot closer together,
and will continue to do that. There are downsides
to everything; there are unintended
consequences to everything. The most corrosive
piece of technology that I’ve ever seen
is called television – but then, again,
television, at its best, is magnificent.”
Steve Jobs

Smart TV

Everyday our gadgets are getting smarter and smarter. Whether its our cars that park itself, or our shoes that tell us the length of our stride.

It won’t be long before instead of driving our cars, we will all be sitting in the back seat watching a movie together.

Today I read that you now can buy a television that will change channels with voice commands. I remember when our television didn’t have a remote and I was the human remote that changed the channel for my dad when he wanted to watch one of the three channels on our tv.

Technology will never stop changing and evolving and will undoubtedly improve. But, is this technology improving our lives or is the new smart tv making us lazy?

Shine On

Easy on the Eyes

“No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.”
Elizabeth Bowen
Easy on the Eyes

If you own a cell phone or a tablet such as an iPad, you now have the capability to download a simple application that will allow you to check your eye sight.

A London University has developed The Portable Eye Examination Kit, or Peek. What’s so amazing about Peek is that it is just as accurate as the traditional sight charts.

How cool is this. The next phase in this technology breakthrough is if you own a 3D printer, you will be able to design and print out your own eye wear.

This sounds like fun to me. I would love to be able to examine my eyes, design a pair of stylish eye glasses and never leave my home. This new technology is definitely easy on the eyes.

Shine On

iTunes

“Occasionally when I’m procrastinating writing,
I’ll while away the hours on iTunes. You can just keep going
forever and find these bands you’d never normally hear of.”
Marisha Pessl
iTunes

Listening to music has become so much easier since the introduction of iTunes.

My son introduced me to iTunes over a decade ago. This is when I got my first iPod. Believe me, I waited and put up quite a fight to give up my CDs, but iTunes is a work of pure genius that we all take for granted.

Back in the 1970s when 8-track tapes were all the rage, I hated 8-tracks! You’d be listening to a great piece of music and the damn track would just end in the middle of a song. This made listening to music entirely unenjoyable.

So, I bought a small cassette recorder/player and bought all my music in cassette format. I can remember listening to music in my car using the portable cassette player. Then the technology went to CD players. I held out for quite a few years before I bought my first CD player.

When I began using iTunes, I decided to sell my 100s of CDs. I created a Craigslist account, posted the CD’s for sale, and as soon as I hit that post button, I instantly received several calls from people wanting to buy the entire collection. I sold the CD collection within one hour of posting them for sale. I haven’t looked back since.

With iTunes I can organize my music with Playlists. I have music to write by, music to create with, music for banjo playing. Then I have my Pop Music to walk and workout to, as well as my classical music to do my Ballet Beautiful workout and to chill out to, all in different Playlists with easy access. But what I really think is cool, is that my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro all have the exact music I want on each device.

Thanks Steve Jobs. You really were a genius when it came to technology. Thanks Jeff Robbin, Bill Kincaid, and Dave Heller for developing iTunes. A thousand years from now, you guys will be the Benjamin Franklin’s of the next new millennium because of your development of iTunes.

Shine On