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In Response to “[…] is a toy”

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Blog

Steven Sinofsky recently wrote about technologies labeled as toys and recounts a list of innovations over his career labeled as such. He posits that “it can be said that being labeled a toy is necessary, but not sufficient, to become the next big thing.” His article begs the question, what innovations are being labeled toys today? Here are 10 innovations I see currently being labeled a toy: Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Drones Autonomous Vehicles Wearables SmartHome SmartWatches Home Robots IoT generally (especially outside of Industrial applications) AI (still!) What else would you...

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Insights from a 7th Grader

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Blog

Two weeks ago, I took my oldest son Nick (12 years old in the 7th grade) to the Wizard's game. We grabbed dinner at District Taco before walking over to the Verizon Center. At the time we were in the midst of Mobile World Congress. Two days earlier (February 21st),  Samsung had released a dongle that would give your car an LTE connection and the Samsung's Galaxy S7 (among other things). I mentioned the dongle to my son. Reflecting on our long road trip last summer, I thought an Internet hotspot for the car would be something he would find appealing. He replied with, "and they also released...

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Happy B-day Dr. Seuss!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Blog

Some of my favorite quotes: "It is better to know how to learn than to know." "Life's too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it...

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Checking in on My Goal to Post Daily

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote how I wanted to post more frequently. I set out to post daily. Two months in and I've got a few posts to show for myself. It isn't for lack of material. There is SO much to write about. Each and every day I cross dozens of topics worthy of exploration. I tweet out many of these ideas. (ASIDE: twitter is currently my go-to for sharing thoughts and interesting articles I'm reading. Given all of the controversy around the viability of Twitter, perhaps I should write a blog post about it....). I set-out frequently to blog about the ideas I have. To expand far beyond 140...

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Where Virtual Reality Makes Sense

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog

I read recent coverage of comments from Carnegie Mellon University professor and former Disney Imagineer, Jesse N. Schell regarding his vision of the future of virtual reality and when and where it might start to show-up. I agree with his sentiment that reality and VR are a natural fit, but I don't believe that VR is a universal fit for reality content. It's true that virtual reality makes sense where a POV perspective makes sense, but it is more than just that. Virtual Reality makes sense when what I refer to as a "surrounding POV perspective" matters. I believe VR is here to stay and will...

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What’s Next for Apple? - Six Places They Could Go

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog

“What’s Next for Apple?" I've heard this question bantered about dozens of times over the last week following the release of Apple's 1Q16 financial results. I wrote about some key take-aways from the quarterly financial results as I saw them here. The Apple iPod was first introduced in 2001. This really marked Apple's return, the second golden era for Apple if you will. But what we fail to often recognize because of the way in which we look at history through a compressed lens is that it would be another 6 years until Apple would release it's next "killer" device, the original Apple...

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