Sunday, January 26, 2014

Low Tech/No Tech

I'm SO not a tech head. Meaning, though innovation interests me, and I do things like write code and tinker with prototypes for my own designs, I'm usually the last on board for new gadgets. I haven't played a video game in years, I don't have a flat screen (who cares?), and I still sometimes use CDs and non-blu ray DVDs. Don't judge me. That stuff doesn't usually excite me. What does excite me are gadgets that improve my life, make me more efficient, etc. Yes, I do have a fairly recent phone. I use that and my laptop for my work. But for most other stuff, I allow the masses to try stuff out, sometimes for years before I break and buy. I would honestly rather have another book, or art supplies than zip zing zoom. 

Now that I've said all that, I will shamelessly admit that something came along that challenged my [old fashioned?] sensibilities. Enter Google Glass. When I first heard about it, I was instantly intrigued. As someone who loves the idea of hands-free multitasking, instant photo referencing/research, and hopes to get rolling with more technique sharing, this new concept sounded awesome. Check out the video:

Before you could say contradiction, I found myself signing up for Google's "Explorer Program" to buy and try this strange new technology. Last week, (after a few weeks' wait) I received an email from Google. An official invitation to purchase a pair of these space age specs while they are still in the testing phases. And after a quick look, I slowly backed out of the email, not completely certain that I wasn't being filmed like someone browsing in a brick and mortar store, being beckoned to open an account and sign a limb away. I haven't looked again, so I'm also not certain the email didn't self destruct. Let's just say, these special glasses are being valued higher than the most expensive trip I've ever taken (overseas!).
So I've snapped out of it, and am back to my old low-tech ways. At least for now, lol. They're not off my wishlist, though. Maybe on my vision board...