In this Age of Mobile Technology many people are focused on small, compact pieces of equipment that will be carried around with us. We live in a world of pixels where the average 14-year old in cities like San Francisco, New York and London is going to school with $1,500 world of technology in their backpacks. Many of spend our day, at home or at work, using devices with screens and displays, but they are not always the small portable devices that we tend to focus on. There are two directions of focus ÔÇô small and portable, and large and immersive. There are a few pieces of awesome technology that are looking to revolutionize how meetings are held, be they business or personal.
Ultra HD and 4K Streaming
With everyone fixated on the mobile technology that rides around with them in their pockets, many have not noticed changes in our big-screen TVs and 30-plus-inche monitors. UHD (Ultra High Definition) screens could enable a new, innovative way to interact with each other in anything from business meetings to everyday communications. Combine UHD monitors with the new and exciting 4K Streaming and you can easily trick your eyes into thinking what you are seeing is right in front of you. The ability to read body movements and potentially remove that feeling of disconnect in your communications has many excited and watching to see where this Technology Duo will lead us. Right now companies like Apple, Intel and Samsung are pouring money into their R&D with these in mind.
3D Binaural Audio
If you have ever been in a conference call where multiple people are talking over each other, then you can appreciate this upcoming technology. It is difficult at best to resolve a multitude of voices let alone understand what is being said. These kind of calls, pushed through a one-dimension speaker, can not only give you a headache, but they can reduce cognitive function. The solution is on the horizon with 3D Binaural Audio, which is basically where those in the call sound like they are coming from different parts of the room. By differentiating left, right and even proximity, we allow our brains to unlock and understand the cacophony that is a conference call. You wonÔÇÖt need to have a ridiculous amount of speakers either.
The video of a holographic Tupac Shakur performing at the Coachella music festival in 2012 drew in millions of views. This technology is still difficult to pull off and is prohibitively expensive. Despite that it is still expected to become the must have technology by CEOs and other leaders of industry. The technology is in the works and despite many setbacks (company responsible for the Tupac demonstration went bankrupt), it will become a major player in the not so distant future.
What I Think
For those of you who are into Si-Fi like I am, this is like a dream come true. The technology behind these advancements is just around the corner and about to become a reality despite seeming just a little too futuristic. We are in an age of technological advancement and there are no signs of our momentum slowing down. Holograms seem a fair bit farfetched, yet if you look at what the other two technologies offer and mix in what we already have for gesture recognition (Microsoft Kinect and Leap Motion Sensor), it starts to seem feasible. Mobile technology is a huge part of our mobile advancement and may even meld with these large and immersive technologies, but for now developers, dreamers and everyday people are making the impossible a reality.