What’s considered cool tech?

It pays to know what the real world and younger people consider to be cool tech. I blogged yesterday about the wifi phone charging table. I think that’s a great breakthrough. Some of the other things on this video are worth knowing about but leave me wondering. The bluetooth car kit for the smartphone is one that makes me wonder. I just put in a CD, a USB full of music or an iPod. Why would I want to buy a gadget which connects my smartphone and plays music from that? Yes, you can still use your phone but it seems a lot of bother to me and unnecessary when there are already connection options there. New cars would already have the bluetooth connectivity. I just keep my phone well out of the way when I am driving. Then there is the cool speaker with the LED interface which you can change with a phone app. Why? Because it’s fun? Because it’s cool? Just because? I suppose it’s the equivalent of technodoodling. The panoramic camera is interesting, though, because you can see how easy it is to film as you do. This would have some good classroom uses and would be particularly helpful in terms of verifying the authorship of work. The image is very clear and so it lends itself to uses in education so that you can document what you are doing and have a really visual approach to learning. The smartphone gimbal is the infamous selfie stick. Again, you can see it improves image quality and has already become a beloved gadget and must have for many. I could film myself teaching. The ultimate self centred approach to teaching. Or is it the future? A selfie stick would help some classroom activities where students could easily create oral activities with mobile equipment. It’s about options, flexibility, fun and ideas. Possibilities.

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