When you change the ways you see the world, you can change the world you see.
If like myself, you are usually the last to know about new, and innovative gadgets in the tech world, you may not be aware of Hololens technology, what it is, does, and why it will transform our world. After about 2 hours of research, and mesmerizing videos, I can understand what all the fuss is about.
What is Microsoft Hololens?Advertising
This seemingly clunky pair of high tech sunglasses, is going to transform the way that you see the world. Microsoft Hololens will allow you to blend the digital world with the real world.
While everyone will see you wearing glasses, you will be able to see images that no one else can see. Microsoft is attempting to allow you to combine your world with the wonders of a computer by overlaying images and objects into your surroundings.
The goggles will track your movements, watch your gaze and transform what you see by blasting light at your eyes (it doesn’t hurt). Because the device tracks where you are, you can use hand gestures — right now it’s only a midair click by raising and lowering your finger — to interact with the 3D images.
There’s a whole bunch of other hardware that’s designed to help the HoloLens’ effects feel believable. The device has a plethora of sensors to sense your movements in a room and it uses this information along with layers of colored glass to create images you can interact with or investigate from different angles. Want to see the back of a virtual bike in the middle of your kitchen? Just walk to the other side of it.
The goggles also have a camera that looks at the room, so the HoloLens knows where tables, chairs and other objects are. It then uses that information to project 3D images on top of and even inside them — place virtual dynamite on your desk and you might blow a hole to see what’s inside.
Let’s explore some of the innovative ways in which Hololens will surely transform our world!
New Ways to Visualize Our Work Imagine not only being able to draw your interior design plans for a new client, but to be able to see your work come to life, allowing you to make visual and realistic changes while you explore the room. Allowing your images and plans to blend in with your client’s current home, and to see how the changes will affect the environment in person.Advertising
Of course, Microsoft has been pushing this for the workplace too, showing how you can project a hologram of a robot over a robot in real life, allowing you test the changes as you work.
New Ways to Collaborate A favorite for a virtual business owner, like myself, I have always been fascinated with the way virtual businesses have been redefining teamwork and collaboration as it applies to the workplace and leadership. Microsoft Hololens, will certainly redefine the way teams work together, in and out of the office. We will now be able to transform the files we share with each other into a 3d playground, transforming projects into visual building blocks, and making work and collaborating something incredible.
New Ways to Teach and Learn I was fascinated to learn that medical education is a direction that Microsoft is interested in exploring. Hololens will allow medical students to explore each and every organ through 3D lenses that will allow them to zoom in on all of the details. But understanding this technology helps us to see that it will transform the way we all teach and learn, allowing tasks that seem challenging to be simplified.Advertising
New Ways to Explore Places We Have Never Been Go for a space walk on the moon, or explore Mars. There are no limits to the wonders of Hololens technology, and the way it will allow us to explore our world as it changes the way that we will see it. Taking away the limitations that we may otherwise have had to allow us to explore new worlds, as well as places we may have otherwise not been able to see.
Hololens allows us to go beyond the screen, allowing us to reach out, and to combine our world with one that we have long been fascinated with.Advertising
Featured photo credit: Microsoft via arstechnica.com
Last Updated on December 30, 2018
18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)
No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.
If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.
But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.
Let’s dive straight into the list…
1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely
If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.
2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks
If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.
3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks
This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.
4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks
This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.
5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily
There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.
6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place
Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.
7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping
Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.
8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly
This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.
9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively
Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.
10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered
This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.
11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball
When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.
12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span
This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.
13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way
This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.
14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest
This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!
15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way
This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.
16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists
Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.
17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family
This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.
18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily
Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.
The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!
Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:
More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack
- Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
- Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
- Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less
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