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
Published on September 20, 2018
11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort
In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.
Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.
In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.
Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.
Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.
Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:
- Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
- Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
- Download extension New Incognito Window
This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.
Save Webpages as PDF Files
Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.
Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.
Open Recently-closed Tabs
Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.
One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.
The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.
Solve Mathematical Problems
Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.
For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!
Play Media Files
Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.
In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.
Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs
With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.
Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.
Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.
With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.
This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.
Grammarly for Editing
Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.
You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!
There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.
There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.
With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.
Chrome Calendar Extension
No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.
Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.
Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.
Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com