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?
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 February 15, 2019
7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively
Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.
Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.
Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.
So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.
Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.
Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.
is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.
Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.
Excel or Numbers
If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.
What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.
I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.
Evernote is free with a premium version available.
Access or Bento
If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.
Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.
You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.
Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper
All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.
I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.
What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.