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 November 19, 2019
10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance
Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.
Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.
As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.
In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.
Projects and Tasks Management
1. Monday dot com
Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.
The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.
The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.
The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.
The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.
The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.
Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.
Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.
Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.
Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.
The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.
The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.
The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.
5. Evernote Business
Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.
The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.
Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.
Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.
Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.
Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.
Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.
8. Office 365
Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.
Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.
You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.
Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.
Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.
Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.
Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.
ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.
The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.
Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.
The Bottom Line
Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.
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- 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools
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- 10 Must-Have Personal Project Management Tools
Featured photo credit: Domenico Loia via unsplash.com