Twine and Spool

Twine and SpoolUnless you’re living in Bill Gates’ house, chances are most of the objects around you aren’t Internet-connected.  In fact, the vast majority of appliances, mechanical systems, and even doors/windows are “dumb” with respect to their ability to tell you much of anything unless you’re standing immediately in front of them.   Continue reading

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Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

As I mentioned back on 13 December 2011, about once a month a robotics or cybernetics related article crossed my inbox that really piques my curiosity.  True to my word, I was perusing some of the myriad updates from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s kicked off today in Las Vegas and I came across the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.   Continue reading

Technology trends of 2011

Crystal ball

90%

It has been said that history is the best predictor of future events and if that is in fact the case, then 2012 is going to be an incredibly exciting year in technology.  2011 saw the explosion of innovations in mobile and social technology with tremendous growth in group buying, geolocation applications, and tablet computing.   Continue reading

Amazon Kindle sales

Kindle Fire1 million (1,000,000)

Over the past few weeks I have had a lot of conversations about how I like my Kindle Fire.  People want to know about the integration with Amazon’s robust media and e-commerce offerings.   Continue reading

The hits keep on coming for Jawbone’s UP

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Crypteks takes data storage to an all-new level of cool

Crypteks USB driveFor those people who have been living under a rock for the past ten years, I have a few updates for you:

  • The United States has its first African-American President
  • 99% of the population in the U.S. are pretty upset at 1% of the population
  • American author Dan Brown wrote a series of books starring symbologist Robert Langdon that introduced us to a whole new world of religious mystery and a really cool device called the cryptex

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Apple’s desirability

Apple iPad 244%

Among U.S.-based kids aged 6-12 Apple topped the charts for most desirable products once again this holiday season according to a recent survey by The Nielsen Company.  The iPad took first place (44%) with the iPod Touch (30%) and iPhone (27%) taking the second and third spots respectively.   Continue reading

1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading

American tablet usage

Tablets

1 hour 35 minutes

According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism entitled “The Tablet Revolution and the Future of News” over 77% of tablet owners use their devices daily and spend an average of 1 hour 35 minutes doing a variety of activities (i.e., email, reading news, games, etc.).   Continue reading

Step UP

Jawbone UP

When Jawbone (by Aliph) hit the mobile device accessories scene in December 2006, the bluetooth headsets took the market by storm and garnered high marks from nearly every reviewer and consumer alike.   Continue reading