There’s a great article from the CBC on the newest Ford E-Bikes, which were released at Ford’s annual conference. The video that’s included shows a flexible line of E-Bikes that may be a part of what Ford is calling a ‘multi modal’ commute. Frankly, I would have liked to have seen a longer video and more of the bikes in action. 

If I could ride a bike, it’d be right up there, wanting to try these babies out! They have options for city, road, and mountain biking with these E-Bikes that also run in tandem with specific software that can give you audible directions to where you are going so you aren’t required to look away from the road or trail. As well, there are warnings that tell you if a vehicle is approaching from behind or if there are hazards up ahead, such as pot holes or other obstructions. 

Overall, I think Ford is right on the money with these bikes. The only thing that Ford might have done wrong with them is being a little too ahead of the curve. I think these are going to become widely adopted, the question is only a matter of when. 

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The New Ford E-Bikes are a glimpse of what future commuting could look like

Google Glass: A Lot Of Buzz, But Will It Ever Be Widely Used?

 

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Google Glass: will it ever be mainstream?

While Google Glass has been around now for quite a while, it still hasn’t gone into major production. I can’t help but think that the longer it takes to hit the mainstream, the less likely it is to actually catch on. With the news this week that the most likely release date being in Q2 of 2014, it seems to me that I tend to be just hearing about it and not really ‘learning’ anything about it. At this rate, Google could very well run the risk of boring the mainstream, instead of captivating them. By the time this device (as cool as it is) hits the stores, people could very well have lost interest before the main climax. I mean, they are already running the risk of blowing their load of media hype, do they really think they can sustain the climax that long and still pull off the expected high?

If they can, good on them. I’m just saying that sometimes too much hype can result in a state of diminishing returns. I mean, this thing had better deliver hugely on all expected promises…all of them. This prolonged extension of climax, either intentional or not, could seriously backfire on Google in such a way as when people finally get their hands on one, they could end up saying, “Is that all there is? Or there will be such a backlash, it could be worse that the original E-Macs. Remember all THAT hype? Remember how Apple got out of that one? Steve Jobs. Unless Google has some future “Steve Jobs” hidden away on a floating barge somewhere, then I don’t see how pushing the release date repeatedly back for a device that has, quite frankly, yet to deliver much of anything at all, can be good.

So all I’m saying is, Google, Hurry up and get Glass out or we’ll all be asking ourselves: Can you hear the sound of Glass breaking, if there’s no one there to hear it?

~ todd

To Kindle or Not To Kindle??

I have really been debating whether or not to actually get a Kindle and start using it for reading. I am always with a book, at least a fiction one, and sometimes when I read a a non-fiction book I am with two. So the Kindle would certainly help in making it easier to tote many books around without breaking my back.

But is reading digital sacrilegious to those of us who value the old paper books? The smell of a new book is exciting for me. It’s just bursting with new adventures, ideas, and potential. I get all hot and bothered over it. It’s sad, but it’s true. I’m attracted to books. They are the other woman in my marriage. Just ask my wife! She’s a long time book widow.

But let’s get back to the point. Should we be making a switch over to a device that holds all of our books in one place  and should we be doing all of our reading on a screen? The Kindle looks to me like a slightly over-sized iPod touch. Is that really all it is? I’m excited and relieved that it’s now finally available here in Canada, but that fact has now made me start seriously considering the pros and cons of using it. My wife had just assumed that I would want one no matter what. She was surprised and shocked when I told her that I wasn’t so sure about them.

I mean, isn’t half the pleasure of reading a book these days in being able to turn off the TV, radio, Wii, phone, etc, etc, etc, and just sit down and quietly turn the pages of a really good story? (or memoir, essay, non-fiction etc.) I really see it as an escape from everyday life. Although I have to admit, it seems that I am more often reading amidst the distractions these days, as opposed to getting away from them, so maybe getting a Kindle is the way to go. If you can’t beat em, join em!

I don’t know….

What I do know, is that I don’t have one and I haven’t been given the chance to look at one or review one (anybody from Amazon reading…..?) so I can’t really pass judgement until I can try one out. So how can a normal, everyday guy get his hands on a new Kindle to try it out? He can’t. So once again, we’re back to the original question of whether or not to get one.

I may have to be the Guinea Pig here and try one out, biting the bullet and forking out the dough to buy one. Thereby giving you guys the low down. Unless……yes, I’m having an idea here……yes, that’s it! Maybe one of you have already got one and would care to share your experience here with us? No? Maybe?

I’ll wait a little while and see if anyone out there answers the call. In the meantime, I’ll just sit here and see if I can get any more out of the 360 degree photo of the Kindle on the Amazon website.

So here it is, the question of the day…

Would you buy a kindle?