Devices, Apps and Software, Oh My!

We have spoken many times before about how the modern world has become more connected, with others and with the world as a whole. Device connectivity could make how we live much simpler by preventing breaks in our work. For instance, if you are working on a document at work and want to continue on the commute home,  simply send it to your smartphone and use a voice transcription app to continue your work in the car. Connectivity presents us with an interesting future. Here is Microsoft’s take on the subject. This future is probably not far off and it makes me wonder, what sorts of devices, apps, or combination of the two are paving the way for a future like this? Below are a few.


iControl is a home security and energy management product that Comcast recently unveiled. With this product, people can control the thermostat in their homes, turn lights on and off, and monitor their homes with live streaming video. Various components work together to give individuals full control over their homes when away.

Air Sharing

You can turn your iPad or iPhone into an external hard drive for your computer with this application. This gives you freedom and mobility by permitting you to easily access your documents from your device.


Apple’s AirPlay app allows you to wirelessly stream music, videos, and photos to Apple TV. Imagine listening to a podcast or audio book on your run then walking into the house and seamlessly transferring it to your home system so that you can finish enjoying. This kind of connectivity is not only for work but also for play.

Will the future be filled with gadgets, apps, and software that synchronize every aspect of your life? In this era of connectivity, we are deeply attached to our devices. Hopefully they will one day be so interconnected that they will even be a few steps ahead of us. If this requires less effort on my part, I’m for it…what about you ??

Posted on: 11.04.11