Woot! It’s #DigitalFriday and we’re feeling really jazzed. Guess that’s because either the weekend is here, or we have really good “stuff” to share for today’s post.
Quick story, I’m sitting at the dinner table with my wife enjoying an after dinner cocktail. I notice that she and I both were on empty. I also noticed that both of us have had a taxing day and neither one of us wants to move an inch to make another. What in the world should I do?
It would be great if I could lean back in my chair, point my finger in the air and simulate writing a circle – as if to say – bartender, another round..
Easy, in keeping with the theme of connecting the physical world with the digital world, I want to show you a few technologies that could allow us to make this possible:
This is an open source toolkit that allows you to easily create physical interactive objects or environments.Watch this video:
Now this would take some time to code and wire up, but that’s not the point here – the point is to connect physical and digital. Here we have our physical element, but how do we tie this to the digital experience?
- Leap + Twitter + Phillips Hue Bulbs + IFTTT
Sounds like a ton of steps right? To be honest, it could probably be shortened, however for blogging and showing off new technology – humor me.
Did I lose ya?
I make it sound easy to just whip something up like this. Sure it would take time, and lots of trial and error. But think about what really is possible now. Think about sitting in a restaurant and instead of waiting for your server, you simply motion in the air to order. Think about all the possibilities that truly are available to us right now!
I remember when Back to the Future II came out. Everyone couldn’t wait for the hover board. Now, I’m not saying its possible yet. I’m saying there are so many of those futuristic opportunities that are on our fingertips we’d be mad not to try and take advantage!
Think I’m cuckoo? Think the technology is too early? I’ll leave you with this 1987 commercial from Apple depicting what we now call… the iPad.