Dialing All Devices
Every Monday morning I have a staff meeting where I throw out an ‘ice breaker’ for the team to discuss, and to get their creative juices flowing. Questions can range from “Describe your favorite hamburger,” to “If you had a headphone line, which celebrity would endorse it?”
Recently, I asked “If you were to spend a year in space, what is one item you could not live without?” The undisputed winner was the smartphone. (Beer was second). The most common reason people said they selected the smartphone was they felt it had everything they needed, and would keep them in touch with their loved ones.
Smartphones have experienced some of the fastest technological advancement in consumer electronics history. Not too long ago, texting was the hottest feature on a phone. Now, our phones function as miniature computers, complete with web browsing, mass storage, music, high resolution cameras (with video) and GPS. With the introduction of quad-core processors, soon they will be able to create and manipulate spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, and query massive databases. Smartphones keep us face to face with our family and friends, allow for instant entertainment and news, and provide us with the freedom to shop while waiting at the dentist’s office.