Friday, April 25, 2014

Google+ the new provider for smaller websites thanks to Google Glass

History seems to be repeating. Outdated websites cannot keep up with the new trends (mobile internet, social media, augmented reality), are rarely or never found with Google and are in dire need of replacement. A Google+ Page might be a viable alternative for most (smaller) websites. 

In the 90s, most software companies developed their own software, often tailored to a customer, and in all kinds of old and new generation of programming languages.

After the bursting of the "Internet bubble", the 'millennium bug', the introduction of the euro and the war in Iraq, a lot of those software companies have gone belly up or were swallowed up by large organizations. As a result, a lot of software can no longer be supported or updated.

Since then, most companies opt for standard packages of common programming languages which can be customized per module and for which there are sufficient alternative programmers from various IT companies.

In the upcoming years, the same is likely to happen on the internet where the majority of websites are customized.
  • How many websites are currently not equipped with a mobile version simply because a new website needs to be created and paid for? 
  • How many websites can currently not be viewed with an iPad because they are made in Flash? 
  • How few websites are currently being updated monthly because the CMS system is too complicated and time consuming?  
  • How many websites are hardly ever or never found by Google because of outdated technology? 
  • On how many websites the answer sheets no longer work because of outdated codes? 
  • How many websites have not changed for many years because the web designer has disappeared, the company no longer exists or the webmaster has moved to another employer? 
  • And how many websites will there be viewed and operated by Google Glass and augmented reality? 

A successful introduction of Google Glass could very well have a real shockwave effect on the internet and this would result in a lot more work for designers. When a website and its content are badly or not accessible with this new technology, they will be visited less and less. The speed of this evolution obviously depends on how quickly Google Glass will become established. The smartphones have only really gained momentum after the launch of the iPhone 3. Worldwide, there are currently more people using mobile internet than via a desktop or laptop.

With Google Glass you will really discover the true nature of Google+: A convenient and safe way to publish content on the Internet that:
  • Can be shared with Google+ Followers 
  • Can be shared with all other social media via Google Blogger 
  • Can be found via Google 
  • Can be used with Google and Glass 
  • Can be viewed with a desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet and Google Glass. 

So when you are looking for a real alternative to a (smaller) website, many will opt for a FREE Google+ Page, possibly in combination with a FREE blog.

A Google+ Page already has the necessary ingredients to act as replacement to the old (smaller) website. You can store all data and content that is necessary for a good web presentation: 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Google wins the Nobel Prize with Google Glass?

There has always been opposition against each 'technological' (r)evolution: printing, train, dynamite, electricity, photography, car, plane, radio, television, rocket, nuclear, computer, internet, google, facebook, smartphone... technologies that we all embrace and use because they happen to be part of our daily lives.

With every introduction the negative factors were put forward by politicians, religions, press and interested parties (of a status quo) to sow fear and/or to score with the masses. Usually there were rules imposed which slowed down our progress seriously. The arguments depended on where you lived, in what time and at what level of civilization.

Google Glas is so much more than just a webcam or a privacy issue

The Google Glass technology is gonna save lives, lift language barriers and stimulate creativity all over the world. There will be more knowledge and training accessible to all, it's gonna save time and money for everybody, literally write history and archive it, introduce automation (domotica) for all, promote safety... and is more environmentally friendly than any other previous technologies.

  • There will be new opportunities in medicine, 
  • many elderly will live more pleasant (first aid, accessibility, personal navigation, calendar management, mnemonics, face recognition, pain management, entertainment, reading ... and all through voice control), 
  • there will rise an new Mozart from the Philippine slums, 
  • the whole world will communicate with each other in their own language, 
  • fewer trips are needed to still be with each other, 
  • we will have more free time to relax, 
  • we go shopping easier, 
  • we'll learn more and know more ... 

Everything depends of course on who will sit behind the buttons (or apps), which probably will be the same politicians, religions, the press and new interested parties.

Alfred Nobel originally introduced the dynamite to help people with the construction of railways. It also got a different turn. We would have been better without it? Google deserves to win the Nobel Prize with Google Glass in the near future.

+Ivan Jans | Web Designer & Consultant

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Infographic: Imagine Google Glass in 2015

Imagine Google with Google Glass

Google Glass is not just a new product that Google gives to the world to take pictures more easily or to navigate a city hands free. 

It is the product that Google has been working towards, one step at a time. By combining all their services (Google+, Google Calendar, - Now, -Weather, -Tasks, -Talk, -Maps, -Search, YouTube ...) Google Glass will be the next step in the consumer driven mobile revolution.

Google+ is not just an alternative, searchable copy of Facebook - or the replacement of the Yellow Pages - but it will be one of the engines behind Google Glass. Google Now (including Google Goggles), together with the new Google+ makes up the interface of the next phase of the internet and the next step in the digitization of our daily lives: Augmented Reality.

Imagine that everything you can do today with a smartphone or tablet, soon you’ll be able to do with Google Glass. Some examples:

  • Faster first aid,
  • Education and knowledge more accessible to all,
  • Automatically scanning of QR codes,
  • New opportunities for both old and new (social) media,
  • Publishing on the Internet via voice control,
  • The operation of household appliances and multimedia,
  • Never having to look away to read a screen or to operate it
  • ...
All functionalities of a smartphone, but much easier to use and safer via voice control.

Date (v2): January 8, 2014 | Author & Designer +Ivan Jans

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Imagine life with Google Glass through +100 Ideas & apps on YouTube

Imagine everything that you can do today with a smartphone or tablet, soon you’ll be able to do with Google Glass and augmented reality. There will be no more using a smartphone, which you're constantly looking for. It will be hands-free and no longer having to stop what you're doing. All functionalities of a smartphone, but much easier to use and safer via voice control.