Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVI, Issue 1|
Happy New Year! Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its fifteen year of providing the latest in technology to nearly 10,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries. This issue is packed with articles, links, videos and ideas on how you can use technology to improve the business process for events and tradeshows.
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In this issue:
Google Glass, smart watches, NFC rings, smart bracelets, and smart clothing will impact events and tradeshows in the next few years as attendees literally embody these devices to assist them at events.
This article and video interview by International Meetings Review covers a number of emerging tech trends.
Although I feel free Wi-Fi in hotels guest rooms and meeting facilities will eventually become routine as water or electricity, this guest article makes some good points on what to consider in today's environment.
In recent years, virtual conferencing has allowed educators to stay at home while participating in seminars and various conferences. Conference calling using internet have revolutionized the way education is progressing by an easy access to learning. This guest article covers the benefits.
"Corbin's Bookmark Favorites" File To Be Updated by the March 2014 Issue of TechTalk
"Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology is in the process of being updated for the next issue of TechTalk. Currently it has more than 1,500 meetings technology links in 60 categories. If you have suggestions for additions, please let me know.
The current file is available at: www.corbinball.com/bookmarks
21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Very interesting social, mobile, gamification mobile web app
Automated or human simultaneous interpretation on the Web in 78 languages.
This product provides a very significant advance in DMC ground transportation management.
The Power of Video in the Enterprise
Video Interview: Business Revival In Colombia
This interview for PSAV discusses my recent experiences speaking in Colombia and the interest in developing the meetings industry there.
7 Business/Utility Sites:
Robots: How and Amazon Warehouse Works
NFC Rings -- another step toward wearable computing
iBeacon -- Another mobile advance that will likely work its way into events
Infographic: Social media trust index
Infographic: 21 Rules for Effective Social Media Strategies
Khan Academy -- Free online courses - some are excellent!
How A CPU Is Made
How do you fit 100 billion transistors and several kilometers of conductors into a space no larger than a fingernail?
7 Sites Just for Fun:
Bicycle airbag "helmet" from Sweden
'The Writer' Automaton by Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1774)
The Writer,' a 240-year-old automaton in the form of a boy, created by Swiss clockmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1774), has about 6,000 parts and is programmable.
Alma Deutscher - 8-Year-Old Music Prodigy
Huge Bear Surprises Crew on EcoBubble Photo Shoot in BC
Very funny commercial!
Footage shot from 1896-1900 in Paris, Milan, London, Venice, New York and other cities around the world
2013 In 4 Minutes - Year in Review
People Are Awesome 2013
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"People don't take trips -- Trips take people" -- John Steinbeck
"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." --New York Times, 1936
RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
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Please send along any questions, ideas or suggestion on how to make this newsletter more useful for you:
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