New technology and its implications affect everyone sooner or later, especially those of us involved in journalism, marketing and advertising. While some ideas are hyped and then left behind quicker than the QR code, there are new opportunities constantly developing that eventually might become standard. Simply being an “observer” of daily human interaction with technology is not enough if you want to stay ahead of the tech game.It’s true that we are unwittingly all participants in a sort of giant, crowd-sourced focus group that helps filter and propagate useful technology in our day-to-day routines. In addition, there are three easy steps information seekers can do to consciously stay abreast of the latest tech trends:
- EXPERIENCE IT
Why does that matter? Humanity is accelerating and decisions are made quicker everyday-the world of knobs, switches and gauges is not efficient enough. Gesture-driven touch control, quick visual reference and intuitive design are how we are beginning to make all decisions online and offline. It’s enough to make your thumb and index finger tremble in anticipation. We are all becoming spoiled by the interface of our mobile devices, which is spreading to all other consumer goods. How do I know? I do the same and you should too. Excited to know what the latest flagship feels like? Go to your nearest vendor showroom and experience it yourself. There is nothing better than your own insight about something.
- UTILIZE ONLINE SPACE
Everyone knows that information is a finger tap away. Blogs, newsletters, subscriptions, posts and feeds. The noise and information out there is absolutely countless. So how do you find a good source of information foryour particular browsing method? A simple rule is that if a website is responsive and optimized for mobile, it is most likely current in content.Facebook is not just for your friend’s adventure pics. Join a few pages on Facebook that are insightful and post information regularly on technology that you personally find useful.You could also follow thought leaders on Twitter. One of the most interesting and frequently updated feeds across mediums, following the correct Twitter accounts, will keep your tech quotient sufficiently bloated.Network and Participate – Events, gathering of the minds and conventions are a truly a great way to stay abreast of trends. Register for groups with events in your area. If you can’t make an event in person, there are plenty of live feeds.
- FIND A TECHY
Finally, a great way to truly find the right direction in your search for tech trends and innovative ideas is to have the chance to speak with, and collaborate with interesting people. Don’t be too shy to ask questions and start a conversation with people that have experience and vision. If you are lucky, you might have a few in your office. So, find the right time to strike up a conversation in the break room with your company’s talented co-workers.Here at Exhibit, I am surrounded by experienced veterans, developers, geeks, and innovators of design-all of whom are ready to share their insight. When not crazy busy, they are always ready for a good coffee break discussion about data-driven design or the implications of the Apple Developers Conference right down the street.In my profession, it’s necessary to stay up-to-date on technology, and if you’re reading this article, it’s probably important to you, too. Challenge yourself to make it a habit to utilize these three easy tips. You’ll be surprised to see what’s waiting just around the corner. Go ahead, be a Techy man.