Gaining Time With Technology in the Year Ahead

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Writing about technology is a forever developing narrative about necessity, creation, refinement and accessibility. I recently had a chat with a tech-savvy colleague about technology advancements and user expectation’s. It’s strange to believe that not long ago, handheld computing and wireless telecommunications were very costly and exclusively accessible to only an elite few. Users possessed limited choices at a high cost, and developers simply had very few toolbox-like-platforms to work with, at least options that would create useful products for their audience. At this time, it’s nearly impossible to walk into any public or private place and not find someone without a smartphone or tablet. In the upcoming year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming upon us, I have created a technology wish list that could easily turn into a must-have list. I believe the outcome of modern innovative technology is not something that is intended to divert time, even maybe make us relish these types of entertainment gizmos and Apps.  Technology is thereby producing efficiencies and assisting individuals in simplifying essential duties with innovation to provide more time. My New Year’s wish list will bring into focus the mobile technologies that will eventually benefit modern financial professionals each and every day.

Extended Battery Life will be the Greatest Innovation

Many tech-individuals expect to see a significant improvement in the battery life of mobile gadgets. For instance, I always welcome a quicker and slimmer portable gadget; nevertheless, we all feel the necessity for a longer lasting and more capable battery! Graphene may be one of the solutions for this general limitation. There have been innumerable articles about the unique and conductive characteristics of Graphene. Graphene is stated to be as slim as plastic wrap, strong as steel, conducting a complete charge within seconds; not to mention, an unheard of extended battery life cycle. Envision how useful this kind of solution would be while on the road or at a conference or client meeting and you’re unable to access a plug to charge your smartphone. How many occasions have you stayed out all day, conducting business on your smartphone or tablet? Later in the day, while following up on an email, you abruptly notice the phone is pushing a warning that says battery life is at 10% of its charge. The indicated alert creates a helpless feeling of “battery failure,” which isn’t a positive feeling. Battery improvements with complimenting software will preserve a person’s invaluable time to focus on that vital call or email. One more unique attribute of Graphene is its light weight. Provided that you’re an air traveler, this innovation would produce added space and reduced weight with your airplane carry-on baggage, while flying with every one of your devices.

Durable Scratch Resistant Gadgets Would be Amazing

We’re extremely close to our portable gadgets, especially one’s with super-strength and cost-efficient craftsmanship. Liquimetal is another superior technology that’s tougher than titanium, is scratch proof and is corrosion resistant. Nearly everyone carries a smartphone in a pocket or bag. Pockets often contain a phone, wallet and keys. Keys and loose coins are natural born enemies of the smartphone. Dropping gadgets is one more unexpected hazard. Liquimetal maintains that no other matter can be precision molded to produce outer cases with intricate internal features. Additional attributes include strength greater than titanium, the gloss-like finish of glass and an extreme resistance to scratching. Currently, Liquimetal is being utilized to produce golf clubs, surgical tools, and aerospace flight control surfaces. The Swatch watch organization, in addition to Apple Inc., has licensed Liquimetal’s technology for use in the production of certain consumer manufactured products. These companies have been working day and night on applications for Liquimetal, which may set them apart from the marketplace.

The Smart-Watch and the PDA

Each time I catch the media reference to the arrival of the “smart watch,” I cringe. Nearly all people under the age of 40 don’t wear a watch since they carry a smartphone. Smartphones may have taken the job of the watch, nonetheless, for legacy reasons others still wear a watch. I rarely send or receive faxes; however, I still have a fax number. My document sharing now happens when I use my Doxie Go scanner and then transmit them via email or an encrypted cloud service. This is why many people are patiently anticipating a reliable smart-watch to appear in the upcoming year. What makes me so enthusiastic about what others refer to as “wearable technology,” is that it would enable you to do a few tasks without being forced to rely on a smartphone or tablet computer. Visualize a smart-watch capable of producing a more regular and tangible occurrence of communicating information that is relevant to a person in real-time, directly on the wrist at-a-glance. The smart-watch should be seen and heard via a PDA (Personal Digital Assistants) like Siri or Google Mobile Search. The aforementioned PDA systems, the one’s currently accessible, are becoming better in response time due to improved Wi-Fi/cellular data speed transfer, in addition, to the refinement of natural speech pattern technologies. For those of you who don’t know what Siri or Google Mobile Search is, I’ll clarify. Siri is the name of Apple’s default software for voice commands on nearly all Apple devices.  Siri allows a person to control the iPhone with a voice.  You may request Siri to perform certain tasks or questions with the phone, utilizing your voice — without typing.  Siri replies in a human-sounding voice. The latest iOS 7 has a more natural and intuitive response time than its initial release. Should you have the choice to conceal your smartphone in your pocket and simply utilize, either the smart-watch or Bluetooth earpiece, this would permit you to perform further tasks on the go without ever feeling compelled to take out and view the device. It’s entirely about saving time.

Priorities and Time

While gazing into the future of technology, you also must recognize that it’s intended to help a person become more productive within an intuitive learning curve, so that anyone can readily adopt it. I believe the greatest technologies are the ones you don’t even realize are present. My dreams and aspirations for the technology space are a future with greater communication tools and smarter PDA’s (Personal Digital Assistants), which will empower us to recapture lost time. This time can then be spent on you, your cherished ones and your customers.

Bryan Mills is a financial consultant who has been working with private investors for over two decades. Building on 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and producing broker he launched AdvzrTek, a practice management technology site designed to help other financial professionals. His mission with AdvzrTek, is to connect other financial service professionals with innovative and useful ideas, to enhance their practice and save them time. He can be reached at or

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