The home stadium coming to an armchair near you!
As the smart phone has conquered all before it, with the iPhone in the vanguard of desirable devices people want rather than necessarily need, we find ourselves in an ever more connected world. Email is yesterday's medium and people now connect directly with each other using chat services and social networks from their phones, wherever they happen to be.
The internet of things is also just around the corner in which just about everything you can think of will be connected - not just your phone but your car, your bike, your fridge, even your clothes! Data is exploding and deriving value from all of these data connections will become the key.
Imagine watching a football match on TV that is in fully immersive 3D, for example: you’re watching from within the game, at an angle of your choosing; even the player is fully connected so you can measure the distance run, location on the pitch and passes made, all in real time; and it’s all connected up to your social network.
It will be a completely interactive experience. In 10 years from now, the way we consume major events, whether at the venue or remotely, will be like comparing the widescreen HDTV experience of today with black and white TV in the 1960s.
In the 80s my middle aged parents were baffled by setting a video machine so I bought them something called Video Plus, which enabled them to type in a simple number to set the recording, but they couldn’t operate that either. Whether we like it or not, we are in an age of unrelenting change that continues to shape our day-to-day lives. I look forward to it, not in trepidation but anticipation.
Now, where did I leave that newspaper?