Book Review: Tech Trends 24/7 And the Impact of Covid-19

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Book: Tech Trends 24/7 And the Impact of Covid-19

Author: James P. Quinn

Genre: Contemporary, Technology, NonFiction

Review Copy: Reedsy Discovery

Available at: Amazon.in

Recommended: Must Read

Tech Trends 24/7 and the Impact of Covid-19 by James Quinn is a relevant book for our technology-infused life. Rendered in a coffee-book format, the book is an impressive work exploring emerging and active technology trends. Quinn has embellished this well-researched work with photographs, surveys, and graphs. The interviews and inputs from leaders in trending technology-based organizations and creators provide inspiring thought-leadership.

James Quinn’s writing is to-the-point and reflects the passion for discovering how technology is transforming our lives. As incessant consumers of social media, with information at our fingertips, we think we understand the world of technology and our future. It may emulate the glossy infrastructure depicted in futuristic movies, but this book helps us understand how this future needs to be designed and executed.

For example, I found it interesting that modern workspaces are dense, but this formula failed with the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing protocols. A global pandemic demands a restructuring of collaborative spaces – from air-conditioning vents to lunch areas. A modern office needs to install touchless entry, voice-activated elevator buttons, and health screening machines when they thought their biometric identification devices were the coolest.

From the Internet of things (IoT) and its role in sustainability to digital twins and their role in user experience, there are more emergent trends and terms that one can keep up with. This book gives a bird’s-eye view of how technology is transforming cities, homes, offices, transportation, and even music and fashion. Technology, art, and creativity have become more interlinked than ever before. It is fascinating how digital twins are being used in the Notre Dame renovation.

The writer throws light on the role of artificial intelligence, robotics, and assistive technology in our daily lives. The underlying theme of the book is the use of technology for sustainability, wellness, and inclusivity. There is much to read and consume in this book as reference material. It is complete and interesting in its current form, but I see the potential of expanding the information into more segments, like educational and recreational infrastructure, healthcare and hospitality, agriculture and manufacturing, and everyone’s favorite – entertainment! A book that makes you want to know more about technology in its various avatars has done its job quite well. I am excited to know how the world will change in the Metaverse. I hope Quinn has plans to write more on this topic.

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Wanted: The Perfect e-Reader

The ideal e-reader will combine features of all. A consumer seeking a holistic experience will not mind the cost tag. The technology is out there. We just need someone to put it all together. Are the #techies listening?

The Kindle brand name is so deeply imprinted in the minds of book aficionados that we rarely seek options. However, various Kindle e-readers models have the limitation of being tied to the Amazon ecosystem and not supporting all file formats. The Kindle platform doesn’t support EPUB books, which is one of the usual formats for e-books.

Features lacking in Kindles occur on other e-readers. Yet there is no single device that can cover it all. I see this as a sizeable gap in the market of e-readers. As a regular reader, I have used a tablet that allows multiple reading apps, however; it comes with all the trappings of a mobile phone and harsh lighting. An e-reader is a significant device for a pleasant reading experience, in various lighting scenarios, and most importantly, distraction-free engagement.

This article by Hooked to Books brings forth some alternatives to Kindles. NOOK Glowlight Plus drew my attention as it allows Android apps to be installed to read different formats. The Onyx BOOX Max3 is an interesting device with a stylus experience. A stylus-based writing pad can change the whole reading landscape by allowing for handwritten notes. Audiobooks, read-aloud features, and voice-controls should be a part of the e-reader package.

The ideal e-reader will combine features of all. A consumer seeking a holistic experience will not mind the cost tag. The technology is out there. We just need someone to put it all together. Are the techies listening? Here is an article that I read later that talks about additional features for the perfect Kindle.

Dear readers, have you found the perfect e-reader? Do share in the comments.

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