Life without a smartphone and its relevance for apps/services

vicio.celular.jpgSome people call me crazy and some call me jobless. I wouldn’t deny either but as someone wise said sometime way back, “When life gives you lemons you make a lemonade (or even a tequila).” Still true today, and maybe even more relevant in business. Currently, I’m making the best of my downtime exploring the freedom of doing some borderline crazy stuff. Okay! Maybe it’s not too crazy, maybe it’s exploring — but I like the sound of it.  Continue reading

INTERNET OF (HUMAN) THINGS: The Human side of things that could be key to the success of IoT

people-connected-1Starting from the times of mythology, where one’s wishes were ‘heard’ by Gods, to technology, where one can overlay digital objects over physical reality and interact or ‘act’ as if they are one and the same, the human element has always been the same – you can call them the enabler, master or even creator to some extent if we are not kidding ourselves. However, the one thing that we amazing homo sapiens failed to master or even understand is the human element of things around us. I think it’s time for the budding entrepreneurs to focus not on the Internet of Things (IoT as they fondly call it) and something I believe is not that hard to master or develop considering our pace of innovation (just look at the last 100 years) but on the Internet of (Human) Things (IoH) for the betterment of this world and for better utilization of us, the humans, because we really don’t want robots to rule the world right!  Continue reading

Voice Assistants, Payments and Beyond

Just a day back, I was fortunate enough to buy the hard-to-find, newly launched and so called ‘magical’ device from Apple called the AirPods. Here I sit now in a Thai restaurant in Toronto on a surprisingly warm day for February sipping some lovely lemon ginger tea and listening to some soft rock while wondering how far bluetooth headphones have come since the days I bought my first pair in 2010, a set of Philips MW 600 earphones, which are by the way still working and reliable though out of my favour. Being one of the most technologically advanced pair of headsets one can buy (or probably find considering how short they are in supply) right now in the market, AirPods and the underlying technologies like Siri by Apple have multiple far reaching use cases across diverse spaces, including payments. Continue reading