How far back can you remember?

After dinner last night, Lauren and I were talking about some of our earliest memories.

She has the most specific memories of her childhood. She can recall the color of her bedroom walls from the house she lived in as well as other specifics that are amazing to me. 

My memory is completely different.

For example, we lived in one house when I was 5-10years old and then moved. I don’t remember really anything at all about that house except the neighborhood, the kids on the block, playing basketball in our driveway and playing the backyard. I couldn’t describe the kitchen or anything else really about the inside.

I know my parents have some photos of our lives in that house. I do remember photographs that they have in their albums from one of my birthday parties. I can see that in my mind right now. But really, other than that, the details are far and few between. 

I wonder in the future if we will have ways to visit the past in a way that is beyond photographs. Will we be able to visit the past and watch and hear it go by in vivid detail. 

Imagine if something like Google Glass would record every single thing you see and record it to the cloud. Always on and always recording.

I’m sure that would be scary to many folks but I’d love to walk through my old kitchen and watch our family dinner in action. 

Some thoughts on wearable computing

Wearable computing has arrived. 

It’s still early days for sure but even today I have two devices with me pretty much all the time — my mobile phone and a Nike Fuelband. 

I’m excited about the future of wearable connected devices. My Fuelband is powerful but physically clunky, software isn’t great, and isn’t friendly to 3rd parties. Other than that it’s great :) 

Apple and Google are also getting into the wearable game. It’s an opportunity to break the market wide open. 

It’s hard to say when the Apple Watch will ship if ever. The iPhone was commonly called the “jesus phone” for many years while people waited. Do you remember this wacky first attempt. But I hope they ship the Watch. It’s a very exciting category. I pre-ordered the Pebble as well. 

Google Glass is equally interesting and exciting for me. Let me just get this out of the way. I’m buying one as soon as there is a place for me to order one. 

The open question Google needs to answer is whether Google Glass will feel as socially awkward as bluetooth headphones or will it be a revolutionary first step like the bag phone.

As a fan of Ready Player One, I’m so ready to jump into the Oasis.