My first book, Trackers, was nonfiction. It was about self-tracking, which in my view has been one of the most interesting consumer technologies of the past five or so years. Why? Because it has fundamentally changed the way we manage our health. And now the Apple Watch is about to make self-tracking mainstream.
Virtual Reality seems to be at a similar point that self-tracking was in 2007, or what became Web 2.0 (and led to YouTube, Facebook et al) in 2003. It’s at that point where the technology is a couple of years away from being complete, but the potential impact is huge.
Because VR is a work in progress, I decided the best way to explore this technology was to write a work of fiction. So that’s what I’m attempting. My role models in this endeavor are some of my favorite novelists: J G Ballard, William Gibson and Tom Wolfe.
I should mention that in 2014 I started a second nonfiction book, on the topic of Douglas Engelbart and The Mother Of All Demos. But I’ve put that project on hold, as I couldn’t find a way to make it a compelling Laura Hillenbrand-esque narrative. The trouble with writing nonfiction about technology is that there is usually very little action or excitement in the narrative. The solution, at least for me at this time, is to make up my own action and excitement! In other words, write fiction instead.
Even though I’m now writing a novel, my goal is the same as it’s always been: to explore technology. That’s been my modus operandi as a writer since the founding of ReadWriteWeb in 2003.
If you’d like to follow or help me in my new writing adventure, I’ll be active most days on Twitter (@ricmac).
Original post: http://ricm.ac/2015/03/24/vr-novel/ #virtualreality
Trackers is available in NZ bookstores and on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QUEZKAA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00QUEZKAA&linkCode=as2&tag=ricmac-20&linkId=SG32FUKAXXXMIVLX
#quantifiedself #health #selftracking #myfitnesspal
With the new devices coming out, tracking our health will become more popular, predicts MacManus.
"Hopefully, (tracking) will become more part of the background," he says. That could happen via the upcoming Apple Watch, for example, that people may wear on their wrist every day, or simply as a result of health apps becoming integrated with smartphones.
2014 has been a particularly interesting year for new media, with innovations in blogging, podcasting, curation and paid content. Three of my top ten are examples of new media innovation.
My debut book about self-tracking, Trackers, will be released on Amazon and other platforms later this month. Naturally enough, three of my top 10 tech products are for health tracking. Not as many as in 2013 (five), but 2013 was when I wrote my book and so that’s when I used them the most. In many ways the best is yet to come with self-tracking, with the launch of Apple Watch in early 2015 set to shake things up.
It’s also been a good year for ‘real world’ Web: Uber, Airbnb, Square, Apple Pay and other services that bring the Internet onto Main Street. I only had room for one of these services in my top ten, but it’s the most representative of what’s great about this trend.
The other three tech products in my list are consumer services: for note-taking, password management, and music.
Here's the list and my commentary: http://ricm.ac/2014/12/11/top-10-tech-of-2014/ #yearinreview #technology
I'll definitely check out some of the podcasts you suggest- but couldn't find Brett Easton Ellis on Stitcher.
My favorite podcast series this year was the show- which kept me company on many a walk.
LastPass and Jawbone for me, but you make a most excellent point these tools make internet life better regardless of which "brand" is the best fit for any particular individual.
I would add #autoawesome photos (all 5 types) from the Google to my list, they've been one of the highlights of my year.
I just completed my first consulting assignment for 2015, a product evaluation report for an upcoming Apple Watch app. My client was very happy with the report and wrote this recommendation on my LinkedIn profile:
"In my research relating to wearable technology I came across Richard’s book Trackers which provided valuable insight into the future of ‘the quantified self’.
I was impressed by Richard’s work and contacted him to provide additional research and analysis as a consultant relating to my specific technology. Richard was impressively prompt and professional and his expert insight and research have proven to be critical for development of my technology.
I give my strongest recommendations for his work and reputation and will surely use his services in the future."
You can find more details about my consulting services on my website: http://ricm.ac/consulting/. Send me an email (info AT ricm.ac) if you’d like to follow up.
More info: http://ricm.ac/2015/04/16/consulting/
#consulting #marketresearch #startups
Yes, and what a newsroom: Wearable World's office is at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF!
Although I left the site in October 2012, I'm happy and grateful that Wearable World will give ReadWrite the platform it needs to continue exploring what's next in tech. I gave this quote for the press release, to show my support:
"I'm thrilled to hear that ReadWrite is moving to Wearable World. It's particularly pleasing since ReadWrite was an early champion of wearable technology and the Internet of Things, well before our competitors in the tech blogosphere picked up on these trends. Since its founding in 2003, ReadWrite has stood for smart, forward-thinking tech analysis. So Wearable World couldn't have picked a better editorial partner and I can't wait to see what the future brings!"
Amazon Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QUEZKAA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00QUEZKAA&linkCode=as2&tag=ricmac-20&linkId=SG32FUKAXXXMIVLX
Apple iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/trackers/id950498322?mt=11&uo=4&at=1l3vtIW
The ebook will also soon be available on Google Play, the Kobo Store and Nook Books. The paperback version will be released in New Zealand bookstores on 1 January.
If you enjoy reading Trackers, please consider rating it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23769630-trackers.
Full details: http://ricm.ac/trackers/ #selftracking #quantifiedself #books
- Self employedWriter, 2012 - present
- ReadWriteWebFounder & Editor-in-Chief, 2003 - 2012
Author of Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health. Available now on Amazon: http://ricm.ac/trackers/.
My background: I founded ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite) in April 2003, building the business into one of the leading technology blogs in the world. I sold the company to SAY Media in December 2011.