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December 15, 2013

TECH TALK WITH MIKE GINGERICH: Keeping up with the technology Joneses

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Coin will swipe like a card does, and it connects to your smartphone that can then alert you if your card ever gets too far apart from your phone. Coin is set to go live in the late spring or early summer of 2014 and you can order one now at www.onlycoin.com.

Amazon.com Delivery Drones

Yes, Amazon is testing a delivery service using Octocopter (8 propeller) drones. Their Amazon Prime service could eventually deliver an Amazon purchase to you within 30 minutes of you placing the order online. The 8-propeller drones are about the size of a remote-controlled airplane and can transport shoebox sized packages from fulfillment centers to customers homes.

According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the concept is not as farfetched as it might seem. Aerial drones are already delivering packages in China and Australia. The FAA needs to further review and create rules governing unmanned aerial vehicles, but it’s on the horizon and could be a reality in the U.S. within four or so years. View the demo at www.youtube.com/watch?v=98BIu9dpwHU.

These tech tools continue to open up new avenues of efficiency and complexity. For those who think it’s too farfetched, consider the changes in the past 100 years from television to video cassettes to the Internet and more.

Mike Gingerich leads the Social Application division of web design company, Digital Hill Multimedia (http://www.DigitalHill.com). He is a co-founder of TabSite.com, a leader in Facebook fan page tools for businesses. TabSite offers brands the power to boost Facebook marketing with contests and promotions. For more information on TabSite, please visit www.tabsite.com.

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