New technology has always piqued my interest. I love gadgets and being the first to use new websites and services. It’s cool. But. And there’s always a ‘but.’ Early adoption also brings very frustrating limitations.
Knowing how close and yet how far away I am from getting my communication needs met is one of the biggest annoyances of early adoption. Let’s take today for example. I’ll soon be heading into a conference with Kid #1’s teacher. My husband is home with Kid #2. I’d like to live stream the conversation so my husband can join in. My Nokia N95, Verizon EvDO service, Cradlepoint Personal Wifi Hotspot PHS-300 and any live streaming service like Qik, Mogulus, Kyte (just to name a few of the hundreds that are popping up) would allow me to do this easily. But. And there’s always a ‘but.” Here’s where I run into limitations, both technological and social.
Firstly, Technological: I don’t know of any service that allows a private, password protected live stream. There may be one out there but I haven’t heard of it yet. I’m not keen on the whole world knowing that my kid talks too much or hates math. In our workaholic culture, it’s easy to imagine that there’s a big need for these password protected streams in both personal and business circles. This is one very good example.
Secondly, Social: Live streaming, or hell – even just recording – isn’t widely or even remotely accepted in many situations. Imagine how taken aback your kid’s teacher would be if you set up a video camera on a tripod during your conference. Even if your teacher is cool with it, you’d have to wonder if he didn’t sugarcoat his evaluation for performance’s sake. Security cameras are one thing, personal recording is another.
The tech barriers will be broken soon, once my friends at Qik.com figure out there’s a bigger need for password-protected live streams than for open ones. I have faith in the technology catching up quickly.
People, on the other hand: Not. So. Much.
Ah, well. When in doubt, roll back the progress. Go low tech. Maybe I can get away with using my cell in speakerphone mode…
What frustrates you?