Lately I’ve noticed that I have been aging, well quickly. Or at least my eye site has. I never used to have an issue staring at my 13in Macbook Air screen. But since my new role at my day job has me staring at a screen more frequently, I have been missing the 21inch screen my old iMac had.
That leads me to the topic of discussion today. This morning I was surfing google on my iPhone for the Best Macbook Air docks, when I mistakenly clicked on one of those sidebar ads at Macworld.com. This was an add that claimed they knew
APPLE’s NEXT BIG SECRET
and it wasn’t Apples iwatch. Now if you know me, I love me some Apple Tech. Obviously I was hooked into clicking the ad and finding out what they claimed was the next best thing, bigger than the iPhone 6. (hint: it isn’t the iPhone 7)
The ad lead me to a optin funnel, a webpage that requires you to enter your email address before accessing the content; classic list building tactic. I spent the next I 15min listening to a gentleman describe Apple’s history, Steve Job’s Amazing Creations, Apples New Secretive Scientific Lab, and how Tim Cook is going to live up to his Mentor’s developments.
The biggest takeaway was that Apple’s latest tech was going to come in the form of wearable technology, and it wasn’t going to be a new iteration of the Apple Watch. But much more sophisticated. Think about wearable tech that isn’t tethered to a phone or required to be used with another device. Yet a standalone mini computer, that is even smaller than ever.
The kicker in this whole video was that the secret was a short trip down the highway at Disney World.
After listening to this and quickly figuring out they were try to sell you on an online course or membership site to make you rich over the long haul or something along those lines, I quit the video and Googled Disney’s latest creation.
Here is what I found.
The best article I found was from Wired.com in March of 2015. Below is an excerpt from the article.
IF YOU WANT to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip Silicon Valley and book a ticket to Orlando. Go to Disney World. Then, reserve a meal at a restaurant called Be Our Guest, using the Disney World app to order your food in advance.
“It’s like magic!” a woman says to her family as they sit. “How do they find our table?” The dining hall, inspired by Beauty and the Beast, features Baroque details but feels like a large, orderly cafeteria. The couple’s young son flits around the table, like a moth. After a few minutes, he settles into his chair without actually sitting down, as kids often do. Soon, their food arrives exactly as promised, delivered by a smiling young man pushing an ornately carved serving cart that resembles a display case at an old museum.
With Disneys new magicband. You can order your meals for the day in the morning online, then when you are hungry just simply walk into the restaurant or dinig hall, sit down, and a waitress will you bring you your meal. No needs to wait in line or let them know you are there. All this is done trough the magicband!!
Intrigued? What if this so called Magicband could allow you to get on rides faster, store all your photos from the park, keep track of your purchases and charge them to your card, or even prevent you from carrying your id or your purse or wallet all together?
Here is a blog post that popped up on pinterest when I searched for Magicbands, this post goes into more detail on how Disney’s latest wearable tech works around the park and its purpose.
Disney utilizes the lastest craze in RFID, with not one but two RFID processors and antennas. For those who don’t know what that is, check out this wiki page for a quick breakdown. Either way it is pretty amazing something so small can do so much!!
At this point I had spent nearly an hour researching this fascinating little device and as the Sales funnel had suggested, if you invest in the microprocessor of the device you could stand to make a good investment over the next decade. But I’m still not convinced, although I will say this, It definitely has me wondering what the future holds for our wearable tech!
Curious to learn exactly what is in the Magicband, check out this Website where they tear it apart!