This is the future I thought, in my 49th year on this planet and 32 working in technology. And to a degree, it is “my” future. if not “the” future.

An Easter weekend in the UK is usually a dismal affair with lots of clouds, rain and generally, a feeling of meh in the air as the populace gets on with shops not being open on Sunday and driving round to relatives you’ve not seen since Xmas.

This Easter weekend however there has been a strange yellow ball in the skies above the UK which made for going out..

So go out we did, and we took the dog for a walk and made this video.

(Click on the picture below to open the video, youtube shorts not playing nice)

Well done Dear Blogger I hear you say, you and several million others made and put videos up on Youtube..

Well yes, they did, but I bet half of them didn’t even think about or appreciate exactly what they were doing.

I took the video on an Insta360 One X 360 degree camera, a camera capable of taking photos or recording video in 360 degrees so it captures everything.

I transferred the video files over a wireless connection to my mobile phone, about 2Gb of files took less than 4 minutes.

Once transferred I edited the 360videos using the Insta360 App and saved them to Google Photos.

I then imported the videos from Google Photos into Vimeo Create where it did some magic, applied some filters and I was rewarded with the above video.

Once done I then uploaded the video to both Vimeo and Youtube

In about 15 minutes I was able to create and upload this masterpiece to the internet from a mobile device.

For anyone born post-2000 all of the above seems normal, it’s an everyday thing, this is how the social media generation works.

For people who have been around technology pre-internet, this does feel like we are living in the future.

Back in 1998 the idea of what I’ve just done was but the ting of dreams. As a young engineer, my mobile setup would have looked a little like this

A Toshiba Tecra Laptop, running Windows 98 on a Pentium 2 chip with 256Mb of ram

The mobile I was provided would probably have been a Nokia 6110 an almost indestructible beast of a mobile. Dropped in many a pint on a Friday night only to carry on working fine the next day…

Specced out at a 2-megapixel lens cover camera, flash, panorama, self-timer, red-eye reduction Video: QVGA (320 x 240) 15 fps, 40Mb of storage and GSM/Edge speeds at best in a time when data was more expensive than gold.

And to make all of this “mobile” we got this beast a Psion Dacom Data gold card.

This would provide access to the internet via dial-up connecting the laptop to the phone and it was amazing.

Being able to sit in a pub, and get dial-up connection to Compuserve, The Internet, a Bulliten Board or PC Anywhere back to the office.

While I might be reminiscing here and harking back to 1998 a mere 24 years ago what’s interesting is in the years between 98 and around 06 nothing much really improved when it came to mobile computing.

There were Wifi Hotspots around, however phone data speeds were not even 3G level at that point and laptops were less about productivity on the go and more about productivity between offices.

It has taken innovation in the phone space with the iPhone, the software space with social media and the telco space with ever-increasing and cheaper data speeds to get us to where we are today.

The ability to shoot in 360, transfer, edit and put a video up on Youtube in less than 30 minutes.

That’s not normal, that’s impressive…

This makes me wonder what my year old nephew will be able to do when he is 24.


By davidfield

Tech Entusiast