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Like most conferences these days, CES 2021 took place exclusively online. While we’re all missing in-person events and networking opportunities, this year’s show still covered a lot of exciting ground. And from the glass-is-half-full perspective, technology companies are some of the best equipped to adapt to virtual events. So, we think it’s still more than worthwhile to unpack the progress showcased by Tech Products presented at CES.

Naturally, we saw a strong focus on health, sanitation, and home-based items. We’ve been expecting to see a long-term shift to higher hygiene standards and more home-centred lifestyles. …


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Our world has long used technology to perform tasks with minimal human intervention. We’ve been doing this for thousands of years, although it didn’t really explode until the industrial revolution of the mid-eighteenth century. And in the twenty-first century, we’re in the heart of a new wave of Automation Technology with no end in sight.

“Automation is the creation and application of technologies to produce and deliver goods and services with minimal human intervention.” — techopedia.com

As exciting as we find new tech, we also know there are valid concerns. Like what happens to the employees left behind when software and robots take over production and service jobs? …


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If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we should expect the unexpected. And be prepared to adapt when it hits. So, as the year winds down, we’re exploring the Transformation Technology Trends we think will shape 2021.

This past year has been nothing like the one we predicted in December 2019. Then again, very few people were prepared for a pandemic and wave after wave of social and political turmoil. But looking back at what we DID accomplish this past year can be a surprising motivator for what’s to come in 2021.

In spite of fear and uncertainty, millions of people across the globe overhauled their lives and sacrificed important things from social interaction to personal comfort or financial gain. And as a collective, we did all of that to keep larger economies and infrastructures — rolling in some way — during a time when nothing could go on as normal. We’re not on the other side of our troubles just yet, but we think it’s worthwhile to take a moment and marvel at our collective capacity to bounce back. …


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If you work in Real Estate, you know that sales strategies had to pivot sharply this past March. Almost overnight, Virtual Marketing was the only point of contact that met both customer expectations and regional or municipal health orders. And yet, in a climate of anxiety and uncertainty, the Real Estate industry managed to adapt and even thrive.

Today we want to take a closer look at how this all happened and explore the role virtual tools have played in Real Estate’s success in spite of adversity. And most importantly, will all this Virtual Marketing continue in the future?

“Prices for residential properties in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria increased by 5.7% year over year in the second quarter of 2020 despite COVID-19.” — Canadian Housing Market News…


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Okanagan Landing at Dusk

While kicking around setting ideas for my new magic realism book, The Electric Girl, I realized pretty quickly I would be jointly creating two spaces. Firstly, a version of the world as I knew it (and I decided to indulge once more in my home region, BC’s Okanagan) in the late 1980s. Secondly, I would need brief glimpses at alternate dimensions. But since this is Part 1, let’s start with The Real World.

Can You Ever Go Home Again?

I sometimes wonder if the primary reason I write fiction is to find excuses to go home more often than I really can. And these days? Well, not many of us are going anywhere, so there’s an added layer of value to mentally retreating to home territory from time to time. …


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Since the early days of Virtual Reality’s rebirth in 2016, we’ve known that immersive experiences have the potential to evoke and influence emotions. So, it seems to follow naturally that VR Mental Health apps have the potential to be uniquely effective. We’ve watched this genre of content proliferate over the last few years. And now those tools have become important on a whole new level.

This winter, wherever you live, you’re likely being asked to stay at home and to limit your social interactions. All while many people are more burned out than at any other point in their lives. Winter is the season when mental health needs the most attention. …


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Is there someone in your life you’ve been trying to introduce to the world of Extended Reality? As we move into the cooler winter months of a pandemic year, spending time indoors, but on your own, is not just wise, it’s necessary. So, with plenty of shopping and shipping time left before holiday giving, we’re sharing our top VR/AR Gift ideas that we think are ideal for introducing new users to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology.

We know there are still millions of potential users worldwide who haven’t tried VR and AR products. And there are millions still in the in-between phase, interested in XR, either on the cusp of purchasing hardware or still building a content library. As we all gear up to spend more time indoors, yet socially distant this winter, giving the gift of VR/AR has never been a better idea. …


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2021 will bring big changes to public infrastructure in cities around the world. 2020 has been a scary year and the challenges are far from over. The climate is teetering on the brink — as is our global economy. But if, like us, you believe success is our only option, keep reading. We think Industrial AR is going to be a major factor in taking a critical leap forward.

At Stambol, we think enough visionaries and innovators will be charging into next year ready to offer solutions and do real-world work. So, as we start to dig in and do the difficult and complicated work of addressing climate change and repairing economies through upgrades to our cities, we’re looking at construction and transportation professionals to take the lead. …


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Almost everyone in the world has been affected by the switch to Virtual Events this year. These virtual conferences and meetings are almost always accompanied by disappointment, promises that the change is temporary, and general lamentation over not being able to shake hands or even just share space. And while we’re right there with you wanting pandemic stress and health risks to disappear, we think changes to the way we work and live will be here to stay.

If you’re stoked, great. If you’re not, keep reading. Because we’ve got some practical suggestions to help make anything from happy hour on Zoom to an all-out multi-day conference via multiple channels just a bit more enjoyable through the magic of Virtual Reality. …


A Magic Realism YA Coming March 15, 2021

It’s cover reveal day! And naturally, I’m very excited! I’m sharing not just the artwork, but the title that I’ve been keeping under wraps as well. Since I’m not much for secrets though, some of you have already guessed that I’ve been working on my 2017 NanoWriMo project, The Electric Girl.

This book has been a labor of love and having it wrap at the end of 2020 is bittersweet. Crafting this story has allowed me to explore some of my favorite 80s pop-culture and other childhood memories. So I’ve been talking about the power of nostalgia and the emotional value of visiting the past. …

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Christine Hart

Content for Stambol Studios. Novelist. Artist. Mom.

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