I’m too old for bleeding edge tech innovations but love how the following made my life easier this year. Most, but not all, are apps on my Droid Smartphone. They are all things I began using this year:
- Wool cycle on my Whirlpool Duet washer – Much easier, faster, and cleaner than my former handwash days.
- Netflix - it’s convenient, with instant download for movies I want to see.
- Hootsuite - it’s like social media on streamlined steroids, and I love the phone app too.
- #Tristatewx - a Twitter hashtag – Easily see weather changes in the Tri-State area, from weather professionals and locals. Love to see a whole community collaborate with it.
- Bump – phone app – Quickly exchange business card information with other iPhone and Droid users who use it.
- GStrings - phone app – when my kids carry their violin or guitar places to play, they can quickly and accurately tune their instruments.
- Maps – phone app – though I struggle sometimes reading the map, it has saved my bacon while travelling. Though it’s a little hinky sometimes, I like the voice Navigator that helps me get to new destinations.
- Voice to Text – phone app – I can ask my phone to search Google, Tweet, or update my Facebook status. Though it struggles with my southern drawl, it saves time.
- Barcode Scanner – phone app – I can scan bar codes and compare prices while I shop. QR codes will use this to make 2011 a different kind of year.
- Smart Protractor – phone app – helped my kids with their math when we couldn’t find a real protractor in the house.
- Evernote – phone app – Thanks to Dan Sully of the Social Media Club of Evansville for introducing this new super organizer tool for those of us who organize better by computer than by way of real paper.
- Color Flashlight – phone app
- Air Horn - loud horns. When a friend was in a touchy situation alone one evening last year, she downloaded this with her phone on highest volume.
- Rosary - phone app
- Contacts - My Outlook contacts are synced to my phone, along with my Facebook phone directory.
The Android LightSaber app did not make the list because they still have no female Jedi, so I have to fight like a guy. The whoopie cushion app can provide fun laughs, but my more mature, saner half would hate it if I listed it.
Watch in 2011: the Holiday World phone app which promotes a whole community of cool places.