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Wireless Dreams

Wireless Dreams

Beep, beep, beep goes my alarm clock on an average weekday morning. I roll out of bed and pick it up, but I don't just absentmindedly search for the snooze button as I usually do - instead I pick it up and, flipping open the lid, point it at my TV. Through its infrared transmitter I turn it on, and watch a few minutes of the morning news. Realizing it's time to get moving if I'm not going to be late to work, I use it again to turn the TV off, and take it with me to the bathroom, where I turn on the speaker radio, leave it on the counter, and hop into the shower. It gives me my morning traffic report and I then spend the next 15 minutes rinsing and repeating, and singing of course; because heck, even I sound good singing in the shower.

Anyway, proceeding with my morning, I use the same device to check and respond to a few overnight e-mails over a cup of coffee (being careful not to spill because even the mega-device of the future still doesn't like hot liquids), and then I head into work. I pop on my headset (safety- and now law-conscious) and use it to dial into my office voice mail since the phone has alerted me that I have three new messages waiting for me. As I finish returning my calls, I pull into the office parking garage. With a five-minute walk from the garage up to my office, I take advantage of its large memory card, and listen to a couple of mp3s that I downloaded on my PC and wirelessly transferred over last night via my unwired home network.

I arrive in my office and, over another wireless connection, synchronize with my desktop's Outlook all of the new appointments and contacts that I made while schmoozing the previous night. Before heading into my morning meetings, I also download onto it a copy of a PowerPoint presentation I'm going to have to make later that day. Beep, beep, beep - off goes my alarm clock for real; turns out that I was only dreaming. Ah, what a nice dream.

I could go on and on with stories out of my dreams. Maybe next month I'll tell the one about being dropped in the middle of a giant pizza, and having to swim and eat my way out. But dreams are not the point of this month's editorial. The point is that we're getting closer and closer to making my wireless dreams, and that of many others, a clear and fantastic reality. It's a fascinating thing to watch technology advance, sometimes in leaps and bounds, and other times in small steps, all reaching the same ultimate goal of better products, more usability and, of course, success for the companies and people behind them.

Tracking that and going behind the scenes with the movers and shakers of the wireless industry are some of the things we do best here at WBT, and some of the things that I personally enjoy most. Watching all of the new devices coming out for the 2001 holiday season, and reading all of the "coming soon" press releases from the industry make it clear that a wireless nirvana is not too far off. Till that day comes though, keep reading WBT to stay in touch every step of the way. And me? I'm going back to sleep.

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Robert Diamond is the founder and editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld.com, the premiere theater site on the net now receiving over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media - a leading designer of entertainment and technology web sites. He is also the lead producer on BroadwayWorld.com's consistently sold-out Joe's Pub concert series, and Standing Ovations benefit concerts. Diamond was also named one of the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by Folio magazine. Robert holds a BS degree in information management and technology from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Visit his blog at www.robertdiamond.com.

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