The best online business that is flourishing these days is the internet based paid surveys. The survey companies offer payment to the individuals for taking up the web based surveys. These surveys are conducted for gathering the reviews of the users of particular products or services. The surveys can also contain questions related to newly launched services, technology reviews, news, etc. In the past, surveys used to be conducted manually, using the postal ballot system. But in the current era, information technology has opened new frontiers.When it comes to paid surveys, the inclusion of technology in the business process has helped each and every stakeholder. If you are survey taker, then web based surveys has become so convenient for you that you can take them as pr your convenient time and location. Similarly, for the survey companies, the technology is assisting too much in compiling the survey reports. The participants input the data into the survey questionnaire, which is stored into the central database of the survey site. Using the database technology, the survey manager can extract the submitted opinions and generate report on the basis of various selection criterion.For the manufacturing company, who actually owns the survey programs, the technology has enabled in more than one way. The first blessing that the technology brings is that time to market a particular product has been reduced. Earlier, the surveys used to take 3 to 4 months to complete. Whereas, these day, the total market research cycle gets completed in less than a month. This has helped organizations in devising the market plan in advance and hence enabled the early launch of the product or service.Information technology has also empowered the statistical analysis of the survey results. You can get text and graphical results. Due to the internet, the surveys can also be conducted across the globe, spanning different regions, countries and states. The technology has also assisted in overcoming the language barrier. You can have paid surveys in different languages. Some of the online surveys programs are designed so that differently able people can also take them conveniently.
Ever since that famous Hollywood movie “The Minority Report” with Tom Cruise came out and featured the gesture recognition computer screen people have been completely intrigued. Then came the gaming technologies using the same strategies, people were even more interested. Next, came the iPhone and iPad using gesture recognition. Today, these things are advancing at an incredible rate. It makes sense also because this is how humans communicate, and the interface is more in line with how the human mind thinks, and how humans interact. Okay so, what else can we use this technology for in the future? That’s what I’d like to talk to you about.There was an interesting article recently in Technology Review on December 3, 2012 titled; “Leaping Into the Gesture-Control Era Technology that accurately tracks finger motions could revolutionize desktop and mobile computing,” by Tom Simonte which told of some rather worthy applications for this technology which would cause a flow of money into more research and open things up for new applications – but what type of applications you ask?The other day, I went to the grocery store, and the automatic door did not open for me, nor did I bother to slow down, so I almost bumped into it. Then I took both hands and waved them in an outward circular direction and viola the door opened. It was almost as if I was staying with my hands “open sesame” and then I thought that perhaps it might be nice to have gesture recognition in the super supermarket aisles. If you went to reach for a product, an electronic display might pop up giving you more information on the product, or even suggesting what type of dishes you could make with that type of ingredient.Perhaps on the frozen food aisle it might display something on the glass, more information projected onto the glass as if it were a computer screen just as the one we saw in the Minority Report. You might think these technologies would be expensive to integrate into the grocery store, but they would pay for themselves very quickly, it would increase impulse buying, help educate customers, and it would be interactive and entertaining.Might I also add that could be educational helping people with their health, and attaining a good understanding of the foods that we buy and eat each day. If you have other ideas for the future of retail or in the grocery store sector please shoot me an e-mail. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.