My Gadget Life – Craig David
R’n’B superstar and closet geek Craig David wants tech to do his bidding...
I’m developing a robot butler
I’ve been working on a system in my home that uses Heliodisplays. It projects an image of a virtual assistant that appears to float in mid-air. I wanted to feel like I was interacting with it rather than just issuing a command, so I got a girlfriend of mine to record each response about 20 times. I’ve been working on it for a year now and it’s still not finished.
My whole flat is wired for sound
I’ve got a Kaleidescape multi-room media server for my music and videos, controlled through my iPhone. They’ve made it look really slick and easy to use.
I really like the iPod Shuffle
It’s brilliant for running. Just don’t make the mistake I did and buy some really cool headphones for ?it without buying the adaptor accessory too. I learnt the hard way. I got all excited, plugged in my new Dr Dre headphones and then realised I couldn’t make it play!
The way tech companies draw things out annoys me
Did we really need to go through so many iPods before we got one with a colour screen? Part of me thinks they probably had that technology from the very beginning. I understand it’s how they make money but it sometimes feels like we’re having the wool pulled over our eyes.
It took me a while to get my head around Twitter
I couldn’t understand why people wanted to know that I was having an omelette in the morning. But I started to realise that people want interactivity. They almost want to watch what you’re doing. I found it difficult at first but I guess it’s the same as trying to get your parents to use the internet!
I have no problem with Spotify
To me it’s the next logical step on from people recording songs off the radio. You can be skeptical about it but it’s an incredible way of finding new music. I think it’s had a positive effect on people going to see live concerts. Luckily live performance has always been where it’s at for me. You can’t illegally download a gig.
I’m a big fan of a company called Musion
They’re the guys behind the Gorillaz live performances. They use this thing called Pepper Ghost technology, which basically creates a life-size three-dimensional hologram in front of you. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. It’s like watching animation happen on a stage as if it’s real. It’s mind blowing. Forget Avatar and 3D glasses and all that stuff. To me that’s the future.
Craig’s new album Signed Sealed Delivered is out now. Pop on over to craigdavid.com for more info.