Written By: Leah Heilbrunn
I was talking to my editor about his experience at Sturgis this weekend, and he recalled seeing riders with cameras mounted to their helmets. With different mountable cameras on the market anything can be filmed on the go, and the millennial way of remembering experiences plays into this kind of product. The traditional way of recording an event is to take a picture in front of a sign, maybe buy a patch or souvenir mug, or film a little bit with a standard camera. But the new way takes recording a little more literally as millennial age event-goers need to film as much of the experience as possible.
Stemming from the social media craze, people now want their friends to see exactly what they saw. Whether it’s a time lapse of traveling to the event, a mounted camera to record extreme sports, or a phone ocean in the concert pit where hands and lighters used to be- millennials want to share their entire experience with everyone they’re connected to. Millennials also want to experience something once, and then have a picture or video to experience it again- the new tradition of remembrance is like a digital scrapbook. So, our wireless technology connects us to the world and stores what we’ve experienced in that world.
The constant connectivity technology provides has become a necessity to most millennials; I see it in frantic runs to outlets in bars, the search for an elusive airport plug, and fights over wall plugs in lecture halls. Especially in travel and school environments, tablets or smartphones have become the necessary technology for recording notes, taking pictures/video, and keeping schedules. If total power failure occurs we are lost. We are hopeless. It’s a sad reality, but everything is kept on our wireless tech and we need it to stay on. The connected way of life needs charged smartphones and tablets.
Portable battery chargers fight the good fight against phone death, and the line of portable chargers from companies like Jackery brings the power. Sleek colors and design make for a great look, and different models can fit into your pocket or bag while providing multiple new lives for your phone and tablet. A charged phone connects us with friends, stores our memories and keeps life on track. Constant connectedness is how life works now, even at a tradition like Sturgis- where I’m sure a couple of old-fashioned dudes scoffed at the camera helmet. That might be the one price we pay for connectedness – sometimes we’ve got to take a picture with an iPad, no matter how dumb it looks.