Associations should take note of Google Glasses.
This is only one of a million examples as to why we feel like we are standing still. While we are still banging our heads on the wall explaining why members need to use social media (which reminds me of the fax machine vs email battle we had in the 1990s), the future is getting up, dusting itself off and running away.
I have no doubt the tech blogs will be roiling with "this is the greatest thing we've ever seen" and "this is the stupidest thing we've ever heard of" and anything and everything in between over the next few weeks.
But just for a moment imagine a member walking down a street and passing another members shop or place of business and immediately getting a member profile blip to make a connection. Or walking up and having the glasses check them into the conference and providing a map to each session room. Or occasionally shooting a fun fact about membership by them on their daily rounds. Or, or, or....!!!!!!
Ah....the future's so bright, I gotta wear shades.....
Here is a link to the video for those who can see the embedded one.