October is #TechMonth

Each month on the business blog we celebrate a new topic. For October we’ll be celebrating technology! To kick things off I figured I would share some of the tech that I’m most fascinated by right now.

  1. The folding electric bike
    folded, red logo(1)More cars on the road means longer commutes. Telecommuting could help alleviate traffic congestion. Products like TDS Telecom’s business Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone solution, managedIP can help make telecommuting a reality for companies of all sizes.

    Unfortunately for some employers and employees telecommuting just isn’t possible. But technology may still be able to help alleviate traffic congestion. Meet the GI Flybike. The collapsible electric bike was designed by Agustin Agustinoy and can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge. The bike can also connect to your phone via Bluetooth to track your trip and remind you where you parked.

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  3. Water absorbing concrete
    There is nothing worse than walking in the rain, stepping in a puddle, and being left with a soggy sock. Yuck! That’s why when I saw this video on Tech Insider from UK based Tarmac I got a little excited. Topmix Permeable concrete claims to be able to absorb around 880 gallons of water every minute! That’s 52,800 gallons of water ever hour! The technology could help put an end to flash floods and definitely soggy socks. Unfortunately, Tarmac claims the material won’t work in cold weather climates.
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  5. Robotic lawn mowers
    Each spring I get super excited about the impending warm weather, longer days, and the smell of fresh cut grass! By the middle of July that excitement turns to frustration. I’m mowing my lawn at least once and sometimes twice a week depending on the rain. Total, it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to cut the grass. That’s time I would much rather spend doing just about anything else. If only there was a better way?

    Automatic (or maybe automagic as my friend and fellow blogger Kris Prusynski would say) lawn mowers have been on the market for a while now. You’ll have to forgive me for being a little late on these. Lawn care was of little concern to me until I became a homeowner a few years ago.

    In most cases the devices are fully rechargeable and programmable. Using sensors placed in your lawn these little dynamos can keep yards of all sizes looking freshly mowed. The biggest down fall is the price. Most of the automatic mowers I saw were around $1,000.

You can expect more article’s like this from our bloggers this month. They’ll be talking about everything from their favorite pieces of tech to applications and programs that helped their businesses. Check back frequently for updates or subscribe to the blog by clicking on the button below. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for all the latest blog content.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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