Many people blame technology for mind-warping things like short attention spans, rotten social skills and fidget spinners. However, technology also offers new ways of engaging with our minds and sharpening our thoughts. Take mind mapping, a popular technique for brainstorming and planning.
Popularized by author Tony Buzan, mind maps work by visually laying out a central idea, giving rise to sub-branches of related ideas. As a result, you see ideas and how they relate. Mind mapping is a powerful tool for understanding the big picture.
Mind Vector: Mind mapping goes digital
The first versions of mind mapping used old but very useful technology: paper and pencil. Modern technology — like mobile and browser-based apps, and even augmented reality — brings exciting new possibilities to the classic technique.
Mind Vector is one of the most popular mind mapping apps out there. Already used by more than 1.5 million people, Mind Vector embraces technology’s future by helping us get our thoughts in order. By porting traditional mind mapping tools onto mobile and web-based apps, it brings a number of features that can only be accomplished digitally.
That means things like an endless “canvas” for drawing ideas, for example, and the ability to endlessly add and remove nodes to a map. Images, links and a variety of visualization types create more ways for ideas to be documented and explored. Furthermore, by connecting its tools to the cloud, Mind Vector syncs ideas across devices and opens them to team collaboration. (Also, it’s available in nine languages.)
Mind maps let you think in three dimensions
Obviously, technology can add value to productivity tools like mind mapping. Properly applied, tech can add richness, resiliency, interactivity and shareability to information.
Mind Vector also might be the first mind mapping app to make the leap into augmented reality, thanks to Microsoft’s HoloLens platform. That could be a game-changer for this genre of application. Since location and space play such a big role in how we think and remember, translating mind maps into “physical space” adds a powerful dimension to visual thinking.
Even if you don’t have a state-of-the-art AR rig, you can still get in on these mind mapping tools and make a difference in your life and productivity today. Mind Vector is available on macOS, iOS, Apple Watch, Android and the web.