The designers at Control Group--have been hired by New York’s MTA to bring a plan for bringing a networked, touch-screen system to their subways. Starting this year, 90 touch-screen kiosks will make their way to thoroughfares like Grand Central Station and hip stops like Bedford Avenue. Together, they’ll make a beta network for 2 million commuters and tourists a day.
Each kiosk is a 47-inch touch screen, encapsulated in stainless steel, with an operational temperature up to 200 degrees. They’ll be placed, mostly in pairs, outside pay areas, inside mezzanines and even right on train platforms. Control Group has skinned the hardware with a simple front end and an analytics-heavy backend. And the platform will even support third-party apps approved by the MTA.
At launch, the screens will feature all sorts of content, like delays, outages, and, of course, ads (which bring in $100 million in revenue for the MTA each year, but mostly in paper signage). Yet its most powerful interaction for many will likely be its map, which features a one-tap navigation system.
You look at the map, you tap your intended destination, and the map will draw your route, including any transfers along the way. It’s an interface that puts Google Maps to shame.
Electrical engineers at Oregon State University have developed new technology to monitor medical vital signs, with sophisticated sensors so small and cheap they could fit onto a bandage, be manufactured in high volumes and cost less than a quarter. A patent is being processed for the monitoring system and it’s now ready for clinical trials, researchers say. When commercialized, it could be used as a disposable electronic sensor, with many potential applications due to its powerful performance, small size, and low cost.
Heart monitoring is one obvious candidate, since the system could gather data on some components of an EKG, such as pulse rate and atrial fibrillation. Its ability to measure EEG brain signals could find use in nursing care for patients with dementia, and recordings of physical activity could improve weight loss programs. Measurements of perspiration and temperature could provide data on infection or disease onset. And of course, if you can measure pulse rate and skin responses, why not a lie detector?
“Current technology allows you to measure these body signals using bulky, power-consuming, costly instruments,” said Patrick Chiang, an associate professor in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “What we’ve enabled is the integration of these large components onto a single microchip, achieving significant improvements in power consumption,” Chiang said. “We can now make important biomedical measurements more portable, routine, convenient and affordable than ever before.”
The much higher cost and larger size of conventional body data monitoring precludes many possible uses, Chiang said. Compared to other technologies, the new system-on-a-chip cuts the size, weight, power consumption and cost by about 10 times. Some of the existing technologies that would compete with this system, such as pedometers currently in use to measure physical activity, cost $100 or more. The new electronics developed at OSU, by comparison, are about the size and thickness of a postage stamp, and could easily just be taped over the heart or at other body locations to measure vital signs.
Part of what enables this small size, Chiang said, is that the system doesn’t have a battery. It harvests the sparse radio-frequency energy from a nearby device – in this case, a cell phone. The small smart phone carried by hundreds of millions of people around the world can now provide the energy for important biomedical monitoring at the same time.
We are all thankful to social sites which has made all of us so interlaced, from finding old school mates to sharing day to day stories it has made us so addicted, more than alcohol and smoking.
Smart-devices have given us a rich experience of social networking they have completely revolutionized the accessibility of social networks. Social media marketers are also push to take internet mobile, Smartphone was the most preferred phone for advertisers in Q3 2012 with 75% campaigns.
And, a recent report in India says that accessing social networking sites is considered to be the main internet activities on mobile devices.
But don’t you agree that we somewhere have hiccups or cut backs in presenting ourselves the way we are and the reason could be our friends circle itself. Did you ever know this can even cause a negative effect on our psyches?
An infographic from Ligo Electronics says that 66% of respondents have trouble sleeping after using social networking sites.
Some interesting fact and stats about the effects of social media.
Could just be assumptions and made up if not for the references, worth investigating further for more accuracy.
Social media was a big step in extroversion and news, however it was a plummet in personal privacy. The integration of social media into everything is convenient, yes, but it leads one to believe using it to be mandatory to have because of all the disadvantages compared to using it.
Aside from privacy, the addiction to social media is extremely evident in the younger generation and often leads to online arguments, befriending complete strangers or even identity frauds.
Ah, wearable computing. Whether it's geeky wristbands you can wear in the shower or the Seattle bar that's already banned Google Glass, the discussions and ideas for embedded electronics on our body are just starting to heat up.
Hardly informative beyond a story to entertain, very shallow article.
According to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), law enforcement will be even further militarized through the use of hundreds of military robots acquired by the Department of Defense over the past decade.
A somewhat biased article, and unreliable as a source because of the website itself.
Again, military robots allow soldiers to replace themselves in the field and do dangerous jobs.
Surgical robots have the potential to be more accurate and precise than the dexterity of a human, however it is limited only to what the machine is capable of. It would also require precise calibration if its to perform surgery on humans.
If this were to be developed further than it could allow trained professionals to do jobs remotely or possibly even have the machine entirely automated.
Healio Experts endorse virtual reality for PTSD treatment Healio Some leading experts on posttraumatic stress disorder are advocating the use of virtual reality as an effective treatment option for the disorder.
A more practical use of VR technology outside of videogames, simulations that allow people to experience real situations without the fear of physical danger.
In this case, it allows those who suffer from PTSD to gradually come to terms with their disorder and return to a regular life. Combined with the simulation and professional on-hand to talk them through it while they experience it, greatly improves the treatment.
If things continue like this, VR has the potentential to find use in other areas.
A research group lead by Professor Tachi at Keio University in Japan is currently working on one of the first incarnations of an avatar that incorporates some pretty cool virtual robotics technology. By slipping on a pair of virtual reality gloves and a helmet, you would be able to control and see the world through your avatar’s eyes. The concept behind this virtual robotics technology is really called Telexistence, and it allows us to control a real avatar robot.
A step up from remote controlled robots doing dangerous jobs, saving potential lives. This could allow for more dextrous and accurate controls without the remote-control middleman and instead with direct input.
If these were to make it into society then it could vastly change the structure of things, with work being done without even leaving the home.
More than 6 billion people worldwide (including almost 400 million in the United States) now carry mobile phones, which could be used to enhance mental and physical health, aCornell researcher proposed. Phones can give owners important information about their environment, offer advice and reminders to encourage healthy behavior and supply mountains of data to researchers, said Deborah Estrin, professor of computer science at Cornell NYC Tech in New York City. Estrin outlined her vision for "mobile health" in the presentation "Transforming Health Care Through Mobile Platforms," part of the symposium Smart Phones, Smart Devices, Social Networks, and Smart Health Care, at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. The symposium, chaired by Google vice president Vinton Cerf, explored how emerging "net-centric societies" will transform the health care landscape. "We can leverage the power and ubiquity of mobile and cloud technologies to assist individuals, clinicians and researchers in monitoring and managing symptoms, side effects and treatment outside the clinical setting; and to address the lifestyle factors that can bring on or exacerbate health conditions," Estrin said. Health-enhancing applications of mobile devices might include diet and exercise tracking, medication reminders, monitoring of social and environmental stress and the formation of online support groups. As examples, Estrin cites PTSD Coach, developed by the Department of Defense and the Veteran's Administration to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms; mobile reporting from a diabetic's glucose meter; and the Fitbit wireless activity tracker.
Medicine grows alongside technology as it allows for things not before possible. In this case, smartphones and devices could allow professionals to access libraries of information easily and on the go.
In the next decade, perhaps more mobile medical devices may be developed to do analysis outside the med-centre or even for citizens to get an accurate diagnosis from their homes.
Google glasses will make us all agents for Google. Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch, says the implications for privacy are profoundly worrying. In the online world - for now, at least - it's the advertisers that make the ...
Raises concerns about privacy, even moreso in such a company as Google. GPS tracking, photographic data, online roaming data and many others gives access to information about users and possibly non-purchasers as bystanders are recorded with the gadget.
This particular article is lacking but focuses on the disadvatages of such a device.
Toronto-based InteraXon CEO, Ariel Garten, took the Engadget Expand stage recently wearing a baby blue headband and as she sat (RT @techvibes: Wearable Sensor-monitoring Technology Could Change Preventative Medicine Forever
Useful in theory, however it adds to the dwindling privacy left in current times.
Data collected could be used without user knowledge in unimaginable ways.
Ten years ago at the close of the 20th century, people the world over were obsessing about the millennium bug - an unanticipated glitch arising from an earlier technology. I wonder how clear it was then that, despite this storm in what turned out...
Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 25.
Mobile devices and Data Storage are main focus, somewhat detailed.