WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And #Amazon Has a Patent for It.) - #wearables are finding their way onto the shop and this is inevitable

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And #Amazon Has a Patent for It.) - #wearables are finding their way onto the shop and this is inevitable | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The e-commerce giant has won two patents for a tracking technology that can nudge a human hand in the right direction — toward a warehouse bin, say.

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WHY IT MATTERS: wearables offer the potential to help track our every move, providing a trove of information to improve health and work. Already there is proof that Apple watches can detect heart attacks. If this patent from 2016 by Amazon is built into a product and deployed, work productivity can improve as well. Of course this may have serious implications for privacy or work requirements, but we must get used to it. With robots falling in price and AI letting them do more and more human-level tasks, the future of work is bound to be measured much more closely than it is today.

 

Detailed description of the patent filing: https://www.geekwire.com/2018/amazon-wins-patents-wireless-wristbands-track-warehouse-workers/ 

Apple watch detects heart attackshttp://fmcs.digital/blog/killer-use-case-for-wearables-study-apple-watch-accurately-detects-heart-problems/ 

State of Robot industry 2017http://fmcs.digital/blog/3m-robots-in-2020-40b-industry-they-are-used-mostly-in-autophone-manufacturing-but-we-should-expect-more-industries-to-use-them-in-near-future-stats-china/ 

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This 'temporary tattoo' could totally change #healthcare & #wearables

This 'temporary tattoo' could totally change #healthcare & #wearables | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Scientists developed a stretchable electronic sensor that looks like a temporary tattoo.
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Digital transformation often starts with innovative new technologies. This technologies has been in development for many years and thus we should keep them on our radars for when they spring out of the lab as commercial products. Not just yet though but keep that in mind when strategic plans are being drawn...

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Un tatouage temporaire scientifique !

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Weekend read: 350 slides Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report - eCommerce is killing traditional retail #1

Weekend read: 350 slides Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report - eCommerce is killing traditional retail #1 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The most anticipated slide deck of the year is here. Key takeaways:

  • Global smartphone growth is slowing: Smartphone shipments grew 3 percent year over year last year, versus 10 percent the year before. This is in addition to continued slowing internet growth, which Meeker discussed last year.
  • Voice is beginning to replace typing in online queries. Twenty percent of mobile queries were made via voice in 2016, while accuracy is now about 95 percent.
  • In 10 years, Netflix went from 0 to more than 30 percent of home entertainment revenue in the U.S. This is happening while TV viewership continues to decline.
  • Entrepreneurs are often fans of gaming, Meeker said, quoting Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman and Mark Zuckerberg. Global interactive gaming is becoming mainstream, with 2.6 billion gamers in 2017 versus 100 million in 1995. Global gaming revenue is estimated to be around $100 billion in 2016, and China is now the top market for interactive gaming.
  • China remains a fascinating market, with huge growth in mobile services and payments and services like on-demand bike sharing. (More here: The highlights of Meeker's China slides.)
  • While internet growth is slowing globally, that’s not the case in India, the fastest growing large economy. The number of internet users in India grew more than 28 percent in 2016. That’s only 27 percent online penetration, which means there’s lots of room for internet usership to grow. Mobile internet usage is growing as the cost of bandwidth declines. (More here: The highlights of Meeker's India slides.)
  • In the U.S. in 2016, 60 percent of the most highly valued tech companies were founded by first- or second-generation Americans and are responsible for 1.5 million employees. Those companies include tech titans Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook.
  • Healthcare: Wearables are gaining adoption with about 25 percent of Americans owning one, up 12 percent from 2016. Leading tech brands are well-positioned in the digital health market, with 60 percent of consumers willing to share their health data with the likes of Google in 2016.
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This is an annual bag of goodies.

Highlight #1: retail stores are closing at record pace while Amazon opens stores. This is such a huge trend because it transforms stores from a mini-warehouse into something else: a destination for experience, service, and training. Think Apple store with the highest sales per square foot, genius bar, classes and a showroom. Amazon has pushed its Amazon GO, no lines, no registers concept and it is rolling it out slowly. This is just the beginning...

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We are the product: Using #wearables + #BigData to predict heart disease

We are the product: Using #wearables + #BigData to predict heart disease | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This study plans to gather more data about heart health from more people than any research study has done before. We'll use it to develop strategies to prevent and treat all aspects of heart disease. It's as simple as that.

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The study behind the recent assessment that Apple watch can be used to predict heart disease. The future of wearable device is health and wellness related.

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Killer use case for #wearables? Study: Apple Watch accurately detects heart problems

Killer use case for #wearables? Study: Apple Watch accurately detects heart problems | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
A study published today suggests your Apple Watch could help detect and track serious heart conditions. According to CNET, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco worked with the app Cardiogram on the Health eHeart study, gathering cardiovascular data from 6,158 people who used Apple Watches. They tested whether the watches were able to …
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Wearables are struggling to find their usefulness. I've been saying from the start that their killer app is with everything related to sensors. This appears to be truer than ever with news like this...

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The Final Frontier In Virtual Reality? Hacking Your Muscles

The Final Frontier In Virtual Reality? Hacking Your Muscles | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Tiny bursts of electrical stimulation could help users feel walls and spaces in VR. Lopes and his team found that they could use the wearer’s own muscles against them, artificially creating a counter force, or the feeling of resistance to a physical object, by triggering the opposing muscles. The same setup can also enable the wearer to “hold” a large cube in virtual reality or press a virtual button–while using only a small wearable device hooked up to electrodes that are stuck to the user’s skin.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

There is much work being done on improving sensors to place them on watches and other wearables to measure what humans feel and how they react to real life situations. The next logical step is of course for digital systems to modify human behavior. This is a very young field of research along with exoskeletons and other devices. But it can have a huge impact to make AR, VR, healtcare and fitness applications possible.

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DeepMind is building a blockchain-style system to track healthcare records to bring back #privacy

DeepMind is building a blockchain-style system to track healthcare records to bring back #privacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Alphabet’s artificial intelligence outfit, DeepMind, plans to build a blockchain-style system that will carefully track how every shred of patient data is used. The company, which is rapidly expanding its health-care initiatives, has announced that it will build a tool that it calls Verifiable Data Audit during the course of this year. The idea: allow hospitals, and potentially even patients, to see exactly who is using health-care records, and for what purpose. By logging how every piece of patient data is used, the company hopes to leave behind an indelible audit trail.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

For everyone concerned about privacy in the digital world, the mega digital record would provide visibility into what is currently a completely opaque process. But far more reaching is the possibility to extend this audit trail to all our personal data. 

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Verily’s health research watch is super discreet but knows everything about you #wearables #sensors

Verily’s health research watch is super discreet but knows everything about you #wearables #sensors | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The watch collects your heart rate and rhythms, but it only tells you the time and date.
Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Wearables have had difficulty in recent months to provide strong selling arguments for their devices - which in my opinion are very often nothing more than very expensive watches. That being said, wearables killer use case may lie in the inclusion of sensors to track your every moves and measure your bodily functions, from heart rate to skin conductivity to blood glucose levels. 

 

Also read:

- top 5 wearable vendors: http://sco.lt/6QYZ73

- Apple wearable sensor network: http://sco.lt/96ftkP

- gyms now leverage wearables: http://sco.lt/68ynsv 

- wearables to keep us fit: http://sco.lt/58eRBx 

- fitbit for multiple sclerosis: http://sco.lt/8SsH5t

- wireless smart headphones: http://sco.lt/5NXCdt 

- ingestible sensors: http://sco.lt/83A1JZ 

- apple watch sensors (2013): http://sco.lt/8KKBWb 

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#Wearables Aren't Dead, They're Just Shifting Focus as the Market Grows 16.9% in 4Q2016 via @IDC 

#Wearables Aren't Dead, They're Just Shifting Focus as the Market Grows 16.9% in 4Q2016 via @IDC  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The worldwide wearables market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), growing 16.9% year over year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the market and previous champions refreshed their product lineups. The year came to a close with 102.4 million devices shipped.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Wearablesbubble has burst in recent months, when the hype of Apple watch has died down. But this technology remains important but still looking for the killer app, better battery life and lower price point. Expect this to reappear within a few year with, possible a low cost device with lots of sensors and a battery life of many days.

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Fitbit Activity Index & Fitbit Science are examples of #wearables #BigData insights 

Fitbit Activity  Index & Fitbit Science are examples of #wearables #BigData insights  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Explore the fitness and workout trends of Fitbit users, and get exercise advice from the experts in this comprehensive, interactive infographic. At Fitbit, we geek out about workouts. Feast your fitness-loving eyes on the first ever Fitbit Health & Activity Index that identifies some of the most popular activities, shifts in workout trends, and ways to stay motivated.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Wearing a device such as a fitbit does something way bigger than providing you with insights: it provides a HUGE trove of data to be mined for trends and insights. I wrote about the jawbone big data analysis in the past, but recently found that fitbit has started to provide a similar service, analyzing data its millions of devices capture every day.

 

More insights:

www.fitbit.com/fitscience

fmcs.digital/?s=jawbone 

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The Power of Data As the Next Big Thing in Content Marketing @HBR 

The Power of Data As the Next Big Thing in Content Marketing @HBR  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The diminishing effectiveness of conventional advertising and the rise of social media have led more and more brands to embrace content marketing. More and more companies are seeing themselves not just as advertisers, but as publishers, launching digital newsrooms, podcasts, and other forms of branded content in order keep their brands, perspectives, and value propositions in front of customers.
Farid Mheir's insight:

I wrote about this in the past numerous times and it is great to see HBR and others recognize this important trend: companies are sitting on huge amounts of information they can use to extract meaningful information and share it with their clients and employees to attract and retain them.

 

For example, look at jawbone and how they do it

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10 urgent actions to take #today to remain in control of your digital life @fmheir #PrivacyAware 

10 urgent actions to take #today to remain in control of your digital life @fmheir #PrivacyAware  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In this post I share 10 urgent actions that must be taken immediately to manage, secure and protect your digital-moi.

Digital-moi is a unique concept that I have developed since 2013, centered on the impact that digital technologies have on our lives and the need to protect our digital self. Read more about it in this introduction post “We all have a digital twin“. This post is a complement to the conference “digital-moi.com: how to manage and protect your digital self“.

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This is Data Privacy Weekend and I recommend you take time this Sunday morning to read through the actions in this blog post and put at least once in practice right now - my recommendation is #4

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Facebook can predict when you fall in love and when your relationship starts #scary #bigData @TheAtlantic 

Facebook can predict when you fall in love and when your relationship starts #scary #bigData @TheAtlantic  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple.”
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We are just starting to scratch the surface of what we can learn when we analyze the personal data from social media. When everything is connected with Internet of things products and when we measure everything we do using wearables and quantified-self technologies, the insights will be even greater. Companies should prepare to analyze this massive data rush and us all should start to think about our information privacy more carefully...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It

INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Just about anyone who's online is in some way interacting with a Google product. Here's how Google tracks you -- and what you can do about it.

Via Peter Azzopardi
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A good overview.

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The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker 

The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Raffi Khatchadourian on Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher who asks whether inventing artificial intelligence will bring us utopia or destruction.
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Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker 

The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Raffi Khatchadourian on Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher who asks whether inventing artificial intelligence will bring us utopia or destruction.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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predictive health: Smartwatches can tell you're about to get sick days in advance 

predictive health: Smartwatches can tell you're about to get sick days in advance  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

If you're still on the fence about just how useful a smartwatch can be, a group of researchers at Stanford University have some news for you.

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Is this the first useful use case for smart watches?

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Is BabyTech the natural entry point for personal digitization? via @ces @lapresse

Is BabyTech the natural entry point for personal digitization? via @ces @lapresse | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Technology for baby monitoring, wellness improvement and other activity tracking has seen a huge number of new products at the CES show in 2017. Here is the list of finalist for best BabyTech of the show.

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Babies are inherently fragile and require attention. It is natural for parents to want to monitor and stay connected with them. Technology is the most natural way to provide solutions for parents that increasingly want to stay connected even when they are away. This has become a huge area for developments and improvements, as evidenced by the large number of startups at CES this year. Must watch for the future.

 

Also read in french: 

CES la mdoe du tout connecté pour bébés au CES 2017

http://www.lapresse.ca/techno/201701/09/01-5057758-ces-la-mode-du-tout-connecte-pour-bebe.php 

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How Amazon Go will work: a review of what we know and don't know after 7 days via @o_laborne 

How Amazon Go will work: a review of what we know and don't know after 7 days via @o_laborne  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A motion graphic showing how Amazon’s new shopping experience Amazon Go will work. Simply scan in, take what you want and “Go”.

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Below are some articles that describe AmazonGO technology in more detail, including a video animation. As you can see, we know very little and everyone is guessing at this time based on patent filing and an article from a consultant now hired by Amazon.

 

Various other articles:

 

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#RFID chips are being inserted into products but should they also be inserted in people? via @forbes @competia

#RFID chips are being inserted into products but should they also be inserted in people? via @forbes @competia | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The practical appeal of an RFID implant, in theory, is quick authentication that’s faster, cheaper and more reliable than other biometrics like thumbprints or facial scans. When the chip is hit with a radio frequency signal, it emits a unique identifier number that functions like a long, unguessable password. Implantees like Andrew imagine the ability to unclutter their pockets of keys and keycards and instead access their cars, computers, and homes with with a mere wave of the hand.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Recent announcements of fully automated, no cash register no lineups Amazon stores, have made the use of RFID chips and other digital identification techniques the topic of discussion again.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Digital transformation requires bridging the physical world with the digital one. One of the simplest way to do so is to attached radio frequency beacons (RFID chips) to products so that you can detect their presence and make inventory management and checkout faster, easier and more accurate. Pushing this idea forward of course means that humans too should be tagged to help identify them in the digital world. Not only does this open a see of useful application - unlocking doors without a key, tracking location inside a building, removing the need for password - it also raises concerns about privacy and identity management. Fun times ahead!

 

Amazon GO: http://fmcs.digital/blog/amazon-go-no-registers-no-cash-no-lines-retail-store-digital-transformation-huge-leap-forward/

Retail location tagging: http://sco.lt/6yVDqz 

Décathlon connected products and self checkout: http://www.force-ouvriere.fr/chez-decathlon-85-des-produits-sont-connectes?lang=fr 

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Top 12 Emerging #Digital #Workplace Technologies- leveraging personal digital tech with your employees 

Top 12 Emerging #Digital #Workplace Technologies- leveraging personal digital tech with your employees  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Give employees more agility by bringing these consumer technologies to work.
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A short run down on personal technologies coming our way soon.

 

WHY THISI S IMPORTANT

I've been speaking about the impact of digital technologies to transformation our personal lives and the opportunities this brings to business for a while in my "me.com" and "we.com" conferences (http://fmcs.digital/conferences). Looks like there is even more to it than originally I anticipated with the convergence of InternetOfThings, AI, BigData, and wearables. Your employees in the future will be even more connected and digital and companies should take notice and leverage it to 1) improve productivity 2) support work-life-wellness balance 3) tap the social networks to their benefits (ie. social recruiting).

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Why The Human Body Will Be The Next Computer Interface via @Wuxia

Why The Human Body Will Be The Next Computer Interface via @Wuxia | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Think about this scenario: You see someone at a party you like; his social profile is immediately projected onto your retina—great, a 92% match. By staring at him for two seconds, you trigger a pairing protocol. He knows you want to pair, because you are now glowing slightly red in his retina screen. Then you slide your tongue over your left incisor and press gently. This makes his left incisor tingle slightly. He responds by touching it. The pairing protocol is completed.
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A very good review of the human computer interfaces and what the future may hold for us.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We cannot hold a mouse and keyboard in our hands to interact with physical world objects that have been digitized. Think of a warehouse employee that needs to interact with an automated shelves to fetch a specific product. Today we would use buttons on a mobile phone touchscreen. But would it not be simpler if we could simply interact with the shelves itself in ways that our body would recognize, then send appropriate commands to the devices we interact with? 

 

In the article, the far fetched story about the couple in a bar may not be very realistic but it provides some very useful insights about how to leverage our bodies to do things we cannot with our devices today, for privacy reasons for example. Very interesting.

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Arduino unleashes a serious #InternetofThings #IoT system for hardware hackers- Mindstorms on steroids? via @Wuxia

Arduino unleashes a serious #InternetofThings #IoT system for hardware hackers- Mindstorms on steroids? via @Wuxia | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Now anyone can make cool hardware and, thanks to Arduino, it is easier than ever to connect your devices to the Internet and take in data from the outside world. The ESLOV IoT Invention Kit is an official Arduino product that adds Internet of Things capabilities to your hardware products. Trying to build a connected fridge to beat Samsung? Go for it with the ESLOV. Want to knock Sony off its perch? Try popping an ESLOV unit onto your Arduino board and take on major manufacturers from your living room.

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Describes a new set of hardware components to build IoT solutions.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

It is with hardware devices like these that the penetration of digital in our daily lives will grow. In recent years, we've seen Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other hardware toolkits that simplify the prototyping and innovation to move the web, sensors, cameras, and other digital devices that bridge the real world with virtual one.

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Apple Invents a Major Wearable Sensors Network for Total Next-Gen Workouts

Apple Invents a Major Wearable Sensors Network for Total Next-Gen Workouts | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals wearable sensors and, more specifically, to a network of wearable sensors for recognizing and tracking movements and exercises. Instead of limiting athletic sensors to running shoes for joggers, the new sensor system will expand and support sensors that could be worn by athletes of all levels to measure important workout data related to floor exercises, weigh
Farid Mheir's insight:

Apple has filed a patent that describes a network to link to the various electronic devices we wear.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Our body will soon become the center of a digital network, connecting the devices and sensors we wear but also I assume the ones we will have implanted in our heart, brain, muscles, etc. Much like the enterprise and the car have needed a network to enable and make communications seamless, this has the same potential.

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The Legal Perspective on Wellness Programs

The Legal Perspective on Wellness Programs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Recent ADA-related challenges raise questions over corporate initiatives designed to improve employees’ health.
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Excellent paper examines the legal issues that companies can face when implementing voluntary or mandatory wellness programs in their organizations. Goes further by suggesting ways to prevent litigation.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We wear all kind of devices that track our behaviour and can help us get in shape and improve our well being. The more these devices become accessible and cheap and the more companies realize that they benefit from having healthy employees, the more we will see a pressure to include such devices and services. Questions and solutions raised here should thus be part of every digital strategic plan.

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