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IoT Mapped: The Emerging Landscape of Smart Things
No one really knows how many “things” there are deployed today that have IoT characteristics. IDC’s 2013 estimate was about 9.1 billion, growing to about 28 billion by 2020 and over 50 billion by 2025. You can get pretty much any other number you want, but all the estimates are very large. So what are all these IoT things doing and why are they there? Here’s our attempt to map out the IoT landscape (click to enlarge).
From http://venturebeat.com/2015/08/23/iot-mapped-the-emerging-landscape-of-smart-things/, August 27, 2015

USA: Machines Provide Accessibility but Low Turnout for Voters With Disabilities Persists
Seven years ago, New York state implemented new accessible voting systems in the election process. But the Rochester-based Center for Disability Rights remains concerned at the low number of people with disabilities making their way to the polls. The Ballot Marking Devices were introduced at each polling place. These machines provide increased opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently through the use of interfaces triggered by sound and touch. “If a person is unable to use their hands, or for some reason it’s badly damaged, you can put these on the floor and you can navigate through the session using the paddles,” says Linda Cummings, a trainer at the Board of Elections.
From http://wxxinews.org/post/watch-voting-machines-provide-accessibility-low-turnout-voters-disabilities-persists, August 26, 2015

The Future of Mobile Health: Wearables, Implantables and Electronic Health Records
Wearables, implantables and electronic health records are all top of mind for Grey Healthcare Group managing partner and chief engagement officer Erin Byrne, who sees mobile spurring profound changes in the way health and wellness are managed. Byrne spoke recently with eMarketer’s Tobi Elkin and explained why mobile is critical for managing consumer health and communications between healthcare providers and patients.
From http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Future-of-Mobile-Health-Wearables-Implantables-Electronic-Health-Records/1012881#sthash.0Ksfwf9x.dpuf, August 26, 2015

Health System, Apps Must Evolve for Mobile Health Adoption to Take Off
Technology tools continue to play an important role for patients, particularly those with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Seven in 10 people with a chronic condition went online to find information about it, according to research by the Pew Research Center. And, as the number of medical issues a person has increases, so too does their use of the Internet to gain information about their conditions.
From http://www.ihealthbeat.org/insight/2015/health-system-apps-must-evolve-for-mobile-health-adoption-to-take-off, August 26, 2015

FDA’s Focus on Patient Safety with Mobile Health Applications
The healthcare industry is focused on improving patient care and health outcomes by garnering greater patient engagement and implementing new technologies to better track medical conditions, reduce medical errors, and potentially prevent more serious or life-threatening situations. Mobile health applications and mobile devices both play a role in bringing greater patient engagement across the healthcare spectrum. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mostly regulates medical devices, mobile health applications and similar devices could affect patient safety and do play a role in patient engagement. The FDA may need to exercise more control over certain mHealth apps.
From http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/fdas-focus-on-patient-safety-with-mobile-health-applications, August 26, 2015

New Data on the Accessibility of Online Job Applications
PEAT surveyed people with disabilities nationwide who had recently applied for a job online. The results identified critical accessibility problems with typical eRecruiting practices—issues that may exclude 1 out of every 5 candidates from consideration. Based on this research, PEAT is building TalentWorks, a series of tools, resources, and leading practices to help employers leverage accessible technology to recruit and hire the best talent.
From http://www.peatworks.org/talentworks/infographic#.VdJFkh-69XM.linkedin, August 25, 2015

Hong Kong: Low-Floor Buses Set to Help People with Disabilities by 2017
Commuters in wheelchairs can expect easier bus access by 2017 when all franchised vehicles – except for some serving hilly routes on Lantau Island – will come with low floor boards and ramps, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung says. In an article posted on his official blog yesterday, Cheung said the government was committed to helping those with disabilities to integrate into the community by building a barrier-free environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/24/low-floor-buses-set-to-help-people-with-disabilities-by-2017/, August 25, 2015

India: Design School Alumnus Innovates Car for Drivers with Vision Disabilities
NID-Gandhinagar alumnus Mikhil Sonavaria has innovated a car that will help people with vision disabilities take the wheel. Called Aloka, Sonavaria’s is a semi-autonomous vehicle that gives such drivers the opportunity to become independent again. The driver is likened to a navigator, he or she knows the final destination and can decide the route while the vehicle works like a pilot and takes the rider to the destination safely. The exterior of the vehicle consists of two major components: a pod and a frame. The driver sits inside the pod and the frame suspends the pod. The suspended pod pendulates, giving the driver a physical feedback by exaggerating the motion. The car’s interior has a jog dial instead of a steering wheel.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/20/nidian-designs-car-for-drivers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 25, 2015

USA: Researchers Create Online Tool to Serve Library Users with Autism
Florida State University professors are making it easier for people with autism to use the library through an online course designed to teach librarians the challenges individuals with the disorder are facing. Nancy Everhart, professor at the School of Information, and College of Communication and Information Associate Dean of Research Juliann Woods have partnered to make library patrons with autism more successful in the library setting through Project PALS. Autism is the fastest growing disability in the United States, according to Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/24/researchers-create-online-tool-to-serve-library-users-with-autism/, August 25, 2015

India: Smart Cane Obstacle Detection System for Blind People
In 2005, Rohan Paul was at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT-Delhi) as an undergraduate. As part of a course intended to design solutions for real-life challenges, he visited the National Association for the Blind in Delhi. We heard stories of how people with blindness get hurt when out walking—abruptly hitting open windows, tree branches, or vehicles. It creates so much fear that they are reluctant to step out without assistance.
From http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2015/inventor/rohan-paul/, August 25, 2015

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