A Third of Wearables to Become Invisible by 2017
Analyst firm, Gartner, is predicting that by 2017 30% of wearable technology will become invisible to the eye. For wearables to succeed they need to be a combination of three things. 1. Useful. 2. Fashionable and/or 3. Invisible. Gartner is predicting that 30% of them will be “unobtrusive to the naked eye” in two years’ time. In a recent press release, Annette Zimmermann, a research director at the firm is quoted as saying, “Already, there are some interesting developments at the prototype stage that could pave the way for consumer wearables to blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Smart contact lenses are one type in development. Another interesting wearable that is emerging is smart jewelry.
From http://bionicly.com/wearables-become-invisibles-2017/, February 11, 2015
Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently
If you work in the tech industry, it’s easy to forget that older people exist. Most tech workers are really young, so it’s easy to see why most technology is designed for young people. But consider this: By 2030, around 19% of people in the US will be over 65. Doesn’t sound like a lot? Well it happens to be about the same number of people in the US who own an iPhone today. Which of these two groups do you think Silicon Valley spends more time thinking about?
From http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/02/05/designing-digital-technology-for-the-elderly/, February 10, 2015
Australian First Employment Model for People with Autism
In an Australian-first 11 people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have begun traineeships designed to harness their unique abilities at the Department of Human Services in Adelaide. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne together with representatives from Specialist People Foundation and HP Australia visited the Department of Human Services ICT Hub in Adelaide to meet the new trainees as they begin their new careers.
From http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/media-release-australian-first-employment-model-people-autism/22890/pressrelease/, February 10, 2015
Data, Mobility, Consumer Engagement to Dominate ICT Sector in 2015
Overall, the ASEAN business landscape—including the Philippines—continue to evolve under the explosion of data, the rise of mobility, and the increasing sophistication of consumers. As businesses become more people-centric in the last 12 months, we have seen more businesses embark on transformational IT projects to provide social, mobile, and cloud self-service capabilities that are designed to better engage their customers and employees for improved satisfaction and increased productivity.
From http://www.mb.com.ph/data-mobility-consumer-engagement-to-dominate-ict-sector-in-2015/, February 10, 2015
APAC City Governments Will Kickstart Pervasive Adoption of IoT in 2015: IDC
IDC Government Insights predicts that several regional authorities will develop new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as 3rd platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility and social business); for Smart City programs; and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors leading to the eventual construct of Internet of Things (IoT) landscapes.
From http://www.firstpost.com/business/apac-city-governments-will-kickstart-pervasive-adoption-iot-2015-idc-2087657.html, February 10, 2015
FCC Extends Waiver of Disability Access Requirements for Basic E-readers
The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) granted a distinct and narrow class of e-readers a one year extension [CG Docket No. 10-213], waiving their compliance requirements for the advanced communications services (ACS) accessibility rules. Though capable of accessing ACS, the specified e-readers are designed primarily for reading text-based digital works and will not have to comply with ACS rules until January 28, 2016.
From http://www.commlawmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/512/2015/01/E-Reader-Waiver-Extension-Order-DA-15-117.pdf, February 10, 2015
Mobile Tech Combines Key Components for Special Education Success
In the last decade and a half, extraordinary measures have been taken to improve the identification, diagnosing, and treatment of students with learning disabilities (LD), including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. Educators have gotten better at catching signs of LD in students earlier, and new technologies, strategies, and programs have helped to ensure that students with LD get the help they need. Today, LD is the largest category of students receiving special education services, according to the National Center of Learning Disabilities.
From http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/going-mobile-utilizing-mobile-technology-in-special-education#ixzz3RK76k6mb, February 10, 2015
Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C-WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile
This document, “Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C-WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile” describes how the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 [WCAG20] and its principles, guidelines, and success criteria can be applied to mobile web content, mobile web apps, native apps, and hybrid apps using web components inside native apps. It provides informative guidance, but does not set requirements. It also highlights the relevance of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 [UAAG20] in the mobile context. This document is intended to become a Working Group Note and is part of a series of technical and educational documents published by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
From http://w3c.github.io/Mobile-A11y-TF-Note/, February 07, 2015
Apple Leads the IoT Revolution - Will Be a Long-Term Winner
Apple is actually leading another new marketplace development that may well be bigger than any previous market development (digital music, smartphones, tablets), and which could well send its value much, much higher. This new market success revolves around developers, beacons, consumers, retailers and payments. Just like we didn’t know we wanted an iPod until we saw one, or an iPhone, new solutions that exploit the Internet of Things (IoT) is where Apple is again leading the creation of new products and markets.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2015/02/06/apple-leads-the-iot-revolution-will-be-a-long-term-winner/, February 07, 2015
Bat-inspired Technology Helps the Visually Impaired
Students at Wake Forest University are working on a device to help the blind. They're using bats as a model. The device, like bats, uses echo location to determine the proximity of objects. A sensor in the wristband vibrates as the person wearing it approaches an obstacle. The closer they get, the faster the vibration.
From http://www.wkow.com/story/28040282/2015/02/06/bat-inspired-technology-helps-the-visually-impaired, February 07, 2015