Business Online Accessibility Matters too for People with Disabilities
Don't think you can avoid the Americans with Disabilities Act simply because you operate an online business. Even a business with no bricks and mortar has to be aware of the needs of disabled customers. Online grocer Peapod.com recently learned that lesson. It entered a SETTLEMENT with the United States Justice Department to resolve allegations that its website violated the ADA. Peapod is an internet grocer based in Chicago. Customers can order products in a broad range of categories, including meat and seafood, deli items, prepared foods and health and beauty aids. Customers can place orders seven days a week for delivery as soon as the next day or up to two weeks in advance.
From http://abilitychicagoinfo.blogspot.in/2014/12/business-online-accessibility-matters.html?spref=tw, January 16, 2015
New August Connect Allows You to Control Your Smartlock from Anywhere
Gradually, home automation is taking its place in the market. With almost everyone carrying at least one smartphone all the time, this idea appeals to a major crowd although it has only penetrated a small portion of it at present. One of its potentials is being able to improve home security. August, is a company that presents door locks that are Android or iOS smartphone operated. However, generally, such technology depends on Bluetooth connection to function. Thus, you can only turn the switch in a limited proximity.
From http://www.doi-toshin.com/new-august-connect-allows-control-smartlock-anywhere/, January 15, 2015
Study Shows Innovative Use of Smartwatch in Diagnosis of Tremors
Researchers from the University of Calgary have demonstrated that tremors can be accurately diagnosed and assessed using a smartwatch. It’s estimated that essential tremor affects 10 million patients in the United States alone. Another 10 million patients are affected by Parkinson’s disease worldwide. Clearly, the burden of disease is large and the impact on day-to-day life for many of these patients is significant.
From http://www.imedicalapps.com/2015/01/new-study-shows-innovative-use-smartwatch-diagnosis-tremors/, January 15, 2015
Google's Translation App Will Soon Turn Speech Into Text on the Fly
Skype already manages a similar feat on Windows 8.1, and Japan's DoCoMo showed this off on phones a while back. The concept isn't entirely new, then. With that said, Google's approach may be more helpful for your tourist expeditions simply because it combines extensive cloud translation technology with an easy-to-find mobile app. And no, the automatic interpretation shouldn't pose a security risk. Google splits conversations into separate files, so spies and thieves can't easily figure out who said what.
From http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/11/google-translate-automatic-speech-to-text/, January 15, 2015
Wearable Devices as Facilitators, Not Drivers, of Health Behavior Change
Several large technology companies including Apple, Google, and Samsung are entering the expanding market of population health with the introduction of wearable devices. This technology, worn in clothing or accessories, is part of a larger movement often referred to as the “quantified self.” The notion is that by recording and reporting information about behaviors such as physical activity or sleep patterns, these devices can educate and motivate individuals toward better habits and better health. The gap between recording information and changing behavior is substantial, however, and while these devices are increasing in popularity, little evidence suggests that they are bridging that gap.
From http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2089651, January 15, 2015
Adhesive Wearables Function as Second Smarter Skin
For most users, wearables sit on the wrist as smartwatches or fitness trackers à la Jawbone or FitBit. For a dedicated few, wearable tech manifests in a pair of Google Glasses. However, in the near future, wearables will likely be worn by a much larger sector of the population in the form of adhesives that track vital signs, physical performance, and quality of life. Wrist-worn fitness trackers, however advanced, are only as good as the individuals who wear them. Trackers often report inaccurate measures as users remove them for work, outings, or sleep.
From http://www.psfk.com/2015/01/new-adhesive-wearables-skin.html, January 15, 2015
BBM Apps is Coming to Android Wearable Early This Year
Blackberry announced earlier this year that BBM apps will be available on Android Wearable devices. Thus, this will enable BBM users to communicate faster and more discreetly while on the go. On top of that, the users are able to access their BBM messages from their smartwatch without having the need to reach for their smartphones.
From http://www.doi-toshin.com/bbm-apps-coming-android-wearable-early-year/, January 14, 2015
Giving the Blind Sight Again, With a Bionic Eye
Welcome to the bionic future you've been waiting for. After decades of work, blind patients can now get a bionic eye implant that allows them to see again—with some caveats. Retinitis pigmentosa is a particularly cruel disease. The Argus II bionic eye (technical, less catchy name: the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System) is designed to bring a semblance of sight back to RP patients. In development for decades, the recently FDA-approved device consists of a pair of video camera-equipped glasses linked to a processor that converts the video signals into electrical impulses, which in turn mimic the body's nerve conduction signals.
From http://www.fastcoexist.com/3040423/giving-the-blind-sight-again-with-a-bionic-eye, January 14, 2015
IriTech Develops Iris Authorization Device That Can Capture Images Under Direct Sunlight
Iris-based identity management firm IriTech announced it has developed a new technology that can accurately capture and process iris images under direct sunlight of over 100,000 lux. IriTech claims the new iris authorization device will significantly increase iris recognition technology’s convergence with the various industries such as mobile devices, wearables and automobiles. One of the major drawbacks of iris recognition technology is the issues it encounters when attempting to capture a clean iris image under direct sunlight.
From http://www.biometricupdate.com/201501/iritech-develops-iris-authorization-device-that-can-capture-images-under-direct-sunlight, January 14, 2015
Google's Project Ara is Finally Coming Out With its Modular Smartphones
Project Ara, Google's effort to bring to life a modular phone that you put together like Lego bricks, is coming to Puerto Rico in a pilot later this year. At its second Project Ara Developer Conference on Google’s campus in Mountain View today, Project Ara director Paul Eremenko discussed Google’s go-to-market plans.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2015/01/14/googles-project-ara-is-finally-coming-out-with-its-modular-smartphones-in-puerto-rico/?utm_campaign=ForbesTech&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_channel=Technology&linkId=11725153, January 14, 2015