"....the development of radically new ICT: new supercomputing technologies to federate and manage the data, to integrate it in computer models and simulations of the brain, to identify patterns and organisational principles that only appear when the data is put together, and to identify gaps to be filled by new experiments."
"...People willing to build a 1 mile, door to door, drone delivery system based on an emerging number of open standards. They'll find a reason to make it valuable. It will scratch their itch in a way no other system could. "
.....of the present.
Now.....what will the classroom of the future look like?
"...The research landscape is fast changing, presenting challenges for researchers in the domains of the veillances and associated social computing as they move to a model of open access and reuse of data.
This paper identifies how legal capacity, technical expertise, research capability and strategic policy enables re-use of research data in the domains of the veillances and associated social computing. Identity awareness addresses the required connectivity between research data and other elements in research ecosystems in order to make the data available and reusable beyond the initial research.
These connections include relations between the data, researchers, publications and research grants. In this paper correlations are drawn between veillances, social computing and best practice principles of identity awareness of research data in the domain of eScience.
A number of dataset cases articulate the challenges that face researchers as they seek to expose data created as a result of veillance or social computing research activities.
Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing like shoes or a jacket. The benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools, devices, power needs, and connectivity within a user’s everyday life and movements. Google's Project Glass features one of the most talked about current examples — the device resembles a pair of glasses but with a single lens. A user can see information about their surroundings displayed in front of them, such as the names of friends who are in close proximity, or nearby places to access data that would be relevant to a research project. Wearable technology is still very new, but one can easily imagine accessories such as gloves that enhance the user’s ability to feel or control something they are not directly touching. Wearable technology already in the market includes clothing that charges batteries via decorative solar cells, allows interactions with a user’s devices via sewn-in controls or touch pads, or collects data on a person's exercise regimen from sensors embedded in the heels of their shoes.
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Last April, Google announced Project Glass. Its goal is to build a wearable computer that records your perspective of the world and unobtrusively delivers information to you through a head-up display. With Glass, not only might I share fleeting moments with the people I love, I’d eventually be able to search my external visual memory to find my misplaced car keys. Sadly, there is no release date yet. A developer edition is planned for early this year at the disagreeable price of US $1500, for what is probably going to be an unfinished product. The final version isn’t due until 2014 at the earliestRead More
Susan N. Herman
President of the ACLU
Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.
Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly and other publications, ranging from law reviews and books to periodicals and on-line publications. Recent publications include two books, TERRORISM, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW: NATIONAL AUTHORITY AND LOCAL AUTONOMY IN THE WAR ON TERROR, editor and co-author, with Paul Finkelman (Praeger Security International 2008) and THE RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL (Praeger 2006) (part of a series on the Constitution), and law review articles including The USA PATRIOT Act and the Submajoritarian Fourth Amendment, 41 HARV. CIV. RTS.-CIV. LIB. L. REV. 67 (2006).
Herman has discussed constitutional law issues on radio, including a variety of NPR shows; on television, including programs on PBS, CSPAN, NBC, MSNBC and a series of appearances on the Today in New York show; and in print media including Newsday and the New York Times. In addition, she has been a frequent speaker at academic conferences and continuing legal education events organized by groups such as the Federal Judicial Center, and the American Bar Association, lecturing and conducting workshops for various groups of judges and lawyers, and at non-legal events, including speeches at the U.S. Army War College and many other schools. She has also participated in Supreme Court litigation, writing and collaborating on amicus curiae briefs for the ACLU on a range of constitutional criminal procedure issues, and conducting Supreme Court moot courts, and in some federal lobbying efforts.
Herman received a B.A. from Barnard College as a philosophy major, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Note and Comment Editor on the N.Y.U. Law Review. Before entering teaching, Professor Herman was Pro Se Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Staff Attorney and then Associate Director of Prisoners' Legal Services of New York.
For the last 5 years or so Streamfolio Pty Ltd. has investigated body worn cameras or PoV technology specifically for use educational organisation & workplace training training contexts.
Geoff Lubich, Products Manager is poised to demonstrate these technologies with Murdoch University in Western Australia. Geoff has fundamentally championed the use of these technologies in an educational context long before it became even a novelty to trial as part of government funded initiatives.
Streamfolio has supplied PoV cameras to many of Australia's leading universities and vocational training centres, government and private and conducted events such as AUPOV09 to bring together cross-sector findings and provide a private video portfolio for sharing media.
Quite recently I purchased a pair of Pivothead PoV glasses for a trial in the everyday context with a mindfulness of critically analysing how these might suit the educational setting taking into account the following. What I have presented here is my first findings of the Recon Conceal Pivothead glasses.
* Note: The following trial was made possible by Streamfolio Pty Ltd and should not be viewed or understood to be a product endorsement
- HD video 1080p @ 30 fps / 720p @ 60fps / 720p @ 30fps
- 8MP Sony CMOS Image Sensor for shockingly crisp still images
- Auto, Continuous, Fixed, and Macro Focus Settings
- Auto Scene Adjustment
- 2GB SDRAM
- Wind-resistant audio recording
- Up to 16-shot rapid burst still photos
- Time lapse burst still shots at various intervals
- 8GB internal memory capacity
- 75 Degree Field Of View, no “fish eye” image distortion
- Micro USB 2.0 works with Mac and PC
- Multiple pre-set video and camera modes include Active, Sports, Spectator, Social“Hands On” and more
- IOS (Android Coming soon) compatible Smartphone App to easily view, clip and share
- Black and White video and stills options
Firstly, the web presence for Pivothead is professional and seamless. Example videos are present and there are many differing device types to choose from.
Delivery was punctual with great followup correspondence.
I opened the pack to find the device brilliantly packed and protected. All instructions were grammatically correct and there is a Warranty on all products as well as extensive help notes to learn how to use the many features of the device.
After preparing the device and powering up I noted only one issue with the expandable nose bridge settings, otherwise very comfortable to wear. Form factor is still bulky but materials seem sound in the manufacturing pick-apart.
That bulky form factor is possibly one of the most dissuading findings of this product apart from major inclusions missing that I've noted below.
Wearing the Pivotheads seemed inconspicuous to others I encountered publicly on my walk....within reason. I didn't actively engage with anyone so it is merely an observational overview.
Audio recording was clear for me the wearer and understandably less clear from Susannah Sabine, ANDS colleague in conversation mode whilst we walked together.
No noticeable flaring in the video nor undue wind noise. I had everything set to auto settings 1080p @30fps and was very happy to note the clarity and focus of the resultant video that was recorded.
Recording came in at 3.2 Gb for a 23 minute video. Whopping but understandable.....change the settings to get differing results.
Key things required to take these to the next level which I think Pivothead with a few minor and one major changes noted can achieve;
Major changes - future build feature inclusion considerations;
- the form factor ( side of frames & overall weight ) need to significantly reduce in order for these to be more seamlessly applied in settings where the wearer is likely to be conscious of interacting in the presence of others;
- camera angle MUST be a number of degrees lower horizontally to accomodate for where and what an individual is doing with their hands. Less sky, more hands. Critical if these are to be of any value for demonstration purposes, assessment or other activities that require the wearer to be engaging with equipment etc.;
- GPS capability in addition to time stamping also critical;
- open and accessible software ecology for ease of hacking
Minor changes - ideal things that would benefit these in an education and training context;
- material type; I'd pay $1000 for a pair of robust, rated lens, brushed aluminium glasses build in at most three welded components given they need to be hinged (sealed) without any other noticeable construction points;
- one bag kit; all parts in robust plastic camera case including power supply;
- upload portal - unlimited storage, private share capacity, pay-per-view possibilities;
- networked enriched support - 24 hour portal of examples;
- ability to expand memory;
- RFID operations lock;
We live in an ideal world.
We are nearing beyond prototype yet we are still a way off making these PoVs beyond just interesting to desirable. I compare these to the change in the production lines of cars when they transitioned from black to colour paint.
With domestic production we have of course restrictions on scale, weight, form factor, included attributes governed by cost and production inclusions within standard scope. I totally acknowledge the huge amount of work that has gone into producing these to the
Rating - 7.0 out of 10 even not having yet put them through their full paces.
Keen to trial other BWV or PoV wearables that meet the ideals I've painted above. as we scope where these technologies impact upon education and training resource creation and collation.
Further examples will be loaded to the same YouTube channel shortly.
A US federal judge has dismissed a Texas girl's objection to locator chips in student ID badges at a public high school in a case that raises concerns about the erosion of privacy and civil liberties.
Andrea Hernandez, 15, and her father told school officials they oppose the use of locator chips on religious grounds.
Because the technology is easy to acquire, it is vulnerable to hacking, which could allow someone outside the school to monitor a student's off-campus whereabouts.Dotty Griffith, American Civil Liberties Union
Officials at San Antonio's Northside school district said they were willing to give her a chipless badge, but warned the straight-A student she would be expelled from her prestigious selective-enrolment school if she did not wear it.