"...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. "
In just two weeks, the province of British Columbia will be launching the new BC Services Card. If you haven’t already heard about the new province-wide identity management initiative, it’s not your fault; the government only began its public relations campaign for the Services Card initiative six weeks before the card was set to hit wallets and hospitals across the province.
The iGlasses™ Ultrasonic Mobility Aid is a head-mounted device which enables more informed, confident, and efficient pedestrian travel. Objects in your path are detected by the ultrasonic sensors and communicated via gentle vibrations. As obstacles get nearer the frequency of the vibration will increase. The device is intended as a secondary mobility device to complement the traditional long cane or guide dog.
“I think millions of people will be doing this in 10 years,’’ Jacobs said. “It sounds far-fetched, but Google glasses are coming out, and there are advantages. I think once the technology becomes easier and you can just slip on the glasses, I am going to go back to doing it because it’s really an interesting way to live.’’
Father of four children and yes I admit I've been married three times. What I object to is not the offer, rather the visual pollution that this has increasingly across what should / could be professional profiles on the web.
Logged in or out I still see the same pollution.
Is our data on the web safe from such collusion? Is web 3.0 truly (and hopefully) going to be able to augmediate (for a price) out this rubbish even if the providers seeks revenue from even our profile space? Are we entering a smartworld or will its information rich pay the price for the wants and desires of the deprived few.
It surprises me that (and I'll happily stand corrected) that the Singularity Hub is on it's knees trying to survive and grabbing any adware opportunities that arise. What next ?
Gun toting zombies?
[...In practice, total-capture systems have been used by only a small number of people (often those with direct investment in the technology), and lifelogging infrastructures [11, 12] are not in widespread use.
While Gordon Bell of Microsoft  and Steve Mann of the University of Toronto  have both “lived the vision” by recording many aspects of their everyday lives, they are unusual in the extreme extent of their engagement with lifelogging. Otherwise, there are few instances of full-fledged use of total capture. ]
CEO Memoto AB, Sweden
Martin is the founder and CEO of Memoto, the Stockholm startup developing the world's smallest lifelogging camera. He is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist, thinker and tinkerer. The past decade was a period of transformation for him. Since both his parents passed away in cancer and his two daughters came into his life, he realized how much value there is in the small everyday moments that ties our lives together. This realization paired with his view on life that anything is possible if you put your heart into it, was the igniting spark behind Memoto.
His previous company is Twingly, which was a revolution in the European blogosphere when it launched in 2006, bridging the gap between blogs and new media and the old, thought to be dead newspapers. The social media search engine now feeds social media data to many international media monitoring companies while still being a strong democratization platform by providing newspaper readers with the in-depth conversations from the blogosphere.
Martin's mantra in life is to strive to create value rather than success. With the launch of Memoto, thousands of people are now looking forward to see how their lives will be transformed by the advent of the world's smallest lifelogging camera.
More on Memoto.
The LUMOback sensor sends gentle vibrations when you slouch backwards with your lower back, reminding you to sit or stand up straight.
Using the latest Bluetooth technology, LUMOback tracks your movements wirelessly and gives you feedback through an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad app.
What Personal Information We Collect
Your Fitbit Products work in conjunction with a user account on Fitbit.com (a "User Account"). You can also sync your data related to your Fitbit Product with various third party nutrition and fitness programs.
- When you sign up for a Fitbit User Account, you are required to provide an email address (which will be used as your login ID) and to create an account password (collectively the "Registration Information").
- If you elect to sign up for a Fitbit User Account using your Facebook credentials, you will be asked to allow Fitbit to access the basic information (including your name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends and other public information) and certain profile information (such as your birthday) associated with your Facebook account.
- In order to benefit fully from the Fitbit Products and Service, you can also add additional personal details to your User Account, such as height, weight, gender, and age. If you are using our mobile application, these details are required as part of your registration process.
- Information sent wirelessly from your Fitbit Product to the Service is stored in your Fitbit User Account.
- Information that you add manually to the Service is stored in your Fitbit User Account.
- When you elect to share data from your Fitbit User Account with others, we collect the information you provide about those individuals such as their name and email address.
Integrating technology into garments- innovation+
But one has to wonder what inventions like the "vanity ring" will actually do to people and their perception of self-worth and value in the online/offline community at large. The creator of the ring believes that once on the market, only important people will wear the ring to show off their big hit counts! He believes that no one in their right mind would show off one thousand hits on the LED display.
This reminds me of real-world trials I have done using GPS data loggers with Dr Roba Abbas. We asked participants in one field observation to keep a track of their daily movements every day for four weeks 24x7. Some of them returned their reflections indicating their lives were boring in comparison to some of their friends who clocked 10,000 waypoints + per day, as opposed to only a few hundred per day. I guess that has a lot to say for our "quantified society". New benchmarks, new stakes in the ground over what is okay or not okay, keeping up with the Jones etc. What next, insurance companies keeping a tab on us in the same way as the health and well-being sector? I can imagine the conversation now- "just wear this device and if you do 10,000 steps per day your health insurance premium will be significantly lower".
While the vanity ring cannot be updated in real-time (yet) it is reminiscent of the Baja Beach Club RFID implant that was worn by patrons. As the patron walked into the establishment in Barcelona for instance, their name would flash up in writing on a large LED display and people would immediately say "ah, there is so and so again." Here is an interview I conducted with the former IT Manager of Baja in proceedings of IEEE ISTAS10.
The ring is also reminiscent of the forearm display of TIME in the movie JUST IN TIME. See my post here.
In IN TIME the motto is "time is power", in this wearables world it seems "(Google hit) rank is power". Not that that comes as any surprise...