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Transformative Computing

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog, tech, trends

Increased rates of digitization are leading to tech design changes that enable dynamic customization of the user experience. Take for example SwiftKey, an Android app that replaces the default Android keyboard on your device. Swiftkey learns not only what you say and how you say it (including across multiple communication channels like SMS, email, or Twitter), but also the physical way in which you say it. Always hitting the wrong key? SwiftKey will reshape the keys to improve the accuracy of your typing. As Ben Medlock, SwiftKey's cofounder and CTO put it, "A new range of tools are...

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The Impact of the Digital Age on Radio Listening

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Blog, tech, trends

A couple of days ago the Wall Street Journal reported terrestrial radio is playing fewer hit songs more frequently (see Radio's Answer to Spotify? Less Variety) driven by research showing that "listeners tend to stay tuned when they hear a familiar song, and tune out when they hear music they don't recognize." In the same article, the WSJ reports Mediabase data showing "the top 10 songs last year were played close to twice as much on the radio than they were 10 years ago." This in contradiction to the fact that terrestrial radio remains the most frequent source of music in the U.S. and still...

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Combining Complex Systems

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Blog, tech, trends

Sensors are combining with sensor to create sensor arrays. These sensor arrays are combining with computing power to solve complex problems and create complex systems.  The next big step is to combine these complex systems across a wider user experience. This is happening in a real and measurable way in many places, but especially inside the vehicle. Ultimately, this is how we'll end up with fully autonomous vehicles - complex systems will combine with a large number of complex systems across the entire vehicle experience. All of this will happen through starts and fits.  Hybrid periods I...

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This Week in Sensors

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Blog, tech, trends

Implications of the coming of biometric wave Cisco formalizes IoT Division first sensor hub specifically designed for Android running on ARM was demonstrated by Hillcrest Labs Sensity is creating a billion-node network of global sensors — in street lights MEMS Enables Personal Crash...

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This Week in Sensors

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Blog, tech, trends

Intel developing pollution "heat maps" enabled by sensors Smartphones may soon be able to detect earthquakes Sensors enable navigation for the blind by next year, nearly all equipment made by GE will be equipped with sensors China's Oppo to ship the first MEMS based smartphone camera Using iPhones and MEMS sensors as earthquake sensors imaging system detects disease, hazardous substances New x-ray vision can reveal internal structure of objects Nexus 5's tipped MEMS camera changes focus...

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Catching the Vision of What Tablets Can Represent

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Blog, nature of technology, tech, trends

A month or two ago I submitted an offer to buy a house. I received the paperwork about an hour before the submission deadline.  Five years ago I would have needed to meet someone in person to sign the required paperwork.  Or possibly I might have been able to receive the paperwork electronically but I still would have been required to print a copy, sign the physical copy, scan it and finally submitted it electronically. Five years ago we weren't yet in a world capable of supporting an all-digital transaction. But this time was different.  I received and signed the documents through...

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