A NY Times photo gallery of growing number of home/car/health other appliances and devices that we can increasingly control with our smartphones. Photo of LG appliances which can be managed via smartphone.
As HIMSS kicks off in New Orleans, Txchnologist discusses the medical apps marketplace
“(The) medical app industry, currently valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars with some 40,000 apps available for download in the iTunes store. This boom is thanks to entrepreneurs from various backgrounds who are combining medical research with the latest developments from the digital world to create new and promising applications of medical information technology.”
and has several examples including
“Cardiio, (in photo) which, unlike most medical apps, requires no connection to the user’s body. Here’s how it works. Every time your heart beats, the blood volume in your face increases. Higher blood volume absorbs more light and, therefore, reflects less light. The nifty software in Cardiio uses the camera on your device to detect these very small changes that are usually invisible to the human eye. It then uses the data to calculate how many beats per minute your heart is ticking at. Based on research conducted in 2010, the Cardiio team claims that the app is accurate to about 3 bpm.”
“The Wisconsin-based company Asthmapolis created a small device that attaches to an inhaler and syncs with a smartphone. The device helps users identify the time and location they use their inhaler, which provides valuable data for health-care professionals. Recovery Record is an app aimed at curbing eating disorders that uses a similar format as Prevent and WellDoc, another app and online platform that targets a number of chronic diseases.”
“In addition to allowing consumers to bring in and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle will also act as its own mobile device, enabling embedded vehicle capabilities,” said Mary Chan, president, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors. “Turning this vision into a reality starts with enabling fast, reliable and responsive connectivity within the vehicle. Through this built-in 4G LTE connection we have the opportunity to reinvent the mobile experience inside a vehicle.” Over time, applications of widespread in-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity will enable vehicles to interact directly with their environment to enhance safety, efficiency and convenience for drivers and passengers. 4G LTE will make services such as real-time traffic and navigation updates possible, pulling information from the cloud.
Meanwhile at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford is showing off its EcoSport connectivity (in picture) with a streaming music arrangement with Spotify
“We had projected (the London Olympics) would be about 10% below Beijing because Michael Phelps won eight gold medals, and how could you top that? And the [Beijing] time zone was so far away that a lot of events were broadcast live in the U.S. Europe is the most difficult for that live factor. So we budgeted it down 10% and in fact came in up 10%. Why? Well, social media was something the NBC team embraced. We also used all our networks [NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, Bravo, USA, and many others], not just one. The number of hours of television was unprecedented. We put every single event live online and had mobile apps. The cable side of the company, Xfinity, had on-demand information on every American athlete on laptops, on mobile phones. We had 40 million to 50 million on-demand sessions in 17 days.
So the public could not get enough ways to experience and touch the Olympics, and that bodes well for the future model. (Comcast) is in a position to take an event or a news happening or a movie and expose it as widely as possible in a very fragmented world, different from almost any other media or telecommunications company out there.”
NY Times on the crowdsourcing at this week’s Fashion Week in NYC
“fashion designer Alexander Wang is joining forces with Samsung to create a new print based on doodles, sketches and photographs that are being contributed via smartphone by some of the top names in fashion.”
Meanwhile at the Paris Fashion Week couple of weeks ago, 3D printing caught attention
“Dutch designer van Herpen’s eleven-piece collection featured two 3D printed ensembles, including an elaborate skirt and cape created in collaboration with artist, architect, designer, and professor Neri Oxman from MIT’s Media Lab, and 3D printed by Stratasys….The 3D printed skirt and cape were produced using Stratasys’ unique Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, which allows a variety of material properties to be printed in a single build. This allowed both hard and soft materials to be incorporated within the design, crucial to the movement and texture of the piece.”
Charlie Rose talks to John Donahue about the remarkable transformation at eBay since John became CEO in 2008
“People are buying 8,000 cars a week on EBay’s mobile app. We’ll do $20 billion of mobile commerce and $20 billion of mobile payments volume this year. It’s having a transformative effect on the two industries we compete in: retail and payments.”
“We’ve been more quiet (than Amazon, Google, Apple), but we’re a commerce platform that touches $175 billion of commerce, almost 20 percent of all e-commerce.”
And probably the most striking statement:
“Auctions are just a format now in the core EBay business. Auctions are good for things that have an uncertain value. So, a used item or a really scarce item. But for most things, people would prefer to have a fixed price because they want the satisfaction of buying it immediately.”
I have been an Android user ever since the first day the first Motorola Droid was available for Verizon back in 2009. Over the years, I’ve
accumulated some experience using Android on phones and tablets, and
certain apps have made this experience better for me at work. Here’s my
list of essential Android apps for business...
....This list reflects
the way I work, and your style of working may require different apps. I
have a lot of meetings (including conference calls and WebEx sessions),
travel a lot (locally, domestically, and internationally), and need to
view and edit a lot of documents.
I spend a lot of time with customers,
have a quota, and need access to the corporate intranet. I write a lot
of Microsoft Office documents, and read and write hundreds of e-mails
Nice to see the Super Bowl giving New Orleans developers a chance to show off their talent. If you have been to the Big Easy even outside of Mardi Gras you know how crazy busy its attractions, especially on Bourbon Street (in picture) get.
“The grand prize (went to) an app to help diners locate open seats at restaurants. Members of the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee had sought such a service, saying they hoped to avoid problems that unfolded around the NFL's championship game in Indianapolis last year when some eateries became overcrowded as others waited for customers. The app focuses on promoting restaurants that are not already booked for the football extravaganza. The establishments would update their wait times so Host Committee volunteers could visit congested spots and show people on tablet computers where they can find shorter lines.
Second place went to an app that helps people locate live music taking place across the city. Third place went to a digital tip jar that lets music fans tip performers through electronic payments. And the winner of a special prize, including $1,000 donated by the New Orleans 3D computer modeling firm TurboSquid, went to an app that identifies activities and amenities in parks and playgrounds across the city.”
Last summer, health-care startup Preventice asked Samsung Electronics if it would create a custom version of its popular Galaxy S II phone. Preventice was putting the finishing touches on a product that used a smartphone to transmit data from a patient’s heart monitor to a doctor, and it needed Samsung to disable downloads, which might interfere with a cellular connection. In less than six weeks Samsung made the necessary changes and agreed to pick up roughly $40,000 in engineering costs. “I saw a huge company with huge resources move very quickly,” says Preventice Chief Executive Officer Jon Otterstatter. “Samsung was very aggressive.”
Samsung’s mobile-electronics empire was built mostly on consumers. Now it’s making its first big push to woo companies. This so-called enterprise market includes companies that distribute smartphones and tablets to employees, who use them for checking e-mail and tasks such as tracking sales, as well as companies like Preventice that want to resell the devices as part of their own products. “We’ve made the decision to be No. 1 in enterprise,” says Timothy Wagner, who runs the Texas-based Samsung unit that’s leading the effort.