Here and there on walls and tables are "beta buttons" and on iPads, "beta boards"—both instant-feedback apparatuses that allow customers to weigh in on every aspect of their stay. If your digital check-in experience was pleasant and efficient, for instance, you can click the thumbs-up button. If it was slow and frustrating, give it a thumbs down. These tools are the key to Marriott's innovation lab, which allows the company to test out new ideas as it gears up for the next generation of consumers—millennials and gen Z—who will soon make up the bulk of the hotels' customers
The minimum age limit to serve on a jury is 18. Therefore, it is important to know that millennials (“digital natives” as the Pew Research Center has referred to that generation) and generation Z (born ̴1995 to today) are simply conditioned to learning through technology.
In response, U.S. courts have started to integrate technology into the courtroom too. For example, the Jefferson Circuit Court of Kentucky upgraded to independent multiscreen displays, citing “recent university studies have shown that students’ test scores improve by 14 – 15%, or one letter grade, when the course is taught with two or three different, simultaneous presentations compared with single screen content,”
San Quentin has 3,000 volunteers for an incarcerated population of about 4,000. The men can sign up to perform Shakespeare, learn anger management, get addiction therapy, do yoga and meditation, learn an instrument, work on the prison newspaper and radio program and take college courses. Research on the effects is spotty, but studies suggest that participants in such programs are far less likely to end up back in prison.
Notable among these offerings is the Last Mile, the first program to teach inmates software-engineering skills. The idea is to earn inmates a little money doing contract code writing for nearby Silicon Valley while they are still incarcerated and, more important, to prepare them for a hungry tech-job market when released.
To find the ideal vacation-photography arsenal, I toured New York City for a week with three devices: the LG 360 CAM, a 360-degree camera; the Narrative Clip 2, a wearable cam that automatically snaps photos every 30 seconds; and the Moment smartphone lensesand case, which equip your phone to shoot like a full-fledged camera. All three items combined were lighter, smaller and less expensive than the kind of DSLR “serious” photographers lug around. Plus, I didn’t have to wear a fanny pack.
Customers can go cardless in two ways: by using the bank’s app on their phone, or through a mobile wallet such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. Using the app, customers request an access code they then enter on the eATM, like a temporary PIN. The mobile wallet option uses near field communication, or NFC, the same technology you may have used or seen used at the grocery store or the mall, where the customer holds a credit card or phone up to a reader, and the two communicate without any contact. A thumbprint verifies the customer’s ID on the mobile device and enables access to the ATM.
Electronic House’s winner this year is in a place we spent quite a bit of time in, as our son went to college there
“Conveniently from the app, which communicates directly with the home-based Crestron CP3-N processor, the owners can check out real-time weather conditions in Sarasota, and adjust the shades and HVAC system if necessary, which based on the brutal afternoon sun that hits this house, happens frequently. “The entire west side of the home that faces the water is made of 12-foot-tall glass walls,” says Bolduc. “So the home benefits greatly from having Lutron motorized shades to minimize solar gain and protect the furnishings from fading.”
Even if the owners aren’t on the app, the Crestron system handles the shade adjustments for them automatically. An astronomical timeclock built into the control processor triggers the shades to lower in unison in the afternoon. It’s an effect that not only shields the interior from heat and UV light, but makes the unoccupied home appear as if someone is at home.”
Haier is now the fastest-growing provider of appliances in the world. Since 2011, it has held the largest worldwide market share in white goods. With its upscale brands in China, such as Casarte, and its growing presence in the United States, Europe, and Japan, this US$38 billion company has moved out of the value-priced and niche appliance domain to compete directly with top-of-the-line appliances from more established companies. It has accomplished this by being a consistently coherent and capable company: staying true to its core identity as a company dedicated to solving problems for consumers, while continually reinventing itself with imagination and verve.
This reflects a growing availability of advanced-driver assistance systems, or ADAS, such as lane-keeping assist, automatic braking or adaptive cruise control in the market. As auto makers offer the components needed to power these functions in option packages as low as $1,800, they are being snapped up at a far higher rate than electrified vehicles.
After a decade of spending much of its time and billions focused on boosting fuel-efficiency, Washington is increasing its focus on technology that could save lives.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering ways to make ADAS features more ubiquitous, and Congress will hold a hearing Tuesday from Alphabet Inc.’s Google X team and General Motors.
Thor carries 57 sensors analyzing 140 variables like chest compression, sternum acceleration, and skull shifting. The old dummies typically measured about 20 such factors.
NHTSA says it plans to use Thor as part of its public, nationwide crash-test analysis beginning in 2019. Once that happens, auto companies will also have to make their vehicles markedly safer, says Warren Hardy, head of Virginia Tech’s Center for Injury Biomechanics. “We’re going to be able to design things to prevent a wider range of injuries and keep people intact,” he says, “not just keep them alive.”