The world’s safest earphones

Audiologist Matt Murphy designed EarHero, a special pair of earphones designed to let you hear both your music and the sound of street traffic, as a means to elevate the dangers of wearing headphones whilst traversing city streets. A far safer alternative than other in ear options.

EarHeros leave your ear canal open allowing you to continue to hear your surroundings while still listening to music. Hear people speak, hear cars, hear potential dangers. Whether you are hitting the slopes, out for a long ride or going for a run earHerosport just made your active lifestyle more safe.
EarHero.


The Wireless Revolution Hits Medicine

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Eric Topol talks about the upheaval that’s coming as the digitization of health care meets the smartphone.

We’re all essentially surgically connected to our smartphones, and we’re still in the early stages of realizing their medical potential. But they should be a real threat to the medical profession.
You can get an add-on to a smartphone which does eye refraction and then texts [the prescription] to get your glasses made. If you’re an optometrist, you might be worried about that. Or you can get your skin lesion scanned and get a text back quickly that there’s nothing to worry about. If you’re a dermatologist, that’s a big part of your practice. You will be able to take a DNA sequence on a USB port and pop it into your smartphone and get data out of it. It just goes on and on.

Let’s say you want to prevent a child from ever having an asthma attack. You would know genomically from their DNA sequence that they’re predisposed to asthma. Then you would apply a biosensor that could be worn to detect the early signs of an asthma attack and send data to the doctor through a smartphone before it occurred. Then medications could be used to ward off an asthma attack. Using the DNA sequence, the drugs would be matched up to the child’s biologic basis for asthma, predicting responsiveness and the absence of significant side effects.

The Wireless Revolution Hits Medicine


Microsoft Research Cliplets

A still photograph is a limited format for capturing moments that span an interval of time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips. This work provides a creative lens used to focus on important aspects of a moment by performing spatiotemporal compositing and editing on video-clip input. This is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create “cliplets”–a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos.

Though most of the examples I have seen don’t match the quality shown in the video above, you can get a taste of this fun with apps on the iPhone like Cinemagram.


Canadians sent 78 billion text messages in 2011

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The Canadian Press reports on survey results stating that the number of personal text messages sent every year has nearly quadrupled since 2008 and is up nearly 20 times over 2006’s total of 4.3 billion.

Canadians sent an average of almost 2,500 SMS messages every second last year, for a total of about 78 billion.
That figure was up almost 40 per cent from 2010, when the texting tally hit 56.4 billion messages.
The numbers were compiled by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, which also said the number of sent MMS messages — which include pictures, video or audio — hit 326.7 million last year.
Canadians also sent and received 2.8 billion short code text messages in 2011, which are typically used for commercial and charity purposes.

Canadians sent 78 billion text messages in 2011


Tourniquet iPad Sleeve

Tourniquet iPad Sleeve
Tourniquet iPad Sleeve
Another minimalist leather sleeve for your iPad, with or without the smart cover. Made in the USA, the Tourniquet is a single thick cut of matte finish, black Horween Leather. Each sleeve features a laser etched logo with production number. No two pieces are alike, life marks and other natural imperfections of the leather will occur. Should only get better with age and with it’s generic form be useful for other ‘uses’ as well. On my wish list.
Tourniquet iPad Sleeve


How families communicate

How families communicate
A mother, father and son. Two iPads, 2 iPhones, 1 HTC device and no talking. This is poorly shot but I quickly captured this as a record of the state of communication amongst families where I live today. It’s not uncommon to be in any public place, at any particular time and see many with their near complete focus being one device or another; I think in many instances that the smartphone has become the modern soother.
This was taken at a local Starbucks where I too had my face glued to an iPhone.
Posts have and will continue to be erratic as I adjust to a new schedule. I’ve got a lengthy (for me) review of Tom Bihn’s new Ristretto sitting open in window ready to be posted when I get a chance to take a few pictures. Check out Tom Bihn’s catalogue in the interim.


Mobile devices encourage greater reading of news publications

Mobile devices encourage greater reading of news publications
According to by Pew research centre’s state of the news media 2012 report, there is a mounting body of evidence finds that the spread of mobile technology is adding to news consumption in the United States. Its effects, however, are mixed. While it enhances the appeal of traditional news brands, and even boosts the reading of long-form journalism, it also shows that technology companies are strengthening their control. The Guardian reports:

The reports find that rather than replacing media consumption on digital devices, people who go mobile are getting news on all their devices.
They also appear to be getting it more often, and reading for longer periods of time.
For example, 34% of desktop/laptop news consumers now also get news on a smartphone. About a quarter, 27%, of smartphone news consumers also get news on a tablet.
These digital news omnivores are also a large percentage of the smart phone/tablet population. And most of those individuals (78%) still get news on the desktop or laptop as well.
A PEJ survey of more than 3,000 adults discovered that the reputation, or brand, of a news organisation is the most important factor in determining where consumers go for news, and that is even truer on mobile devices than on laptops or desktops.
Indeed, despite the explosion in social media use through the likes of Facebook and Twitter, recommendations from friends are not yet a major factor in steering news consumption.

New mobile devices spur greater news reading


Anarchy in the App Store

Anarchy in the App Store
With the App Store’s debut in 2008, Apple revolutionized the way tech companies interact with their customers and third-party developers. They have been having some trouble maintaining that approach of late, Bloomberg reports:

Instead of the open-air sandbox typified by Microsoft’s Windows, where developers can create any programs they want and distribute them any way they please, Steve Jobs decided that Apple would have to OK every bit of code that reaches its customers. He effectively built a walled garden for Apple users. The explicit promise was, and still is, that in exchange for giving up some control, developers and consumers get a curated marketplace where the software is high-quality, free of bugs and malware, and unplagued by scams and marketing gimmicks.
But living up to those promises has become increasingly difficult as the App Store has expanded to include nearly 600,000 games, organizational tools, and other programs. Once criticized by app developers for long approval times and arbitrary rejections, Apple is now struggling with the opposite problem: letting through too many apps that violate the company’s own privacy rules or rip off trademarks. The company is also trying to swat down startups trying to manipulate the App Store, which has helped drive sales of more than 315 million iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. Apple declined to comment for this story.
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Apple has been fighting infractions of its App Store rules on a case-by-case basis. Now it may be looking for more effective solutions.

Anarchy in the App Store . Via textually.


Mobile doesn’t always mean “mobile”

“Mobile users won’t want to do that, they’re ‘on the go’ and will be in a hurry or want a quick distraction.”

Study after study reveals people use their mobile at home, while watching TV. People also use mobile devices for hours while waiting on trains and at airports. For each user who is in a hurry there will be another who stares intently at their device for 20-30 minute stints. If that devices happens to be a tablet, they may use it for even longer periods. And while many users will simply be consuming content, others will be shopping, banking, or performing other very specific tasks.

Mobile users don’t do that


Axa Insurance: iPhone print ad


Perhaps this served as the inspiration for the aforementioned content-rich résumé, but without the ugly QR Code (I’ve changed my opinion on those). This is an old ad* but still seems fresh; here the ad agency intro: “AXA is Belgium’s first insurance company to launch an iPhone app. Their free application helps and guides you through some basic steps when you have a car accident. This product has been launched with an innovative print ad that requires your iPhone to complete the message”.