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October 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wirelessly Charging Devices from your Washer

Wirelessly Charging Devices from your Washer

An unexpected thought covered in Engadget.    " ...   WattUp technology promises to deliver power over the same radio bands as a WiFi router and is apparently able to charge a smartphone from distances of up to 15 feet. The idea


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mending Networks

Mending Networks

Network design is a favorite topic.  It was taught in Operations Research classes.  It was both analytical and visual.  Combining two appealing ideas. Here, more about the form of networks that are best system resiliency.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality Boom Beyond Gaming

Virtual Reality Boom Beyond Gaming

In Ars Technica:  For a while there it seemed like VR was being used much less outside of gaming. Now the tide seems to have turned.   This article is rich in surprising examples. " ... Considering that the new wave of virtual


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Team Documentation

Hacking Team Documentation

The Intercept has published the complete manuals for Hacking Team's attack software. This follows a detailed report on Hacking Team's products from August. Hacking Team sells computer and cell phone hacking capabilities to the


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Uncertainty in Computation Workshop

Mahsa Mirzargar, Ph.D. and Lace Padilla from the University of Utah contributed to this post. The Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) Uncertainty in Computation Visioning Workshop was held in Washington DC in mid October,

      


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ant Size Radios

Ant Size Radios

Back to idea of swarming intelligence, but now linking to an Internet of Things." ... Scientists at Stanford University have built ant-sized radios that could one day help track patients' temperatures, turn on coffee makers in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Message from Microsoft

Enterprise Message from Microsoft

In Computing Now:   I have started to wonder more about how the typical office utilities and methods, like Office 365, will integrate with the cognitive sciences. Documents are information, will they look the same when converted


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Systems Colloquium

Cognitive Systems Colloquium

Jim Spohrer writes, more at the live blogging link: " ... Today’s Cognitive Systems Colloquium at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., brings together leaders in science, technology and psychology to discuss the coming era


From The Eponymous Pickle

White Noise for the Nose

White Noise for the Nose

We spent much time looking at how to deliver aromas  Which are difficult to manage in complex spaces.  Now some research indicates that you can use the equivalent of white noise to remove pungent aromas.


From Schneier on Security

Enigma Simulator

Enigma Simulator

Good article, with pictures, diagrams, and code....


From Putting People First

Global Social Media Impact Study

Global Social Media Impact Study

The Global Social Media Impact Study based at the UCL Department of Anthropology (London, UK) is dedicated to understanding the implications of social networking sites for global humankind and society, and explaining their significance


From Putting People First

Graphic novel explains our role in the world of Big Data

Graphic novel explains our role in the world of Big Data

Big Data powers the modern world. What do we gain from Big Data? What do we lose? Al Jazeera America examines the role of technology and the implications of sharing personal information in the network’s first graphic novella,


From Computational Complexity

Metrics in Academics

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, winning the World Series last night. In honor of their victory let's talk metrics. Baseball has truly embraced metrics as evidenced in the book and movie Moneyball about focusing on


From Putting People First

The BancoSmart ATM by Experientia for UniCredit selected for ADI Design Index

The BancoSmart ATM by Experientia for UniCredit selected for ADI Design Index

Last year Experientia designed the interface of an ATM of UniCredit, a major Italian bank. The interface is now rolled out across the bank’s ATMs in Italy, to great satisfaction of the bank and the customers alike, since interaction


From The Eponymous Pickle

Service Robots at Lowes

Service Robots at Lowes

Lowes has always been high on innovation.  Now taking a new retail step forward.  I like in particular the idea of the robots working collaboratively with live associates  A Work force has to be collaborative. In Retailwire: 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connected Health Focus

Connected Health Focus

The latest Cisco Focus Magazine is devoted to Connected Health. " .... This month, Focus, Cisco’s monthly online publication, takes a look at the latest Connected Health trends and technology news.  Data-driven decisions, better


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Less Stable Social Media World

A Less Stable Social Media World

Social media leading to a less stable world?   In Knowledge@ Wharton:  " ... While social media provides myriad benefits, the advances in connectivity and wealth may come at the expense of the state and the world’s stability,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recomputing Visualizations

Recomputing Visualizations

Recently did work on the area of laboratory data business intelligence, and this work at MIT came up:" ... In the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize


From Schneier on Security

The Risk of Unfounded Ebola Fears

The Risk of Unfounded Ebola Fears

Good essay. Worry about Ebola (or anything) manifests physically as what's known as a fight, flight, or freeze response. Biological systems ramp up or down to focus the body's resources on the threat at hand. Heart rate and blood


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Preps the Data

Watson  Analytics Preps the Data

In InfoWorld:  Looking forward to seeing this.  It is a very key thing to getting analytics done right.  " ... "Often what business users do is rely on a data scientist or business analysts to help them, which can be too slow


From Schneier on Security

Adobe Book Reader Surveillance

Adobe Book Reader Surveillance

Details. Confirmation....


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Twitter form Partnership to Address Enterprise Decisions

IBM and Twitter form Partnership to Address Enterprise Decisions

Press release:" .. Twitter and IBM  today announced a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends – and inform every business decision. The alliance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Health Scanning with Sweat Sensors

Health Scanning with Sweat Sensors

From our local University of Cincinnati, whose board I was on for years: " ... A University of Cincinnati partnership is reporting a significant leap forward in health diagnostics that are more accurate than what’s availableUC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analyzing Your Quantified Self

Analyzing Your Quantified Self

In Mashable:   We are quantifying ourselves every day.  A massive amount of data, mostly shared.   But it is also a movement that is attempting to leverage their own data.  I heard much this week about democratizing this ability


From The Eponymous Pickle

Water Canary

Water Canary

Brought to my attention as a sensor and data gathering example: The Water Canary." ... The Water Canary is an inexpensive water-testing device that makes it possible to collect real-time water quality data from the field. With


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Analytics Platforms

Big Data Analytics Platforms

In Informationweek: " ... Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices,  from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players. ... " 


From Schneier on Security

FDA Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity

FDA Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity

The Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines regarding the security of medical devices. I admit that I have not read it....


From Putting People First

Experientia at EPIC: UX transforming a financial institution

Experientia at EPIC: UX transforming a financial institution

In September 2014 Experientia gave a presentation on working as UX professionals with financial institutions at the EPIC conference in New York. The paper is now available on the EPIC site in HTML and PDF versions (free registration


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Automobiles from Bill Ford

Future of Automobiles from Bill Ford

From McKinsey:  Long view on the future of automobile technology.  " ... There are a lot of forces converging in the auto industry right now, including urbanization in emerging markets, powertrain electrification, emissions concerns


From BLOG@CACM

Software’s Vital Role @Japan Robot Week 2014

Software’s Vital Role @Japan Robot Week 2014

Modern robots are no longer just about hardware. Software algorithms play an essential role in bringing life-like movements to industrial robots and humanoids.

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