Wearable Tech Gifts of 2015

http://www.gizmag.com/best-wearables-2015/40707/

This holiday season is sure to be one full of wearable tech gifts for the whole family. Some honorable mentions include the Apple Watch and Fitbit which are sure to impress any recipient. But coming out on top is the Oculus Samsung Gear VR, which is a virtual reality gaming system. Coming out in second is the Huawei Watch, with its elegant design it is a stylish edition to any techy’s collection.Other honorable mentions include Moov Now and Moto 360 (second generation).

Connect Through Experiences

photo-1444703686981-a3abbc4d4fe3

This blog has been about creating the best possible user experiences in order to success as an IT professional. It’s not a hard concept – make something people want to use and they will use it. The problem comes with execution. Sometimes creators can get so obsessed with the product they can forget about the actual user.

Design an experience that you would like to be a part of. Without getting too philosophical, experiences are what connect us as people. We can focus on this specifically in our uses of technology. Millions of apps have been downloaded, millions of websites have been accessed, and this has led to a million shared experiences. So when making something, don’t solely focus on functionality. You need to remember that experience is key. Hopefully this blog has been able to show that UX matters and whoever reads it will keep it in mind for their future.

Cambridge University

Cambridge University has been granted 10 million euros for a new state of the art AI research center. This enter will bring together scientists from all types of different fields in order to make and research a field that intertwines philosophy, psychology, computer science, and engineering. This center will handle issues like the positive and negative implications of AI on humanity and tackle other AI rested issues.

 

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-cambridge-university-centre-ai-future.html

Mark Zuckerberg’s Letter to His Daughter

This semester I have been writing about different news in Facebook regarding new features and new plans for the popular social networking site. However; this week I want to talk about a different kind of Facebook rated news.

This week Mark Zuckerberg and his wife welcomed a baby girl named Max into the world. Upon Max’s arrival, Mark shared a letter on Facebook. The letter addressed to his daughter is an open and honest letter about the world Mark hopes to see his daughter grow up in. He vows to do his part in making the world a better place for her. Although Max may not know it, we already know that her dad has already done quite a lot to make the world a better place.

In the article he expresses how our generation has so an incredible amount of potential and the tools to progress so much more than prior generations. Mark Zuckerberg alone is a huge example of our generation is flooding with innovators who have the potential to create and improve many of the world’s problems.

He beautifully and eloquently depicted a world in which I’m sure we all want ourselves and future generations to grow up in. Read exactly what he said to his daughter.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/a-letter-to-our-daughter/10153375081581634

DIY Brain-Gadget Technology!!!

Have you ever been interested in building your own technology? Well in the attached article, we are shown how to build our very own brain computer interface. If your a tech head then, you probably know the difference between open source and closed source coding. Thanks to open-source information, we are able to take the science of previous gadgets and model are own. In this article, Connor took the EEG system out of a toy to start creating his first very own brain interface.

While creating this device, Conner noticed that Open source technologies where more customizable than standard EEG systems. Even though the source of information is the same, open source tools like the Arduino can accept different variable and turned qualitative data to quantitative data.

The open source gadget consists of Texas Instrument integrated system, a micro-controller, an Arduino board which includes and card slot to capture data, and Bluetooth capabilities to wirelessly transmit data.

 

Brain DIY Article – great read

Learn how to build your own Arduino Video

 

Emotiv

There is now a way to take your brain activity and convert it into atomic data. Its called the Emotiv headset. Researchers use this device to monitor and track  Focus, Engagement, Interest, Excitement, Affinity, Relaxation, and Stress levels. The aforementioned subjects are important when working towards your growth as an individual. Furthermore, this device can manipulate data and provide you with a consensus on activities you enjoy versus activities you don’t prefer. Looking at the bigger picture, emotive can eventually improved informed decision making based off of data from pass events and scenarios.

Emotiv headsets are also capable of accepting mental commands. When combined with and orb, you can use EEG waves to command the orb to push, pull, levitate, rotate and even hard to visualize commands such as disappear.

Implications of this device could lead to better prosthetics, predictive behaviors, memory-recall, and even prevent crime. Researchers who are in the developmental stages of their research can use this device to monitor an array of technical and human factors.

Emotiv Technologies

 

The next Facebook flash fad might be stealing your data

Every so often, a quiz app surfaces on Facebook and takes the platform by storm. The newest big one is now proving to be not so fun.

unnamed

The latest quiz app trend is “Most Used Words,” a small-frame software that sifts you the content on your Facebook profile to see which words you have used the most. It has recently received quite a bit of behind-the-scenes backlash after being accused of data stealing.

When Facebook users agree to the terms of the quiz app, they allow the software access to a great deal of what should be private information, including IP address, profile picture, age, education history, hometown, and other specifically identifying information. Vonvon, the South Korea-based company that created the quiz app, has said they are using this information in accordance to Facebook’s Privacy Policy, but some Virtual Private Network analysts are not so sure. This quiz app is a “privacy nightmare” according to UK-based VPN company Comparitech.

To protect themselves against such breaches, Facebook users should consistently check their privacy settings and make sure only the right (and safe) third party applications have access. Users should also pay closer attention when they are connecting their Facebook accounts to third party sites.

Read more about the potential privacy compromise and how to better protect yourself here.