User behaviour.

Ben Logan
9 August 2013

With life expectancy steadily increasing and the desire for independence stronger than ever in the Golden years, the risk of debilitating falls plus other household accidents as well as deteriorating health are very real. Researchers are already well on their way in the development of “smart home” technology to combat this, with the new Health Alert System currently being tested in elderly housing in the US. Making use of motion sensors for activity monitoring, Kinect depth analysis, acoustic sensing for fall detection and a new hydraulic bed sensor to capture pulse respiration and restlessness, the pattern recognition algorithms being developed…

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Ben Logan
7 August 2013

Some of us want our smart mobile devices to serve as useful communication and media tools, whereas some of us want omnipresent, all knowing sentinels in our pockets. Motorola Mobility, which was acquired by Google last year, has now released a mobile phone which seems likely to appeal to the later group, given its ability to cleverly detect its current environment and adapt accordingly. The Moto X device can even automatically detect when you are in a moving car or in a meeting and switch itself to a pre-defined mode. The phone is also constantly ready to be used as…

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Ben Logan
19 July 2013

The new Relias Learning Management System (RLMS) has been launched, with a host of fresh features as well as a vastly enhanced user experience. Thanks to the use of extensive testing and customer feedback, Relias Learning has significantly upgraded their software. In addition, previously confusing navigation options have been removed in this latest upgrade, plus a wealth of videos and How-To guides have been included to make the customer experience as straightforward as possible Some of the updates to RLMS include auto enrolment of learners, a live dashboard for monitoring, live event management and an enhanced set of reporting functionality…

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Ben Logan
11 July 2013

With smart watches and wearable computers such as Google glass being no longer just the charge of science fiction, it now seems not far off until we are using our actual clothing as a computer interface. Researchers at Cornell University in New York are now able to use textiles to detect disease and radiation, control the release of pesticides and capture hazardous gases. For example, nanofibers that are able to detect and prevent the spread of bacteria can be woven into surgical masks, hospital sheets or even clothing. It’s not just for practical applications though. Clothes are currently in development…

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Ben Logan
21 June 2013

Irish company Soundwave have recently launched their innovative social music app, which has already garnered praise from Apple founder Steve Wozniak and Stephen Fry. The application allows the user to choose an area, either local to them or worldwide, and find out what music people are listening to. A nifty user interface allows parameters to be drawn on a map to choose a local area and delve into the musical tastes of people within those borders To ensure a smooth release, the app was put through an extensive testing process, in cooperation with Google and Apple. According to company co-founder…

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Ben Logan
7 June 2013

The rollout of Google’s new Gmail app to both Android and iPhone users was completed yesterday and follows the tabbed Inbox they introduced on regular PC Gmail a few days ago. Google has been focussing on bringing segregated Inboxes to Gmail – the new app is very different from the user interface of earlier apps, so it remains to be seen whether people will take to it like ducks to water. The biggest change that the updated Gmail app presents is the introduction of a menu that slides out with a swipe from left to right, opening a panel that…

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