Posts Tagged ‘smartphone’

According to a survey, in 2020 between 22 and 50 billions of devices will be connected at Internet in 2020. If we take a look at these prognostics we can notice that there will be more of technologies connected than human in the world ( 7 billions of humans at the end of October 2011 ) !

The European Union with the Information Society and the Media Directorate General, draw up a portrait of the daily european life in 2020 :

This video show us a world where everything is linked at Internet: your car, your health, your shopping… Every property will be touch by the amazing development of tehchnologies with a principal aim : make your life better and easier !

If all of our daily life is being connected to Internet, we should hope that a big bug will not arrive, because in this world without technologies you will have to do things by yourselves…so hard, isn’t it ?!

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Internet of things is getting more and more into our everyday lives.  Somehow it seems scary, but on the other hand – it makes your life easier.

That’s not a secret –  people can be very forgetful: to close the doors, to switch off the lights, to regulate heating system by leaving the house. So technology has been made to resolve and control these “problems” with your smart phones, tabletes or computers. Just like a remote control.

NEXIA home intelligence system uses the latest wireless technology  known  as Z-Wave that has become a standard in home automation.

More information about Nexia

Internet of things is here to make our lifes even easier. So connecting all our things together through internet, we will maybe lose our privacity and personal information, but we won’t lose our keys anymore. 

That’s what Cobra Electronics thought, so they partnered with Phone Halo to make a business thanks to all the people that spend half a day looking for their purse, keys or camera. That’s how it works:

A Cobra Tag sensor is attached to your keys, purse, computer bag, or any other item you want to protect from loss. The sensor communicates with the phone’s free app and will remind you if you leave your phone or valuables behind.  The Cobra Tag is also a 2 way finder. Tap the button on the Cobra Tag tag to ring your Smartphone. If you are looking for your Cobra Tag protected item, use the phone’s application to make the Cobra Tag ring.  To secure your phones data, the powerful PhoneHalo application can be set to lock your phone when out of range of your tagged item.

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Irene Martinez

In the morning you are in such  a hurry. Just right before going out of the house your car keys and cell phone seems to just have gotten up in smoke. The same as always when the dear Uncle Murphy comes across with his Law.  (…)  Ever been there?

What if you could have a control panel on a cloud that could locate all your important belongings as the phone, keys, passport, credit card, luggage, including your dear ones?

Nowadays, the police can locate your iPhone, tablet or laptop if you have installed an anti-theft programme but what if this idea would become adapted for your home, office or on the go( GPS ) use?

If talking in terms of safety, it could be  a bone-chilling experience if somebody could unlock your personal document and belonging locator and use it for purposes just as diverse as imagination. On the other side, if all of the items would be marked by an in-built chip, a higher security service would/should have access to locate almost everything in a much broader map.

How do you see the pros and cons,  and development  of the item locators?

The Swiss drug company called “Novartis” will start testing pills with “The biotechstart-up’s ingestible chips” inside.

This chip is connected to an external chip and to a smartphone. In this process the three devices are exchanging information about the patient.

The “ingestible chip” is ain example of how the “internet of things” concept can contribute to make progress in life; not only getting life easier but even raising the level of global health.

One of the problems of this discovery is privacy: in their process is privacy between patient and doctor safe? Who could see the medical information?

Articol: “Smart Pills” Send Stats to Smartphones

by Melissa Daniels  17, February, 2012

“Pharmaceutical companies are developing a pill containing a biodegradable chip along with the medication to send information on patient’s vital statistics to a smartphone, according to a recent article in Chemical and Engineering News. Developed by Californian start-up Proteus Medical and Swiss drugmaker Novartis, the “smart pill” includes a sensor that sends vitals like heart rate or glucose level to a skin patch worn by the patient. The skin patch then sends the information to the smartphone.

The pill operates like a digital physician, able to track glucose, heart rate and respiratory rate. The science behind the discovery is revolutionary, and offers a window for pharmaceutical companies to gather more patient reaction information than ever. But the advance will likely require further testing before it can be safely implemented as a surefire benefit and not a risk.

Smartphones are increasingly becoming a tool for health monitoring. Already, doctors can instantly access patient info via smartphones and tablets. Transmitting vitals to a smartphone is also a recent development that uses physical interaction with technology to monitor patient information.

The benefits of a “smart pill” apply to patients, doctors and pharmaceutical companies alike. The speed of receiving information could be life-saving, in certain cases, if the information transmitted from the pill to the phone is faster than a trip to the doctor’s office. And if the app allows pharmaceutical companies access to the data, researchers can use the real-time patient information instead of conducting expensive clinical trials.

But the concept of ingesting a computer chip won’t be easily swallowed by all patients. Though the chip is reportedly biodegradable, it’s unclear if traces of it could last in the system long-term. Additionally, gathering information doesn’t equal a diagnosis and a doctor who sees the data but not the patient may miss physical manifestations of symptoms.

The Food and Drug Administration would have to sign off on the pill before its implementation, an agency intent on monitoring digital and medical technology integration on smartphones and tablets.

The biomedical field is often regarded as one of the most advanced technological industries, with its ability to create and use life-saving inventions. Should a “smart pill” become the next way for doctors to help their patients, it signals a new way to research and treat health problems that plays on a common, age-old treatment.”

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Saverio De Luca

Shazam is an application for Android and Apple smartphones  which recognizes sound as information, instead of written language as a sense in other search engines.

Do you want to know how Shazam works?

Shazam is a knowledge creation tool that you can use right on the spot to recognize and find the soundwork that is rising curiosity for your ears, from databases in the World Wild Web. It has the power of  providing you all the information related to the song you are looking for. In this case algorithm mechanism’s ideology is to recognize commercial soundtracks that could be later link the user to Amazon or other commercial music database were the user of this app could express its Western “consumer humanism”.  Normally, nowadays one would go moaning “Oh, but it does not recognize this authentic underground artist or when I sing myself!”.  And you could not use it in your country residence or when travelling in Amazon or Africa as the application is Internet driven and would not recognize the local ritual music or the the analog sound of rainforest music. So, yes, it has got some physical limitations, you can only use it if you have Internet connection and it only recognizes digitally mediated sound.

What if the application had the option to record the sound offline in order to solve at least part of the physical limitation? Or what if the App would suggest similar songs when it doesn’t recognize the song you really want?

But in future, what if this “coding recognition mechanisms” could be used for other purposes, for example, sneaky detective work or collective surveillance??


Shazam  official website

How Shazam works

Post by:  Clàudia Aragon, Carlos Bernal,  Zane Kanepeja,  Maëlle Maillot.