The world population has more than doubled in the last 65 years1 and is currently at 7.5 billion people2. It will be interesting to see what the 2020 census data will tell us about chronic health conditions in the United States as the Center for Disease Control last report from 2012 states 117 million adults (about half) have at least one chronic health issues3. Most of these health issues are preventable, but today let’s focus on ways modern technology can help to monitor, control and perhaps even cure them.
On top of the rising rate of chronic health issues, the health care industry is also struggling with aging demographics as baby boomers are turning 65, shortages in both health care workers and a younger workforce able to sustain the rising costs. Care providers, government agencies and insurers are looking to mobile technologies, apps and services for solutions. Park Associates estimates that the total number of health-related M2M connects will grow from nearly 2 million connections in 2014 to 10 million in 20184.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is dominating headlines, though the stories swing between the benefits of using digitally connected devices and security concerns associated with them. As the Internet grows, the number of connected devices continues to rise every day, and this trend is not slowing down. Gartner predicts that more than 26 billion internet-connected devices will be installed globally by 2020; that is more than 4 devices for every human on earth. This entails an exponential increase in new security threats, as the growing number of IoT devices gives hackers and cyber criminals more entry points. Continue Reading
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Have you ever had to agonize over the question – When is it time to build the “better mousetrap”? By better mousetrap, we mean creating the next generation of a product. Most would think this would be routine for technology-based companies, however, a study of 28 next-generation product-development projects at 14 leading high-tech companies, found most were unable to complete projects on schedule. 1 In addition, these companies had difficulties with the derivative products needed to fill the gaps in the market that their next-generation products will create.
The definition of a golden age is a period in a field of endeavor when great tasks were accomplished.1 AI has already impacted speech processing, chatbots, virtual assistants, augmented reality and virtual reality.2 Great things are sure to come in the near future with AI and its associated technologies, along with additional responsibilities that accompany new technologies, like cyber-security and privacy issues.
Apple, Microsoft and Google are spending billions of research dollars to create next generations of digital personal assistants and AI Bots.3 A bot is a piece of software designed to automate a specific task. They are used mainly as web spiders or web crawlers that fetch script, analyze and file information at paces much faster than a human could do. They are becoming more and more natural and simple in their interactions making it hard to distinguish between a human and a bot. This results in an elevated user experience.
Bluetooth has become a common buzz word in many industries. What is Bluetooth and how does it work? Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices and building personal area networks (PANs).1 One Bluetooth device can connect up to seven devices at a time.
To connect devices using Bluetooth technology each device must be compatible with the same profile. A profile is a specification regarding an aspect of Bluetooth-based communication between devices. There are several profiles available, but the most widely used are the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, Hands Free Profile and Headset Profile. Advanced Audio Distribution profile (A2DP) defines how multimedia audio can be streamed from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection.2 The Headset profile (HSP) is the most commonly used profile, providing support for Bluetooth headsets to be connected with mobile phones. The Hands-Free profile (HFP) is generally used to allow mobile phones to communicate with vehicle hands-free kits.