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Google Glass Sportswear Improves Soccer Scoring Percentages

A Digital Eye to Watch Soccer’s Trouble Spots

This article in the New York Times had me thinking about Soccer and Cameras.  I, then progressed onto object identification with cameras, as per my previous post, and then thought about Google Glass.  If one were to fit Google Glass on sports sun glasses so it would be protected and affixed as someone played sports, that would be the first step to allow a soccer player to predict the movement of a goalie opponent, and score.

Barriers: motion capture and focus of each frame as the player moved through the field, as the soccer scorer approached the goal.  The soccer player taxes a ‘moments’ pause, if at all, and kicks, head butts, whatever, to get the score in the goal.  The idea is to be where the soccer player is not.  So many variables to deal with by both the goalie, and the opposing team. From the mind of the goal keeper, where are his defense men, where is the opposing force, team advancement and positioning, and so on.  However, just as American teams watch old footage of the opposing force, their opposition moves, as well as there defensive weaknesses, so to, can soccer players take advantage, and practice, in real time, with Google Sportswear glasses.  These Google Sportswear may take hours and hours of footage, analyze footage, and induce possible defensive moves that a goal keeper might make against a scorer given field positions.  There are many variables, however, using object, facial recognition, historical game footage, and these glasses, may make for real-time suggestions to a soccer player for a practice session.  I am not suggesting soccer would allow these enhancements during game play, but in practice, they may attune a players skills, just like flight simulators for a pilot.

In addition, with the footage incorporated in the future with the above technology, this technology may improve to be a very useful tool.

Protecting Your Pet with Facial and Voice Recognition

Here’s a story to chew on.  If there was a national database of both cat and dog facial images, as well as a sound bite of a bark or a purr, using both facial and voice recognition, this bioprint database can help you find and/or replace a lost pet.  First, take a biosignature or bioprint of your pet, download the bioprint to a microSD card, and insert the pet’s bioprint into it’s tag.  The tag is equipped with an emerging micro technology, a low power Bluetooth emerging technology.  Breeders as well as pet owners alike may use this feature for adoption, as well as identifying lost pets.

As a set of national hotspots are gradually equipped with low power Bluetooth emerging technologies, if possible, or smartphones equipped with Bluetooth, they can help identify the missing pet with an app that has access to the lost pet.  The owner would update their pet missing, and possibly update the database with a reward.  Monetary incentive, with the use of their cell phone, and the app, kids may canvas the neighborhood, and find the pet with their and the matching low power Bluetooth collar.  The bioprint confirms the authentication of the missing pet.

Hey, there’s also the possibility of replacing your pet with the best possible match. Creepy.

Are you getting smart with me? What time is it?

Looking at all the collectable antique watches is a great gauge to help identify all the potential opportunities for unique smart watches.  There was just an article that Microsoft might enter the watch product arena. 

As I look at all the antique watches I am reselling, I realize there are several opportunities for smart watch uniqueness, looking back we can look at amazing advantages smart watches may hold for the consumer, analogous to the Train conductor’s timepiece,  to the uniqueness of the gauges contained within the watch.  What would the jewels articulate today, I e. Is there a correlation to the accuracy and technology today?  The bands, chains, and jewelry that affix the watch to the wearer are as important as the timepieces themselves. 

Are the Technologists getting guidance from watch veterans in the industry, and anagously correlating styles as well as design, form, and gadget gimmicks to today’s men and woman?  The styles and brilliant time pieces made in the past may correlate to an opportunity which no company is prepaired for the brilliance displayed. The only question, are limited series smart watches feasible in today’s manufacturing model?

Time will tell.

Cloud Document Mgt: Box Overhaul Architecture With Paperless Services

Building on the Cloud: Gehry and Box Overhaul Architecture With New Paperless Service | Wired Design | Wired.com.

I read this article, and thought instantly, this is where we were leaning toward a few years ago with a prototype project I worked on for a large metropolitan city, and electronically expediting the process of business occupancy workflows.

I’ve read Box.net current collaboration platform, and it is similar to what I was working on with an internal electronic document management system built upon EMC Documentum.  That system I worked on in 1993, was an internal enterprise product that included collaboration with multiple teams, approval workflows, i.e. gateways to the next workflow, as well as code allowing the documents to be dynamically edited, appended, reading from corporate databases, and integrating that data into the final product documents, which then would be distributed automatically on multiple platforms once the last approval was received.  The documents were distributed to third parties such as FactSet, and other major 3rd party outlets, as well as internal client web platforms

If Box can get those workflows incorporated into the production of any products, and incorporate all parties from all stakeholders from clients, subject matter experts, engineers, validators, e.g. sign off stakeholders, including the public sector, all engineers, which sign off on permits.

Other products may be able to be incorporated, such as the shipment of products, just like eBay has exposed their incorporation of both the U.S. Post Office, as well as PayPal, now a subsidiary of eBay.

Wal-Mart to compete with Amazon Locker Concept

Wal-Mart steps up its online game with help from stores | Reuters.

This is a very interesting perspective.  From the corporate side, they are mazimizing the logistics of their order workflow, gaining more control, and perhaps cost savings.  We MAY see fewer options with free shipping on items, e.g. over N dollar value orders, across retail if this process workflow catches on in the industry.

The consumer, for lower cost items, where they shop on line, and already pick up their orders, we will see a positive result in the customer service experience, e.g. the consumer does not have to wait on lines to pick up their order.  However, if the consumer would have, under the old program, had free shipping, this may alter the perspective of the customer, that they are getting less service, i.e. before they did not have to leave their homes.

All and all, if these stores balance their models, and continue to offer the free shipping option for high price items, whatever the watermark, e.g. $50 USD, and this option is available for all items which can fit in the locker, many consumers may be pleased.  If Amazon was smart, they might take advantage of as many partners as possible, as well as leveraging many of the small ‘long standing’ for rent shops, with one employee, if their logistics workflow includes not just leveraging partner’s shipping workflow.

In addition, this option, if progressed or evolved for retail, B&M, we may see fewer shortages.  That is for another article.

Virtual Keyboard For Mobile Devices Has Users Type On Air

An article I just read on PSFK, Virtual Keyboard For Mobile Devices Has Users Type On Air – PSFK. previews Fujitsu‘s design of a prototype keyboard.  In it’s current prototype design, has no projection of keys, so the user must type in the air.  The user looks at the screen to determine if there key depressions, and fingers are in proper alignment with the virtual keyboard.  A camera monitors the user’s hand movements, and the key component of Fujitsu’s solution is software driven.  Although, this seems like a relatively inexpensive solution, i.e. possible reuse of existing web cameras, without the ability to project a virtual keyboard, this design seems embryonic.   At the CES show this year, I saw a product in the Eureka section, which has the capability for the user to pass their fingers through a transparent screen, and virtually touch objects on the screen.  It was a very interesting design, and would be great to marry up the two products.  At the CES 2013 show, they were demonstrating their virtual keyboard with a video game, which you needed to touch the correct shape as they fell down the virtual screen, so it was actually a two in one design, both a virtual keyboard and a screen.  Unfortunately, I don`t remember, and don`t have the literature to identify the company, although the Eureka section was a small part of the expo in the Bellagio, so someone at this year`s expo, should be able to pinpoint the company.  If you remember the company name, please post a comment.

Solving the Corporate and Personal Data Dilemma for Mobile Devices

After reading this article in the New York Timers, I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age – NYTimes.com, regarding employees using their mobile devices for both corporate and personal use, I pulled apart these challenges one by one.

One of the challenges mentioned is corporate and personal applications, potentially malware running on the same mobile OS, and this is not a new problem.  Typically, companies provide the hardware, and lock down the PCs where non-corporate software installed is a violation of corporate policy, and there are even at times, nightly corporate programs that go on the network, find these non-corporate applications and remove them.  One solution to the mobile devices in the corporate world is a similar approach whereby the mobile OS vendors allow corporations to apply this approach, if the corporation is providing the mobile hardware.

If the company is not providing the mobile device, an effective way partitioning data in the PC world could also be applied to the moble OS world, multiple boot partitions, just like a VM image. As the mobile hardware gets more robust, such as more processors and more, and fast RAM, this solution should be extremely feasible, and allow for the partitioning of corporate data.

There was also an implied usage of personal application using the bandwidth of corporate data, not so much an issue, however, this too can be solved with the traditional PC approach of a Proxy and Firewall approach, i.e. know, acceptable, published ports for approved applications.

In short, a multiple, dual, (or even mobile) OS boot, just like a virtual machine, whereby when you start up your mobile device, you select personal, or corporate image (or corporate 1, 2, etc), and even the image of the mobile OS could be housed in a clould architecture, which I have mentioned in the previous article I posted last year, Elastic Computing for Mobile Devices: Mobile OS Hosting Maximizing Computing Capacity


Multiple Video Feeds Give Arena Fans the Comforts of Home

Multiple Video Feeds Give Arena Fans the Comforts of Home – NYTimes.com.

And the crowd goes wild, unfortunately, yet again, I called it.  This idea is so last year.  I wrote an article about this idea last September; however, it seems this implementation is in it’s infancy, although, has merit for it’s progress alone. I commend the Nets for the attempt, score, two points!

Futuristic MYO Armband Lets You Control Your Computer With Gestures

Futuristic MYO Armband Lets You Control Your Computer With Gestures.

Personal Opinion: Based on the article, there is great potential in this technology, and probably worth the investment to explore and commoditize the paradigm.  Based on the photo, the technology looks like it is based on muscle movements, such as a Seismometer instrument measure motions of the ground, the devise looks like it is sensitive to specific motions of the muscles in the arm.  Although this is a great step toward progress, the measurement of neural impulses is the ultimate progression, and accuracy of detecting synapses firing from the brain to indicate movement in muscles.

Pebble Smart Watch Tells When Phone Calls, Emails Arrive – Walt Mossberg – Personal Technology – AllThingsD

Pebble Smart Watch Tells When Phone Calls, Emails Arrive – Walt Mossberg – Personal Technology – AllThingsD.

Personal Update: Agree with the article for the most part.  It’s a stepping stone on what can be, excuise the play on words, “Pebble” Smart Watch, but in this economy, it’s iffy if it will thrive.