Making office spaces space more responsive to worker’s needs – Robin

Joseph Flaherty writes: “Robin, a Boston-based company, is attempting to make the Internet of Things serious business by instrumenting offices with iBeacons paired with a suite of productivity dashboards and apps. … Robin achieves this by tying physical objects like smart light bulbs and screens, called “editors” in their system, to sensors like those in a smartphone, which is modified by an “identity” layer, or app, that records a given user’s preferences. iBeacons situated in the office collect all that information and relay it to Robin’s web service which can then push changes back down to the hardware, making the space more responsive to worker’s needs.”

Creating benchmarks for health profiling – Google X Baseline Study


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Augmented Reality glasses for pilots – Aero Glass

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Talking about yourself during a job interview

Ashley Stahl discusses how we should talk about ourselves during a job interview. “The average human attention span today is five seconds, so not only do you need a strong elevator pitch, you also need it to hook the interviewer’s attention from the outset. That’s just about all the time you have before her mind starts wandering to her next meeting, her inbox or her lunch plans.”
Stahl suggests three steps:
– Tell a story: “Try referencing a time when your potential was recognized in the workplace, and talk about how that specific incident relates back to your talents and interest in the position at hand.”
– Make it about them, too
– Keep it short and sweet: “I recommend aiming for between 60 and 90 seconds in a job or informational interview, and 20 seconds when you’re in a networking environment.”

Children and parent surveillance

Carol Margaret Barron writes: “children are not passive, powerless recipients of this surveillance; rather they tell us of their forms of negotiation and resistance to monitoring of their play spaces. Children’s resistance to monitoring of their mobility in time and space unfolds in an on-going dialogue between parents and children … While adults may use the mobile phone as an invisible surveillant device, children completely turned the mobile phone to their advantage in resisting this surveillance through a variety of means (e.g. using text-only to communicate with parents enabled the children to say they were in a specific, special location when this was not always truthful). Indeed, the mobile phone is quite possibly a mechanism employed by children in middle childhood to actually increase their spatial mobility, thus increasing their autonomy and independence, which are normal elements of child development.”

Sony Augmented Reality fifteen years ago

Hiroai Kitano, Director of Research, President, and CEO of Sony claims that Sony invented an early network awareness service for augmented reality and location awareness fifteen years ago. “”And Sony had absolutely no clue what to do with it,” he said. CSL called the technology PlaceEngine and spun it off into a separate company called Koozyt. Kitano said it’s one of the major providers of that type of service today in Japan, at use in the Tokyo National Museum among other places.”

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