Megan Geuss of Ars Technica reports, “At a Wednesday press conference in Seattle, Amazon announced a service that would go along with its newly debuted Fire Phone. Called Firefly, this new technology is packaged in an app that can identify up to 100 million objects. For the most part, this feature will integrate with the Amazon marketplace, allowing you to take photos of products and buy them from Amazon, but the technology used to make it run will also be available to developers in an SDK available now… Using Firefly, a button on the side of the Fire Phone will instruct the camera to recognize a phone number, a book, a DVD, a URL, a QR code, and more. Additionally, Firefly will be able to listen for music (like Shazam) and identify a song that’s playing in the ambient noise around you.” Read more
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There’s a new term in town: Participatory mHealth. As defined by Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science at CornellNYC Tech and co-founder of Open mHealth, it “is taking what was previously unmeasured and uncaptured behavior – [things] that were previously ephemeral — and turn that into data.” Such information can be as valuable to treating conditions as is data collected by the instruments and diagnostics tools in formal health care settings, and perhaps can be a more reliable indicator of how a person’s health really is faring than their response to a doctor’s question at exam time. Those answers, after all, can be influenced by so many things – how they’re feeling that morning, for instance, vs. how they’ve generally felt since the last time they spoke to their healthcare provider.
With so many people today in possession of a smart phone with built-in GPS capabilities, there’s a new opportunity to capture so much data about what individuals do – especially those with chronic conditions – as well as the distance parameters related to where they’re doing it, the times they set out for an activity, how they’re feeling at various times during the day, and a whole lot more. “Chronic disease in some ways is the killer app for this kind of mobile health technology,” Estrin noted, since most of the care for dealing with chronic conditions occurs outside the clinical setting.
The capture is the easy part, says Estrin – much of it can be automated or be entered via a simple click, for instance. “The heavy lifting is in the analysis, in fusing and pulling out what is interesting from those data streams,” Estrin told an audience at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference in New York City on Wednesday.
OpenWays has created a line of mobile apps that allow smart phones to be used as hotel room keys: “Mobile Key by OpenWays is the first and only ubiquitous mobile phone-based front-desk bypass solution that is truly deployable today and enables hotel guests to use any of the 5.8 billion cell phones worldwide as a room key. It is fully interoperable, carrier independent and highly secure. This self-service option is meeting guests’ demands for more service and it’s reducing hotels’ operating costs while building competitive advantages.” Read more
What does it mean for a tablet to have a Semantic Web inspired user interface (UI)? Following the launch of the Grid 10 from Fusion Garage – erstwhile known as Tabco in the lead-up campaign to its debut – we’re still not sure.
Brought to you by the same company that tried to make a splash with the JooJoo tablet a couple of years back, the Grid 10 aims to address complaints that were leveled around that failed product, such as being unintuitive and lacking apps. And to show good faith with those who bought the first device, Fusion Garage CEO and founder Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan said those folks can expect emails offering them the Grid 10 for free.
Fusion Garage is making its play not to conquer Apple but to be a real competitor to it, which Rathakrishnan said has been lacking given the me-too sameness of every other player in the mobile device market. He talked about the tablet’s operating system being built to leverage the Android kernel – while emphasizing that “this isn’t Android, though – it is Grid.”
Here’s where one might have thought to hear more about its having semantic technology behind it as a distinguishing characteristic, but the word semantic wasn’t uttered once by Rathakrishnan in his introduction or demo of the Grid 10 today, nor in regard to the Grid for SmartPhone that he introduced as well.