Wearable technology has another innovation to share. This time it is a pair of smart shoes that are designed to work with Google Maps to aid walkers and joggers to stay on route. Apparently one can simply link their shoes through a smart phone and select a path on Google Maps and the shoes will buzz vibrations to the left or right foot depending upon what direction the person planned to go. The space slipper, aka Lechal smartshoes, developed by Ducere Technologies. The product was originally designed to aid visually impaired people. And the name Lechal means “take me along” in Hindi, but the designers realized during development that this product would be great for the fitness industry. The shoe design looks more like a space slipper than a running shoe, and it appears that the company is offering an insole to work the same way and can be put in a person’s currently owned shoes. So don’t throw away your fancy walking or running shoes yet. Personally, this is not a product for me, but it could be an interesting aid for those that are in assisted living locations and can easily get lost. I would suggest geo mapping a complex were assisted care units are. People with health conditions are often encouraged to take walks or get fresh air, but due to medication or health problems sometimes people can become disorientated. Perhaps the space slippers might have a more useful application in a place like that. Too bad they are still tied to a cell phone, which residents of such a facility may not carry along with them. To read more about the latest in “take me along shoes” just click
Being a writer for a company site such as We Are Technology forces me to be on the constant lookout for new topics and old topics to write about concerning technology. I have to ask myself what does our audience want to hear about? And what do they need to know about? These are important questions since as the company writer, I want to serve our clients, company followers, as well as the company itself. And in the past we have discussed wearable technology and I think it has a future, but my question is….how soon is that future? So I started asking myself how often have I seen people in everyday life wearing and using wearable technology? And I was forced to respond that I only know one person who owns and uses such a device and that I have not seen anyone wandering around wearing Google Glasses or other smart devices. So what is happening? Am I too isolated to know the reality of how the market place has responded to these devices? Also, why have I not seen these products prominently displayed in stores either, and the items I see online are often Photoshop concept type drawings made to look very real to present the idea of the potential product, but not something actually produced and ready. So I have asked one of our top software programmers, Devin R., who happens to own a smart watch what he thought of the item. And this is what he shared with me. He purchased a Pebble from Best Buy since he had been following the item’s progress since it was on Kickstarter in 2012. The purpose behind the smart watch to be able to
Technology Architect, Bill Sikkens who is also the CEO and brilliant programmer of over 20 years for the We Are Technology brand by Cumulus Technology has embarked on a new twist in his rather diverse body of professional experiences. His unique software experience in designing and writing security, medical, and database systems has granted him the necessary expertise to be able answer important questions regarding the nature of technology today. So when he approached local KOH Radio Show Host, Dan Mason, to see if he would be interested in having him on for a second time after a successful interview back in June 2013 in his quest to get the word out about the We Are Technology brand, fortune smiled on Cumulus Technology. Bill received another invitation to join Dan Mason on his show to speak about technology, which has become the beginning of a wonderful series of interviews featuring our very own Bill Sikkens as a voice of technological expertise on several west coast radio shows. Starting with interviews with Dan Mason on KOH Reno, the Book Hound on Fox Radio, Morning News with Steve Leader on KXL Portland, American Matters with Dave Asher, Executive Director of Buy Local Nevada & the Green Business Chamber on Fox Radio, and the latest appearance on Profiles in Business with Chip Evans, Bill has just begun a series of on air appearances which will offer opportunities for the general public to have their technology questions answered on air. If you would like to suggest topics that you would like addressed, please go to the Ask Your Question button on the right hand side of the WeAreTechnology.com website and submit your question. Photo taken during Bill's latest
Today at 4pm Pacific Standard time William Sikkens, our Technology Expert, will be chatting with Dan Mason on his KOH Newstalk radio show. You can access the radio show via the web by just going to KKOH.COM There is a red link button in the upper right hand corner of the website that says "Listen Live". Click that button and it will start the stream. The topic today should be the latest trends and advancements in technology.
This is one of those unusual articles that we just don't seem to hear about in the US market even though it involves a large US company - Disney! And since our company is about technology and the use of it, it only makes sense that we would want to share this with our clients, associates, team members, and social media followers that love technology. Gotta love the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24031948
Cumulus is ready to certify you on HIPAA HITECH (Also known as HIPAA 2.0). You needed to be compliant by September 23, 2013. So did your vendors. Let us help you avoid the fine! What Exactly is HIPAA? HIPAA, short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a set of regulations first introduced in 1996 that regulate how electronic health records are handled by medical providers and medical billing companies. The new HIPAA HITECH introduces new regulations and clarifies some of the previous areas where exact implementation was hard to understand. One new area that HIPAA HITECH covers is that the vendors (entities that maintain, store or handle protected electronic health information) can also be fined along with their covered entities if they fail to meet HIPAA requirements. In plain words - the computer guy that certified the doctor as being HIPAA certified can also get in trouble if the requirements are not met. How bad are the fines? Violations of HIPAA can incur very steep fines as well as, in some cases, criminal charges. The average fine can be around $25,000 - $50,000 per incident per provider. So if there is a medical provider with 3 doctors and protected electronic information is not handled correctly, a fine of $150,000 may be assessed. This is the kind of fine that any small or medium sized business cannot afford to ignore let alone the original reasons why such regulations were made to protect confidentiality. Are there solutions? Cumulus specializes in HIPAA compliant medical software. We are a provider of HIPAA compliant cloud services for hosting of servers, databases and other information systems of protected data. In addition we offer on-site and server analysis to
I think we are just beginning to see the start of the wearable technology trend. And as time goes on more and more creative minds will find ways to make wearable technology a part of our daily lives. It seems to me that the door was really opened by several key events to make this a reasonable reality: the devices are getting smaller and smaller, the technology is getting more reliable, and finally the introduction of wifi and Bluetooth technology. This design could be strapped to the belt or put into a pocket while the previous design was worn on the chest and a stethoscope style set of headphones were used. The next style was even smaller and silver in color. Anytime we can remove the electrical cord from the equation there becomes a wonderful freedom from that chain to the wall called the data cable or electrical cord. It is easy to see how the cell phone has metamorphed from a giant heavy walkie talkie looking device with a large antenna poking out from the top to the sleek smart phones that don’t just do phone calls. They are actually small handheld computers that allow us to play games, keep track of business and personal data, take photos as well as keep communication going. I am still learning what my smart phone can do, and I am sure that I will never fully realize its amazing potential. You have to realize that I bought it because it was a mobile telephone, and not for any of the other wonderful features it offers. When I was in high school the first signs of wearable technology coming to market were apparent