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
Yes, the We Are Technology Team has developed it's first technology radio show called User Friendly. The original concept was for a TV Technology show that was brain stormed by the California We Are Technology Team, but since Bill Sikkens appearance on live radio had been well received, a decision was made to first put together a radio show and then consider the TV show project. Today will be the first airing of the User Friendly Radio Show with Bill Sikkens as the host and several We Are Technology Team members filling the roles as co-host and interviewer. Bill Sikkens has become well known for his appearances on Tech Tuesdays with host Dan Mason on KKOH on 780 AM radio. The User Friendly Radio Show is currently set to air on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM PT on Fox radio 101.3FM and will be played on Fox Stations throughout the US. If you can't get a chance to listen to the show on the radio, go to our Media Library page to find the YouTube links to the various appearances. Media library - click here. G. Winkler - Technology Artist - (c) 2014 Cumulus Technology - the "We Are Technology" people
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
The We Are Technology Team has a good relationship with Google and I found this wonderful interview with Larry Page on the Business Insider website. I have never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Larry Page, but hopefully someday I will get that opportunity, most especially after viewing this interesting interview that really gives one an overview of what kind of future he hopes to see. I love how sharing information can inspire other people emotionally, creatively, purposefully, and altruistically. This is what I do for the We Are Technology Team – I write, organize ideas, and do art to help share information not only about our company and products but what is happening in the world of technology. There is so much going on out there and I learn things everyday when I search for trends or advancements in technology. I know I miss so many stories. One can only read or listen to so many news articles before becoming over saturated, and that is why we re-share the ones that we find that capture our imagination and inspiration for technology. Technology should be about inspiring the mind to realize its full potential whether that would be in science, art, business, or even politics. Regardless of the path of the individual, it should help one go in a direction of positive achievement. So please take a few minutes to allow yourself to dream and imagine how technology can inspire and help your goals for the future. Watch the video or read the article. It’s good to know what people are dreaming about around you. Click here for the link. G. Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology – the “We Are Technology” people
Windows XP will no longer be supported as of April 8, 2014. It will be a good morning to be on Portland, Oregon's KXL radio station. Our very own Bill Sikkens will be "keeping it weird" as he discusses the expiration of Windows XP with KXL show hosts Steve and Rebecca at 10AM Pacific time on Friday March 21, 2014. The soon to be expired Operating System, on April 8, will no longer be supported by Microsoft, which will invariably cause future security and software concerns. This is all happening during a time when all businesses know very well the concern for keeping costs low but also maintaining a safe and secure technology infrastructure. Tune in on the local station at FM 101 KXL or listen online by visiting the KXL website and clicking on the listen live button on the upper left hand side of the website. UPDATE: 3/21/2014 10:05AM It appears that a miscommunication has occurred concerning the airing time of the interview - we will post that time as soon as we know it. G. Winkler (c) 2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology - the "We Are Technology" people
What is it? ….it’s a camera ball! I just found this little techno gem on the BBC website and it looks like great fun. I can just imagine something like this being used for social media fun, but I can also imagine it could be useful in exploration purposes such as examining caves or crevices that a human cannot access safely but a small object could be lowered safely down instead. Perhaps lowering one down into the Amazon Rain forest to capture photos of plants and animals in the tree tops to give a real life feeling of what it would be like to be in the trees. Click below for the BBC article and video footage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25926300 Or even better go to this link and click on the company’s “watch the video” icon and get the whole story about the camera and its creation and possibilities for capturing life’s wonderful moments. http://www.panono.com/ballcamera/ G. Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology
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.
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