Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed ultrasonically-enabled glasses and shoes designed to give the blind a set of "bat ears" that can detect obstacles and report them using varying levels of vibration. From the article: "The shoes will be able to detect steps, holes in the road and obstacles within a five cm (two inch) vertical distance.
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News.com's Martin Lamonica: The chief information officer of Massachusetts is stepping down, complaining about a lack of funding for the commonwealth's technology initiatives.
This will undoubtedly descend into a war of semantics when it comes to what technically constitutes a kill switch. But, developers have tried "kill switches" in their code for as long as I can remember (often referring to them as such) and it's commonly understood what that means in the context of disabling software.
Mike Foley, the executive director of the Bluetooth SIG (the multi-vendor special interest group that plays chaperone to Bluetooth standards), has responded (in his blog) to a post of mine (yesterday) about whether or not Nokia's Wibree wireless technology is a gauntlet, one that could end up being substituted for Bluetooth.
Salesforce.com will take the wraps off the next extension to its platform at its Dreamforce conference next week, opening up more of the underlying tools and further leveraging its hosting environment.
Next week at the inagural Office 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, I will be kicking off the proceedings, interviewing Esther Dyson.
Last week, at MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference, I decided to corner Jason Pontin who is not only the editor-in-chief and publisher of MIT's Technology Review Magazine, but he's also the executive producer (for all intents and purposes) of the conference that's held annually in Cambridge, MA.
Most people don't know who Joshua Schachter is. But as of recently, when the popular social bookmarking service he invented (known as del.
Charlene Li of Forrester is working on a framework for measuring the ROI of blogging for organization, especially those that are concerned about the possible risks of have less control over information flow. Among the benefits she cites are lower-cost public relations, reaching influential enthusiast communities, increased responsiveness to consumer concerns, improved employee innovation and productivity and improved stock price with greater visibility into the organization.
News.com's Declan McCullaugh has juxtaposed US Representative Mark Foley's record as one of Congress' leading opponents to online predation against the recent news that he himself was apparently an online predator (if the accounts currently being published turn out to be accurate).