Tracking seniors

Another Way to Keep Track of the Elderly
“But another monitoring company disagrees. MobileHelp, based in Boca Raton, offers many of the same features as Lifeline: a base station and pendant, plus helpful live operators always available. But it also provides a separate mobile device with a built-in speaker that can be used to summon help, wherever there’s a cellular signal. Push a button, and a few seconds later an operator is on the line.”
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NYTimes.com

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Virtual instruments

piano gloves
“the design is composed of two digitally enhanced gloves that use arduino and processing to track the player’s movements and create the corresponding piano notes. the user puts on the gloves and then plays the piano on any flat surface, such as a desk or table. the gloves are spatially aware and can know what notes the user is intending to play.”
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Design Boom

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Tracking insects

Observations: Tiny radio transmitters track flight of tropical orchid bees
“A group of researchers now has acquired far more specific data, attaching tiny, 300-milligram radio transmitters to the backs of male orchid bees (Exaerete frontalis) to track their movements.
The bees clocked in at an average of 9.5 meters per minute, usually logging more than three hours of air time a flight. The longest flight recorded was nearly two kilometers, and one intrepid bee soared over the Panama Canal, eventually ending up some five kilometers away before returning days later closer to where it had been caught.”
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Scientific American

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Digital lessons

High-tech drivers ed for digitally savvy teens
“Its full USD 1,495 package aimed at beginning teen drivers, for instance, includes four 90-minute sessions on a state-of-the-art driving simulator, which lets students experience routine and extreme driving situations without risk to themselves or others. New drivers learn how to drive in rain, snow, fog and darkness on both suburban streets and highways; they also experience the consequences of texting while driving, going too fast or running a red light.”
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Small jobs

iPhone app lets users earn cash for small tasks
“Most listed jobs are in everyday locations where agents live; examples include collecting retail pricing and display information, event images, photos of items for sale and consumer surveys that can be completed anywhere an iPhone can be used. The Field Agent software uses the iPhone’s built-in tools to provide clients with information including agent history, GPS location, time and date stamps, and photo confirmations. Payments can range from USD 3 to USD 8, depending on the job’s degree of difficulty.”
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