The New Magic of Biometrics

March 14, 2016
Remember Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible movie, using physical attributes such as fingerprints, handprints, retinal scans, voice print and facial recognition to secure access to highly protected locations? This is biometrics in action—and for those concerned about security, this is one of the next big things. With most transactions and communications occurring online, the scope, scale and frequency of mass data breaches, brute force attacks against Web properties and identity fraud with attacks against user accounts is escalating. Weak passwords are part of the authentication problem, so is there a...

Artificial Intelligence: A Disruptive Tech

February 02, 2016
As we look into the crystal ball of a new year we find some prominent tech trends in the consumer marketplace that are also stimulating innovation and transformation in the corporate world.   Virtual reality, 3D printing, drones, wearables, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices are impacting manufacturing and sectors ranging from the enterprise, healthcare, cities, transportation, retail, education and other businesses.  But in this column, we take a look at one potential game-changer—artificial intelligence (AI)—that could reboot businesses and...

What's Up with Digital Imaging?

December 03, 2015
Clearly the camera phone has disrupted the imaging and photography market. Sharing images and video over platforms like Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube has put the lower--end of the digital imaging industry in a tailspin and threatened point-and-shoot cameras. The smartphone’s convenience, portability and mobile connectivity, as well as a slew of photography-based apps have energized the digital imaging market in new ways. In the imaging scene—distinct pictures emerge. Amateurs are becoming more professional moving beyond the days of cute but poorly shot content on YouTube. Professional...

Is Science Fiction Colliding With Health Solutions?

October 05, 2015
What will the intersection of tech with health, genomics and medicine look like in the next few years? We are on the cusp of a transformative revolution. Cross-disciplinary sectors are collaborating across the biomedical and technology spectrum from mobile and digital health to 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, pharma and synthetic biology. It’s about telemedicine, eHealth, electronic medical records/electronic health records, personal genomics, big data and health IT.   It’s also about healthcare providers, consumers and researchers working together to address complex clinical...

Budding Mobile Video Platforms

August 26, 2015
Move over YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Live streaming and image-sharing platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest and newbies like Meerkat and Periscope are gaining attention. Are they the taste du jour—or something else? The grassroots culture that started the craze of posting selfies on Instagram is now shifting to sharing experiences through live video streaming apps on various platforms. While Facebook has let people post videos for years, it says viewership soared from three billion videos per day in January to four billion per day in April.YouTube is evolving from “home-made” videos to offering OTT long and short-form professional entertainment. It is part...

Health Data: Disruptive Transformation

May 29, 2015
The quantity and velocity of data being generated by businesses, consumers, healthcare providers and patients is increasing at epic levels. Consider the popularity of wearable fitness health devices. These devices often connect to a ‘system’ that collects and captures data and personal analytics. What does the data say about my current health and wellness based on analytics and what can it predict about my well-being?   Recently eClinicalWorks, an ambulatory electronic health records (EHR) vendor launched its Health and Online Wellness (Healow) platform that allows for...

Hello Mobile Wallet

January 26, 2015
The buzz about mobile transactions began when Apple introduced Apple Pay in the fall and assembled major players in its ecosystem. With great fanfare, Apple Pay announced it was working with retailers from Office Depot to RadioShack and Walgreens. Apple Pay allows for in-app payment for brands like Groupon, OpenTable, Target and Uber. Apple has also partnered with American Express, Master Card and Visa, and banks like Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo. In fact, Chase announced that Apple Pay could be used at more than 220,000 retail stores. Imagine paying your bills by pressing your finger against a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. After initially entering credit...

Disruptive Commercial Drones

December 09, 2014
Commercial uses for drones aka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are poised to make a big impact across diverse industries. The implications are virtually endless. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sparked people’s imagination in 2013 when he discussed Amazon’s UAV aspirations for shorthop deliveries on 60 Minutes. Today, Amazon is experimenting with the eighth generation of its Prime Air UAV. Similarly, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to employ UAVs to bring affordable Internet access to the five billion people in the developing world who lack connectivity. The company then purchased U.K.-based drone maker Ascenta, while Google scooped-up Titan Aerospace, a two-year old...

A Watershed Moment for Healthcare

September 22, 2014
Healthcare systems are becoming more efficient and better coordinated. Beyond Google Glass and its medical applications, the Google X Life Sciences group is developing wearable devices to collect data such as heart rate, heart rhythm and oxygen level. This group also developed the smart contact lens — but the potential game changer is its new Moonshot Project, called Baseline Study. In its pilot, it will map genetic and molecular data from 175 people—and later thousands—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be. While other mass medical ...
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