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Camera-embedded sports kits bring first person POV to all sports

Spanish tech company First V1sion has created sportswear that features an integrated camera to show real-time action from the athlete’s point of view.

Newly affordable tech such as the GoPro camera or HEXO+ autonomous sports drone has changed what we expect from action footage. Yet coverage of sports such as soccer, tennis and basketball often still use the same distant shots to show fans what’s going on. Spanish tech company First V1sion is aiming to change this, with sportswear that features an integrated camera to show real-time action from the athlete’s point of view.

While competitors in motor racing or extreme sports are able to attach a camera to their cars or gear to offer interesting viewpoints to bring the audience into the action, the same isn’t true for individual and team-based sports where extra equipment would be detrimental to their game. First V1sion’s sports gear integrates a lightweight camera located at chest height. This allows those in athletics, soccer, basketball, tennis, and almost any other sport to capture high definition footage and have it instantly broadcasted. The kit also includes pulsemeter and accelerometer to provide more real-time statistics that can be delivered through broadcasts. These combined technologies make the broadcasts more engaging for the viewer, dragging them into the action. For instance, rather the audience could see exactly what Messi sees before he takes a World Cup penalty, or be used to confirm refereeing decisions for foul play.

The system makes sports broadcasts more engaging for the audience by capturing footage never available before. Are there other technologies that could bring audiences at home closer to the action on the sports field or at other live events?



Virtual customer service uses AI to detect human emotion

IPsoft’s Amelia is an AI customer service agent that can accurately detect the mood of the customer to better deal with their request.

Dealing with the customer support department of many companies can be an infuriating task — as a recent viral recording of a Comcast call demonstrated pretty perfectly. But can digital alternatives offer an improvement? IPsoft’s Amelia is an AI customer service agent that can accurately detect the mood of the customer to better deal with their request.

While many businesses have already experimented with artificial intelligence for online web support, it can soon become very obvious when the ‘agent’ doesn’t respond in an appropriately emotional way, especially if the request is an angry one. Amelia is able to process the natural language of both business manuals and the customer in need of support. Not only can it search those business guides and the web for information to help each customer, but it also tracks their mood and other contextual data. This way, if a customer is unhappy, Amelia tailors its support to offer greater reassurance and works to ensure customers end the call in a better mood. If in any case the issue isn’t resolved, Amelia passes the call or chat onto a human. All communication is stored so Amelia can pick up each case with reference to any previous contact.

Detecting customers’ feelings and responding appropriately could make online helpdesks even more like face-to-face support, while helping reduce the burden of customer service teams on businesses. Are there other ways this type of mood-detecting technology could help digitize human responsibilities?


Who really needs technology?

Look around, besides the screen you're staring at I bet there are at least two more item around you that are considered as ''Modern Technology''. Ever wondered why you bought it ? The answer might be might be that you need it for work, it's very usable or you simply like it. What I know for sure, is that the reason you were able to buy it is basic economics of supply and demand. I like my toast Sunday mornings but if I was the only one, a toaster wouldn't be accessible and normal thing to buy. For a person who suffered a physical trauma and because of it lost an arm or leg, amazing progress is made in the area of prosthetics, It's called Bionics.

''The Stuff of life meets machine - Todd Kuiken''

One of the people leading the way is Hugh Herr who gave a amazing Ted talk and is head of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. Inspired by nature's own designs he designs Bionic limbs that are stronger, faster and more efficient. ''Towards the end of disability'' .

These new architectural innovations in the field of Bionics creates possibilities and has enormous impact in the lives of disabled people, who get the ability back of normal movement. This is a huge step in gaining acces in and contributing is in todays society. It even opens up possibilities for non disabled people whereas sometimes Bionics are more capable of doing thing instead of our natural limbs.   

What I especially like about this new technology finally reaching smaller groups, is the happiness and joy it brings to people. Another example is David Sengeh's way of enhancing prosthetic attachment using a 3D printer. They both got in common that these technological innovations feel useful and empower Quality of life, while it fulfills the gap in physical disability and provides more ways to social wellbeing, activities and development. Instead of having a new smartphone or tablet every year this technology makes wishes and dreams of the less fortunate people come true. It has profound impact in their lives as they are able to do more and be independent. The thought I want to leave behind is that we should also promote innovation in areas where it's not always commercial viable but where happiness and usefulness can be guaranteed. 

Let's get you healthy!

Imagine measuring everything about yourself during you daily life. Now try to imagine future of health, that of yourself and generations to come. It isn't that big a stretch to see the symbiose between the two and where it's heading in case of technological possibilities. That is if, the ''sharing is caring'' policy of privacy stays alive. That aside, one of these advantages is the Application 'RevUp!, Health Accelerated'. A digital platform started by Samir Damani from a company called MD Revolution. Their mission is to control your health through connecting all kinds of services and tools for example Nike+ and Fitbit. There's also an option to link 23andme. In this way they gather personal data and with all the knowledge of your daily exercise and food intake, experts and certified professionals are keeping track and making sure that you keep healthy by giving you the right advice when needed. They simply measure, monitor and motivate.

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All health, food and sports related data stuffed into one digital platform. It Sounds easy and logical. Together with expertise and personal help based on your own data  I say YES!  I'm in. It makes sense to not have all kinds different apps to work individual. Let's connect them and take advantage of the internet of things. It makes data more measurable and visual of your daily life and therefore it could affect your food, work and leisure choices for the better. 

But there is a price tag, although the app is free we put a lot of personal data in the hands of commercial companies we don't actually now. Will it be sold or shared, are they bound by the Patriot act? It raises many questions. This new initiative is definitely a step towards better personal health (tracking) but it's married to the raising privacy issue of the way companies are collecting and using our data. It's a side note to keep in mind because simply put losing your privacy is not a good thing for your mental health in the long run.