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Bluetooth and the Future

tc3The future of Bluetooth technology is indeed bright and it holds a number of possibilities which are being realized with all of the latest devices that are been released from a number of companies. This type of technology has been seen in new products that companies like Nokia, Sony, and Microsoft have come out with.

Although it is true that Bluetooth technology is used primarily for communication purposes, it has also served a number of other purposes. There are marketing reports which state that Bluetooth technology will be responsible for the creation of over 100 new devices which will soon be on the market and available to the general public.

When it comes to this technology the possibilities are almost endless. While it may have started out as a close-range form of communication which resulted in headsets for mobile phones, there is much more to it than just that. Since the invention of Bluetooth technology, it has enabled millions of people to talk with each other without having to actually speak into their phones as well as work more efficiently with various technological devices. Bluetooth has been responsible for the creation of WAP or Wireless Application Protocol which is the use of this technology with communicating on mobile devices.

There is no doubt that both individuals and professionals can use Bluetooth devices for both business and personal purposes, making it an extremely versatile technology that is constantly growing into some bigger and better all the time. Developers of mobile phone and computer technology recognize the potential that Bluetooth has when it comes to doing even more impressive things with it, enabling people all over the world to make doing everything from using a computer to talking on the phone with someone they know a little bit easier and more convenient.

Many major vendors have already come out in support of devices that work off Bluetooth technology and it seems as though this is a trend that isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. When it comes to this type of technology, there is no doubt that it is being accepted and implemented at an unprecedented rate, resulting in the creation of new products and ways of connecting people faster and more efficiently than ever before. Bluetooth technology is expected to have a huge impact on many different industries, especially with regards to computer that are starting to feature these applications more and more, proving just how much of a future this technology really has in the world as we know it.

Infrared Technologies

Not long ago, I had an interesting conversation about the challenges of future infrared technologies and how they might limit our personal freedoms. Perhaps, you’ve heard that infrared is being used to help police catch folks growing illegal plants (drugs) in their homes, and they use this with a combination of watching the usage on these new smart meters, that makes sense and it makes their policing job perhaps easier. Still, there are issues with our Constitution regarding search and seizure, as you can readily see.

Of course, our laws hadn’t accounted for these new technologies until perhaps about 10-years ago, and now there is some case law on the books, some might see these cases as counter to the spirit of the Constitution and yet, this is how the courts have chosen to interpret these things, thus, these cases stand, and therefore, perhaps we might discuss all this.

You see, more and more miniature UAVs are being used by enforcement agencies, some call these units MAVs or Micro Air Vehicles, but regardless of what you call them, many of them do have infrared scanners aboard to catch evading suspects running from the police. That also makes sense, well until one of those UAVs comes after an innocent man in violation of his rights as a citizen.

Anyway, my acquaintance had inquired about these types of infrared sensors being used here at home, and so I asked; what are you trying to do or what application are you considering – for instance self-driving car sensors to prevent pedestrian deaths, robotic sentry facility security, search and rescue, Sci Fi work alien vs. human, lie detector tests for podium pushing politicians, fever or sickness detection in crowds, soldier protection against unmanned enemy robots, sportswear heat ventilation?

In any case the examples above are most of where my thoughts have been with regards to IR heat signatures of humans, but I’ve also considered the need for a study of brain temperatures vs. depression, mania, and crowd control, along with cell phone microwave frequencies and brain overheating or deep stimulation and emotion. Infrared can assist in so many sub-categories, thus, it is very important to understand – for future innovations.

Although my acquaintance was not at liberty to explain his new use of this technology or what new invention he’d come up with, you can bet that this will be in the media and science news for decades to come, along with anti-infrared systems for camouflage for military personnel in the battlespace. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Education Technology

Laptop and PDA’s

Individuals in the business world have been utilizing the power of the laptop and handheld for years now. The educational community has just started to utilize these tools in their schools. Many teachers have begun to use laptops and handhelds to create lesson and assess student achievement. Students with exceptionalities are also utilizing laptops and handhelds to assist them in their studies.

The future could have every student and staff carrying a laptop or handheld throughout the day. This phenomenon is already occurring in most post secondary institutions and as the cost of these technologies go down the more likely it is that every student will soon be booting up at the beginning of each instructional day.

Online textbooks

The financial burden the cost of textbooks put on the education system is staggering. New textbooks are purchase every couple of year only to be replaced a few year later with the new cutting edge book that is not much different from the previous. Many companies are beginning to create CD-ROM and online versions of their books.

In the future we will probably find school boards paying a yearly subscription to the textbooks of their choice, which will allow their student to have unlimited access to the books via the internet or downloaded directly to their on their laptops at a fraction of the cost of providing a physical text for every student. Publisher need not fear this will not be the end of the book as we know it since we all still enjoy curling up with a good novel and love flipping through our favourite picture book.

Using the Experts

It is already possible to watch a live feed of Elephant Seals from California and have students ask questions to an onsite marine biologist. However, this could occur more effortlessly and regularly in the future.

Teachers could have access to thousands of experts around the globe and be able to utilize their expertise and knowledge when teaching specific topics. Students would be able to ask questions via video conferencing and perhaps even witness live experiments and studies happening around the world.

Virtual Reality Experiments, Activities and Field Trips

Virtual worlds such as Second Life are beginning to make it possible to create your own digital self (avatar) to travel and experience the world of cyberspace. Currently people are creating stores, team, games, homes and companies in these virtual worlds. Even corporations and educational institutions are experimenting within cyberspace.

In the future a teacher could take their class on a tour of the Amazon rain forest or the Great Barrier Reef within cyberspace and allow each individual student to explore using their own avatar. This may seem a little far out, but believe it or not it is already happening.

Instant assessment and feedback

With the use of laptops and handhelds teachers are already beginning to be able to record their instant assessments of students instantly. Not only are the teachers able to document student’s achievements quickly but with the help of virtual educational communities they will be able to give instant feedback to the student, parents, other teachers and administration.

Worldwide collaboration

World wide collaboration has already begun as students communicate with others around the world via email, video conferencing and instant messaging. Many collaborative projects are also occurring in the shape of online collaborative websites know as wikis. These sites allow anyone that has permission to add and edit the sites information. The most popular wiki, Wikipedia, is use by many internet surfers today.

The future possibilities of worldwide collaboration are mind boggling. Students studying Africa could be teleconferencing with a classroom of children in Botswana. A student writing an essay on the holocaust could have an instant message conversation with a holocaust survivor. An Art lesson on Picasso could begin with a question and answer period with his granddaughter. This is not very far fetched as many universities have been using these types of technologies to enhance their lectures and programs.

Streamlined Administration

Departments of education and school board are beginning to realize the power of streamlining educational data. Marks, reading levels, medical history, achievements, learning disabilities, attendance and many other important data about students is beginning to be compiled into streamlined databases that will help educators understand their students better and customize their lessons to improve achievement.

The Future is Now

Even though many of these technologies are available today, and are beginning to be used is some classrooms around the world, it gives us an idea of where we are heading. What educators and administrator need to remember is that we need to make sure that we keep the art and the human aspect in education and not let technology and ourselves turn it into an exact science that suffocates creativity and unique teaching styles. The possibilities endless we only need the creativity and willingness to embrace these new tools.

Lucas Kent is an experienced educator and author of 6 Steps to Success in Teaching with Technology which in now available on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and many other online bookstores.

What The Future For Car Technology

In the last century, we have seen car audio technology gain momentum. Starting out as a basic radio, in-car technology has come far. Now, we have complicated car audio systems, car DVD players, Bluetooth, sat-nav and GPS. All of which have been created to make car journey’s much easier and far more fun.

So where do we go from here? Already, this year we have seen touch screens and function enriched sat-nav systems hit the car audio market – yet what does the future hold for in-car technology?

In early 2010, German scientists developed a new car technology known as ‘EyeDriver’. It pretty much does as it says, it allows you to drive your car with your eyes alone. This new technology works by the driver wearing the special helmet, which holds two cameras and an infrared LED. Camera one points in the directions the driver’s eyes are looking (the scene camera), whilst the other focuses on the driver’s eye (the eye camera). This new and complex system automatically recognises the direction the driver is looking at, which is then relayed to a computer and then over a LAN network to the car, in turn steering the car accordingly.

Of course, being a very new technology, ‘EyeDriver’ has a few problems, which are yet to be overcome. If a driver gets distracted, the technology is bound to follow where he or she focuses upon, making it somewhat of a danger on the road. ‘Free ride’, as this mode is known as, allows a driver to have complete control over the car’s steering via the eyes, meaning their mistakes are outputted too. The scientists; however, claim that this can easily be overcome by creating an almost completely automated car using what they called ‘Routing’ mode, which only needs the driver to steer using this technology at a junction.

The future looks bright for in-car technology as it rapidly expands to cover all possible needs of a driver. Yet, before this technology can be released, it is yet to be confirmed as completely safe.

Biosphere Technology

It is no doubt that the world is in need of sustainable energy that would cater our increasing energy needs today and for the future. We cannot remain dependent on fossil fuels for it would destroy even our future generations. The adverse effects of fossil fuels particularly oil are visible in today’s society and environment like endemic diseases, climate change, extinction of many flora and fauna species and others. There are also the occurrences of socio-economic problems because of increasing oil prices. But there is still hope for this crisis. Green technologies like the biosphere technology could be the answer.

Many advances on science nowadays are gift to our future generations for these can eliminate if not lessen the serious dilemma brought by fossil fuels. For example the biosphere technology, a waste to energy system, can provide green solution to our ever growing energy needs. This innovative waste management and energy source cannot only help in providing sustainable energy but can definitely help the world towards a cleaner, greener and safer environment.

Biosphere Technology or Biosphere process system is an invention of Dr. Chris McCormack, the Chairman and CEO of Global Environmental Energy Corporation (GEECF). It is a form of waste management system that uses gasification to convert or destroy waste materials into marketable byproducts including electricity or green energy, carbon black, high alloy steel wire, pozzolanic ash and potable water. All its byproducts are valuable in economic development particularly in the energy industry. If this technology can be further developed then there would be any problem with our energy needs and environmental conservation.

Among all other green technologies, this is the most feasible one to support our future energy without harming the environment and human health.

Technology of the Future

This might not be the first time that some of you have heard about it, but a long time popular science has been revived with the recent news about ETT, or the Evacuated Tube Technology. ET3, a licensing organization, holds the patent of this proposed technology of the future.

Technology of the future: Magnetic Levitation Capsules

How it works? Well, simply imagine a bright sunny day in New York and suddenly you want to bring your wife on a dinner date, in Beijing! The usual flight time for any commercial flight is 14 hours, and lesser if you’re boarding a super high tech jet from the Air Force that can travel supersonic.

But with the ETT, you can travel from New York to Beijing in just two hours. Imagine having that dinner date in Beijing and after you’re done it’s still a bright and sunny day in downtown New York. And the ET3 believes that the day of high speed suction tubes is not far off.

A proposed prototype of the Evacuated Tube Technology is a six person capsule that would travel through air-less vacuum tubes that can reach to a maximum speed of 4,000 miles per hour. These capsules would run on frictionless magnetic levitation tracks. The Mag Lev technology is not a secret to everyone as is it currently used on some railways in Europe and in the United States. China has also had the same technology with their Shanghai Trans rapid.

If the same logic applies, the tracks and the capsules will have magnets with the same poles. And since only opposite poles attract, the capsule and the tracks would repel each other, making a sort of illusion that the capsule is levitating. While it is convenient and sounds a bit absurd, it sets as a form of bench mark in long distance transportations. It could be considered as a cornerstone for future transportation to come.

This technology can be very ideal, especially to those with busy schedules and to those who want to maximize their routine by shortening the travel time. Instead of the traditional 16-20 hour travel flights, capsules form a sense of urgency to get the destination. Businessman and tourists can greatly benefit this technology. But the question is, will it be available to all countries, or to a selected few (you know what I mean).

Key Drivers of Future Procurement Technology

With continued economic turmoil keeping the focus on procurement, newer technologies are continuously being sought to ensure the delivery of great savings and reduction of costs. Below is a look at some of the future drivers of technology in procurement.

Intelligent Reporting

Procurement technology of the future is set to shift its focus towards reporting that is more accurate. This will drive better business agility, as they become more responsive and predictive so as to allow for the reduction of costs.

Mobile Procurement

Procurement systems are set to break out of the desktop PC/ large application model, thereby becoming more mobile. This will apply both for the search-order-approve cycle, as well as the analytics on-the-go.

Secure Cloud Technology

Security will become of paramount importance to procurement systems. This will especially apply to cloud based providers who will need to demonstrate that their solutions are just as secure as the traditional on-premises implementations.

Accuracy of Data

Increasingly, data will be recognized as a key enabler of procurement technology, and not just its output. Procurement functions will be out seeking solutions for the identification of ways to deliver their savings targets. And the only way in which they will be able to achieve this is through accurate supplier data that they will have normalized across the supply chain.

Social Procurement

Driving improved purchasing through buyer interconnectedness is set to increase even more in coming years. This will involve the harnessing of cloud architecture with the knowledge of past purchases thereby allowing for the formation of connections. In this way, efficiencies will also be created in purchasing between and within organizations.

Death of Procurement!

Although not quite – what experts predict to be the “death of procurement” is a situation that results as a natural consequence of active spend management. Here, technology and tools become so easy to use and procurement best practice is embedded within the organization so much that it practically runs itself.

Organizational Change

Procurement technology offers the possibility for businesses to shift from legacy processes through gradual change. The good news is that leading technology providers are set to offer solutions that are even easier to use, thereby enabling enterprises to easily drive change in practice.

The future of procurement technology is also looking bright with the introduction of reporting tools and unified data sets that are increasingly sophisticated, both between and within organizations and sectors. This will in turn drive intelligent spend data management and forecasting.

The Lives That the Future Robotics Technology

Many see the future robotics technology as one where no humans exist, and all will be operating by means of a computer, this is in fact a lie and a myth. There is no way that robots would be able to love, care for, it does not matter which curriculum they are written from, there is no way that a robot would be able to love a person or an animal the way that humans do. You will discover your own robotic technologies by using the robotics technology curriculum or even if you make use of the most recent software as well.

With the high standards of the technology been used in this day and age, we are able to create prosthetic limbs and also rehabilitate a stroke paralysis person, there has been so many breakthroughs in the field of robotic technologies and this is something that you should never second guess, with saying this, you might need the use of this technology to save your life one day. While it was used during the testing of a stroke paralysis patient, the patient was able to regain use of his shoulders as well as upper arms, this was made possible by using the future robotics technology. The field is larger than imagined, there is manufacturing of robotic arms that is been done. The curriculum of this and many concepts is one that gives you a MAC or PC format, this means that you can make use of this at home, office or any where you are. There are various levels of advancement that you are able to achieve. The procedures are easy to tag along with and you will soon discover that you are to learn more on the history, systems and so much more. What is it that would make this a more interesting subject for you, read the development history of robotics?

There are many people that make use of the prosthetic limbs, and on the other hand, there are many that hear the words spoken and cringe up. This is thought of as a human deficiency and these people are so caught up in the stereotype of life that there is no room for them to think for themselves. For someone that does makes use of mechanical body parts, they soon realize just how quickly it starts and adjusts to the rest of the body and how easy it would be to make use of in the first place.

The engineers are making use of the latest software development to use hand in hand with the robotic technology, and this is to give the human race a bit of advancement on life. There are ways that the youngsters are able to get a head start on this, if they take us a robotic engineering career, this would teach them more on the future robotics technology and the right step forward as well. Let us not be ignorant with life, rather embrace it as there is no second chance.

resent and Future Evolution of Technology

These days, tablets, computers and Smartphones run our lives, but in a short time, the market has exploded with technology more than most people can imagine and to the point that they cannot imagine being without it. To understand the evolution of this technology from the dark ages to today, you should began with understanding how it evolved. Technology was born out of a purpose. An example would be in the creation of search engines, which are used to sift through all the massive quantity of online data.

As upgrades are made to technology, it combines with the present technology and creates a better technology that it was before. As this continues to happen, technology evolves to the point that it is an essential thing to have. Present technology continues to evolve into being even greater and more powerful. As fast as technology has evolved, many people have to struggle to keep up. Below is a short overview showing you how fast technology and the internet have evolved in recent years.

The Past: Back in the 1990s, the internet was something new that most, but not all, businesses and households had. If you were living at that time, chances are high that you remember the sound of the extremely slow dial up signal that would connect you to the internet. Technology began to take off when more people discovered value in the internet, especially when access eliminated the need for a phone line. With the advancement of webpages, most people had either a Tripod or Geocities webpage.

It was during this time, blogging started on the consumer level making sharing information much easier. Rather than using a floppy disc or CD-ROM, people started using either email or a USB drive to store and share large files. As more new technologies began to pop-up, they would combine to form a faster, stronger and better technology. With every new technology and internet development, people’s lives, were changed, as well as the way they work and operate.

The Present: Since those early days of dial up, there are very few places you cannot find the internet. Rare are the days now that Wi-Fi internet cannot be found at the library, coffee shop or place of business. Even if you cannot find a Wi-Fi signal close enough, many people still can access the internet with their cell phone or Smartphone. Because of the anytime/anywhere internet access, most businesses have created for their customers, web applications, or apps, that will answer most common needs. Consumers can use these apps to do everything from keeping track of food portions to sending large amounts of information with just the click of a button. One difference that is most noticeable with today’s internet is its ability to be personable in a very impersonal setting, while improving the way people engage with each other online.

Even though the internet is superficial, it is a form of communication that has helped to keep people closer when they may have lost contact otherwise. You can even have face to face conversations via video/web conferencing, which bridges the geographic barriers. Businesses can also communicate with customers on a more human level and without the need for long distance travel, they can communicate face to face with people even on the other side of the world. Due to all the new technologies people use to access the internet, each other and information, the future looks promising for more technological developments.

The Future: With every present technology that is bound together, they are developed into other technologies that are even greater for the future use of both businesses and consumers alike. Future technology will undoubtedly be able to accomplish more, be even faster and will make work easier. Tablets, Smartphones and other smart devices will keep on evolving to work better together.

These devices will be able to automatically share information and limit the need for human involvement. Rather than store everything on a single device or online, most companies and people will put their companies on the cloud. Not only will this give a huge potential to change how companies do business, it will also change the traditional way an office looks as well as the way people and businesses interact.

Benefits Of Future Technology

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In this write up, the readers will get information on future technology and learn to what extent modern technology has been developed to assist the growth of human civilization.

Technology of the Future would be more sophisticated and user friendly. The rapid technological advancement will make technology more convenient and usable. New technology should be used for the benefit of the society. Now, it is better to say to what extent science and technology have been acceptable to the present generation. In comparison to conventional devices and equipment, future technology news states that ultramodern devices are more workable and powerful in their functionality. According to scientists and researchers, modern technology can make modification and upgrading of common things for their proper usage applying modern methods. The world will be more glamorous and attractive with newer technology and without any trace of carbon footprint.

If you check future technology news, you will find that there are newly launched products and technical accessories which have multifunctional features. For instance, recently Kevin Cheng invented Solar Planter which protects the natural green resources of nature. Plants will be highly protected using the Solar Planter which artificially creates solar energy to preserve green plants in a perfect way. The device is also equipped with powerful exhaust fans to clean out stagnant air from within the Solar Planter. Air will be circulated well inside the planter for the safe keeping of trees and plants. The Solar Planter is also energy efficient and environment friendly. According to future technology news nature will be completely protected from pollution using these new technologies as it will not produce any lethal or hazardous chemical solvents or gasoline products into the air.

In the sphere of the telecommunication, future and modern technology is very powerful and has contributed extensively for the betterment of the communication system. The invention of the humanoid robot is a burning example. Future technology news say that this robotic structure will be sent to out of the planet to strengthen the communication system. Experiments are still going on the upgrade of this robot.

Concept Cloud Blackberry is a sophisticated mobile phone which is both eco friendly and pollution free. This mobile is activated by liquid fuel which doesn’t disturb the peace of nature. Future technology will bring a lot more inventions and accessories to upgrade human lifestyles. The scientists believe that modern science is very effective to make the world green. Future technology must be more user friendly and should not hamper the natural growth of the human race. It must not disturb nature or the society.

Science is a boon and man needs to utilize this for the overall development of the world. Future technology these days not concentrated only on the benefit of humans. Scientists are trying to create technology that will be beneficial to the earth as well.