Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Applying Technology for Helping the Elderly – iPads and Robots

May 29, 2018

iPads and robots are  being used to help the elderly manage everything from chronic medical conditions to loneliness.  The link below is to a Wall Street Journal article dated May 29, 2018 which discusses some of these issues.

For the Elderly Who Are Lonely, Robots Offer Companionship – WSJ


Hear Podcasts at Higher Speeds (3x?)

July 14, 2017

One way to increase you productivity, is to listen to podcasts at accelerated speeds.  A number of apps allow you the hear lectures and books at faster speeds enabling you to hear and process more information is less time, and increasing comprehension.  For full article, click below.

How Do Podcast Nuts Find the Time? They Listen at Chipmunk Speed – WSJ

Statistically Counting Lost Luggage as Not Lost

March 30, 2017

“An innovation aiming to streamline how air passengers reconnect with their lost luggage comes with a major asterisk: airline would no longer count the luggage as lost.”  Using text messaging, airlines could advise you that your bags did not make your flight, and you can give them instructions via text where they should send the lost bags.

DOT statisticians will not count those bags as lost, and airlines can maintain goods stats while perhaps not performing so well.  You say, “They’re not lost, because we know where they are.”  I say, “They’re lost because they are not where they belong.”

Whoever said statistics was an exact science?

For the full article in the Wall Street Journal, click here:

counting Lost Baggage

Using a Computer Simulator to Improve Place Kicker Performance

June 15, 2016

This 2 minute video explains how computer simulators in a lab can help a kicker improve his form.

Percent by weight or volume? Big difference!

March 27, 2016

When researching quartz counter tops, I discovered that this man made material is made from ground up quartz with a polyester resin binder material.  Wanting to know how much stone and how much resin, I read further to find out that the material is approximately 93% stone and 7% resin.  I was having a hard time visualizing how such a small amount of binder could work.

Reading further I discovered that the  93% and 7% is based on the weight of the components, but since the stone is much heavier per volume than the polyester resin binder, the percentages by volume should be different, and indeed they are.

By volume, it turns out that the same material calculates to 66% quartz and 34% resin binder.  Big difference.


SpaceX hard landing and explosion video

January 18, 2016

Elon Musk’s SpaceX had a successful launching of a scientific satellite into orbit, January 17, 2016.  The landing on an ocean barge failed and the booster rocket toppled and exploded after coming down vertically on its hot end.  See the video of the launch and failed landing in 1:30 minute video

All arches aren’t “Arch Shaped!”

October 16, 2012

Some arches are flat and are known as flat arches or jack arches.  They are commonly used as lintels over windows in old masonry structures and serve the same purpose as curved arches, i.e., they distribute the weight over an opening to the sides of the structure.  For a more detailed discussion and pictures, go to:

Are Books Becoming Obsolete?

April 26, 2012

“Books will soon be obsolete in the schools…. Our school system will be completely changed in 10 years.”

The revolutionary technology being heralded in that statement wasn’t the Internet or the laptop, but the motion picture. The year was 1913, and the speaker, Thomas Edison, was referring to the prospect of replacing book learning with instruction via the moving image.

Quoted from the Los Angeles Times

“Flash Drive” with no USB port? Yes!

February 12, 2012

If you own a iPad or and iPhone, and would like to easily transfer files, you must read this.

Flash Drive without USB