A team of researchers and computer scientists at the University of Newcastle, England, has developed a number of gadgets and electronics to improve the quality of life of older people, especially those with dementia or similar diseases.
The work includes a GPS, the location of the elderly in shopping malls or public places, kitchen accessories and other items of dailyuse. By Pablo Javier Piacente Scientific Trends. A team of researchers and computer scientists at the University of Newcastle, England, has developed a number of gadgets and electronics to improve the quality of life of older people, especially those with dementia or similar diseases.
Research has bases in Newcastle, Aberdeen and Nottingham, and is directed by Professor Paul Watson, Director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre, one of the research centers that depend on the School of Computing Science at the University of Newcastle.
According to a report published in The Journal and a press release of that university, the program is funded by the British government, as part of an ambitious general who has the support of companies Microsoft, IBM and Philips and whose central purpose the use of new technology to improve the quality of human life at all stages of their existence.
The idea is to ensure the inclusion of all people on digital life, especially children, elderly and disabled, who are the neediest. In this context, the research conducted by Watson develops a basic theme for the elderly. Worth mentioning that according to statistics, by 2050 there will be more people over 65 years under 16 in the UK.
In order to meet the needs of older people, the devices show created a simple design and an intuitive interface, as for example in GPS location technology designed to maintain independence in the mobility of elderly people with varying degrees of dementia .
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Now that the law is in effect, everyone is looking for hands-free devices to talk to his cell while being legal!
I have already presented several options on the site and here’s another company Clarion.This is a gadget that allows Bluetooth to hear the caller through the sound system in your car without having to change your radio. Equipped with a microphone, you hang on your visor and you will hear very well. Find out in this column!
Info Gadget handsfree Clarion (BLT370)
Another suggestion to talk on a cell phone in the car without risking a ticket!
We’re talking about a Bluetooth gadget that attaches to the visor and you must connect the sound system as well as the power of your car. No need to change the radio to make it work, simply connect it to the one already installed. (more…)
Two small innovations have appeared recently on the Dashboard (sort of dashboard) developers who offer their applications on the Android Market.
First, a small table summarizing the number of voting by type of note. This allows you to quickly visualize the proportion of users (mis) happy, without having to make an inventory of all the comments. Handy when the application is downloaded several hundred copies.
Secondly, a small mention appeared to developers who have enabled the old system of protection against copying. This would mean that the new licensing system, recently introduced by Google, is expected soon to definitively replace the system of copy protection.
In short, two “small” features that we hope will herald major changes on the market, either on the dashboard developer or the front end client (include the application on Android Market presents your Androphone).
How to display a list of images in Android?
One of the first problems encountered when developing an Android application that uses images to a remote server, is how to manage their viewing and downloading without slowing down navigation.
The Android Developers Blog has published a note, written by Gilles Debunne, explaining in detail how to proceed. The principle is to use the multithreading downloading images asynchronously so as not to slow the scrolling list, then display the images once they are completely downloaded.
In practice, several problems arise, for example, there is no need to download 2 times the same image if it is to be displayed 2 times in the application must also be able to cancel a download if it becomes useless. The demonstration goes even further by offering best practices to avoid problems of “Garbage Collection” or to resolve display problems when the network connection is weak.
Note that all source code is available on Google code as an application that allows to compare different methods (synchronous download, download management asynchronous cancellations, and the correct method). The application is designed to run on Froyo, but the practices described can easily be adapted to run on devices with Android 1.5.
Good news for developers who find it a compendium of good practices on a topic rather complex and often encountered when developing applications. One last point, the project does not yet fully cached images uploaded, if you’re interested I invite you to look towards the open-source library Droid-fu, which again allows to manage the download images and has 2 levels of cache (physical memory).
Is the Fragmentation of the Android Phones are True?
The night of the mobile can be likened to a mini GSM World, where you do not specifically mean “material” but rather on market trends in terms of needs, services, software. On this day / evening, which ended late at night, the same question was put to me repeatedly: Android, Will it become fragmented?
As a result, professionals are wondering whether Android will become like J2ME. Not in performance, but more in the complexity of managing several points versions available depending on the material.
The example of J2ME is obvious. A single application needs to be coded and compiled for virtually every phone since the hardware capabilities are not the same and the virtual machines are more or less different depending on its host. Found on the J2ME feature phones, smartphones, manufacturers X or Y, the chips used different qualities, different processors, different screen sizes … Companies are now specialized in the field, creating frameworks for generating x applications from a single source code based mobile targets (eg, Mobile Distillery).
The Last Hero Sense HTC announced last week, has shown a customization Android, never before shown “publicly”, the GUI and libraries available in the phone. The fact that this phone is not stamped “With Google, like its big brothers HTC Dream, HTC Magic, shows there is a process of detachment towards HTC Google …
What would happen if HTC decided, for example, to use Android on its equipment by removing for example, Google’s standard applications (Contacts, Calendar …)? As run some applications using these services?
This hypothesis seems unlikely anyway: Android = Google … at least for now.
The most likely scenario would occur, rather the hardware! Although Google requires in its technical specifications for a minimum of material creation, we can see areas of risk. Android on the screen talking about a minimum resolution of 2 “8 but nothing is said about the touchscreen. If tomorrow, a manufacturer marketed (it goes ahead as was the case of Agora Kogan) a non-touchscreen phone that would happen to the application does the touchscreen: a reimplementation of the code needed and thus several versions manage for the developer (coût!), a crash, loss of market?
The question remains open … This fragmentation is possible? If so, is this going to affect the impact of Android? Google Android gets it imposed controls or material available then strengthened its specifications? Will they be followed and adopted?
Love Your Dog? Give Them What They Like
You love your dog but it is not always easy to live. He pulls on the leash out, he scratches when he partied, is reluctant to take medication … So many features, which on a daily basis can become unbearable. We have selected for you, 5 Dog gadgets that make life easier and ensure its maximum comfort.
1. A bed just for him
Your bed is so soft that it is difficult for your dog not to settle. And if we look closer, the cushion does not look very cozy … Replace it with a dog bed, he will be happier! Real bed made of wood, it comes with a duvet or a pillow for some models. Several styles are available, which allows to match your interior. The models are generally small (and therefore also suitable for cats) but it is possible to order for larger dogs. For that Benji is a space nothing to him, give him a bed (between 100 and 210 €).
2. The shock leaves
When the dog pulls, rides can really turn into a nightmare, especially if it’s a big dog. And yes, the temptations are so great outside: other dogs, cats or persons to whom the dog rushed without thinking one second that after the leaves … you there. To avoid these problems, a dog trainer has created a new leash, especially suited to sensitive people, suffering from back problems, arthritis or rheumatism.
The leash Elastidog has the distinction of absorbing shocks and sudden shaking. It comes in several sizes to fit the template of all dogs. Count still between 46 and 54 € (depending on size) for the educational leave.
3. Candy drugs
We all know, to take medicines to a dog, we must hang! That is why the company has invented Vetinnov special treats (sold under the brand Easypill or observe) in which it is possible to drag the drug. The dog thinks so eating a candy of the most appetizing, when in fact it only hang his little pills. Not stupid! The idea comes from a veterinarian, not knowing what to answer to the question of his patients: “How will I give this medication? “Now he knows what to say! These tasty treats are available from veterinarians.
4. A lime-haired
File the nails of his dog. This could be the title of a new action movie! Those who have tried know that this is indeed a tough fight. After managing to channel the dog must then mobilize fully to avoid hurting her and above all, do not file or cut too far! The nail file dog PediPaws you out of this impasse. It is an electric nail file, specially designed for this year at risk. A small notch is expected to ask the dog’s nail and guide you. The rest is done quietly, without noise, barking, without fear or risk. A dog nails filed down? Nothing is more chic or more convenient!
5. Niche stars
Your dog looks dreary in its niche in basic comfort? If you want to restore the potato and if you have the money, here is a new kind of doghouse: house size, suited to the size of your dog. Traditional house, mansion brick English cottage or Mexican hacienda: Brutus has his ideal home suited to his needs! For dogs the most capricious, some even include electricity, water and air conditioning! Of course the prices are staggering: They can go to 4000 to more than 20 000 €! Something to drool to Brutus!