Ford Leads The Way From @Four Wheels To Two”

Image: Media.Ford 

Looks like the car industry is going to enter the electronic bike business. I heard rumblings of this back in January at CES where auto manufacturers, who wanted to show off all their latest technology, said they wanted to get serious about electronic bicycles.

Ford told USA Today (thanks SZS for sending me the link) that their Hands on Mobility project is “experimenting with the production of electronic bicycles, studying how the products will interact with cars, buses and other forms of transportation.” 

Ford believes they have the wherewithal to introduce electronic bicycles that will “take innovation to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data.” 

In other words, adopt some of the technology used in cars and incorporate them into bicycles. Ford may be the first to use rear-facing ultrasonic sensors which will alert bikers when cars gets too close. Or, Ford bikes will feature its own GPS system for optional cycling routes.

My prediction? We will all be using e-bikes over the next 10 years for mass transpiration.


Map Of Death

I found this map on Get StumbledUpon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted Americans to know the unusual causes of death that took place in each city. There was no special or private message accompanying this map, just some eye-popping information. Sorry for being such a downer.

The CDC recently released this infographic to show off the “most distinctive causes of death” in each of the 50 states. It’s also available on the CDC website. This is a result of data from 2000 to 2010. 

The CDC doesn’t mean that you are going to die of the same causes. The Center just wanted to share statistics. 



Your Brain Is A Living Super Computer

I feel we are living in miraculous times when it comes to technological advancements in medicine. CNN just did a spectacular feature on neurologist Kelly Foote and neurosurgeon Michael Okun. Together, they gave a famous TED talk where the two doctors spelled out the details of direct brain stimulation. 

What does that mean? Both doctors strategically implant electrodes inside the skulls of  patients to alleviate symptoms of tremor, multiple sclerosis and even OCD. 

You have to see how this works. It is quite remarkable. Your brain speaks a binary language, just like your computer. That’s all you need to know before you watch the video. 

Your New Best Friend 

The next big category in the world of gadgetry is digital personal assistants. They’re going to change our home lives forever. Not only will they make great companions for those who live alone, but they will also keep all users informed and up-to-date on all relevant news. 

The one I want to highlight today is the Echo made by Amazon. The Amazon Echo is a voice command device that answers questions, plays music and can control other smart devices. The device, housed in 9.25-inch tall cylinder speaker, responds to the name “Alexa.”  The name can be changed. 

To fully understand the capabilities of this gizmo, watch the above video. It could become your greatest resource. 

Let your imagination run wild. It’s only $179.99.

The World We Live In 

My long time friend, Dick Krain, who was a big time executive at Grey Advertising for 30 plus years, sent me this video today because we always share interesting information. I just finished watching it. It is so exciting that we are living in a time when things occur at Internet speed. 

Many of us think the possibility of Donald Trump becoming President of the United States is absolutely ridiculous. One mystery: how does he produce productive, level-headed children? 

 Meet The Next Larry Page and Sergey Brin  
I met these two teenagers, ages 16 and 14, at CE Week today, a mini CES convention. They were among a handful of students who won awards for their digital inventions. When I asked them who they were, they answered “innovators.” Remember these two Dwight High School students. They have a technology that will allow you to attach a gizmo to your glasses and read everything people are mumbling. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for someone like me who misses a lot of words in loud restaurants. Bravo to these two unusual youngsters. 


No More Email Regrets


By now, you probably have heard the news. It was all over the press last night. I didn’t want to take a chance that you might have missed it, so here we go again.

If you have an Gmail account, you can now undo “send” after you clicked the email option. The new Google feature gives you the five to 30 second delay option. This is great news for folks like me who like to use an email to vent and then delete. Every once in a while, I might actually send it and then have huge regrets. I need the few seconds to change my mind. Do you too? 

The undo feature is not yet available on mobile devices, so many of us are slightly disappointed. Most of my friends spend the majority of their time on their smartphones.
I am pretty sure Google will be forced to release this feature on mobile devices as soon as possible considering they have 900 million users worldwide, which I’d the largest email service available. 

I predict the other email services will be announcing a similar feature soon. 

Eye Examines On-The-Go

The iPhone has actually become a mobile vision examining instrument. Prior devices, which measure wavefront aberrometry, cost anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000. The founders of Smart Vision Labs, say their invention is priced at $3,950.

Read about wavefront aberrometry here. The quick version from says  “wavefront technology, or aberrometry, diagnoses both lower- and higher-order vision errors represented by the way the eye refracts or focuses light.”

Zhou Yaopeng and Marc Albanese, the founders of SmartVision Labs, hope the new invention can save the eyesight of nearly 1 billion people worldwide. It’s certainly portable enough to go anywhere.

The company has just raised $6.1 million in its first major round of institutional funding from Techstars Ventures, Heritage Group, Connectivity Capital, and Red Sea Ventures.


Technology Will Detect Your Emotions 

My friend Carlos shared this video with me Saturday morning and I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible. It’s all about the fact that our computers and mobile devices will soon be able to detect our emotions. 

Rana El-Kaliouby, Ph.D and chief science officer of Affectiva, recently gave a TED Talk about how this technology is going to rollout. It’s going to be a very important part of our future as spend more time with our technology. If you want to be involved in the evolution of this technology, start now. You can have a major influence on its initial applications.

It’s only a 10 minute video. After watching the clip, you are then guaranteed to be the most sought out person at the next dinner party. You will know things others have no clue about. Enjoy your new found status as a technology expert. 

Thank you Carlos. Another new facet of life to get use to. Glad you warned us.