CDC Wants $400 Million to Build a New Lab for the World’s Deadliest Germs
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Can a Digital Pill Help Solve the Problem of Heat Stress?
Would you take a digital pill to help with hyperthermia?
Is this even possible? Is it better than wearables? Are there long-term side effects?
BrighterSight is keeping an eye on this one!
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Who says games are not good for you? We have seen a tremendous increase in the use of gaming, serious gaming, virtual reality and mixed reality for real-world training environments. First responders and the Miltary have gone all in on using these types of technologies for enhancing training scenarios and in many cases get better and more cost-effective training from the use of the technologies.
A platform named AUGGMED is working on using mixed reality for training first responders.
According to AUGGMED (Automated Serious Game Scenario Generator for Mixed Reality Training) platform,
The aim of AUGGMED is to develop a serious game platform to enable single- and team-based training of end-users with different level of expertise from different organisations responding to terrorist and organised crime threats.
The platform will automatically generate non-linear scenarios tailored to suit the needs of individual trainees with learning outcomes that will improve the acquisition of emotional management, analytical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The game scenarios will include advanced simulations of operational environments, agents, telecommunications and threats, and will be delivered through virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) environments with multimodal interfaces.
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When Amazon gets involved, everyone listens.
Here is a 3 part series from Forbes on how Amazon could disrupt healthcare.
According to Wikipedia, Augmented cognition is an interdisciplinary area of psychology and engineering, attracting researchers from the more traditional fields of human-computer interaction, psychology, ergonomics and neuroscience.
Darpa, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been working on augmented cognition for years. Check out this amazing video of the art of the possible.
Is it possible? can we use our brain to control things? Can we tap into what is happening inside our brain to understand if we are are truly understanding something we are trying to learn? Are there biomarkers that we can identify in brain activity that can link to learning attributes?
Perhaps all of this is possible with augmented cognition research and development. The technology is still very expensive to procure but one company that is making it possible for everyone to try out is, openbci.
According to their website:
OpenBCI stands for open-source brain-computer interface (BCI). We provide anyone with a computer, the tools necessary to sample the electrical activity of their body.
Open Source Brain-Computer Interfaces
Learning Materials & Guides
Electrodes & Adaptors
Biosensing & Neurofeedback Tools
3D Printed EEG Headsets
A Global Community
Brain, Muscle, Heart Monitoring
Pretty amazing stuff. This device can help us understand what is happening in our brain. Adapt this to first responder training and we might be able to get a better insight on how and why the first responder made certain decisions during a training scenario. This, in turn, can help identify gaps in learning and improve the individuals learning by making it more adaptive.Check out more here:
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Alexa and Google Assistant have hit the mainstream. This past Xmas, sales of both unit soared during the holiday season. They are not the only ones in the game.
Some people might have issues using smart assistant speakers that can hear what you are saying all the time. Transmitting voice comms to a google serving might not have some worried about security issues. There are other options. One of which is the open source option called Mycroft.
Mycroft is an open source voice assistant that can be extended and expanded to the limits of your imagination. Want Mycroft to do something new? Teach Mycroft a skill, share it, and improve the experience for tens of thousands of people all over the world.
This might not be a bad option for wearables that need flexibility.
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