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Wearables in Enterprise: The Potential (White paper)

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The title of the paper is “Wearables in Enterprise: The Potential”. It is a white paper written by Mubaloo.

The aim of the paper is to investigate the opportunity for wearables in enterprise and look into how some of the most forward-thinking companies , across different industries, are seeking to utilize the wearables to innovate, change the way people work, increase the efficiency and the safety of the employees.

The authors decided to dedicate a paragraph for each industry. Following their example, I decided to criticize each paragraph industry on its own.
Let’s get started!!

  1. Healthcare Use Cases
    Apple, Google and Samsung have all released health and fitness based platforms that will allow patients to monitor their health. For example, the Mayo Clinic Patient iOS app will soon integrate with Apple’s HealthKit API allowing patients to send data about their well-being to the surgery.
  2. Emergency Services
    According to the paper, wearables in the field of emergency situations are the perfect solution because people will have the equipment they need to do the job and their hands will be free to deal with multiple issues at once. A great example is the use of wearable devices in fire services. Firemen are already being equipped with robust cameras on their helmets, that record the view as they move through an incident.
  3.  Military
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    Wearables can also provide the military with the tools needed to monitor enemy actions and track their surroundings. The authors give as an example the smart rifle that works with Google Glass to allow soldiers to fire their weapon around corners.
  4. Warehouse Workers
    Wearables are not a new concept in the warehouse industry (warehouse workers have been wearing wrist scanners for years) but now the next boost will be given by using glasses like Google Glass to find the load and pack it safely. Also, with Google Glasses they will have the information in front of their eyes instead of taking their eyes off the job to look at their wrist.
  5. Manufacturing
    It is very important for the manufacturing employees to use machines without risking their health and safety. They must have their hands free in order to be able to prevent any materials injuring them. Sony’s SmartEyeglass, a head based product, focuses on training workers by overlaying augmented reality instructions over the top of the real-life video, making their job safer.

The authors of this paper made a really good job explaining how a lot of innovative wearable technologies work and how those wearables fit into many different industries. They provide many examples for many industries and their sub-industries. This shows that the authors spend a lot of time researching about wearables and what they have to offer in the section they fit best.

I only managed to provide a small percentage of all the fascinating examples the authors had listed and this comes to show how well written the paper is and how much more information it has to offer.

As I have mentioned I only discussed few of the author’s points so please feel free to visit the paper using the link below and read about all the amazing innovations that exist people may not have heard of them.

Reference List
Mubaloo, (2015). “Wearables in Enterprise: The Potential”,
Available at: http://mubaloo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Wearables-in-Enterprise-The-Potential-Mubaloo.pdf

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Wearables and Glucose Monitoring: The New Frontier in Diabetes Management (White Paper)

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The paper that I critiqued today is “Wearables and Glucose Monitoring: The New Frontier in Diabetes Management”. It is a white paper from IHS Technology. The paper is about wearable technology for diabetes management.

Before describing and analyzing the devices, the authors decided to start by giving some information about the types of diabetes and by presenting the results of their research on how many people are affected by diabetes worldwide. Below are some of the key points of their research:

  • Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin;
  • Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces;
  • Diabetes affects 347 million people worldwide;
  • Diabetes will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030;
  • Diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012.

As you can see, according to the research that was performed for this paper, diabetes has become an emergency global epidemic that affects a vast amount of people worldwide.

Apart from all the health issues related to diabetes, the price of its treatment is another concerning issue that sufferers and society have to face.

Based on the paper, to successfully manage diabetes it is needed to monitor a patient’s blood-glucose levels by glucose meters or insulin. IHS estimates that the total costs of diabetes in the US in 2012 was $245 billion.

This is where the new wearables for glucose monitoring come in. With the use of the following innovations, all those suffering from diabetes will see a significant change in their finances since these devices are more value for less money, and will make their daily lives easier.

Non-Invasive monitors

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GlucoTrack


The GlucoTrack from Integrity, is a non-invasive blood-glucose monitor that clips to the earlobe, reducing the need for daily finger pricks.

 

 

 

 

Glucose monitoring patch

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Freestyle Libre

Abbott has developed the Freestyle Libre Flash glucose monitoring system using a small, round sensor that can be worn on the arm for up to two weeks, reducing the need for finger pricks and finger-prick calibrations.

 

 

 

Smartphone and smartwatch apps

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Dexcom G4 Platinum System

Dexcom G4 Platinum System is a continuous glucose monitoring system that can use  a smartphone app.
Because of its Bluetooth technology it allows remote viewing of glucose levels from an Apple iPhone or iPod touch.
With Dexcom, the users can also see the glucose levels on their Apple smartwatch and by a tiny monitor that is inserted under the skin the glucose levels are measuring every 4 minutes.

The last section of the paper mentions three specific continuous long term developments. The Probiotic pill, Contact lens and Artificial pancreas.

  1. Probiotic pill
    Researches were able to reprogram the cells of diabetic rats to produce insulin and engineer the probiotic. Scientists are now working to make the probiotic into a pill for humans.
  2. Contact lens
    Google decided to work with Novartis to create a sensor-equipped contact lens that measures glucose levels through tears.
    The lens sends information in real time, eliminating the need for continuous finger sticks.
  3. Artificial pancreas
    Scientists around the world are working on many different versions of an artificial pancreas that would automatically keep blood-glucose levels within target.

I really enjoyed reading through this white paper because it covered a really interesting topic. The authors did an excellent research and did a very good job presenting all of their findings.
It made me really happy to see that there are a lot of well designed and functioning alternative devices that can help people suffering from diabetes,  a disease that affects a big part of our population.
It is even more exciting to see all those new devices that are currently being developed and that will revolutionized the lives of diabetics.

Reference List:
Walker, S., Roashan, R., “Wearables and Glucose Monitoring: The New Frontier in Diabetes Management (White Paper)”,
Available at: https://technology.ihs.com/532936

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Wearable Sensors for Reliable Fall Detection (Research Paper)

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While I was searching for an interesting research paper I stumbled across a paper, that was written in 2005, about a  wearable device that was created in order to help the elderly  when in need. The main purpose of the device is to detect the occurrence of a fall and the location of the person that fell.

Although the device has been around for years, I was not aware of its presence. From the moment I saw it, I liked its idea and I wanted to share it with everyone else because it is a device that can actually save people and not a lot of them know about it.

Before getting into details, the authors start by giving a short background research and by stating the goal of their idea.

The goal of their project is to provide an infrastructure of networked sensors that would spread throughout the environment (home,office) and be able to detect when a person has  fallen in order for some immediate action to be taken. In addition, a localization technology can be used to detect where the accident occurred and request the appropriate services.

In my opinion, combining the device with location services is a very good idea, because some people who live alone have problems getting help when they fall and may not be able to give details about their location.

In the paragraphs to follow the authors list all the previous work done on fall detection and after that they start explaining the design of the system. One of their primary concerns is to create a device that will be comfortable and not harm the wearer in the event of a fall.

Then, the authors give the methodology for the fall detection, the detecting impact and the observing orientation. Right after, they explain all the experiments that have been done for the evaluation of the device.

In the conclusion, the authors discuss about the current and future development. They have demonstrated the feasibility of using a wireless sensor to detect indoor falls well, and now they are working on a sensor that can operate outside of that network. They also wish to combine this technology with a cellular device so that the wearers will be able to communicate outside a fixed network.

As the authors correctly stated early in their paper “Traditionally, placing seniors in nursing homes or other care centers has mitigated the dangers of the elderly falling”. With the research they have done, it is easily visible that the sensors will be a stepping stone towards achieving universal safety for seniors, since most of them live alone or face health problems due to old age and the health issues that come with it.

Reference List
Chen, J., Kwong, K., Chnag, D., Luk, J., Bajcsy, R., (2005). “Wearable Sensors for Reliable Fall Detection”,
Available at: http://www.ece.tufts.edu/ee/194HHW/papers/01617246.pdf

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Potential uses of wearable technology in medicine: lessons learnt from Google Glass (Research Paper)

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With the use of wearable technologies, a revolution in area of medicine has began. Wearables and what they have to offer, keep upgrading many aspects of medicine. In this paper, written by Aungst and Lewis, the authors get into details about the revolution in medicine and especially with the use of Google Glass.

The authors start the paper by explaining what Google glass is.

What is Google Glass? 
It is a wearable computer that it is worn like a pair of glasses. It has a camera, which sees whatever the user sees, microphone and small heads up display. Because the user can record anything within view without others’ notice or permission, Glass has created a big discussion regarding its use and privacy.

Despite all the security issues that Google Glass has, the possible information and knowledge that it can provide are a major positive, and Google Glass’ use will play a vital role in many significant breakthroughs in medicine.

In the following paragraphs, the authors discussed some of the potential applications of wearable technology in different areas. Some of them are:

glass-heart-v1 (1)Medical education
Is one of the most exciting applications of Google Glass. Due to its ability to present first-person perspectives, students will have the chance to demonstrate medical techniques that most times would only be seen from a third person view by lecturers or videos.

Surgery and medical interventions
Google Glass started getting a significant attention after its use in surgical procedures, with the first live broadcast operation carried out in 2014 to over 13,000 trainees and students in more 115 countries.

Patient interaction and consultations
Alongside all the improvements that the Glass can provide to the healthcare field, it is also able to improve patient interaction and communication by allowing  community clinics in remote areas to communicate with an expert to get their medical opinion regarding some difficult situations.

Workflow, documentation and operations
Wearables can also integrate with the daily workflow of communication and documentation.

The next session  focuses on the limitations of Google Glass in practice. According to the paper, one of the main issues of Glass and other mobile technologies is that the battery life does not last more than a few hours. Also, there are many concerns related to the hardware, particularly the image quality and screen resolution.  The other big concern is the patient’s privacy since wearables like Glass can record, document and share patient’s health information.

In conclusion, the authors talk about the future exploration of wearables in medicine. They support that the medical community is ready for the use of wearables and medical education and healthcare will be significantly improved only if the future devices will have an improved battery life, tackle the issue of security and protect patient data.

By reading the paper it is easily visible that the authors went into great lengths to prove and support their thoughts. This can be seen from the great use of examples they used. The paper is well structured since the authors first explain, give examples and they focus on the most important points of each part.

Reference List
Aungst, T., & Lewis, T., (2015). ‘Potential uses of wearable technology in medicine: lessons learnt from Google Glass’,
Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijcp.12688/epdf
[Accessed: 16/06/2016]

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Wearables: 10 Insights on Device Adoption and Business Opportunities (Webinar)

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wearable-tech-icon-845x321.jpgThe webinar’s objective was to give a clear picture of the state of wearable devices today and where things are headed. by explaining the factors that influence the device adoption and the potential opportunities these devices offer to businesses. Before the start of the presentation, the speaker took time to introduce herself and point out what topics would be covered.

The webinar was presented by Cathy Boyle, Senior Mobile Analyst.  Cathy’s research focuses on wearable devices in marketing for consumer use.

At the beginning,  she took some time to show the devices that are in the market today, and as she said, “There is a wearable device for nearly every body part”. The following image shows some of these devices with their explanation on the left.

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  1. Recon Glasses – head up display;
  2. Oculus Rift – Virtual reality head up display;
  3. Apple watch – synchronize with your phone and vibrates to inform you of important messages;
  4. iSwimband – safety device, alerts you loudly if there is trouble;
  5. OMsignal – shirt that monitors breathing and heart rate;
  6. Move activity monitor – fitness bracelet that can be worn on ankle or wrist;
  7. Fit band – fitness tracking band;
  8. Lechal Shoe – offers navigation features;

Next, she discussed the results of a study that was contacted by Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) in 2014 about the awareness of wearable devices among mobile media users in selected countries. The research shows that consumer awareness of wearable devices are high but ownership rates are low.Specifically,68% of the Chinese population are mobile media users and 42% of the US users own a wearable device. That level of awareness among the users in the world’s two largest economies is really significant for the recent technology category. In addition, another key point is that wearables are slightly more popular in the US.

After that, Cathy spoke about the most popular devices at the moment. According to Accent Marketing Services’ research (Feb 2015), fitness tracker bands for the wrist continue to be the most popular wearable device among internet users worldwide. The consumers are more interested in owning a fitness tracker than a smart watch.

Then, she discussed the challenges that are currently hampering the adoption of wearable devices. Wearable device development is only at its start and consumers are currently price sensitive. Pricing is a hurdle that needs to be overcome.

Later on, she pointed out the opportunities that show the greatest potential according to the business executives.

  • Data is the big win of the businesses but it comes at a cost: Wearable users are willing to share personal data if they get something in return. A more tangible reward increases consumers’ willingness to share their data.
  • Paid advertising: Mobile markets see good potential in advertising on wearable devices.

Finally she specified where the market is headed. Looking ahead: smart watches are expected to take off faster than tablets.

After the presentation, Cathy asked the audience for the questions, and the typical Q&A session took place. People watching the seminal online could also submit their questions through social media.

This was the first time I experienced a webinar. Being able to pause, rewind and re watch parts of the seminar that I did not fully understand at first provided me with a scene of confidence because it gave me the opportunity to think about the issues talked on my own pace.
The word webinar is a combination of web and seminar meaning that anyone can take part and watch at any time and at any place. This means that intellectual presentations are available for everyone to get informed and educated, as was I.

The Webinar was accessed at 13/06/2016 and is available at:

 

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Personal Reflection

imagesI found this module really informative and motivating, and I believe that my knowledge and skills about Information Systems have been significantly increased after attending classes and working on my assignment.

The first class of the module was all about  Information Systems, what it is and its role in an organisation. The lecturer chose to open the module with games (which was quite interesting!!). He gave us the topic of Information Systems and we had to brainstorm ideas and write them down in two words. Then he divided us into pairs and we had to pick three cards randomly and develop a concept to present back to the group. Interesting right? :p
I can say with confidence that after the end of the class I was able to give a definition of Information Systems and understand their strategic role in organisations.
Later in the class we had another mini game. The lecturer asked us to generate a card with a random list of things about an Interface between People and Information Systems. Then we had to shuffle the cards and distribute them randomly. After  that we used the cards to develop analogies to the problem.

The second class of the module was divided into two sections: 1. Information Systems in Organisations and Management 2.Ethics, ethical decision making and privacy in Information Systems. We discussed about Information Technology (IT), Information Systems (IS) and their differences. We also, discussed about the relationship between People-Organisations-Systems. By the end of the class I was able to give a clearly definition of IT and IS, explain their differences and understand how people, organisations and systems interact with each other.
I was also able to critically evaluate the legal and ethical implications arising from new technologies in a business setting.

During the final class of the module, we understood the Social Media revolution and we build a professional digital id.

I really enjoyed the way the module unfolded. All the techniques that were used during the classes helped all of us gain many experiences and skills that will prove to be very useful to our future careers. Some notable attributes I gain are creative thinking analytical skills, critical thinking skills, collaborative and team work skills.

 

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A few words about me…

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Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.

My name is Marina Louka, I am a 23 years old mom to a 6 months old baby girl! They say that your life really starts from the moment you become a parent, and it is so true!!

I am from Cyprus, an island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, well known as the original island of love since Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love was born and rose from the foam near a rock and that spot is known as  Aphrodite’s Beach.

I studied BSc Computer Science at the University of Salford and now I am studying for the MSc Information Systems Management at the same university (it seems that I am stuck here! :p ).

As you can see both of my degrees are related to technology, sciences and information in general. This is because, I really like technology and I always try to keep myself up to date with everything related to it.

Technology makes our life easier and if we use it in a right way it makes us smarter too!

So, if you are a geek/techy person like me or you want to become one, the best thing  to do is to follow my blog and read all my posts!!

The posts to follow will be all about wearable technologies which are the most fascinating innovations of our time. Contact lenses,  glasses and watches are just some of the wearable technologies that will innovate our present and future.

I hope you find my posts interesting and please feel free to comment, share or contact me for further information.

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