Press Clippings: Emerging Technologies

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2011 The Year of the QR Code

http://www.thethinkingstick.com/11-the-year-of-the-qr-code
Post by Jeff Utecht The power of QR Codes and why he thinks this is the year for their explosion into the view of the general population.- Allanah.King Allanah.King Feb 14, 2011 - rob.ackerman rob.ackerman Feb 15, 2011- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011 - garry.putland garry.putland Feb 15, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011 - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011- kari.stubbs kari.stubbs Feb 16, 2011- Gavin Gavin Feb 17, 2011- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 17, 2011
- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011
This is an technology I use all the time as I travel. I would not consider it transformative as much as enabling (cells phones particularly). It can work as an augmented reality tool in education.
alice.owen- alice.owen alice.owen Feb 19, 2011- bwatwood bwatwood Feb 20, 2011
- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Feb 20, 2011
- oystein.johannessen oystein.johannessen Feb 21, 2011
- horncheah horncheah Feb 21, 2011 I can see its use in learning trails with a combination of other technologies. It will, like similar tech, require good pedagogical designs to effectively bring it into the learning space. Good potential.
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011
- limad limad Feb 26, 2011This will allow educators to harness existing mobile computing devices like the smartphones and latest tablets. It will add an interesting technological dimension for outdoor learning too.
- sheryl.nusbaum-beach sheryl.nusbaum-beach Feb 27, 2011 I believe QR codes and readers (much like alternative games) will be used in classrooms and PD more and more in the future to create interest and active learning.


Step By Step, Google Docs Becoming the Mythical "GDrive"
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/step_by_step_google_docs_becoming_the_mythi...
Google Docs has become a standard cloud-based productivity suite with adoption gaining traction in many areas of business, education and personal use. As this service matures, there is some unification starting to happen between it and the other widely used service, Gmail, as this ReadWriteWeb post describes. Google has made moves to improve the interface and handling and organization of documents, hopefully helping make our life in the cloud a little easier. This is a good example of some cloud based services maturing as our use of them becomes integral to our work online. - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 12, 2011 - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 17, 2011
- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011 alice.owen- alice.owen alice.owen Feb 19, 2011- claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Feb 19, 2011
- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Feb 20, 2011- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011
- limad limad Feb 26, 2011 Think of cost savings for organizations like schools.

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Point, Click: A Review of Gesture Control Technologies
http://games.venturebeat.com/2010/02/09/point-click-a-review-of-gesture-control-...
This article discusses the key developers and platforms working with gesture-based technologies. - alan alan Feb 7, 2011 - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 7, 2011 - alec.couros alec.couros Feb 11, 2011- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011
(Added to Navigator Jan 11, 2011)
- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Feb 20, 2011
- virginie.aimard virginie.aimard Feb 21, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011
- limad limad Feb 26, 2011
Brainwave Navigator
http://www.plxwave.com/press.html
PLX Devices Inc. unveiled the XWave� in 2010, the world's first brainwave interface accessory for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. The XWave� is a small device worn over your head similar to any standard headphone device. Paired with its apps, XWave allows you to control your mind and the world around it. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011

Controlling Phones With the Body Electric
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/controlling-phones-with-the-body-electr...
At the 2010 Mobile World Congress, technology companies demonstrated technologies that can detect disruptions to electrical fields allowing a smartphone to perform certain functions when this happens, such as answering the phone without a need for pushing a button on the device. Other technology demonstrated includes the use of eye-movements to control computer functions on mobile devices.- KeeneH KeeneH Feb 7, 2011 - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 12, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011
(Added to Navigator Jan 11, 2011)
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011

Designing mLearning: Tapping Into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance
http://www.designingmlearning.com/
This new book offers a comprehensive guide for designing learning for the mobile platform.- rob.ackerman rob.ackerman Feb 15, 2011- kari.stubbs kari.stubbs Feb 16, 2011 - will.richardson will.richardson Feb 17, 2011 alice.owen- alice.owen alice.owen Feb 19, 2011- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 21, 2011
- horncheah horncheah Feb 21, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011

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Making Disposable Dynamic Displays With Electronic Ink on Real Paper
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/11/making-disposable-dynamic-displays-with-e...
Electrowetting allows electronic ink to be embedded in real paper, merging analog and digital media to create inexpensive displays. This article describes a prototype project that is exploring the possibilities. - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 7, 2011
- horncheah horncheah Feb 22, 2011 Quite exciting possibility, as it offers a strong bridge between traditional and electronic displays.
(Added to Navigator Jan 10, 2011)
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011
- limad limad Feb 26, 2011
Gesture-Based Computing Uses $1 Lycra Gloves
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/05/gloves-gesture-computing
A pair of MIT graduate systems have created a gesture-based interaction system using off the shelf computer cameras and a pair of Lyvra gloves that would cost $1 to produce. The gloves are covered with patches of various colors, that when moved in front of the camera can be matched to a database dof gestures that can be interpreted as commands. A series of demonstration videos how how hand motion can fluidly control virtual objects. Learn more at http://www.threegear.com/
(Added to Navigator Dec 30, 2010)

Google Labs: Body Browser Project
http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com/
Google has released a new project out of its labs. Called the Body Browser, it allows a user to navigate the intricacies of the human body in 3D much the same way a person would explore the world using Google Earth. Making use of HTML5, it provides a very rich and interactive visual experience. This project provides an example of some of the useful ways that HTML5 can be used for seamless navigation and interaction with content. - alan alan Feb 7, 2011 - KeeneH KeeneH Feb 7, 2011 - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 7, 2011- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011 - garry.putland garry.putland Feb 15, 2011 - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011- Allanah.King Allanah.King Feb 18, 2011- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011 alice.owen- alice.owen alice.owen Feb 19, 2011- bwatwood bwatwood Feb 20, 2011
- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Feb 20, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 20, 2010)
- virginie.aimard virginie.aimard Feb 21, 2011
- horncheah horncheah Feb 22, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011
- limad limad Feb 26, 2011
Word Lens Translates Words Inside of Images. Yes Really.
http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/16/world-lens-translates-words-inside-of-images-ye...
Word Lens is a new iPhone application that uses the device's camera to perform optical character recognition on words seen on a sign or other printed material. It then translates these words in Spanish or into English using a library loaded in the iPhone. This type of app represents the type of potential that exists with mobile devices when combined with other powerful technologies. - KeeneH KeeneH Feb 7, 2011 - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 12, 2011- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011 - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011- Allanah.King Allanah.King Feb 16, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011- Gavin Gavin Feb 17, 2011 - will.richardson will.richardson Feb 17, 2011- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011 alice.owen- alice.owen alice.owen Feb 19, 2011- bwatwood bwatwood Feb 20, 2011
- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Feb 20, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 17, 2010)
- virginie.aimard virginie.aimard Feb 21, 2011- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 21, 2011 - horncheah horncheah Feb 22, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011

Google Goes to the Cloud for a New Idea in PC Operating Systems
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704828104576021571135209978.html
Wall Street Journal technology writer Walt Mossberg has a chance to review Google's new prototype notebook computer running the Chrome OS. The device will be unique it that it will operate entirely by connecting to the cloud. No local file storage will occur. Mossberg states that if this is successful, it will mark the entry of third major operating system (after Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Mac OS) for consumers and usher in a new paradigm in how we use and think about operating systems.- Allanah.King Allanah.King Feb 18, 2011 alice.owen- alice.owen alice.owen Feb 19, 2011- bwatwood bwatwood Feb 20, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 17, 2010)- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 21, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011
- limad limad Feb 26, 2011

Kinect Multiple Reality Madness
http://thomaskcarpenter.com/2010/12/13/kinect-multiple-reality-madness/
This post provides a link to an interesting example of how one user has hacked a Microsoft Kinect system to augment 3D objects into a live video stream through the Kinect system. The developer explains: I wrote some software to merge multiple 3D video streams captured by the Kinect into a single 3D space. Objects from each video stream are superimposed as if they occupy the same physical space, with nearby objects from one video occluding more distant ones from another. Sometimes objects overlap, creating interesting mutant forms. - alan alan Feb 7, 2011- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 16, 2010)

The Next Generation of Mobile Maps
http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/12/next-generation-of-mobile-maps.html
Google has released the next major upgrade to Google Maps for mobile devices. Currently, this new version 5.0 is available to users of Android based smartphones. This new update added a number of significant new features. It now gives users a 3D vector-based map view. It also allows for off-line caching of maps for use without an internet connection due to a fundamental change in the way the map data is delivered to a device. Finally, it allows for offline routing as well extending the utility of this service when network connectivity is not a possibility.- guus guus Feb 12, 2011 - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 12, 2011- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011- Gavin Gavin Feb 17, 2011
- oystein.johannessen oystein.johannessen Feb 21, 2011 - horncheah horncheah Feb 22, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 16, 2010)
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011

MakerBot Ships the Thing-O-Matic: An Automated 3D Object Printer
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/makerbot_ships_the_thing-o-matic_an_automat...
The open source 3D printer manufacturer, MakerBot, has created a new printer called the Thing-O-Matic, which allows the printing of 3D object to be made. The device can be used with the more traditional 3D printer to create more complex objects. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011 - horncheah horncheah Feb 22, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 13, 2010)

Researchers Deliver Wi-Fi Through TV Aerials
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/infrastructure/2010/11/05/researchers-deliver-wi-fi-...
CSIRO in Australia has developed a new way to deliver Wi-Fi through TV antennas opening up new avenues for delivering web connections to areas where it would be difficult to otherwise wire up an internet connection. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 9, 2010) - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 12, 2011
- virginie.aimard virginie.aimard Feb 21, 2011- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 21, 2011

Brain Odyssey Game Combines Brain Exercises with Social Gaming
http://www.brainodysseygame.com/play
Brain games are catching on. This post discusses some new work being done on bringing brain games to social networks. The game Brain Odyssey by the company Posit Science offers a new challenge that can bring others into the fold. The game occurs in virtual cities and encourages users to engage with each other and explore these surroundings and to surmount the challenges given in the game. - KeeneH KeeneH Feb 7, 2011- guus guus Feb 12, 2011 - garry.putland garry.putland Feb 15, 2011 - will.richardson will.richardson Feb 17, 2011- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011- bwatwood bwatwood Feb 20, 2011
- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Feb 20, 2011
- limad limad Feb 26, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 7, 2010)

Five Innovative Classroom Management Tools for Teachers
http://mashable.com/2010/12/01/classroom-management-tools/
This post at Mashable gives list of five innovative classroom management tools. These range from mobile applications for managing attendance to more sophisticated web-based applications. Managing quizzes, lesson plans and course calendars are other offerings listed here. There are others such as Cramster, GradeGuru and Course Hero - garry.putland garry.putland Feb 15, 2011 - horncheah horncheah Feb 22, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 6, 2010)
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011

Delivering Educational Content to "that Second Screen"
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2010/11/delivering-educational-content-to-tha...
This post talks about the importance of the "Second Screen" for delivering educational content. As more and more young people use mobile phones as communication devices it becomes important to consider these as ways to capture the attention of the users but within an educational context. The article discusses the need for textbook publishers to focus more on this area and to also explore other types of media such as video in their offerings. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011- Gavin Gavin Feb 17, 2011 - will.richardson will.richardson Feb 17, 2011 alice.owen- alice.owen alice.owen Feb 19, 2011
- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011- bwatwood bwatwood Feb 20, 2011
- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Feb 20, 2011
- oystein.johannessen oystein.johannessen Feb 21, 2011
(Added to Navigator Dec 6, 2010)
- marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011

Empowering Education with Video
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/08/26/empowering-education-with-video/
This post at eSchool News gives a list of projects and references of schools using video to enhance the education process. The focus is on K-12 schools but the examples could provide ideas in other areas of education as well. More and more educational institutions will be using video so these sites offer some insights into what some schools are doing. - marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 22, 2011

Holograms Moving From Science Fiction to Reality
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/business/05novel.html
Holograms have been present in science fiction for some time, but in recent years, the technology has advanced and is now being actively developed at research centers within universities and private industry. The research promises to bring holograms a step closer to use in everyday life. Holograms have the potential to not only provide realistic 3D imaging of complex objects, they also can be a driving force in teleprescence. (Added to Navigator Dec 8, 2010) - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 12, 2011- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 15, 2011 - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 16, 2011- leslie.conery leslie.conery Feb 16, 2011- mscofino mscofino Feb 18, 2011 - horncheah horncheah Feb 22, 2011
- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 22, 2011

DreamPlug
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/03/dreamplug-is-the-low-powered-lilliputian-pc-for-people-with-rea/
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/t-dreamplugdetails.aspx
Tech devices have been getting compact and mobile. But this device takes technology into another direction in terms of flexibility. Take a look at your power outlet. If you saw a DreamPlug PC there, you could mistake it for nothing more than your cell phone charger. Yet Globalscale Technologies' newest Linux PC offers enough zing to make the "plug computing" concept a serious one. Perhaps devices like these will also change how schools use technology for management and media services. - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 7, 2011





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