How Wi-Fi could get a boost from Li-Fi

I have previously written about this technology and haven’t got much of it lately until now. This time it’s being marketed as a compliment to 4G/5G and WiFi, not a replacement. What comes to mind is the “complementary” nature of Bluetooth and WiFi.  To explain from Wikipedia:

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio wavesin the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz[4]) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs) (“Bluetooth,” 2017)

As Bluetooth come to mind, the IEEE working group associated with this also sees LiFi as a Personal Area Network (“IEEE 802.15.13 Task Group,” 2017). For this technology to take off, the current usage of Compact Fluorescent Lamps would have to give way to LED light bulbs. The transition from Incandescent light bulbs isn’t fully complete so this could be a while, compounded by the current Administration and their views on such energy advances.

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Fast Neural Style | TensorFire

H/T to Serdar Yegulalp of Infoworld on this story.

from this: before_manu

to this: f6abc5cf-094d-43a0-823e-5ffda88af886.jpg

with just Javascript and a modern browser, such as Vivaldi 1.11 [chromium 59]

via Fast Neural Style | TensorFire

In Chrome 60, I used my local webcam: The results, 1st is the straight webcam outside the program, 2nd is the output.

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In Firefox 54, again the before (enlarged) and the after.

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So as you can see, this works in multiple browsers. Edge is currently not one of them:

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Another reason why Microsoft Edge isn’t happening. Also, the new Windows 10 S limits you to this browser, which can’t get the basics of JavaScript support right.

Follow-up on Convoy raises $62M from Bill Gates and other luminaries to transform trucking industry with technology – Geekwire

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Pro Rata update on blogged story from 07/24.

Pro Rata by Dan Primack on Axios

The second paragraph is important and not mentioned in the GeekWire report about empty driving; the industry term is dead-head miles. He estimates this to be 40%. I’m not sure where he gets that number, but it sounds high to me. A possibility could arise where in his part of the country, that figure for getting loads can be accurate, based on the relative lack of shippers and consignees compared to the California submarket and the Eastern half of the country {the rough diving line in the business is Interstate 35 from the Twin Cities to DFW}

As a rule, I tend to not put too much faith in the comment section of most websites that enable it, but something @caseyedwinson mentioned deserves merit.

Constant driver communication and training should help with the onboarding of new drivers. The newer tech savvy generation is starting to get behind the wheel more and more as the baby boomer drivers retire. They all have cell phones!

While this is definitely true, and especially Owner-Operators, of which this service is a primary target of, the proof will come down to something I thought previously unarticulated; will it enable a profitable load for the driver, not just the freight master?

Convoy raises $62M from Bill Gates and other luminaries to transform trucking industry with technology – GeekWire

Convoy raises $62M from Bill Gates and other luminaries to transform trucking industry with technology – GeekWire

I don’t see how this changes the dynamics of the trucking industry from a trucker’s point of view. In a prior life, I was a company driver, an independent contractor, and drove for an Owner-Operator while being treated as a company driver. Unless you have a lucrative load contract, going West from East is much easier than getting a return load back. There are legacy players in the market, the most notable of which is GetLoaded/DAT. A subscription service is offered to compliment what is found on monitors at truck stops nationwide for Owner Operators to get primary, backhaul, or return loads. The era I was in the business Sprint nationwide 3G was a big deal and $70/month. Needless to say, the business has matured a bit.

As the article points out, the tech spin on this is an attempt to Uber-ize the trucking business by setting up contract load opportunities. Unless the numbers are significantly better, the economics of long-haul trucking do not favor the driver and stay legal at the same time; frankly, it couldn’t be done then, and with Electronic Logs ELD systems, it’s next to impossible unless a driving team. I was under pressure to run outlaw, one of the reasons I left the business; not worth it in my mind. Other truckers would agree with me, even if not said publically.

via Convoy raises $62M from Bill Gates and other luminaries to transform trucking industry with technology – GeekWire

Medical Data Overload 2.0

Medical Data Overload 2.0

A previously embedded post on the subject discusses the wearables market with the potential to make better medical decisions and outcomes. A drawback of not being endowed with financial resources is that first-hand trial/error is not always possible. Now Verily, one of the Alphabet companies, is finally releasing a device that allows advanced data to be acquired for specific research purposes.

Verily Study Watch is designed with these key features:

  • Multiple physiological and environmental sensors are designed to measure relevant signals for studies spanning cardiovascular, movement disorders, and other areas. Examples include electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate, electrodermal activity, and inertial movements.
  • A long battery life of up to one week in order to drive better user compliance during longitudinal studies.
  • Large internal storage and data compression allow the device to store weeks’ worth of raw data, thus relaxing the need to frequently sync the device.
  • A powerful processor supports real time algorithms on the device.
  • The firmware is designed to be robust for future extensions, such as over-the-air updates, new algorithms, and user interface upgrades.
  • The display is always on so that time is always shown. The display is low power and high resolution for an appealing look and a robust user interface. Note: currently, only time and certain instructions are displayed. No other information is provided back to the user.

(Harry Xiao, Tushar Parlikar, & David He, 2017)

This product is not currently available for sale, which means the greatest benefit to the targeted community will not be able to participate fully. Granted, it is early in the wearables game regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and thus their mechanisms that revolve around payment and access are not in place. Verily is associated with Google so their cloud will be used. Nothing against their cloud, but for this to become mainstream, the data must be agnostic when it comes to cloud storage, HIPAA requirements, and other aspects of this service.

via VERILY RELEASE STUDY WATCH FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH


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Why data analytics, remote care and interconnectivity are prepared to transform medical care

P/C Fierce Healthcare

One of the points of emphasis on this blog and my other one is the intersection of technology, healthcare, and basic income. Both of the dominant healthcare systems in my region have telehealth facilities and programs. With them not being currently covered by Medicare, there is no opportunity to fully test them as neither system would provide me a free session, and that is their right. Therein lies the rub and large animal in the room that has not been addressed. Without Universal Healthcare and/or Single-Payer, the benefits that are touted below are useless and serves little purpose; this will backfire on the proponents of this tech and everyone will suffer, even the “haves”.

Experts say telehealth and mobile devices will push medical care from the doctor’s office to the home.

As the healthcare industry turns to video conferencing, patient-generated data and modern communication tools, medical visits of the future will look vastly different than the current approach to care.

Technology will take on a distinct role in changing the way patients receive care and how healthcare providers operate within a transformed industry. Using smartphone applications and telehealth technology, medical care in the future “will increasingly take place everywhere but the office,” two healthcare futurists — Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and Ray Dorsey, director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester — wrote in Fortune.

RELATED: Eric Topol: Technologies, genomics are pushing adoption of personalized medicine

The op-ed coincided with new research by Dorsey and his colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center that showed virtual visits were widely embraced by patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Internet-enabled connectivity will bring together a broad array of specialists and clinical consultants to offer continuous, targeted expertise for patients. Access to real-time data from wearables and mobile devices will drive clinical decisions. Instead of making an appointment, patients will text their doctor for immediate medical advice.

Hospital executives are already preparing for those changes by investing heavily in telehealth solutions and mobile innovation. Systems like Northwell Health and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have launched new telehealth service lines, emboldened by research that shows how electronic consults can improve access to care.

RELATED: Most healthcare executives plan to invest in telehealth — here’s why

These changes will be influenced by outside companies that will trigger a new approach to the healthcare ecosystem, Topol and Dorsey write, leading to changing labor demands, evolving clinical practice and even transforming the physical makeup of hospitals.

Plagued by burnout, physicians may be eager to adapt to a technology-inspired healthcare landscape. Sylvia Romm, a pediatrician for Online Care Group and the medical director for American Well wrote on KevinMD that the long, inconsistent hours drove her to explore telemedicine. At the HIMSS conference in February, American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg, M.D., said technology will be “the new opportunity for care delivery.”

Originally published at http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/why-data-analytics-remote-care-and-interconnectivity-prepared-to-transform-medical-care?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTWpFek5XRTRZbUUxTWpNeSIsInQiOiIraDlWWTlodFprNkpXUDRJWWpzeDljWGliMUE2bEpvSnZ0UWY1bG92TmF1ak5COFBDbkhrK1NFdXB5Y0dUM1NiUmtOVkVYRElMXC9OWVA0UTVmeGpXNTdkbmlvRHYzRDNxWUQxQjA5cGxJMEs3M0hiSWZ0SmxacDRlcnM4MDh0QVIifQ%253D%253D&mrkid=748656&utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal.

How virtual reality (VR) is improving end-of-life care

I think this is a great idea and should spread to the states. In your final days, happiness is beyond deserved, it is required. As this is cutting edge technology, not a lot of published journals or even popular media exist on the subject. Most of what is found currently deals with telehealth and remote monitoring. Patients and caregivers alike seek remote mutual support from others who are coping with a terminal illness (Demiris, Oliver, & Wittenberg-Lyles, 2011). Where VR fits this scenario is to provide experiences that can be shared with a support network similar to the description in the previous sentence. At this stage, VR is a near exclusive on-premise function that can be administered by allied health personnel, not necessarily nurses unless there is a problem.

 

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H /T ZDNet UK  – Loros

 

“In the UK, terminally ill patients are being transported from the hospice to other worlds.”

How virtual reality is improving end-of-life care | ZDNet


Demiris, G., Oliver, D. P., & Wittenberg-Lyles, E. (2011). Technologies to Support End of Life Care. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 27(3), 211–217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2011.04.006