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Google Health

Posted in Show and Tell on April 13, 2009 by dschung

Google Health, a new service provided by Google, allows individuals to store and manage health information online.  Users can enter information such as current medications, allergies, and conditions.  Information pertaining to symptoms, causes, and treatments for various conditions is also available (much like WebMD).  You can also see how certain medications could interact with one another.  Google has partnered with hospitals and pharmacies so that you can actually import your health records from health care providers.  Users can also choose to share their medical information with friends, family, hospitals, or whoever they like.



FOX News Blogger Fired for Reviewing Leaked “Wolverine” Movie

Posted in Show and Tell on April 6, 2009 by dschung

wolverine_originsRecently, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was leaked on the Internet before its official release date (April 29 in select countries /May 1 in the US). The distributor of the film, 20th Century Fox, was obviously upset about the leak and went as far as calling in the FBI in order to figure out just how the movie was leaked a full month before its release. The company then terminated a contract with one of its own bloggers after they found out that the blogger had posted a review of the leaked film. Roger Friedman, a blogger for FOX News, posted a review of the leaked film a day after the leak. Though the review was glowingly positive, “fanboys” across the web urged for the blogger’s termination, citing that his actions were “reprehensible” regardless of how positive the review was. According to Torrent Freak, the movie has been downloaded almost a million times since the leak. (Read more)

New Cell Phone App Could Save Lives / Yet Another New Set of Uses and Gratifications

Posted in Show and Tell on March 29, 2009 by dschung

AT&T is releasing a cell phone app that allows patients to monitor and automatically transfer their heart data to their cardiologists using blue-tooth technology.

The service, offered MedNet Healthcare Technologies, lets customers who are in At&T’s network range or roaming areas send their heart data to a central monitoring center, which will then relay the information to their doctor. The service is available for a monthly fee, and doctors must be signed up to use it.

In addition to wireless monitoring of the new servcie, MedNet will also use AT&T voice services so cardiac technicians and physicians can quickly reach out to patients if needed.

The new service is expected to launch April 21.  (Read more)

— Bob

Bob’s Immersion Paper: Lostpedia Wiki

Posted in Show and Tell on March 19, 2009 by dschung

For my immersion paper, I took an active role in Lostpedia’s wiki site ( — I know, I’m a dork.  I contributed to a couple of articles and talked with other users via discussion pages.  I applied Heeter’s (1989) six-dimensional model of interactivity and discussed possible deficiencies and revisions.  Based on my revisions, the model would look as so:

Revised model of interactivity

“Real Virtuality” Technology that Engages Five Senses

Posted in Show and Tell on March 8, 2009 by dschung


Virtual Cocoon

Virtual Cocoon

The first virtual reality headset that allows users to smell, taste, touch, hear and see has recently been developed.  Scientists from University of York and Warwick have begun work on a project that hopes to develop “real virtuality” — a term they are using “to highlight their aim of providing a ‘real’ experience in which all senses are stimulated in such a way that the user has a fully immersive perceptual experience, during which s/he cannot tell whether or not it is real.”  Research teams across Britain have developed what they are calling the “virtual cocoon,” which is a set of devices that work together to engage the user’s senses.


“Smell will be generated electronically via a new technique being pioneered by Alan Chalmers and his team at Warwick which will deliver a pre-determined smell recipe on-demand. Taste and smell are closely linked but we intend to provide a texture sensation relating to something being in the mouth. Tactile devices will provide touch.”

A key objective will be to optimise the way all five senses interact, as in real life. The team also aim to make the Virtual Cocoon much lighter, more comfortable and less expensive than existing devices, as a result of the improved computing and electronics they develop.

There is also some concern over whether immersing individuals in another reality could have a negative effect on health/safety. (Read more)


— Bob

David’s Post (3/2/09)

Posted in 1, Show and Tell on March 1, 2009 by dschung

I found an interesting article from the magazine “News Media and the Law” discussing legal developments with regard to online news sites and anonymous sources. I can’t get the link to work, but if you type in “Guarding the unnamed writers of the Internet” into Google, it should come up.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Traditional state shield laws, which protect newspapers and reporters from revealing confidential sources and information, are being adapted to protect the identities of readers who comment anonymously on newspaper Web sites.”

Touchatag: The Interactive Advertising Opportunity

Posted in Show and Tell on February 27, 2009 by dschung

Alcatel-Lucent announced plans to enhance its Touchatag service, which uses a combination of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), unique barcodes, and Near Field Communications (NFC) to create targeted, interactive advertising. Essentially, a consumer could use a NFC-enabled cell phone device to receive information about different products by simply touching the device to a “tag.” Here are some examples pulled directly from the story:

Just think of the possibilities. If a shopper walks by a shoe store and sees the latest Manolos in the window, she can scan the tag in the display with her NFC-enabled phone and be presented with a Web site offering full product information, pricing, user comments and ratings. If she goes into the store she can scan a tag on the shoe itself and get instant access to inventory, available colors, pricing, maybe even a discount for having scanned the product.
Or imagine walking down the aisle in a supermarket and scanning an item, and being presented with a list of recipes — and other necessary ingredients — to create that perfect meal. A consumer might also cross reference a database to ensure that the suggested food items contain no allergens.

The real benefit for advertisers, besides offering a more “interactive” experience for the consumer is the ability to track information pertaining to specific individuals. (Read more).

— Bob