This Week in Context (20130906)
Let’s end the week with a quick recap of context-related news and developments. We heard about Google’s plans for ads, the deeper implications of Google Glass, the true value of data (having lots of it is not enough!) and the impending rise of low-cost health tracking.
If this is all a bit too tame for you, then check out our head honcho’s plans to become Belgium’s first bionic man.
- Google’s Plan To Track Emotions Through Your Eyes (video)
Google was recently granted a patent for a Google Glass-based ad system called “pay-per-gaze.” Pay-per-gaze technology would charge advertisers for the number of times someone literally looked at an ad. We definitely also see possibilities for eHealth as the size of your pupils can indicate if you’re about to have a seizure, have allergies coming up, or if it is time to take your pills. (Ann)
- Googling Yourself Takes on a Whole New Meaning
Google Glass will change a whole lot of things. Clive Thompson looks at Glass from personal, interpersonal, computational, historical & social perspectives. Seven pages very much worth the read. (Ann)
- Beware the gold rush: Data is worthless without context, content and creativity
Data in and of itself is nearly meaningless. The true value of data lies in understanding what it means. (David)
- BITalino Is A Low Cost, Modular Bio-Signal Sensor Kit That Makes It Quicker & Easier To Build Medical Devices & Health Tracker Apps
A specialized, low-cost, Arduino-like sensor kit like BITalino that includes sensors such as an EMG, ECG and more can truly drive novel applications. DIY enthusiasts can now afford equipment that previously costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. (Filip)
While we are polishing up our context platform for public release, you can chime in with your dreams about a context-aware world at the Summer of Context.