When thinking about future technology it’s easy to get caught in the sprawling landscape created by science fiction. But what of the reality – away from the armies of killer robots, flying cars and more armies of killer robots? What are the devices of the future that are going to impact on businesses in our lifetime?
Technology is moving fast – consumer and business tech are merging, where the two are barely separable. The 3rd Platform is changing the way we interact with everything, as all the major forces in IT – cloud, social media, mobile and big data – converge. And it’s the 3rd Platform that’s enabling us to start delivering context appropriate information.
And the devices of the future will cater to this, with manufacturers creating them to be context aware, enabling us to deliver information in the most accessible way to people depending on their situation, preference and attitude. This, in turn, fuels the possibilities for remote working – truly allowing people to work from anywhere, at any time.
Flexible devices (like those being developed by Samsung) and gestural control and recognition, which is being developed by HP, are a starting point and will no doubt populate the near future. But there are things further off that could truly allow us to put content and context at the forefront of IT information delivery. Here are some of the technologies that your users might be interacting with in the future.
Sensors are already everywhere. Cars, hospitals, phones – sensors are all around us. The fitness industry is being driven forward by sensor-led technology, as people attempt to improve their health by analysing data about their physical performance. The mHealth movement is pushing the boundaries in regards to how medical professionals interact with patients, removing geography and immobility as obstacles to care by creating sensors that can be attached to consumer smartphones. From a business perspective, using sensors can be key to finding out more about employees in order to deliver information appropriately
Using sensors like GPS, accelerometers, heart-monitors and others can give information about a user’s situation, preference and attitude – the three pillars of context. Know these things and you know how to deliver information appropriately.
But companies can move beyond this in the future and use sensors to help boost productivity and increase collaboration between employees, while also predicting their effectiveness in business situations. Sociometric Solutions, a spin-off from MIT’s Media Lab, specialises in providing companies with social analytics, by measuring and analysing how people interact with each other.
Using sensor packed ID badges the company measures employees movements, tone of voice, whoever they’re talking to and their geographical positional in the office. Through analysing the data gained from the ID badges, Sociometric Solutions can decipher how effective someone might be in a pitch or a presentation by looking at tone of voice, plus speaking volume and speed. The company also predicts that it can use its sensor badges to organise the make-up of an organisation, by using an analytical engine to decipher which colleagues should collaborate and meet. This would create an augmented social reality that feeds off social analytics.
Wearable technology is already well into development and is starting to creep into the hands of consumers. Smartwatches, like the Pebble, offer people functionality far beyond what they’re used to in the average watch, while companies like Under Armour are developing touch screens that can be built into fabric. Then, of course, you haveGoogle Glass – a product that could bring on the onset of annotated reality.
If wearable tech becomes an accessible reality, it will change the way we think of ‘dressing for work’. The prospect of an enterprise providing data through wearable devices that offer annotated reality opens up a world of possibilities for delivering appropriate context sensitive information. Tie wearable tech in with sensor technology and enterprises will gain real insight into how employees work and how to help them work smarter.
Most of us carry tactile technology around in our pockets every day, now that touch screens have become the norm on smartphones. But what if your entire desk could be used as a computer; or your phone could assess your mood simply through the way you were holding it; or you could interact with just about any surface you came in contact with.
The principles of tactile tech isn’t a world away from the idea behind invoked computing. But while invoked computing allows people to turn everyday objects into devices that can be used to access information, (pizza box laptops and banana phones, for example) tactile technology turns everything that utilises it into an interface that can analyse interaction.
Companies like Tactonic Technologies are working towards making this tech an everyday reality and, in the future, it could become essential both in the workplace and for remote workers. When combining the kind of technology that’s being developed by Tactonic – it creates rectangular precision pressure tiles that can measure finger position to within one-hundredth of an inch and can sense 4,096 levels of pressure – with touchscreen technology, you have the ability to send and display information on almost any surface, as well as measure how people are interacting with it. Not only that, you can analyse how people are interacting with objects that don’t deliver information – how they sit in chairs and how they grip phones, for instance – gives companies information about the mood of their employees and whether they can make their working environment better, whether it’s office based or remote.
All of this future technology is in development and has the potential to play an important part in all of our lives. What’s more though, it shows that companies are working towards developing ways of delivering information that doesn’t just take context and appropriateness into account, but puts them at the forefront of the technology.
Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)
Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.
If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.
1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks
Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.
2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.
3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.
4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.
5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.
6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.
Williams Uchemba And His Wife Exchange Wedding Vows In Lagos (Video)
Popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar have officially solemnized their union.
The couple finally exchanged their wedding vows at Dominion city church in Lagos state.
The beautiful wedding ceremony was reportedly officiated by the founder of the church, Dr. David Chukwudi Ogbueli alias Papa Eagle.
Celebrities, fans and well-wishers poured in congratulatory message for the couple after photos and videos from the ceremony hit the internet.
The actor wore a sleek tuxedo, while his bride, wore a lovely white gown.
Watch the videos below:
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Actor, Model, Comedian, Philanthropist… Meet The Latest Groom, Williams Uchemba
Williams Uchemba, who was born on October 22, is an actor, motivational speaker, model, comedian, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Abia-born thespian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State.
Uchemba began his career in the early 2000s as a child actor and came into the limelight in 2001 after appearing in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “The Journey of the Dead” along with Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, and Pete Edochie.
Since then, the multi-talented actor never looked back as he has gone ahead to feature in more blockbuster movies like Sugar Rush (2019), Merry Men 2(2019) and Story Story: The African Rideshare (2018). He is the recipient of several awards.
The actor adopted an 18-year-old furniture maker in June and he promised to sponsor his education. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar at her hometown, Alor in Anambra state. The actor’s wife, Brunella opened up on their love story with Wedding Digest Naija and she disclosed that she made the first move. According to the English trained medical doctor, they both met on Facebook after she sent him a message.
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