Space-Age Mouse

Just wanted to share my new futuristic ergonomic computer mouse. 


Thumb sits on the left.


Rest of the hand sits fully supported and swoops down towards the right. 


No wrist movement up and down. 


Left and right clicks buttons are at the top.


No bending of the fingers and no reaching.


Mouse helps protect against repetitive movement disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome. 


The HandShoe Mouse fits like a glove. 


It’s made by Hippus in the Netherlands. 


Comes in wireless or wired. 


Choose right- or left-hand model. 


And make sure you order the right size: small, medium, or large. 


Until we have full voice recognition or gesture control like in Minority Report, I like this space-age mouse. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

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Mice End Up Dead

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So there are three main ways of reacting when in a bullying situation by someone:


1) Passive – You can sit back and take it for now, shutting your mouth and turning off your feelings, maybe even running for safety, as you get temporarily scr*wed, but perhaps maintaining the moral high ground and smartly saving your chips and choosing your battles for the right time and place to set things right and the record straight. 


2) Aggressive – You can fight back, make sure you have a good strategy, but you may nonetheless end up blamed or bloodied, or who knows, maybe you actually win the day, but also you need to be sure to win the war. 


3) Assertive – You can hold your ground, assert your rights, maintain your own opinions, and do what you believe is right, being firm in your self-determination, but you could be reprimanded or punished for not falling in line or best case scenario, you could actually end up being respected for it.


Listen, there is no one right answer, but you need to be a man and not a mouse.


Protect yourself–and as long as you don’t go overboard or act like a jerk–be you, be proud, and don’t let anyone mistreat you. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Is He A Man Or A Mouse?

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Often at home, we’d look at what’s going on in the world, the sad state of affairs, when people act bad, and the lack of leadership, and my dad would say, “When there’s no man, you be the man.”


He was right!!!


These days, the question has morphed into, “Is he a man or a mouse?”


We are so chasing our tails out there.


Today after 4 1/2 years of civil war in Syria–hundreds of thousands dead, 14 million displaced, chemical weapons and barrel bombs dropped on civilians, crossed red lines and empty vows of “No boots on the ground“–and now we sending up to 50 special forces as a token force to “advise and assist” in Syria after the recent $500 million military training program for “4 or 5” moderate rebels in Iraq was a total bust!


Of course, we’re going to Syria not to actually engage the enemy, but more to dare Russia whose deployed there with planes, tanks, ships, artillery, and Spetsnaz special forces to hit us. 


Similarly, after Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, we conduct a training exercise with 3,000 troops in the Baltics and put together a NATO rapid reaction force in Europe and call it day, as if that will deter the “Great Bear.”


Oh, and don’t forget that we sent a single battle ship within 12 nautical miles of the South China Sea artificial islands–again, daring them to try something. 


Well what if one of these days Russia or China actually took up the dare?


Already this week, Russia flew two fighter jets within a mile of the Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier–endangering the 6,000 personnel and all those valuable Navy assets. What did we do? We had 4 fighters escort them away–after what couldn’t been a significant attack on our Navy.


If we did that to Russia, what do you think they would’ve done–our fighters would’ve been shot down so fast, we wouldn’t have known what hit us–like when they did the Blitzkrieg into Ukraine and recently into Syria–we’re taken off guard again and again. 


Also recently, Russia maneuvered a military satellite between two of U.S. Intelsat satellites, 50 of which are used by our military for communications and drone missions. Moreover, Russian subs and ships are hovering around major global data cable lines posing a threat to the backbone of the Internet.


How about with Iran–we make a deal easing sanctions on them and releasing hundreds of billions of dollars–and what do they do? Conduct long-range ballistic missile test, convict a Washington Post reporter, arrest a U.S. business executive, and continue to threatens America and Israel


When we are afraid and our enemies are not–when they act with impunity–we are more mouse than man. 


We may get some cheese, but the mouse is dead rodent meat unless it gets with it.


This is not a game of cat and mouse–but the lives of hundreds of millions that hang in the geopolitical balance–and there is no mousey hole to hide in. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hey, Gesture Like This!

This new gesture-recognition technology from Leap Motionis amazing.”For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimension with your natural hand and finger movements.”

The closest yet to get us to the vision in the movie, Minority Report.

“Leap is more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard, and more sensitive than a touchscreen.”

Scroll, pinpoint, pan, play, shoot, design, compose, fly–just about everything you do onscreen, but more in sync with how we generally interact with our environment and each other.

I like when the guy in the video reaches forward and the hands on the screen reach right back at him!

I’d be interested to see how this can be used to replace a keyboard for typing or will it be augmented by a really good voice recognition and natural language processing capability–then we would have an integration of the verbal and non-verbal communications cues.

In the future, add in the ability to read our facial expressions like from a robot and then we may have some real interaction going on mentally and perhaps dare I say it, even emotionally.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek (24 May 2012), the Leap is just the size of a “cigarette lighter that contains three tiny cameras inside” and costs just $70–“about half the price of a Kinect.”

The Leap is so sophisticated that it can “track all 10 of a user’s fingers and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimeter.”

At their site, I see you can even preorder these now for estimated shipping at the end of the year.

I think I’ll put this on my holiday gift list. 😉

Images, Alive And Profitable

Luminate

“There are nearly 4 trillion images on the Internet and 200 million new ones being added each day,” according to Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of Luminate.

Luminate (formerly Pixazza) has the vision of making all those images interactive through image recognition algorithms and human-assisted crowdsourcing to identify objects and tag the images with content.

They “transform static images into interactive content,” according to the Luminate website.

The way it works:

1) Icon–look for the Luminate icon image in the lower left corner of the image that means the image in interactive.

2) Mouse–mouse over the image to choose from the interactive image apps.

3) Click–click on the images in the photo to shop and buy it (“Get The Look”), share information (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, email), or navigate (click on contextual hyperlinks from Wikipedia and other sources).

According to Forbes (27 July 2011), Luminate already “has more than 4,000 publishers, 150 million unique visitors per month, and more than 20 million products catalogued.”

The image-tagging platform provides context and information for consumers and revenue generating opportunities for producers–so it is a win-win for everyone in the marketplace!

By connecting end-user Internet images on the front-end with advertisers and commerce on the back-end, Luminate has found a way to integrate web-surfers and industry–no longer are advertisements on the web disconnected as pop-ups, banners, or lists from the Internet content itself.

Right now, there are apps for annotations, advertisements, commerce, and social media. Luminate plans to open up development to others to create their own for things such as apps for donations for disaster relief images or mapping and travel apps for images of places.

Luminate, as a photo-tagging and application service, is advancing our experience with the Internet by creating a richer experience, where a photo is not just a photo, but rather a potential gateway into everything in the photo itself.

In my view, this is a positive step toward a vision of a fully augmented reality, where we have a truly information-rich “tagged environment”, where everything around us–that we see and experience–is identified and analyzed, and sourced, and where the images of the world are alive no matter how or from what angle we look at them.

Lastly, my gut tells me that Google is heavily salivating over where this company is going and future developments in this field.

(Source Photo: here)

>The Eyes Have It

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In the last couple of weeks, a new innovation by Tobii for eye tracking technology built into the lid of laptop computers has been featured on CNN, the New York Times (March 27, 2011), and Bloomberg Businessweek (March 28-April 3, 2011)

Tobii allows users to “control their computers just by looking at them.

The eye tracker uses infrared lights (like those used in a TV’s remote control) to illuminate the pupils, and optical sensors on the computer screen capture the reflection. Tobii can determine the point of gaze and movement of the eyes to within 2 millimeters.

So forget the mouse–“just look at a particular location on the screen, and the cursor goes there immediately.”

This is a natural user interface that is fast and intuitive, generally halving the time needed for many chores.”

Eye tracking is being tested and planned by Tobii and others for the following

– Read text down the screen and it automatically scrolls. – Look at a window or folder to choose it. – Use a map by eyeing a location and then touching it to zoom. – Activate controls by holding a glaze for a quarter to half a second. – Play video games by moving through with your eyes. – Gaze at a character and they will stare back at you. – Leave your TV and it pauses until you return.

This technology has the potential to help disabled people (who cannot use a traditional mouse) as well as prevent strains and injuries by reducing some repetitive stress movement.

Within a couple of years, the cost of eye tracking technology is seen as coming down from tens of thousands of dollars to a couple of hundred dollars for a laptop clip-on device or even less for those built right in.

I think another important use for eye tracking is with augmented reality technology, so that as people navigate and look around their environment, sensors will activate that can provide them all sorts of useful information about what they are seeing.

Ultimately, where this is all going is the addition of a virtual 4th dimension to our vision–where information is overlaid and scrolling on everything around us that we look at, as desired.

This will provide us with an information rich environment where we can understand more of what we see and experience than ever before. Terminator, here we come! Augmented_reality