|By Drew Hendricks||
|July 23, 2014 02:15 PM EDT||
There seems to be a growing concern among researchers as to what effects continuous exposure to the gamut of today's technology has on the developing brains of children. According to a recent article written by Dr. Jim Taylor, a professor at the University of San Francisco, these effects are complex and may present benefits and hazards. Studies indicate that technology affects the ability to pay attention and process material. Reading conventional books enhances the ability to focus while improving comprehension, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, along with increasing vocabulary. Conversely, obtaining information from the Internet interferes with the development of comprehension and memory. However, video games and other visual media have been shown to enhance attention, reaction times and visual-spatial capability. Nonetheless, there are many different ways that technology is currently being used to benefit the health of children.
Fighting Childhood Obesity
According to a recent article published by CNN, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 17 percent of the country's children suffer from obesity. With the need for increasing physical activity in mind, UnitedHealthcare developed a school-friendly program based on the popular "Dance Dance Revolution" video game. The program allows up to 48 students to participate at the same time. The kids recreate the steps viewed on a large screen display while dancing on wireless sensor-filled mats. The platforms monitor and record each student's performance and saves the data so teachers, parents and students may view the progress. So far, the corporation introduced the technology to three different U.S. schools.
The blog Withings reports that in an effort to alleviate some of the discomfort and stress that children experience when living with diabetes, Bayer Didget developed a variety of programs for children of varied ages. One blood glucose monitoring device plugs into an existing Nintendo DS and allows users to unlock new game levels every time a child tests their blood. Finn the Glucose Fish was designed for younger children. Strips are contained within the child-sized, fish-shaped monitoring device. Lancets attach directly to the body. The meter features a large display and buttons that accommodate small patients. Teen girls have access to an app entitled "DiaPETic," which combines the technology of a virtual pet and gaming with glucose testing and general health tips based on blood sugar readings.
Primary bedwetting occurs when the reflex that alerts someone that their bladder is full does not fully develop. In this instance, when the bladder becomes full, the organ automatically begins emptying. Some children also lack sufficient levels of ADH hormone, which normally slows urine production at night. When either scenario occurs, a child wets the bed. Research indicates that genetics plays a major role. If one parent had the same problem during childhood, a child has a 40 percent chance of experiencing nocturnal enuresis. If both parents have a history, the likelihood increases to 70 percent. The easiest solution to the problem remains using specially designed alarm systems. Compared to behavioral therapy or medication, bedwetting alarms offer between a 70 and 90 percent success rate in curing the problem.
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DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete...
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There's Big Data, then there's really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, discussed how IoT, Big D...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the ...
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The 4th International DevOps Summit, co-located with16th International Cloud Expo – being held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY – announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's large...
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The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, demonstrated how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
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WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
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Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Ar...
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Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective ...
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Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using ...
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"SAP had made a big transition into the cloud as we believe it has significant value for our customers, drives innovation and is easy to consume. When you look at the SAP portfolio, SAP HANA is the underlying platform and it powers all of our platforms and all of our analytics," explained Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce at SAP, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
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SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, discussed how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA...
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Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic - data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Net...
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What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in - unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the back door leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's hig...
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