The TED Conference, taking place this week, brings together people from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design. TED lets people from these three fields showcase their knowledge and ideas, and gives them only 18 minutes to do so.
This year’s TED Conference showcased several innovative and potentially life-changing ideas. These companies exhibited two of the biggest game-changers.
Ford Motor Company
Population growth is an issue that Ford is beginning to prepare for. Based on predictions, the number of cars on the road will go from 800 million to 2-3 billion in the next 40 years. Ford believes it has a plan to deal with the issue.
Ford sees a future filled with cars that can communicate with each other in real-time. SYNC, from Ford, is the first version of this technology. It performs many functions, such as 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Reports and is onboard about 3 million vehicles.
Ford sees the future iterations being even more robust, with cars being able to re-route you based on real-time traffic information being transmitted from other cars.
Bluefin Labs co-founder Deb Roy’s presentation was centered on the round-the-clock surveillance of his house during his son’s first 90,000 hours. The company created machine-learning systems that traced and analyzed his son’s learning process.
Roy hopes that this technology can be expanded to analyze even more things. Currently, the technology is being used to analyze the intersection between TV audiences and their online reactions to programming and advertisements.
This system could be a great way for businesses to better understand their audiences’ impressions of them.
These are just two of they many profound ideas and products that have been presented thus far at this year’s TED Conference. If you’d like to take a look at some other cool ideas, check out this Inc. article.
The DEMO Spring conference is the “launchpad for emerging technology” and it is full of excellent ideas. Social media is the primary theme of this week’s show, with three sessions entitled “Demofocus on social on media technologies.” These are some of the best ideas, social or otherwise that have emerged thus far:
Websense’s Defensio for Facebook
Defensio for Facebook is an application that allows businesses using the social network to better protect their Pages. Pages full of spam comments and posts turn off potential customers. Defensio eliminates that clutter by preventing unwanted content from being posted.
This application lets you set preferences so that you can moderate posts on your Page. You can also prevent your Page from showing links to certain sites.
Nimble is a “social relationship manager” that enables you to connect all of your contacts, calendars and communications from multiple social networking sites. You can integrate your email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts with Nimble so you can view all of your communications in one place.
Nimble hopes to make it easier for companies to maintain a dialogue and improve interactions with their customers. Once it is integrated with more social networks, it will become even more useful.
mSignia’s Dynamic Device Identity
mSignia works on Android devices to make access to cloud services easier. It secures your smartphone while eliminating the need to enter passwords on every site.
If you stop using that device, there’s no need to worry. mSignia eliminates all of the credentials associated with your accounts so that your information can no longer be accessed from that device.
These products, along with many others being presented at the DEMO Spring 2011 event, make conducting business simpler and more seamless.
Unplugging a USB device without ejecting it from your computer can be a scary concept. The majority of us know the alarming warning icon that pops up on an iPod when you plug it into your computer. Does the danger associated with preemptively unplugging an iPod pertain to all USB devices?
Most of us have taken the risk of removing the device without taking the proper steps. And for many of us, the device came out unscathed. But what are the other potential outcomes?
One of two things can happen if you remove the device before ejecting it:
- Nothing. Your data will remain undamaged and you will cause no harm to the USB device or to the computer
- The device can become corrupted, along with all its contents. This is sometimes reparable, but can be very frustrating nonetheless
Although many people can just unplug their devices without inflicting any damage, it is still best to eject it first to avoid the inconvenience of lost data that is always a possible consequence.
For a guide to quickly and easily ejecting your contraptions check out this article.
Most of us spend a good chunk of the day sitting at a desk. So, selecting desks that fit our bodies is a vital part of our everyday comfort. There is one factor, however, that many people don’t consider when looking for a desk, and that’s height.
Ergonomically correct office furniture can prevent chronic strain. Not to mention, the increased comfort can help make you more productive.
In order to ensure a desk is the right height for you, you should:
- Sit down in the position you’d be in while using the desk
- Rest your arms at your sides
- Bend your elbow at a 90 degree angle keeping your upper arms in line with your torso
If the desk is a good height for you, your hands should rest comfortable on its surface. For minor adjustments, consider using an adjustable chair or a desk with a pullout keyboard drawer.
Using a desk that is the ideal height can save you a great deal of unnecessary discomfort, including potential chronic back problems. So, putting in a little time and effort to find the perfect desk is typically worth it.
For more information on finding the proper desk height, check out this Lifehacker article.