Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 53

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Beyond 2020

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In another step towards our future as cyborgs, Ocumetrics Technology Corporation has developed a Bionic Lens that is inserted into the eye as a replacement for our natural one. Already capable of delivering beyond 20/20 vision with perfect clarity, Ocumetrics have grand plans for the future development of the product.

They believe that in the not too distant future the will have such high definition that we will be capable of inspecting our own fingers down to a cellular level. Other planned functions include sharing perspectives with others who also have a Bionic Lens and syncing your vision with your smartphone.

Read more here.

How else can technology be used to not only complement but drastically improve our natural human abilities?


Efficient Time Tracking

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Time tracking is the bane of many workplaces, and it often feels that the act of tracking and recording your hours takes much more effort than it’s worth. Existing software solutions are often clunky and fiddly, and the poor user experience is a serious barrier.

Tiller is an Australian start-up that has re-examined the time tracking process from the ground up. Their solution is a hardware first approach, with a tactile scroll wheel that can be used to seamlessly switch between tasks and clients without interrupting workflow.

See their Kickstarter here.

How could a complete re-evaluation of the digital-physical user journey lead to more effective technology solutions?


Internet For All

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In the wake of a string of severe hurricanes and tropical storms, 83% of Puerto Rico remains without telephone or internet signal. This lack of communication is impeding the recovery effort as aid workers struggle to coordinate the distribution of much-needed materials, and lost families and friends cannot find each other.

In an attempt to bring the country back online, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, have been granted a license to test their experimental internet distributing balloon, Project Loon. The project uses high-altitude balloons that float 18km off the ground, distributing wireless signals over an extremely wide range until the existing systems can be repaired.

The ultimate aim of Project Loon is to connect the 5 billion people living without phone or internet reception in areas of the world too remote for traditional cell phone towers.

See how it works here.

How else can new infrastructure systems be used to remove physical boundaries and promote a more connected world?