Τρίτη, 26 Ιουνίου 2012

Kickstarter - LUMOback


LUMOback is a wireless posture sensor and mobile app that leverages great design, proven science, and the latest advances in mobile computing. 
LUMOback sensor
LUMOback sensor
The sensor provides a gentle vibration when you slouch to remind you to sit or stand straight. It is worn on your lower back and designed to be slim, sleek and so comfortable that you barely feel it when you have it on.  
The sensor connects wirelessly to an iPhone 4S or new iPad app which tracks all of your movement data. LUMO, your avatar, mirrors your activities when you sit, stand, walk, run, lay down, and more! 
Anyone can use LUMOback. It’s simple and integrates into your daily routine. You live your life. Only better.
Our Story
LUMOback is the brainchild of 3 Stanford graduates- a physician, engineer, and entrepreneur- on a mission to empower people to live healthier lives.
Our story begins with one of our co-founders, Andrew, and his quest to find a solution for his bad back. His back troubles made him feel frustrated and less productive. Andrew tried everything but nothing worked, until he took posture classes that taught him how to sit, stand, and sleep properly. Learning better posture has transformed his life. Not only does he feel better, he looks great too.
Posture is scientifically linked to back problems (which affects 80% of people sometime in their lives) and is also important for confidence, physical fitness, and general wellness. Using the latest sensor and mobile technologies, we can bring good posture and movement back into our daily lives. In doing so, we hope to positively transform the lives of millions of other people too.
In the past 1 1/2 years, we've gone from concept to a real, working prototype. We've recruited some of the best minds in technology and design. We've slaved away countless hours with user testing, questioning every aspect of our solution and refining it with each iteration.
Now it's your turn. We need money to fund our initial production run- this includes paying for tooling costs, ordering the plastic, fabric, and electronic components, and assembling the units (right here in the USA by the way).
The Plan
Our project is based in Palo Alto, CA where we've been able to attract talent with stellar technology, design, and manufacturing backgrounds. We're a team that knows how to execute, and are ready to roll- we just need your backing. Here's our plan:
With your support, we can bring good posture and movement back into our daily lives. Thank you for helping us bring LUMOback to you!
1. Compatibility?
iPhone 4S or new iPad
It should be compatible with the new iPhone 5 too!
Unfortunately LUMOback does not currently work with Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone 7.  
2. Does the iPhone/iPad app have to be on all the time?
No, the sensor works independently of the app. The app gives you the ability to see and track your everyday movements whenever you want, but it does not need to be open on your iPhone 4S or new iPad for the sensor to work.  
3. Is the footage in the video of LUMO the avatar tracking the user's movements real?
4. Where is the sensor worn?
The lightweight sensor is held in a thin band and is worn discreetly around your waist or lower back.
5.  How slim is the sensor?
At the center, it is 8.5mm and even thinner elsewhere!
6.  Who made your awesome video?  
It was produced by our friends, Eugene Huang (video) and Allister Chang (music).  They love working on new projects, so please feel free to contact them at ehuang1085@gmail.com and chang.allister@gmail.com! 

Δευτέρα, 18 Ιουνίου 2012

WWDC 2012 Apple: Summary

WWDC 2012 Apple: Summary
  • Update on hardware all notebooks (usb3)
  • New MacBook pro (0.71 inch, 4.46 pounds, retina display, 75 reduce reflection, dual mics, reduces fun noise with asymmetric design)

  • Sharing (on many applications) 
Notification Center
  • Gesture two fingers
  • Right column
  • Up and right notifications
  • Eg: you can dictate a twit!
  • Dictation in many languages (chines's, Mandarin, Korean, Australian, Italian. Spanish)
Social Media
  • Facebook integration 
  • Sharing (one time type the password and other services use that account to access the user data)
  • Search on the url bar (how many years to realize the need?)
  • iCloud tag to open on all mobile devices
  • Tabview navigation through gestures
  • Faster and smoother scrolling (with new algorithm)
  • Update (mail, updates etc.) while in sleepWhen your Mac goes to sleep, it still gets things done with Power Nap.2 It periodically updates Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Photo Stream, Find My Mac, and Documents into the Cloud. When your Mac is connected to a power source, it downloads software updates and makes backups with Time Machine. While all that updating is going on, the system sounds are silent and no lights or fans come on, so nothing disturbs you. And when your Mac wakes up, it’s good to go.
Airplay mirroring

Game Center Unification 

iOS 6 (autumn 2012) 
  • Siri (play an app, scores, movies - cinemas, restaurants)
  • Add Siri on iPad
  • Facebook integration (like twitter in previous update) (public API), like on AppStore and iTune.  With single sign-on capability, Facebook sheets, and the new Social framework, users can post status updates to their account seamlessly, and easily share photos with friends, right from your app.
  • Integrate contacts with Facebook-birthdays and Calendar
  • Do not disturb list with hours management and urgent calls care. 
  • Don't answer calls with options (replying to auto message or remind me later or when I leave from the job!)
  • Facetime over cellular
  • Safari can upload photos from the phone
  • VIP mail (tag for significant mail senders)
  • Passbook (unification all the pass tickets in one place - no more screenshots, when you are near the cinema the ticket pop up!, online update on tickets (gate of departure etc.). Passbook gives users a whole new way to organize boarding passes, tickets, gift cards, and loyalty cards. You can bring up passes in your app with Pass Kit APIs or send them via email or post them on the web. You can set items to appear at certain times or locations and update items with push notifications.
  • Guided access (disable home button to test apps or special needs kids use).
  • new MAPS
  • 3d view and helicopter 
  • view (fly over) of major cities and more information 
  • traffic
  • reroute choices, 
  • updates on move
  • turn by turn navigation that works on lockscreen
  • Siri integration, real time 3d rendering
  • In-App Purchase

    Well done apple:)