Haptic Technology (Not to be confused with Happtique)

Currently, we can see, hear and touch our mobile devices. We can’t yet taste and smell (well, we can’t smell things if they were submitted via our phones…like the fresh new scent of Febreze…). Think about this for a minute. What if one day Oren Eisenberg and Matt Draper invented a way we could harness all five senses through mobile?

Well..we may be getting close with current research. But, let’s start with Haptic Technology. Haptics is a tactile feedback technology which recreates the sense of touch. Now, the technology has taken awhile to get off its feet and has had some challenges…

But, shifting gears – consider the use of this with Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dentists, consumers in convention settings vs mobile phones for now. Allowing folks to touch things that resemble a pimple, rash or other things helps to contextualize the experience. Watch the video for 3:30 minutes and it will give you an idea.

Why it’s hot?

Because I can appreciate the struggle of this technology and hope to break the barriers for all senses one day. Or, be a part of the crowd watching and embracing. Thanks


IV Pediatric Backpack For Kids With Cancer

Pediatric oncologists looking for a mobile solution to make their patients’ chemo sessions a little bit easier might want to check out a new backpack, designed by someone who knows all about the struggle.

Kylie Simmonds, 11, of Naugatuck, Conn., is raising money for a working prototype of her IV Pediatric Backpack for KidsWithCancer, a portable IV machine built into a child’s backpack. The backpack has won several awards, including the Connecticut Innovation Convention’s coveted Patent Award, and is now being reviewed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Simmonds came up with the idea while struggling with rhabdomysarcoma, a connective tissue cancer, some three years ago (she’s been cancer-free for two years now). She said she didn’t like the traditional chemo dispensing device and IV poles, and sometimes had to have someone push it alongside her when she was too weak to walk and push it herself. She also noted the struggles of other pediatric cancer patients, and thought that it would be much easier to encase everything in a backpack.

Simmonds’ prototype, encased in a pink “Hello Kitty” backpack, can be seen in a video on her CrowdRise page, which her parents set up. She’s hoping to raise $20,000 to begin production of the bags, which will come in different designs (for boys and girls) and colors.

The backpack has caught the attention of a number of clinicians looking to ease the discomfort of chemo and transfusions for their patients.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” Birte Wistinghausen, MD, clinical director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Mount Sinai Hospital, told Yahoo Health. “The stigma would fall away from seeing an IV pole (and) it would be very useful for pediatric oncology patients in providing them much more mobility and freedom.”




Video: https://www.crowdrise.com/ivpediatricbackpack4kidswithcancer

Online App Puts “Social Conversation” Back Into Dating

Introducing Willow – The dating app that encourages users to swap banter before sharing photos. It’s the “right” answer to the dating/hook-up app Tinder, which doesn’t truly allow for “getting to know someone’s personality” prior to sharing photos and even setting up an in-person date.  Willow is the brainchild of disillusioned dater 23-year-old Michael Bruch and the fact that he had the idea in the first place sort of makes us want to marry him.

Rather than sifting through a load of profile pictures, new users are presented with questions posed by would-be suitors and asked to message them with a reply in the hope that awesome bants will ensue. This is all before you have ANY idea about what your potential match might look like. Willow is for those who value personality in someone.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Find people near you

Step 2: Start a conversation by swiping through questions of interest others have posted.

Step 3: If you reply and someone reciprocates (starts chatting), you may then start to exchange photos.

willow_3Why It’s Hot? – It’s the substance and personality (or content) added to the visual storytelling of the “persona revealed.” And, it puts the magic back into striking up points of interest and intersecting the old fashioned way in an attempt to bring back the wholesome “how we met” culture. Besides, who wants their kids to know that mommy or daddy met private parts first and their personality second?