Calm, cruel and connected: 2016’s year-end best and worst of IoT

first_imgSpectacles were Snapchat’s first wearable hardware, a pair of sunglasses fitted with dual cameras positioned at the hinges on either side of the glasses’ lenses. These cameras have an 115-degree field of view, and a light ring around the left lens lights up letting everyone know that you’re in the process of capturing a snap. Videos could then be shared on Snapchat.What made Spectacles the hottest wearables for people who probably don’t usually buy wearables was the limited release. As well as a New York superstore requiring a long queue for a maxim of 2 per person purchase, Spectacles were available through limited vending machines only installed for a day each,  in a range of locations including the grand canyon. One Australian even paid for a return flight for a guy who brought him a pair from America. They’re not the highest tech product of the year, but they certainly had a certain cachet.Most promise but least success: Sleep techA good night’s sleep is a challenge for many of us with our busy, tech embedded lives of work, noise, and stress. The causes of poor sleep are complex and varied and include a myriad of environmental and physiological factors and it seems many intrepid entrepreneurs have spent the year trying to find ways to improve the world’s sleep.A glance at crowdfunding sites sees a plethora of smart sleep products (over 100 this year alone) on both the Indigogo and Kickstarter sites this year ranging from products to help you fall asleep to those to help you wake up in the morning.However, to really understand sleep problems there’s a need for rich sleep data of the medical grade accuracy which is difficult to obtain in traditional sleep laboratory conditions, relying on deep data collected over an extended period. You would hope that smart sleep devices with most investments would involve partnerships with academics and sleep researchers, but there’s little evidence that this is the case as the sleep tech devices can range from the intriguing to the bizarre.Perhaps the strangest example I came across this year, albeit not designed to improve slumber per se, is the Smarttress, a mattress designed to detect a cheating partner. It contains a “lover detection system” of vibration sensors and a “contact zones detector” that can send an alert to your mobile phone when your bed is being used in a “questionable way” which includes how fast the bed is moving.But wait, there’s been more this year including the Bedjet and — my favorite but one that makes me despair just a bit for humanity — the self-making bed. Watch the video and weep. That said, there’s still hope for sleep tech, in particular, I’m watching the slow but steady development of the Airing device, designed to disrupt the traditional treatment of sleep apnea. There’s hope for the struggling sleepless yet.Honorable mentions: CyanogenModMost innovative device of 2016: Mine Kafon DroneSmart products don’t always need to solve a big picture problem to be innovative, but sometimes it just happens that they do. One of the most interesting products I’ve encountered this year is the Mine Kafon Drone (MKD), a drone that flies over dangerous areas to map, detect and detonate land mines from a safe distance, doing work that previously ended the lives of many. It works autonomously and is equipped with three separate interchangeable robotic extensions.Honorable mentions: Pilot language translator, 2016 Cybathlon, artificial pancreas,  CRISPRMost promising device of 2016: Google HomeAmazon Echo and Google Home are divided camps.There are as many reviews that favor Echo as favor Home, with others suggesting consumers buy both and see which they like more. When you look into the respective positives and negatives, it’s clear that people are divided on their primary purpose and household composition. For example, Echo is considered to have superior speakers for listening to music, and in regards to household composition, Echo enables a personal profile for each member while Home is limited to a single profile for the home, making it less appealing for families.What compels me to favor Google Home is not so much what it can do now (it is, after all, two years younger than Echo) but its future potential. It relates well to smart home connectivity, through relationships with Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, and IFTTT, with more to come which appeals to me.Further, Google is heavily invested in machine learning and AI  with real world examples of their work not only in the home connectivity environment but partnerships with the UK National Health System through DeepMind and linguistics through google translate. I believe this kind of knowledge will have a flow on effect to other parts of the Google ecosphere, including Google Home.Honorable mentions: Mark Zuckerberg’s AI assistant Jarvis (for encouraging the uninitiated into home automation)Worst PR disasters: Demise of Revolv versus IoT smart device security breachesIn 2014 Nest acquired Revolv. Then in April 2016, Nest announced on its website that all Revolv Hub devices previously purchased and installed by customers would be permanently disabled and cease to operate the following month. Understandably, this led to extensive criticisms, given the $300 cost of the hardware, and that their customers had previously been assured of a “Lifetime Subscription.” It also set something of a warning precedent for future connected device creators, particularly those of longer life investment products like smart refrigerators and connected cars.The elephant in the room and the most apparent disaster of 2016 has been the security hacks that IoT connected devices have either fallen prey to or been a conduit for these hacks. This series of unfortunate incidents is cause alone for a name and blame outside the scope of this piece, and it can’t help casting something of a shadow over the beginning of 2017.Honorable mentions: Samsung Galaxy Note, GoPro Karma Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AI#Airing#Amazon Echo#AR#BedJet#connected home#crowdfunding#deepmind#drones#featured#Google Home#Mine Kafon Drone#Pokemon Go#Revolv#Samsung#sleep apnea#sleep tech#smart fridge#Snapchat#Spectacles#top Cate Lawrence How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts center_img Follow the Puck It’s summertime July; the sun is shining and all of the sudden there are crowds of people outside in the sun, mobile phone in hand. They’re not in line for concerts tickets or a store opening, at a demonstration or taking selfies. Instead, they’re playing Pokemon Go, Niantic’s mobile low-fi Augmented Reality game that for a period took the world by storm. Suddenly it seemed to be everywhere, with $3.9 million to $4.9 million made on its first day of release, 20 million active users at its peak over summer and $600 million in revenue as of October 2016.But it wasn’t without controversy, the cartoon monsters appearing in a series of inappropriate places from funeral homes to war memorials. People’s screen obsession challenged their spatial awareness with an increase in accidents including two Pokemon chasers who fell off a 90ft cliff,  and a car driver playing Pokemon Go who crashed into a police car.Suddenly its popularity waned as the nights got colder and the sun set earlier. It’s questionable whether Pokemon Go could be considered the poster child for AR taking the world by storm. But it’s not a complete disaster, as recently as November, Pokemon Go is estimated to have made with revenues in November at $2million per day, hardly spare change. It’s even been released on AppleWatch, keeping people in the game.Honorable mention: up to you….Best launch: Spectacles by Snapchat It’s been an interesting year for Intenet of Things (IoT) devices. I’d like to think that in 2017 we’ll be welcoming a carefully curated market of consumer tested, thoughtfully considered and security first enabled smart devices. However, the reality is that the most superficial of IoT connected devices aren’t going away anytime soon if 2016 is anything to go by.Here’s some of the hits and misses of the IoT devices of 2016:Biggest hype: Pokemon Go Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Conducting Grocery Store Tours Resources

first_imgBy Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNAbout 4 years ago I worked for a health center/gym where I was asked to give grocery store tours at a local grocer.  As a Registered Dietitian it was just assumed I would know what to do and how to do this grocery store tour.  Well I did not! Trust me, this was not at all taught or even heard of when I was going to school 30 years ago.  I spent hours or research, memorized the store, wrote and practiced script after script and I finally did it.  I can’t say I was great, but my audience seemed appreciative.  I wish I had had more resources to fall back on when I was designing my first tour.Grocery (Supermarket) store tours are becoming much are popular and there are many more resources for Dietitians to use today. While other people often lead a grocery store tour, the Dietitian is uniquely qualified to provide accurate up to date food, nutrition and health knowledge. Tours can be general shopping healthy or focus on specific diets such as Mediterranean Diets, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free, FODMAP, etc.  Some tours will never leave the produce section highlighting all the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Tours can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours but the most popular length it 1 to 1.5 hours.Do grocery store tours change behavior.  A a recent systematic review summarized supermarket interventions. Of the 8 studies reviewed, 4 indicated an increase in nutrition knowledge.  No studies addressed long term behavior change.  What this review discovered is there is a lack of quality research in this area.  Certainly there is strong indications that these grocery store tours do increase knowledge in a fun, hands on environment, more research is needed that includes 3 and 6 month follow up.In the meantime, grocery store tours are becoming more and more popular and you as a Dietitian may be asked to facilitate a group.  Our upcoming free webinar “High Impact Impact Grocery Store Tours“, September 14, 11:00 ET  you will learn from the expert Maribel Alchin, MBA, RD, LDN, Nutrition, Culinary Art, Heart Health, Dietitian and Healthy Living Advisor, Meijer. To register for this free webinar, go to the event page.  Dietitians receive 1 CEU.While you are waiting for the webinar here are some resources for your own High Impact Grocery Store Tour.Please share your best resources.Resources for Dietitians:eat right Pro The Supermarket RDN’s Dietitian Supermarket Dietitians: What They Can Do for You and Your Clients Savvy SNAP Ed Supermarket Savvy Tour Training Kit Supermarket DIETITIAN RECOMMENDED READING & RESOURCE LIST Created by: Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD, LDN Corporate Dietitian, Bashas’ Family of Stores (AZ)’s Dietitian Hosting Supermarket Tours by Barbara Ruhs,  MS, RDN, LDN Nov 2015, Vol 17 No.11. p. 40 you have additional references you like to use for grocery store tours?References:Nikolaus, C.J., Muzaffar, H, Nickols-Richardson, S.M., Nutrition Education Medium: A Systematic Review J Nutr Educ Behav, 2016-09-01, Vol 41, Issue 8, p 544-554. This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Fajardo’s chances for BPC plum slim but still a solid pick for MVP

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Lions tab playoff bonus Nevertheless, the Cebuano behemoth, who tried to carry the Beermen with equally imposing numbers of 19 points, 22 rebounds five blocks and two assists Wednesday, is still a force to reckon with in the season-ending awards.Already with three MVP awards tucked under his belt, Fajardo is currently leading this season’s race with 38.4 SPs, ahead of teammate Alex Cabagnot (33.5) and Globalport’s Terrence Romeo (32).Former MVP Arwind Santos is fourth (31.5) and Talk N Text’s Jason Castro fifth (31.1).The 6-foot-11 Fajardo holds the distinction of winning three straight MVP plums.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Beermen’s sorry loss to the Gin Kings—which also ended the Beermen’s season and their Grand Slam hopes along with it—is expected to hurt his chances of winning the BPC race.The race will include numbers punched in by players in the semifinal round. Read Next Fajardo, an unstoppable force never before seen in the league, was leading the statistical race for the Governors’ Cup BPC trophy at the end of the elimination round.He accumulated 37.9 SPs after averaging 18.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and two blocks to lead Meralco’s Chris Newsome (33.27) and Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter (33.09).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar dunks over San Miguel’s Junemar Fajardo and Arwind Santos. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJune Mar Fajardo, who was a one-man juggernaut in San Miguel Beer’s duel against Barangay Ginebra, may have seen his chances of winning a second PBA Best Player of the Conference award this season slip away.But he sure has a solid claim for this year’s Most Valuable Player plum.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Network for Good DonateNow by the Numbers

first_imgDid you know that people gave more than $7 billion online to charity last year? With Network for Good’s DonateNow service, we can help your nonprofit get your share. DonateNow is an online donation processing service for nonprofits to accept credit card gifts on the web. And with a low monthly fee of only $49.95, online fundraising is now affordable for even the smallest organization.What You Get for $49.95/month1. Money for your mission!Our customers raise an average of $29 for every $1 they pay for our services. That’s great ROI. We wish we got that in the stock market!2. A Rolls-Royce donor experience for the price of a Kia!Our services cost a fraction of the priciest, most feature-rich options out there, yet they include nearly all the same options. Now that’s a deal. And remember, cheaper services generate far less in donations because they don’t reflect your brand. Another brand’s shopping cart lacks the warm-fuzzy feeling donors should get from supporting you!We give you:YOUR BRAND FRONT AND CENTER – A giving page that looks EXACTLY like your website that you get to customize in all kinds of waysMONTHLY GIFTS – Recurring giving options for steady fiscal support to youHAPPY DONORS – Cool features for donors like donating in honor of someone or designating their gift for a specific purpose – plus you can provide thank you gifts for generous donors.CUSTOM RECEIPTS – Customized receipts that will make your supporters smileINSTANT GRATIFICATION – Instant notification when your organization gets a donationALL THE NUMBERS – Great donation tracking reports3. What IRS auditors want!If you want to keep it legal in accepting online donations, you need to file registrations for receiving donations. At present, more than forty states require nonprofits to be registered! Nonprofits that solicit donations in a given state may be required to register as a charity in that state. Network for Good is a registered charity in all requiring states! (That being said, we do recommend that you also seek professional advice for your unique situation in complying with applicable laws governing charitable appeals in the respective states.)4. Control that’s fun to exercise!We want you to call the shots. With our services, YOU choose the look and feel of your giving page. YOU decide what donation amounts to request. YOU choose the language in your thank-you receipts. We think you know your donors best, so we give you the creative control – and we make it easy for you to exercise that control. Our tools are extremely simple to use – no technology expertise required.5. A marketing and customer service A-team!Along with our services, you get marketing/fundraising tips and training that are so good, it’s like having your own agency! Our nationally renowned marketing, sales and customer service team members and guest trainers – along with our online Learning Center – ensure you’ll get the dollars flowing on DonateNow. And if you’re ever stuck on a thing, a nonprofit expert at Network for Good is just a phone call or email away. We’re here to make you a smashing success.Ready to get started? Contact Us to learn more about DonateNowlast_img read more

Why the Washington Post shouldn’t view Facebook as an ATM machine

first_imgThe Washington Post had an article yesterday (registration may be required to read it) that made the same mistake nonprofit marketing folks often make when judging the relative value of Facebook: it simply looked at Facebook as a place you post a cause and expect the dollars to roll in. If it doesn’t do that, the Post concludes, it doesn’t work.I’ve heard fundraisers say the same thing.But there is more to the story.Be sure to read the excellent comments here and more important, read Allison Fine’s response on her blog.Bottom line: the value of Facebook is not to be calculated by dollar per donor. Allison notes:Let’s reframe: what if Causes was judged by the number of people who know about a cause who didn’t know about it before; the number of people who increase their involvement with that cause by sharing information with friends about it, organizing an event, blogging and tweeting about it, and so on; the number of people who have self-organized an event for the cause. I’m sure there are other meausres, but you get the point, what measures we use to define success will utlimately define us and while dollars in might be easy to measure it’s not alwasy the best one to use… Causes isn’t just about raising money, it’s also about raising friends and awareness, and in the long run turning loose social ties into stronger ones for a cause may be more important than one-time donations of $10 and $20 dollars right now. Our rush to judge this application effective or ineffective over a very short time period with a primary user base of very young people is off base.Facebook is one tool for interacting and engaging with a community — not a fundraising silver bullet.UPDATE: Be sure to read Beth Kanter’s post on this as well.last_img read more

10 Things Your Nonprofit Home Page Must Have

first_imgLet’s face it: People have short attention spans online. We’re all clicking around furiously trying to nab the quickest, most-reliable answers to our questions. Your nonprofit home page needs to share just the right amount of information. Effectively. And, oh yes, quickly.Here are ten things your nonprofit home page must have in order to accomplish two goals: grab a reader’s attention and spur that person to action.Something that tugs the heartstringsAnchor your home page with an arresting image, a bold statement or the start of an incredible story. Connect to your visitors on an emotional level to hook them into the rest of your content. When you show that you align with what they care about and can relate to, you’re starting a conversation.A two-second statementThis brief statement should sum up who your organization is and what you do. This will ensure that anyone glancing at the page “gets it” right away. (Hint: This is not your mission statement. Please put that away on your “About Us” page where it belongs.) This sound bite, instead, shows differentiation and value of your nonprofit and its unique work.Clear, intuitive navigationYour website should be organized according to the expectations of the people who come to your website. Did you notice this did not say “organized according to your organizational chart”? Website visitors are looking for more information about what you do, how they can get involved and why they should care. Org charts don’t jive with that train of thought.A quick case (or link to a case) for your nonprofitWhy is your organization the nonprofit to support? What are you doing differently? What’s special about your volunteers, constituents, geography, programs, events, etc.? There are more than 1.8 million charities in the United States right now. And – let’s be honest – many that do similar work to yours. Make your case!A way to capture people whose interest has been capturedWorst-case scenario: Someone visits your website, thinks “wow, that’s really cool… huh,” and then jets off to check his or her email again, leaving your website in the dust. That’s a missed opportunity for a relationship. Be sure to have a great email sign-up form that entices people to provide their email address.A big donate button for people ready to giveDon’t be afraid to ask for donations on your website. Isn’t that the whole point of online fundraising? Supporters new and veteran will appreciate an easy donation flow. So make that button shine!A third-party endorsementConsider including ratings from GuideStar and Charity Navigator, or a testimonial from someone else regarding your nonprofit’s services (a volunteer, a beneficiary, etc.). A lot of the effectiveness of the messages on your website depends on the messenger. When you compare “My organization rocks” to “That organization changed my life because of…” you can sense which one is stronger. The “we’re awesome” argument doesn’t carry much weight on its own; let others help build your case.Something that shows where the money goesBe sure to share information or links to information about where donations go. Share what percentage of donations goes directly to mission-related activities. Consider making a connection between donations and services provided. One of our favorite examples is Malaria No More’s case that $10 equals one bed net.Something portableSocial media is a key way to connect and communicate with supporters. Be sure that all those hours tweeting and blogging don’t go to waste: Provide links to your social media presence, and make it easy for supporters to grab content and bring it where they are (ex: text they can paste as a status update promoting a campaign of yours or a personal story on your website).Links to events and other opportunities for engagementGive folks other opportunities to get involved and stay connected. Maybe there’s a petition to sign or pledge to complete. Have an upcoming event? Link to registration details. And as your site evolves, consider adding a feedback loop-polls, quizzes, comments, messages boards and so on.A final reality check: If you’ve worked your way through this list and think you’re good to go, take a moment to pause and reflect on the home page’s usability. Be sure to test the site to make sure that it’s as easy to navigate as you think it is. Ask a couple of volunteers, donors and others in your target audience to try it out and provide feedback to make the finishing touches.last_img read more

The Language of Change: 20 Words and Phrases that Impact Attitudes, Actions, and Funding

first_imgDownload the presentation handout, transcript and audio below ‘Related Documents’!Learn how to engage board members/stakeholders, simplify your message and jumpstart funding by understanding the lexicon of change and–more importantly–the thinking behind it.This is the difference between charity and philanthropy, sustainable funding and transformation, a mission statement and a message.It’s the difference between just another ‘not-for-profit begging for money’ and a movement to change lives, save lives and impact lives.Funding veteran Tom Suddes challenges nonprofitss to change the way they think while connecting on simple ideas that will help organizations of all types raise more money immediately.This archived presentation offers:A new way to talk about (re-frame) concepts ranging from capital campaigns, to annual funds to debt.Examples used with schools, community service organizations and funding start-ups.Practical ideas that apply to marketing, funding and leadership.About our speakerTom Suddes is a nonprofit coach, trainer, consultant, speaker and writer with over 33 years of experience in development, strategic visioning, campaign management and major gift solicitation. He began his career in the Development Office at the University of Notre Dame in 1973. He eventually became the Director of Development and headed the Campaign for Notre Dame, which raised $180 Million ($50 Million over the $130 Million Goal). In 1983, he founded For Impact | The Suddes Group, which managed over 300 campaigns, raised over $1 Billion, and helped generate 3 million new jobs in their work with 125 economic development organizations around the country.last_img read more

Nonprofit E-newsletters: Find the Ideal Length and Frequency

first_imgWhether you’re talking about how much content or how often to distribute it, it’s all about knowing what works best for your list! Kivi Leroux Miller is president of Nonprofit Marketing How Long Should Our E-Newsletter Be?Most nonprofit newsletters are way too long. Readers are expected to scroll, scroll and scroll some more. The reality? People don’t scroll that much. They’ll quickly skim what’s near the top and then delete it, missing entirely what’s at the bottom.If you recently switched from a print newsletter to an e-newsletter, I am willing to bet the bank that your e-newsletter is too long. You simply can’t take everything that’s in a four-page print newsletter (let alone an 8- or 12-page newsletter) and cram it all into one email. It just doesn’t work. Instead, you should:Take the very best contentPut that in your e-newsletterLink to everything else on your websiteYour e-newsletters should be a fast read. I like the 500-word target. That’s not much space, but it makes perfect sense. People are craving empty inboxes, which means they are skimming their email even more than they used to. They simply aren’t going to scroll through a long email, reading it word for word. Don’t expect them to.How should you use those 500 words? You might include one 500-word article. Or two 250-word articles. Or five 100-word teasers to full articles on your website. Or one 250-word article with a few teasers.Experiment and find the format that works best for you and for your readers.How Often Should We Send Our E-Newsletter?How often can you write interesting, engaging content that your readers will enjoy receiving? That’s how often you should send your newsletter.When in doubt or just starting out, try to send a newsletter every 4-6 weeks and adjust from there. You want people to remember you and look forward to receiving your newsletter, but you don’t want to drive them crazy with too much email.Here’s a note about content:If you are providing on-target, valuable information each and every time (or darn close), your readers won’t feel bugged by frequent mailings.If you don’t have enough content for a newsletter every two months, you either don’t know your readers or aren’t thinking creatively about ways to talk about your work.Here’s a sweeping generalization: Most nonprofits send e-newsletters too infrequently. If you aren’t sure whether to step up your publishing schedule or not, go for it. Remember, shorter is better with email. So instead of sending a newsletter with three articles every six weeks, try sending one article every two weeks. It’s the same amount of content, but you are giving your supports three opportunities to connect with you, instead of just one.If you find you just can’t deliver the goods, slow down. If your unsubscribe rate goes up, ask why people are leaving your list and, if frequency is the problem, back off.last_img read more