Smart shoe can keep you on your toes!

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Sep 102008
 

If your ipod is lonely, consider getting a ishoe. The ishoe is an insole that contains sensors that measure how well a person is balancing. If the sensors note that sway is increasing and balance is decreasing, they can let …

Visit to Intel, MS, Motorola and UW

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Aug 272008
 

Last week, I went on a whirlwind speaking tour to Motorola Research in Chicago, Intel Research – Seattle, Microsoft Research (also in Seattle) and the University of Washington. Among other things, Italked about the ETHOS project. Microsoft was nice enough …

Reuse of Drug Information to Deny Benefits

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Aug 042008
 

The Washington Post had a very interesting article this weekend about a $1.3 Billion dollar business with participants IntelliScript AND Ingenix being identified as major players. Basically, these companies obtain indirect health records through information about use of prescription medication. …

The Learning Curve and Data Compilation

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Jul 302008
 

The businesses involved in home-based ubicomp for the elders tend not to value privacy. Indeed, more than once I have read that privacy is not an issue. Given that it is my issue I always bristle!

I saw a very …

Have you had your tea this morning?

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Jul 152008
 

So I just read an article which describes a system of sensors in the home that can be programmed to detect certain behaviors (or lack thereof), and then notify a loved one with a text message. The system monitors electrical …

Medical v.s. Financial data

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Jul 032008
 

I’m reading a report out of Scotland about the public’s attitude towards an emergency electronic health record, and I’m finding some interesting things. Many participants expressed concerns about the security of their electronic health records, yet were not concerned about …

The Pantech “Breeze” A cellphone for the elderly.

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Jun 062008
 

Pantech PhoneAT&T have teamed up with a company called Pantech to produce a phone that is particularly easy to use. It seems that they are targeting an older consumer according to some of the reviews, but Pantech says its also designed …

Phishers Target Seniors

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Jun 012008
 

As you may or may not know, “phishing” is the masquerading of a an untrustworthy individual as a known trustworthy party for the means of extracting (often financially) sensitive information from users. A common example of phishing is am malicious-intending …

Elders and Risk

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May 162008
 

Is the issue of risk in computer security and digital privacy inherently different from other risks? Is there any reason that the perception of these risks should fundamentally vary from the perception of other risks?

If digital risks are not