By Hub City Times staffAUBURNDALE – The Auburndale Apaches boys basketball will continue post-season play after a win against Spencer March 1 in Auburndale.Auburndale went into the locker room at halftime with a 34-29 lead and continued that lead into the second half, winning the game 69-52.Austin Bacon was high for Spencer with 19 points. Auburndale’s Colton Wright nailed 22 points, while Cooper Weinfurter added 17.Auburndale will advance to the regional final March 2 at 7 pm at home. They will face the winner of Thorp versus Phillips – score not reported.
22 November 2013 Innovative technology to help leprosy patients that was developed partly at the University of Cape Town is currently being tested in India. The “tactile” or smart glove tracks pressure points on the palms and fingers and helps prevent injuries to hands and digits as a result of nerve damage and sensory loss. It is being tested at the Leprosy Mission Hospital in New Delhi, India. About 95% of people are naturally immune to leprosy, caused by mycobacterium leprae, which results in progressive damage to skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. Leprosy does not cause body parts to fall off, although they can become numb or diseased as a result of secondary infections as the disease compromises the body’s immune system. Though curable thanks to multi-drug interventions, those who develop the disease are prone to nerve damage. Patients often suffer a “secondary tier” of injury and disability because they cannot feel heat or pressure from objects they come into contact with.Simple solutions There are around 232 000 new cases of leprosy each year. Of these, India has the highest concentration at about 56% of the global burden, followed by Brazil. There are dedicated leprosy hospitals in India. In South Africa, the figures are low, about 50 to 70 new cases a year, predominantly in the Eastern Cape and from neighbouring countries such as Swaziland and Mozambique. Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, a lecturer in biomedical engineering in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), believes in developing simple biomedical solutions to problems like these. Sivarasu took an off-the-shelf fabric glove to model his own – a stretchable glove that uses a revolutionary fabric with built-in nanosensors. “We’ve created an artificial sense of touch,” he said. “The fabric picks up haptic factors like roughness, temperature, pressure, and humidity.” The glove also maps how a person uses their hand to establish where the pressure variations are during simple domestic activities, such as cutting wood or cooking. These are recorded to show where ulcers are likely to develop. This allows patients, who often live far from hospitals, to practise preventative care, especially to the fingers. “Because of wound infection, the digits are the first to go in leprosy patients and amputation usually follows,” said Sivarasu. “We want to make this glove widely available.” His invention has been covered by BBC-Health Check, which was telecast on BBC World. ‘Out of the box’ Born and educated in India, Sivarasu said he has experienced the despair of seeing a loved one die because of the prohibitive cost of medical intervention in India. In South Africa, where 90 to 95% of medical equipment is imported with up to 300% mark-up, the excessively high cost is passed on to the patient. “This in a country with world-class engineers and clinicians,” said Sivarasu, whose watchwords are “affordable” and “simple”. This has motivated him to develop indigenous technology. Sivarasu and his team of postgraduate students have come up with a number of other innovative, inexpensive solutions to common medical problems, such as locally designed drip lines for re-feeding, which are little more than a coil of thin plastic tubing with a plastic drip chamber attached. South Africa uses “thousands and thousands of these” every day, but they are currently imported from Germany. “We’re thinking out of the box,” Sivarasu said. “Too often we get stuck in a cycle of novelty and academic outcomes. We want to be able to make things easier, make it cost-effective – and get it to the masses.” For his PhD, Sivarasu developed a high-flexion artificial knee implant for Eastern cultures, where people squat or sit on low platforms. Western prostheses do not provide the 120-degree flexion extension, the range needed for comfort when semi- squatting. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.
Jira Studios from Atassian is a service to manage software development projects. It’s short and to the point, telling us why the service is a value to customers. alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Drawloop has a complex product to explain but 2:42 is a bit too long for most people. Tell this story in less than 90 seconds and we think it could have a lot more value for the viewer. Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Mindmeister is mind mapping tool. They show the problem that comes when fleshing out ideas then go directly into a demo of how the product work and fits with Google Apps Marketplace. ConclusionThe vendors that created videos for Google Apps Marketplace deserve some credit for at least taking advantage of the YouTube channel. But what is it about trying to be cute? Some of these videos are like advertisements. That can be fine and well for a blog or for an event but it seems like a lost opportunity for a YouTube channel on Google Apps Marketplace. The Google Apps Marketplace has launched a YouTube channel to promote its third-party partners. Less than a third of the vendors have posted videos to the YouTube channel. Google Apps is not rocket science but the idea of integrating third-party applications into Google Apps is a new concept for most customers. The YouTube channel will by no means make an app successful. But it does provide a channel to explain what the product does and how it fits with Google Apps Marketplace. And the video can be used in different channels, too, such as on a blog or Facebook.So far, the YouTube channel includes 16 videos. Overall, 60 vendors are now part of the Google Apps Marketplace. Some of the videos are pretty professional, done in the Common Craft vein. But surprisingly, many are pretty mediocre, telling us little about the products and how they integrate with Google Apps Marketplace. Others tell too much about how the product works, not providing a clear value statement about the integration.Of the videos on the YouTube channel, Aviary is one of our favorites. Aviary is a service with tools to create graphics, edit images and do basic design. In smart fashion, Aviary then uses its blog to show how they used their own tools to produce the video. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… On the contrary, Expensify gets right to the point. It’s just 32 seconds. It looks like a video the founder made it with a USB microphone but that’s okay. He gets to the point – fast. The YouTube video from Concur Breeze is entertaining but it does not explain the product at all. Only in the last few seconds do we see someone doing their expenses online using the Concur product.
In the summer of 1956, 10 scientists and mathematicians gathered at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College to brainstorm a new concept assistant professor John McCarthy called “artificial intelligence.” According to the original proposal for the research project, McCarthy — along with fellow organizers from Harvard, Bell Labs, and IBM — wanted to explore the idea of programming machines to use language and solve problems for humans while improving over time.It would be years before these lofty objectives were met, but the summer workshop is credited with launching the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Sixty years later, cognitive scientists, data analysts, UX designers, and countless others are doing everything those pioneering scientists hoped for — and more. With deep learning, companies can make extraordinary progress in industries ranging from cybersecurity to marketing. It’s just a matter of knowing where to start.Think of AI as a machine-powered version of mankind’s cognitive skills. These machines have the ability to interact with humans in a way that feels natural, and just like humans they can grasp complex concepts and extract insights from the information they’re given. Artificial intelligence can understand, learn, interpret, and reason. The difference is that AI can do all of these things faster and on a much bigger scale.“In the era of big data, we have the need to mine all of that information, and humans can no longer do it alone,” says Mark Simpson, VP of offering management at IBM Watson Marketing. “AI has the capacity to create richer, more personalized digital experiences for consumers, and meet customers’ increasingly high brand expectations.”The knowledge companies stand to gain by using AI seems to have no bounds. In healthcare, medical professionals are applying it to analyze patient data, explain lab results, and support busy physicians. In the security industry, AI helps firms detect potential threats like malicious software in real time. Marketers, meanwhile, can use AI to synthesize data and identify key audience and performance insights, thus freeing them up to be more strategic and creative with their campaigns.There’s something else AI is very good at, and that’s improving the relationship between companies and consumers. “Even in its earliest iteration, AI helped companies better understand how to be human,” says Brian Solis, author and principal analyst at Altimeter, the digital analyst group at brand and marketing consultancy Prophet. “The irony is that it took this very advanced technology to make them think differently about how they should communicate with their customers.”Over the past 50 years, Solis says, advances like speech technology, automated attendants, virtual assistants, and websites have opened a chasm between companies and customer engagement while also multiplying consumer touchpoints. But AI has the potential to close that gap.By helping marketers collect data, identify new customer segments, and create a more unified marketing and analytics system, AI can scale customer personalization and precision in ways that didn’t exist before. Connecting customer data from sources like websites and social media enables companies to craft marketing messages that are more relevant to consumers’ current needs. AI can deliver an ad experience that is more personalized for each user, shapes the customer journey, influences purchasing decisions, and builds brand loyalty.IBM’s Watson Marketing is leading the charge with a platform that capitalizes on all that AI has to offer. Products like Customer Experience Analytics lets marketers visualize the customer journey and identify areas where consumers might be experiencing friction. Companies get a more complete view of the customer journey, which they can then optimize to improve customer engagement and conversion rates. Since it’s delivered through a single, unified interface, IBM Watson Customer Experience Analytics makes gaining actionable intelligence a seamless process for brands.According to market research firm TechNavio, the AI market in the US is expected to grow at a compound actual growth rate of about 50% through 2021. In its 2017 report Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier? the McKinsey Global Institute urges companies not to delay “advancing their digital journeys” — especially when it comes to leveraging AI. “It’s those who understand how to use AI in new ways, to create new mindsets and paradigms, that will instill a competitive advantage that wasn’t there before,” Solis says.We’ve entered the age of deep learning, and with human guidance AI is finally reaching its true potential. Today, the technology McCarthy and his colleagues dreamed about in 1956 takes the form of AI platforms like Watson Marketing. And now is the right time to truly harness the power of AI and put it to work for business success.Find out more about how Watson Marketing can uncover insights to help you better understand your customers. 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(AP) – A Missouri inmate has been executed for killing a man in 1996 in a string of violence that included several other crimes, despite concerns that the prisoner’s rare medical condition would cause a gruesome lethal injection.Russell Bucklew was put to death Tuesday evening at the state prison in Bonne Terre. It was Missouri’s first execution since January 2017.Bucklew looked around and twitched his feet beneath the sheet as he lay on the gurney just before the lethal injection. He suddenly took a deep breath and all movement stopped. There were no outward signs of distress.Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had denied clemency for a convicted killer hours before the man is scheduled to be put to death.Defense attorney Cheryl Pilate confirmed Parson denied clemency.Bucklew was convicted of killing Michael Sanders in 1996.He suffers from cavernous hemangioma. He has blood-filled tumors in his head, neck and throat. A permanent tracheostomy in his throat helps him breathe. His attorneys said in the clemency request that if one of the throat tumors bursts, Bucklew could choke to death.The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for the execution in April; Pilate didn’t say if any last-minute court appeals are planned.