Being passionate followers of technology, the team at ROD, decided to bring you their favourite technological advancements from around the globe.
First up is Theresa Durrant, a self-confessed geek and gadget lover. “I love technology in all its guises, but even more so when I get to test out a new app, new software or a nifty little gadget.”
Here are Theresa’s top picks:
1. “I love the idea of wearable technology, and while a lot of people might find it very intrusive into their lives, there are many advantages. And particularly when it comes to the world of medicine and patient care. Sensors are a great way to collect vital patient data, and can significantly aid the time of recovery, but think how it could also be used to improve the service given to the elderly within our care homes.”
2. “Sorry guys, but let’s face, you are not always the best at finding ‘lost items’, which is why I picked this second one. Real-time locating services, is a growing data monitoring tool, and at the moment is used in places like hospitals to improve efficiency by tracking devices, clinical staff and instruments. All I want to know is how can I get this for the car keys?”
3. “I am happy to confess that when I was a child I was a serious bookworm and spent hours trawling through the library. I have always been in fear us losing this valuable resource as technology seemed to be making bookshops and libraries irrelevant. But, it seems that the library as we know it is fighting back, by embracing technology. We now see GPS apps and robots helping to locate and deliver material and books. Or mobile apps to enable users to access library services. Library card memberships now offer so much more than access to books, and will hopefully mean that libraries will still play a big part for future generations.”
4. “I grew up watching the likes of 2001: A space Odyssey, and was always mesmerised by the intelligent computers, so the thought of machine-learning always sends a shiver down my back. Machines are now able to recognise objects and translate speech in real-time. Programmers can train the software to learn in a very real sense, to recognise patterns in digital representation of sounds, images and data.”
…next time, Lee’s picks!