Kevin Lepton

I am the writer, editor and publisher behind this future technology blog and I predict you will keep reading to see what is coming right around that metaphorical corner.

Mar 222014
 

Wearable computers are now starting to come into their own. Watches and glasses with embedded personal computers have been in the limelight and they have also raised concerns about public privacy.

For instance, can people wearing smart glasses in public video record everything they see and everyone they meet, all the time? What about public restroom and locker rooms where there is at least some expectation of privacy?

Well, Google has attempted to answer some of these concerns by publishing their “The Top 10 Google Glass Myths” so that people can decide for themselves whether to jump onboard or be in relation to those who are into the whole wearable computer movement.

 

Feb 102014
 

There are a few people that have heard about the Zayed Future Energy Prize. However, most people have never heard of it. The emerging popularity and recognition of this particular award and prestigious accolades has definitely increased in recent years primarily because of the history behind it and its overall purpose. Therefore, understanding exactly what that vision is and having a brief overview of the history will make it much easier to comprehend.

What Does It Represent?

The Zayed Future Energy Prize actually represents the focus and vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. This late leader was credited with and officially recognized as the founding father of the United Arab Emirates as well as the President. Throughout life and career, he was widely known and recognized for his contributions to the world of environmental stewardship overall. There were many people that were inspired and motivated by the decisions that he made and the way that he led his life – personally and professionally as well. Therefore, it felt right to name this award in his honor and to focus on finding people that share his passion, focus and overall vision in order to award them with such a prestigious award.

What Does it Celebrate?

The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates the vast number of achievements each year that clearly reflect a high level of innovation, vision, impact and overall leadership when it comes to the emerging fields of renewable energy as well as sustainability in general. The recipients of this prize each year have actively been able to contribute their own hard work and persistent efforts towards finding new and improved solutions that make it much easier to meet the specific challenges related to such things as the security of energy, climate change and the overall environment.

Exploring the Different Prize Categories

There are a wide variety of different categories in which people and professionals can win this prestigious prize. For instance, it is awarded to the people, groups and even high schools that have been able to demonstrate a significant effort in such areas as innovation, impact, leadership as well as a long-term vision & focus. In addition to large corporations and small or medium enterprises, several other categories include non-profit organizations, high schools around the world as well as lifetime achievement awards.

Nominations are accepted each year and then the actual awards are given out shortly thereafter. What are your future energy goals?

 

Jan 132014
 

While there were a lot of gizmos, gadgets and other electronic what not at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, one item stole the show. At that item was the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton.

According to Forbes, “Demonstrating the motorized harness was Paul Thacker – a paraplegic who fractured his 5th Thoracic Vertebra (T5) during a snowmobile accident in 2010. Paul first walked using the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton within 8 months of his injury.

“It takes about two minutes for Paul to gear up for a walk – and about one minute to climb out of the harness and back into his wheel chair. Once standing, he only uses the crutches as balance points. It’s still relatively cumbersome (for those of us with no impaired mobility), but he is most definitely walking (with motorized assistance from the exoskeleton). The direction today is forward only (no reverse), and turning (either left or right) at sharp angles is the highest technical and physical challenge.”

When high tech empowers people and changes lives one can only give it two thumbs way up in the air.