Dec 19

Exploring Technology

TechnologyWhat a wonderful world we live in! The technological advances we’ve made in the past few years have been amazing. Our parents and grandparents are seeing digital gadgets and technical gizmos that they never would have imagined possible in earlier years. Each year we make new leaps and bounds in scientific discovery. Who knows what cool new devices will be available to our children and grand children.

Further Tech-Xploration is made possible by contests and programs sponsored on both national and local levels. Summer space camps and other extracurricular activities help to ignite within our children and future generations a sense of excitement about the future fields of technology. Such programs help kids understand the importance of their normal curricular classes such as math, science, and computer-related subjects.

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Sep 11

Inventions that Stood the Test of Time

digital penWith so many new gadgets coming out each year, it’s safe to say that technology is an ever changing world all its own. From televisions to computers, from tablets to cell phones and even phablets, our modern society enjoys the luxuries of advanced engineering on a daily basis. But where did it all really start? The truth is that if it weren’t for inventions from days old, we wouldn’t have any of the great technology that we have become so reliant upon today.

There have been a plethora of inventions over the years that are still widely used today, even though some of them may presently be in an altered form. The wheel, for instance, started out centuries ago as a primitive chiseled stone, and now has become so advanced that it provides safety for the passengers it helps to carry along. Another great example is the light bulb, which for the most part hasn’t changed much in the years since it was patented in 1879. That’s the mark of quality engineering – inventions that stand the test of time.

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Jan 27

New Superfast Speeds Tested Across The World

Rate of Technology IncreasesNew superfast broadband speeds are currently being tested across the world. With news that Korea is investing heavily in the next wave of mobile internet communications and that over one terabyte download speeds have been achieve in the UK, the world is moving towards a world in which super-fast internet is the standard for many people. This is great news especially when you take into account that one of the biggest limitations found in modern technology is the speed at which information is transmitted. With both download and upload speeds reaching untold heights, the possibilities which this offers for businesses are plentiful, but exactly how can this new wave of high speed access change the way in which business is conducted throughout the world?

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Feb 26

Fuzzy Logic Technology in Rice Cookers

Fuzzy logic is a strange name for computer related technology.  But, often when you hear the word fuzzy, you think about something being “warm and fuzzy.” In a way that term fits, because fuzzy logic technology gives your rice cooker a human touch.

What is Fuzzy Logic?

This technology has been researched since the 1920s.  It is known as a many-valued logic which means it has more than two truth values.  Traditionally, truth values were known to be true, false, or unknown.  Fuzzy logic uses reasoning, and is not exact, but approximate.  You can also think of the word fuzzy as not clear or fixed.  This logic deals with degrees of truth and is based on mathematical sets. For example, when you think of a feline, you think of a cat.  But, a lion is also part of the cat family, to a degree.  It is still a cat, but a big, wild cat.  So, it is true to a degree.

Fuzzy logic in rice cookers enables the cooker to function with a human element.  A computer chip is built into the cooker which enables it to adjust temperature and cooking time according to what type of rice you are cooking, and the status of the rice as it cooks.  Most rice cookers without this feature can only cook your rice one way. That means your rice may be overcooked, undercooked, mushy or dry.  The cooker is set up to cook one way and that is what it does.  It does not adjust temperatures and time if your rice is not cooking correctly.  It is precise and leaves no room for flexibility, whereas fuzzy logic cookers use the if/then rule.

Cookers with fuzzy logic can reason.  They use the concept, “if the rice is cooking too fast, then the element needs to be turned down.” The element might not need to be turned down to a certain setting, but maybe just slightly or almost near low.  A fuzzy logic cooker can deduce that by using mathematical equations.  The cooker does the thinking for you so that you can take care of other chores, or just relax and read a book if you like.  It also does things like soak the rice before warming the water up.  You won’t have to keep checking on your rice, or worry about it cooking properly, and you will have perfect rice each time you cook it.

Benefits  of Fuzzy Logic

Rice cookers with fuzzy logic technology are some of the best on the market.  Your rice will be tastier and the texture will be consistent each time you cook it.  Most cookers with this technology also have the keep warm function which automatically shuts off the rice after it is finished cooking, and keeps it warm for a period of time after.

Manufacturers continue to develop rice cookers using this logic because they realize that it increases versatility in the kitchen.  You now have more options for cooking different kinds of rice as well as other foods like steamed vegetables.

Feb 17

Personal Story: How I Found My Niche

I have always been known as somewhat of a geek.  Even in junior high and high school while my friends were going to prom and flirting with the opposite sex, I was content to sit and contemplate a new computer software or technical problem.  I was determined to go to school for computer engineering after I graduated, even though my parents were not that keen on the idea.  They felt that it was not a good field for a woman.

Well, 20 years later, they can’t stop telling me how proud they are of me, and my friends are wishing they could afford my lifestyle.  After receiving my engineering degree, I was quickly swooped up by a Fortune 500 company where I worked on some of their top accounts.  One of their biggest clients was a company that developed bows and I became fascinated with the technology behind the bows.  At first these systems were crudely designed, but the concept still worked.  So for me, it’s exciting to see how far we have come with the design of these bows.

Although the organization I worked for was awesome, I had been restless for some time thinking about opening up my own consulting business.  I met many people along the way who often told me that if I ever became self-employed to let them know, and they would gladly give me their business.  So I laid the groundwork and developed a step by step plan to become self-employed.  I began consulting on the side until eventually I was doing well enough to leave my job and join the world of entrepreneurs.

I immediately focused on crossbows and compound bows.  I especially loved working with the cam systems on the compound bow.  Many of my clients are hunters and archery enthusiasts, and I work with them on the best design to fit their situation.  I also work with a number of manufacturing companies to design their bows.  I provide guidance with things like draw length and weight, installing cables, and wheel timing.  I show them how the hybrid cam system provides a higher level of speed.  The hybrid system has a two-track cam on the top limb, and a three track cam on the bottom.  The computer technology that I use makes the cams easily adjustable across a wide range of draw lengths.

I work with any cam system, including binary and single.  My clients tell me what they want the end result to be, and I deal with the specs.  I work with kinetic energy, axles, IBO speed, and anything else it takes to get the most powerful bows on the market.  Not only powerful, but lightweight, accurate, and fast!

Some of my clients who see me for the first time wonder, what does this petite woman know about compound and crossbows?  I always get a good chuckle from that.  But, by the time I finish putting my skills to work, they have some of the biggest, baddest bows on the market, and they are most appreciative!  Self-employment has its challenges, but overall I can truly say it has been a rewarding experience.

Feb 10

Using Soccer to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness in Africa

If there is one thing most Africans are passionate of, it is soccer. Africans from all walks of life are interested in this game and a lot of guys train at a very young age. This is also the reason why a lot of African countries have been doing well in this sport even if they have not been doing well in other fields. In fact, for several Africans, finding joy in playing and watching soccer is more than enough to ease the pain that they carry with them given all the problems being faced. There is the problem on poverty, lack of proper nutrition and many more. The worst enemy of Africa for a long time now is HIV/AIDS. A lot of Africans have lost to this battle already and many more babies are being born each day and have already acquired the disease since their parents have it.

This problem might seem endless especially because a lot of Africans are not really aware about the disease. Many of them have not even been tested. There are also those who don’t know how it can be avoided. The lack of education amongst many Africans can be blamed for this problem. This is why a lot of awareness campaigns have been launched to solve it.

Soccer as a tool for HIV/AIDS awareness

In order to get the attention of the people, some experts have used soccer to raise AIDS awareness. It started as a campaign in Zambia. Tommy Clark who is also a soccer enthusiast, used the game to ensure that the people will listen to him. The process is quite simple. Using a team, they will demonstrate certain soccer moves and relate it to HIV. The team will present the moves and explain to the audience how it can be related to getting the disease and how the disease can be prevented.

When this program was launched, a lot of Africans listened and were entertained by it. They also understood the concept better. They were glued to the whole show and a lot of them were even seen taking notes. Questions have also been asked during the program. This totally got their interest. The best part is that right after the show, a lot of them showed interest in getting tested. After the program, around 60% of the graduates got tested right away. In comparison, this figure is a lot higher than the national rate, which is only 13%. Given the success of the program, it was launched in many more countries.

The power of education

This program goes to show that with the right tools, educating Africans about HIV can be easy. There are a lot of ways that can now be maximized to gain the attention of the people, especially the youth. In fact, there have been several versions created in other countries where sports are used to capture people’s interest. They also provide an epic soccer training for free just like this to ensure that the youth’s attention will remain the same.

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Feb 07

Top 3 Tech Items for Crossfitters in 2015

If you enjoy working out and like new technology, then a combination of them both is always intriguing. The fitness technology market is exploding as we speak and at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, the fitness tech department was even given its own section!

In 2014 I started CrossFit, a combination of workouts aimed at anyone and everyone that wants to take their fitness levels to the next level. The training is hard and the attendees are dedicated. My mission is to find a range of useful fitness tech that can help my fellow CrossFitters become even fitter, or just happier.

Fitbit Surge

The latest Fitbit watch, the Fitbit Surge, is described by the manufacturer as being “a super-watch.” With built in GPS it’s able to track distance, speed, time and route mapping. The watch also has heart rate tracking and calculates the number of calories burned (no matter what exercise you are doing).
The super-watch syncs the information during or after each activity to your phone, enabling you to keep track of all kinds of stats, records and additional data calculations.
If you compare the other wearable devices on the market, the Fitbit Surge is highly advanced and the price tag is justified.

Freewavz

I love listening to music during my workouts and I don’t think I would do half as many miles running if I couldn’t listen to a DJ mixing some lush club beats. The problem with combining music and WOD workouts has always been wires — you need a connection between your headphones and device, but the wires become caught in your movements or you have to hide the wires under clothing. It’s inevitable that at some point the wires will remove the headphones from your ear.

Freewavz offers a completely wire-free music experience and they are compatible with any device. One other aspect is fitness monitoring — not that important if you have some other type of monitor, but pretty impressive for a set of headphones.

The sound quality is excellent and the concept works. Long gone are the days of worrying about headphone displacement. Now, you can just focus on your workout.

BitBite

A big failure of most people when it comes to fitness is a poor diet. Your diet is even more important than the workout itself! My own diet isn’t too bad because my wife keeps me in check, however she isn’t always around and this is when my diet suffers.

BitBite aims to improve everyone’s diet with a new wearable technology that fits into your ear, but it has been designed to still give airflow, unlike a traditional headphone. You are also given an extension that clips onto your person in case you don’t like the ear placement.
The BitBite is able to analyze your chewing and the food you intake to calculate an accurate assessment of your diet during the course of the day. The only downside is you have to tell the device what you are eating, but this is easily done with speech.

Feb 04

Top 3 Tech Items for Crossfitters in 2015

If you enjoy working out and like new technology, then a combination of them both is always intriguing. The fitness technology market is exploding as we speak and at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, the fitness tech department was even given its own section!

In 2014 I started CrossFit, a combination of workouts aimed at anyone and everyone that wants to take their fitness levels to the next level. The training is hard and the attendees are dedicated. My mission is to find a range of useful fitness tech that can help my fellow CrossFitters become even fitter, or just happier.

Fitbit Surge

The latest Fitbit watch, the Fitbit Surge, is described by the manufacturer as being “a super-watch.” With built in GPS it’s able to track distance, speed, time and route mapping. The watch also has heart rate tracking and calculates the number of calories burned (no matter what exercise you are doing).
The super-watch syncs the information during or after each activity to your phone, enabling you to keep track of all kinds of stats, records and additional data calculations.
If you compare the other wearable devices on the market, the Fitbit Surge is highly advanced and the price tag is justified.

Freewavz

I love listening to music during my workouts and I don’t think I would do half as many miles running if I couldn’t listen to a DJ mixing some lush club beats. The problem with combining music and WOD workouts has always been wires — you need a connection between your headphones and device, but the wires become caught in your movements or you have to hide the wires under clothing. It’s inevitable that at some point the wires will remove the headphones from your ear.

Freewavz offers a completely wire-free music experience and they are compatible with any device. One other aspect is fitness monitoring — not that important if you have some other type of monitor, but pretty impressive for a set of headphones.

The sound quality is excellent and the concept works. Long gone are the days of worrying about headphone displacement. Now, you can just focus on your workout.

BitBite

A big failure of most people when it comes to fitness is a poor diet. Your diet is even more important than the workout itself! My own diet isn’t too bad because my wife keeps me in check, however she isn’t always around and this is when my diet suffers.

BitBite aims to improve everyone’s diet with a new wearable technology that fits into your ear, but it has been designed to still give airflow, unlike a traditional headphone. You are also given an extension that clips onto your person in case you don’t like the ear placement.
The BitBite is able to analyze your chewing and the food you intake to calculate an accurate assessment of your diet during the course of the day. The only downside is you have to tell the device what you are eating, but this is easily done with speech.