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DHagar
DHagar
12/15/2016 8:25:59 PM
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Re: IOT connects with consumers
@Mike - from my "observations" that number is a majority - a practice I highly disapprove of - but I am definitely in the minority!

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Ariella
Ariella
12/15/2016 12:25:41 PM
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Re: IOT connects with consumers
@Mike Honestly, some things I'd really rather not know.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/15/2016 11:24:13 AM
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Re: IOT connects with consumers
Ha! I think I've seen some reports where they randomly sample phones for bacteria that you'd find in a restroom-- and the results suggested that smartphone use near toilets must be much higher than anyone would want to admit. (Which is why self-reported surveys about embarrassing things are always somewhat inaccurate....)

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/15/2016 11:20:27 AM
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Re: Self driving cars..
Uber definitely has a head start on self-driving taxis. But I think that lead could change if/when Tesla releases its autonomous driving platform-- since it will have a distributed network of its cars wherever Tesla owners live. In the SF Bay Area, that could be a real advantage since Tesla cars are relatively common.

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
12/15/2016 11:11:50 AM
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Re: IOT connects with consumers
But what they really need to ask is how many consumers use their smartphones in the bathroom? :)

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/15/2016 11:10:24 AM
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Re: Self driving cars..
Some safety features already use lidar and other sensors that can also be used for autonomous driving, but so far, they're optional for the most part. It'll be quite some time before cars come with standard sensors and standard software for autonomous driving. Just look at how many manual transmission cars are sold today! It's taken decades for automatic transmission to be the dominant type of vehicle powertrain.

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Adi
Adi
12/15/2016 10:30:59 AM
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Re: Self driving cars..
@mhhf1ve - personally I think we will see self-driving take off, but probably in the private taxi sector. Not sure it can happen as soon as 2017 but maybe in select cities -- there's a few trials running in SF as you mentioned and in Pittsburgh, with Uber. And Google has talked about launching Waymo commercially as a taxi-type service...though timelines and plans have changed a few times so not sure of current status.

Also -- didn't SF ban self-driving Uber vehicles..or there was some kind of issue with them not being licensed by the city...?

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Ariella
Ariella
12/15/2016 9:28:44 AM
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Re: Self driving cars..
@afwriter I don't think it will be a standard feature for all cars -- at least not for the next 10-20 years. I think what you may find are some automous features for safety -- like stopping a car when it senses something in the way -- but not fully automonous, self-driving ability in all cars.

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afwriter
afwriter
12/14/2016 11:04:29 PM
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Re: Self driving cars..
I saw an article today that said that self driving cars are now on the streets of San Francisco.  I know that Ford and, I think, Honda are also working on their own versions of the self-driving vehicle.  I wonder how long it will be before this is a standard feature in every new car.

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Ariella
Ariella
12/14/2016 8:13:44 PM
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Re: IOT connects with consumers
@mhhf1ve I recall reading about a particular form of temporary blindness associated specifically with phone usage in bed. See http://gizmodo.com/two-women-go-blind-after-checking-phone-in-bed-1782485530 In that case, it's not the blue light but not using the two eyes together: 

 The issue is that both women checked their phones with one eye on the screen and the other covered by a pillow. Where the phone eye adapts to the light by being less dilated, the pillow eye is more dilated and adapts to the dark. After the phone is switched off, the phone eye takes a while to adjust to the dark and catch up to the pillow eye, causing the feeling of temporary blindness. There wasn't any true vision loss, but it was an effect similar to how we feel "blind" right when we go into a dark room after being outside.

As people continue to use phones more and for more extended periods of time, we may start noticing other ways it may impact health. Of course, there's also the posture issue see http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/opinion/sunday/your-iphone-is-ruining-your-posture-and-your-mood.html?_r=0 So perhaps we should all be making New Year's Resolution to limit or pay closers attention to our own phone use. 

Speaking of you back in the day, to build better posture in her children, one of my aunts had them site on backless stools. I'm not sure it worked, but the idea was to force them to hold themselves up rather than leaning back. I'm  not sure she had them walk uphill in the snow, though.

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