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clrmoney
clrmoney
12/14/2016 3:40:02 PM
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IOT connects with consumers
Internet of Things targets a certain age group and that's great dor them to get cosumers and exposure. They have a great marketing and adveting to get consumers.

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Ariella
Ariella
12/14/2016 4:49:49 PM
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Re: IOT connects with consumers
<Close to half of those surveyed fired up their phones in the middle of the night. > @Mike and that brings us to a modern version of the chicken or egg question. Do they fire up their phones because they can't sleep, or is the insomnia itself triggered by phone use? There are studies on this as you can see here: http://www.medicaldaily.com/why-you-should-disconnect-your-smartphone-after-9-pm-blue-light-blocks-melatonin-leads-poor-sleep

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/14/2016 7:07:59 PM
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Re: IOT connects with consumers
I'm somewhat skeptical of the blue light from smartphones disrupting sleep.. not that people aren't suffering from sleep disorders, but how much of the effect is from smartphones. 

I suppose we'll see in the near future what happens with teenagers who are using smartphones at an incredibly high rate. (In MY day, we didn't even have the internet... and we walked uphill both ways in the snow to/from school....)

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/14/2016 7:11:41 PM
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Self driving cars..
The future is really just around the corner now with self driving cars. Uber is testing autonomous cars in San Francisco now.. and Tesla is about 18 months away from having hundreds of thousands of cars on the roads that are "self driving capable" that are recording data that will help train algorithms that will make self driving cars possible.

If the iPhone transformed tech since just 2007... Tesla and self-driving cars will transform tech in 2017? 

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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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afwriter
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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
12/15/2016 9:28:44 AM
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@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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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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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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Mike Robuck
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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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