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Thursday, April 24, 2014


ONE of the fastest growing segments will soon be Internet and technology being embedded in things like glasses, thermostats, cars, watches and everywhere else. They call this the Internet of things.

Among this is what people call Internet wearables. This week, Google Glass, the company’s much anticipated innovation that allows an eyepiece to take commands and give you a viewer as well as a video camera, goes on sale. With Google Glass, you can check your e-mail, check references, surf the Internet and take videos or pictures.

This now competes with various Android and gear watches.

I have bought a number of fitness wearables. Competing among these are the Jawbone UP, Bitfit Flex and the Nike Fuelband. These are innocuous devices that you can wear and allow you to track how many steps you walk in the daytime and how many hours you sleep at night. For those of you who want to be healthy, this can be really a big motivator by just keeping track of how you are moving.

The general advice is that you should walk at least 10,000 steps during the day and you should sleep seven to eight hours at night. By enabling the easy counting of this, this will encourage the right behavior. There are also some plusses like you will know whether your sleep is deep or light because it will track how much you move during sleeping. Of course, the bracelet does not have a screen, but it has programs that allow the bracelet to communicate and send the data either to a computer or smartphone for analysis.

I bought one and all my kids now have one.

I am bothered about what is happening in the United States right now, and probably in some countries. We are supposed to be able to voice out what we want but sometimes, our freedom is restricted due to complaints on our behavior.

Recently, an American high school teacher was fired when he allegedly reacted with the following statement after one of his black students reportedly said he wanted to become president. He allegedly said, “the last thing we need is another black president.” And for that he was fired.

A few days later, a professor of art and animation posted a picture of his young daughter doing yoga in a T-shirt that reads, “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.” This is a quotation from the Game of Thrones and for that, he was reportedly questioned by security for being a threat and was suspended. Well, it didn’t help that he was in New Jersey where there has recently been a spate of school shootings.

On another matter, Brendan Eich, erstwhile CEO of Mozilla, which produces the Firefox browser, was forced out of office. The reason - he was forced out because six years ago, he reportedly donated money and campaigned against rights of gays to marry. This is a little bit disturbing and pertains to too much emphasis on reverse racism, that you hardly can say anything.

They say the Internet promotes free speech. But maybe this is a backlash and people are yearning to go back to some censorship. After all, too much freedom can also be not good. (www.twitter.com/wilsonng)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 25, 2014.

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