26/04/2014 Click


26/04/2014

Click looks at the impact that wearable technology could have in the field of health and finds out if they could help your productivity at work.


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test. Time for Click.

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Hello? Yes, I'm on my way into the office. Traffic is an absolute

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nightmare. I think it will be a couple of hours. It is just terrible

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out here. Goodbye. This week, we are raiding the

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wardrobe and crying on the wearable tech that could kill downtime and

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make you a better worker. `` trying on. We will stick on the Formula One

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sensors that are now helping us win the race for a healthier life. And

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reviews and recommendations on the joy of gaming in Webscape. Welcome

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to Click. And welcome to Greenwich Park in London. That is the Royal

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Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time. It is such an important place.

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There came a point in history where they were able to shrink the

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workings of a clock to a size that made time portable and that

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completely changed the world, of course. And here we are on the verge

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of a similar revolution, where electronics are getting so small

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that we can wear those as well. We have been investigating one of the

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many applications of this technology at the home of the McLaren Formula

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One team, where every second counts. Formula One cars and improving our

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health are two things that of easily go hand`in`hand... Here at McLaren

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headquarters, it looks like it is all about bright light and fast

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cars. The team spends millions each year on analysing and crunching data

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on everything from tyre pressure to error dynamic performance. Yet the

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technology used to log data on how well these vehicles are performing

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could provide a breakthrough in the way that we monitor ourselves. Here

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in McLaren's applied technology labs, engineers have taken their

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ability to process and analyse data and created a sensor which logs a

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person's exertion during periods of activity. They do it in a different

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way to most memorable `` wearable technology. Most of the devices we

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see today are Excel matter based. But this is all about heart rate

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variability. These sensors would tell you that you have walked five

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kilometres but they will come up with an idea of how much you have

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exerted yourself and that will be translated into calories. So, we

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have Formula One accuracy recording human data all in wearable form. The

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question is, could this technology be used not embracing but to help

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public health? EN is taking part in a unique trial, which we have been

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following to find the answer. How can the use of wearable technology

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be integrated into the UK's NHS? He has been diagnosed as obese.

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Conditions related to being overweight cost the NHS around ?5

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billion per year to treat. He wore the senses for ten weeks and lost

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?26. They have been really good. You give them a target of calories to

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burn just doing specific exercises each day and being able to monitor

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that by looking at the end of the session and how many calories you

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have burned. For me, it has been really motivating because you always

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try to do more and more. At his surgery in Suffolk, 90 patients are

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taking part in the research to see if wearable monitoring is more

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effective than scheduled visits to the doctor. They can access the data

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themselves and also talk it through with their GP. If we could have a

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way of using activity as a drug, if we could prescribe activity more

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appropriately, we could help provide feedback relating to activity,

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immediately, we have this mechanism and potentially our research will

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help answer some of these questions, which could potentially

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be so powerful celebs to prevent illness and helpfulness. And this is

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just the start. The aim is that this slightly chunky device will

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eventually be miniaturised and once they are produced in bulk, the cost

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will be massively reduced, therefore making them more accessible. Those

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in the NHS the wearable technology and their data as a huge potential

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tool for public health. The financial implications for patients

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being able to self monitor and self manage and have more information

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about what their bodies are doing will be amazing. With your consent,

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it would go straight into your clinical records. It would then help

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me to monitor you and would provide much better, much more personalised

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healthcare. Of course it does not mean the end of going to see your

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doctor, but used in the right way, it could mean that one day, we could

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all get the Formula One treatment. Now, one of the most recognisable

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people of wearable technology at the moment is this thing. Google Glass.

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It is still in the development stage but last week, it went on sale in

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the US for just one day at the price of a cool $1500. But aside from

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making you stand out from the crowd... Why is everyone looking at

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me like that? The question that we all want answered is will it

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actually be of any use? With it indeed take off? `` will it indeed

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take off? In the last few weeks, those flying Virgin Atlantic's

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upper`class from Heathrow have been greeted by someone with an eye for

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detail. Ken is one of the concealer just filing Glass as a way of

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accessing relevant information without the made for hand`held

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notes. `` without the need. When a passenger is approaching the

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airport, the details are sent to Ken's glasses and he can go out and

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greet them and this is what he can see on the first page. The name of

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the passenger, the registration, the number of their car and their

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destination. Then he can move on to details about that destination. For

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example, this time of arrival and also frequent flyer number stop how

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do the passengers react when they see you wearing this? The initial

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thought is that they are regular glasses until they take a second

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look. After that, they are more intrigued with what they are, what

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they can do, why I'm wearing them. And why is he wearing them? There is

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no denying that any company seem to be testing something this space age

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will win a few public relations points. Although discrete, wearable

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devices capable of recording pictures and videos like this one

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has the potential to lose you fans as well. Developing an app for Glass

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that involves facial recognition is currently against Google's terms and

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conditions and it is something that virgin will not consider for fear of

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invading the privacy of its customers. So, under what

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circumstances might we be more comfortable with devices that allow

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others to identify us by site? What is holding it back now is... Glass

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is very restricted. It's very lopsided. Only a privileged few have

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it. If you have that functionality in it, there will be a backlash

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because you can figure out who I am but I cannot figure out who you are

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because you are wearing Glass. But if everyone is wearing Glass in the

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same way as everyone has a smartphone, we will get more

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comfortable with it. One place you might expect to be fully on board

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the bandwagon would be San Francisco, home to employees of

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companies like Google and Facebook. It is often seen as an early adopter

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when it comes to new technology. But even here, Glass has been met with a

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decidedly mixed response. The 500 club in the city's Mission district

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is taking a stand against what it sees as an invasion of technology

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into its area of peace and tranquillity. Foremost, it's an

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issue of privacy. Customers come here and expect some sort of

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surgery. A place away from whatever they are dealing with. `` some sort

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of sanctuary. Just to be by themselves, watch sports, have a

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drink. And not be documented. They are not alone. There is even a

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website listing bars and clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area that our

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Glass free zones. It's clear that Google still has a job do in

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convincing people that Glass isn't just a portable version of Big

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Brother. So, what do you make of Glass or the similar products

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knocking about? Too intrusive? Too distracting? Were just the right

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level of cybernetic call for you? Let us know what you think.

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Facebook is introducing a not at all frightening new feature, which

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allows users of the social network to track the location of their

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friends by GPS. Called nearby friends, it uses a mobile phone

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signal and GPS data to work out which friends are in the vicinity.

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Facebook assures those with privacy concerns that the service is up in

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and that both parties need to switch the option on in order to share

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their data. Amazon has launched the latest salvo in its streaming battle

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with Netflix. The online retailer has joined forces with HBO in a deal

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that will make a classic shows like the Sopranos and the Wire available

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to watch. It comes in the same week that Netflix announced a potential

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increase to its subscription price for new members. Nokia as an

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independent entity is no more, as Microsoft has fine`tuned its 5.4

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billion euros acquisition of the once mighty mobile company. Almost

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one months behind schedule, Microsoft says it has completed the

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steps necessary to finalise the transaction after receiving

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long`awaited regulatory approval from China was top Microsoft hopes

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the deal will strengthen its position in the mobile market. New

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York police Department found itself committing it were to fail this

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week. It's finest had asked users to delete photos of themselves with

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police officers around the city. Instead of a encounters with their

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local cops, images of slightly less friendly situations quickly took

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over the account. The experience did not deter the NYPD, which describes

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Twitter as an open forum for uncensored exchange. How would you

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like to start your day? A nice cup of tea? A run in the cup? Or being

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jumped on by a four`year`old who does not know the meaning of the

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word lie in? What if you start on an electronic headset and used it to

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train your brain to become more focused? That is one element of a

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research project in London to study the impact of wearable tech elegy in

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the office. We were given exclusive access to follow the study and this

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is what happened. This looks at wearable technology on

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productivity, alertness, and job satisfaction. For the last few

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weeks, 120 workers have been attaching themselves to various

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devices. Emma, for example, has been recording her retention levels while

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playing a concentration game every morning. I found I got competitive

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with myself, you had to record your schools, and you are trying to

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achieve... It has a panel of your brain activity, you want to max it

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out, but every day you want to get better scores, on the last day, I

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hit it! I had to say, it is not as easy as it sounds. If any stray

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thought enters your head... You are done! Meanwhile, Will has been

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wearing a belt which monitors his movements and correct his posture.

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If I am sitting like this, and I have an e`mail... It vibrates. I

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have played around with it, if you've slouch consistently, it will

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keep vibrating and we set up. Likewise, if you lean back on your

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chair. Ashley is wearing a bracelet which measures light, temperature,

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and sleep patterns, but which, mysteriously, gives him no feedback

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at all. It measures your sleep pattern, temperature through the

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day, when you are most productive. How had he found wearing it? It is a

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bit frustrating, a number of times I have

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now and then, although something that does not seem to

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You would not mind saying that you are not doing enough work! If they

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are counting every individual pace, I think it would get difficult.

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Several weeks later, the enormous amount of data generated by the

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study, over 30 GB per participant, is being crunched. It turns out the

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wearables has slowed to a decrease in alertness, but 3% increase in job

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satisfaction and an 8% increase in productivity. Surprisingly, the

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device which caused the biggest improvement in results was the one

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that gave no feedback or intervention at the time. We are

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noticing an affect in the workplace which suggests that when you monitor

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all changed circumstances for employees it has a positive impact

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on what they are doing. That is one explanation, the other could be that

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when people know their productivity is being measured, they are more

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focused on it. And therefore, they score higher. Surely we're not going

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to agree to all wear these monitoring bands, simply to make us

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work harder? There be advantages for you as well is that nosy boss of

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yours. There are phenomenal possibilities for the employees and

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organisations. You could have a biometric CV, which you could use to

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show your successful patterns and when you are most productive and

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alert and satisfied in the workplace. You can petition your

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employer to get a workplace scenario which meets those requirements. You

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can show them the data under what circumstances you perform your best

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doubles. Of course, for that to be useful, you have to be good under

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pressure in the first place. Be quiet, I am busy!

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In case you were wondering, my brain still hurts after all of that

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concentrating! It is not my bag, really. It is not only the office

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where wearables are promising to improve our productivity. We said

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Dan Simmons to Oberhausen Germany to check out the latest deal which

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promises to make employees there a bit more efficient `` a warehouse in

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Germany. Alfred is starting his shift which he hopes will help

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factory workers around the world in their daily tasks.

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His workplace is this mockup factory in Munich. The new kit that he is

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testing is Google Glass. Alfred is a pic, and his job is to move products

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around the warehouse that they are in the right place to either be

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shipped or stored for later on. `` a picker. It is hoped the glasses will

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make that easier. Now he does not have to look down at it clip board

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or hand`held device to cross reference a code. With Google Glass

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you can see what he needs in front of his eyes. Research has shown that

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Google Glass reduces errors by 40%, and speeds up workers by 10%. Great,

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if you are the boss. Other staff can make use of it as well. A service

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manager can survey the factory and the glasses can point out exactly

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which machine is faulty. And it can provide him with step`by`step in

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structure and is of how to fix the equipment. `` instructions. I have

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been using the glasses for ten minutes, and it is easy to see how

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they free up my hands, it increases efficiency, it is like having a

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second brain telling me what to do. It is also easy to see how workers

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using this system may feel that their role has essentially been

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reduced to being a robot following a list of instructions. I do not have

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to think. At all. That can be the glasses biggest problem. Unions

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representing warehouse workers for the retail giant Amazon are also in

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dispute over working conditions and unrealistic expectations. There is

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also the question of style. We have a workforce of 20 people wearing

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these glasses for hours. It did not allow them to feel comfortable.

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Colleagues were passing by and laughing. You can see that people

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are not yet ready to use these glasses. I think it will change, as

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soon as good designs come up. In the future. Perhaps, getting the glasses

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to stay working long enough is a more pressing issue. Because Altman

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to reality relies on compact algorithms and an always on camera,

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the battery is sucked quickly. During these concept

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demonstrations, the glasses only managed to operate for 15 minutes.

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The company behind the concept is working on new and advanced

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microchips which will use less power, so the glasses should be able

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to be used all day long. Of course, there is always the problem that we

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simply become far too reliant on technology. Hello? Hello? Well, what

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am I supposed to do now? Hello? Hello #! That is done, always in

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control and every situation! Someone always in control is Kate Russell,

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here comes Webscape. Despite the negative press they

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sometimes get, playing games can benefit all sorts of people, from

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preschool to pensioners. Everybody Plays is a website that celebrates

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the joy of casual gaming, experts pitching recommendations and reviews

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to a more general audience than the classic hard`core gamer. Giving as

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much attention to new genres and independent developers rather than

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blasting away at a handful of blockbuster titles. There is a not

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in the press about the effect of games on children. `` a lot. It was

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a game called Elite that got me into technology in the 80s on the BBC

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Micro, if you remember those! In my personal experience, as long as you

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find the right game, and do not play it to excess, gaming can have a

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positive impact. As well as using features to appeal to the more

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casual gamer, parents searching for an appropriate play will appreciate

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the parental review tab, featured on many pages, that hooks you to the

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opinion of actual parents. You can be confident of your choice, even if

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you're not a gaming fan yourself. Quip is a mobile processing app that

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has been on macro apple platforms for about a year. With a dedicated

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android as well. Documents load faster, and it has Google account

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integration as well. Making the switch should be relatively

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painless. This year, it is expected that mobile connections will

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overtake fixed line as the dominant way to get online. With the world

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going collaboration crazy, acrid quip's fast loading and simple

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editing interface will no doubt prove useful if you want to create

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documents on the go `` quip. Notifications make it cheap easy to

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keep track of activity, without the mobile screen getting cluttered. It

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also plays nicely with custom keyboards like Swift Key and swipe,

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with the support of 11 languages. Google has a lot more to offer than

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just documents and search, as the recent launch of its tips page

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proves too well. Using the trendy card style design, you can browse

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through the quick descriptions before clicking on a link if you

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want to learn more. The number of apps and tools from Google is pretty

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mind blowing. Online documents, drive storage, calendar, mail, news,

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social, YouTube, browser, maps, Earth, the list goes on and on! The

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tips page is a treasure trove of shortcuts and hacks. It could help

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you use Google services in a different light. There are 13

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products covered in total, at the time of editing, there are 14 tips

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listed. You have two sign up for and into a Google account to use them

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but that is pretty much standard for so much of the Internet these days.

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``to. Whether you think the dominant is a good or bad thing is a

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different thing entirely, but you cannot deny that these apps make

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life online simpler. If you missed any of those, you can

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have a look at our website. If you would like to get in touch with us

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about anything you have seen today, please do e`mail us. Or you can get

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hold of us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google plus as well. That is it for

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now, thank you for watching and we will see you next time.

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