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  2. Published: 
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Swarms of drones follow you while you run, recording video of your workout. Sensors hidden in your T-shirt track your heart rate and how many calories you’re burning. Your sunglasses log your miles and respond when you ask, “How’s my pace?”

    No, you and those sci-fi gadgets aren’t starring in the next action-packed Marvel flick. Rather, those gadgets might be the future of fitness trackers, according to sports technology experts.

    As wrist-worn wearables phase out, less invasive and more personalised devices may phase in, said Gina Lee, founder of the Legacy Sports Institute, a health-care facility for professional and amateur athletes slated to open in Alpharetta, Georgia, by the end of the year.

    “The future of technology is definitely to develop the most invisible, smallest, least detectable technology for consumers that can track the most biometric data and be consumer-friendly and have accurate outcomes,” Lee said.

    Here’s a look at how fitness technology of the future may become more hidden, more like a coach and more personalised than ever before.

    Next, Zok said, this personalised element could even be integrated into homes of the future.

    “A connected gym or a connected house would be an environment that is able to extract data points from my activity without me having to take any specific actions to do that,” Zok said.

    For instance, your home could be programmed to track your sleeping patterns and then automatically adjust the thermostat and lighting to when you wake and when you sleep, he said.

    “The connected world is a world that is observing you, that is monitoring you, that is interacting with you, so that you can meet your objectives and your goals in the most effective fashion possible,” Zok said.

    “In the future, I want to live in a connected house as an athlete. I want to train in a connected venue. I want to work out in a connected gym,” he said. “As I’m going about my life, let’s

    If it is viable for an athlete to afford wearable technology, they will spend the dollar to be able to meet their peak performance.say, spending time with family and friends or just travelling, I want to be wearing connected clothes.”

    Yet, there are privacy concerns when it comes to connected devices. Sure, you would want your fitness tracker and your connected house to collect health data for your benefit, but such devices have the potential to be hacked and collect other data, such as by recording private conversations.

    “A big limitation is that continuous or periodic data streams bring with them the problems of security, privacy and clutter,” said Chhabra, the research scientist at Georgia Tech. “This is not health-specific but the stakes are much higher in healthcare.”

    For technologies to be connected with your daily life, however, how would data be collected to help programme the technologies and make them more personalised? Zok pointed to drones.

    “I can have them in my backpack, and as soon as I open up my backpack, I’ll tell my drones to set themselves to running mode and so I would start doing my running, and the drones would be following me and getting the footage from me without me even touching them,” Zok said, describing how drones could collect video data in the future.

    “If you want to imagine the athletes of the future, you can imagine maybe each one of them running with a swarm of small drones around them,” he said.

    There are drones now on the market that can be programmed to follow you as you move, such as the tech company FlyPro’s XEagle Sport drone, camera company DJI’s Mavic Pro and tech company Ehang’s Ghostdrone 2.0. The newly designed autonomous Staaker drone is expected to hit the market in June.

    But as such new fitness devices emerge, they could come with a hefty price tag.

    As for the devices already on the market, smart socks and smart rings can cost about US$200 respectively; smart shirts, smart shorts or smart leggings can cost up to US$400 each; a personalised computer coach can range from an US$80 sensor to a US$450 investment; and your own drone might set you back US$500 or more.

    For an athlete training to win, the cost can be worth it, said the Legacy Sports Institute’s Lee. It’s just a matter of finding the right device for the right goal.

    After all, a 2014 report from the UK-based market research group Juniper Research projected not only that fitness wearables will remain popular but that the use of fitness wearables will increase nearly threefold by next year.

    Training for a marathon? “You want to make sure that’s something that can track your heart rate, your work load, your pace, the calories burned so you know you’re getting the right hydration and nutrition,” Lee said.

    Need to lose weight? “We want to make sure that you have a trackable device that can calculate the calories burned. That’s the big focus with weight loss: making sure we’re burning enough calories to lose the pounds,” she said.

    For professional athletes in particular, “they are always looking for any technology that can help make them be the best athlete they can be,” Lee said. “If it is something that can really enhance the performance level of an athlete, if it is viable for an athlete to be able to afford, they will spend the dollar to be able to meet their peak performance.” (

  3. Published: 
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    There has been some mild muttering about the absence of any major ICT development or projects in the 2018

    The acronym doesn’t appear at all in the formal budget statement for 2018 and the only mention of technology appears in a paragraph promising greater efforts in the area of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

    That might seem odd, given the oft-stated importance of technology to the diversification agenda, and the government’s responsibility for institutional development.

    But that’s only true if you persist in trying to understand the Government as a managerial institution, which it nominally is, rather than a living collective, an organism composed of both unitary and complementary interests.

    It’s been 12 years since I had that inadvertently explained to me over lunch in a business meeting in my the last corporate office I worked in.

    A very tiny number of folks already know that I served a two-year contract as a communications professional at a state agency in the local energy sector.

    I was still in my first year of blissful naiveté, waxing poetic about a computer-based touchscreen installation that would dynamically tell the company’s history when a normally silent member of the exploratory committee cleared his throat.

    “Ahmmm...” he said, “I not seeing how this going to get us votes.”

    There have only been a few times in my life when I haven’t had a sharp or at least witty rejoinder for an interruption. This time I just watched my conceptual wicket fall, the bails and stumps of thought tumbling away in slow motion.

    It was then I came to understand, with a clarity that history, economics and civics had denied me, the cohesiveness of the political animal.

    Like any savvy beast, its first need is survival and politicians eat, drink and breathe votes.

    That’s why TTConnect, a web-based governance delivery system on which, I am advised, some $600 million was spent, became the most expensive download site in Internet history.

    If it had achieved its goal of automating routine government services, it would have cut deeply into public sector employment, thereby reducing salary based payoffs for…votes.

    To get an instruction in how this works, observe the process for paying a traffic ticket. There are three people involved in taking your money, one to write a document to process your payment and one to check it before passing it to cashier.

    This is a government service that could be implemented online with little effort and probably prompter compliance, but it would reduce the constituency.

    From the government’s perspective it is already busy on the ICT front with the Global Services Programme, which it has assisted the IADB in implementing.

    Every other major project it might consider implementing has no clear value proposition before another election is due.

    The simple truth is that successive governments have chosen to expand their recipient constituencies in the public service and through government work contracts.

    When the Finance Minister complains that the private sector is indolent and uncreative, he is chastising a child grown to adulthood in the care of himself and his peers who has come to expect cookies to be readily available in the jar.

    Projects designed to create significant diversification of the economy, it is becoming increasingly clear, will demand that politicians separate the vote repayment process from the necessary development of hundreds of nimble, globally focused business efforts that emerge from the ground up.

    A 2016 advisory paper on BPO projects in T&T cites successful projects initiated by Direc One and iQor (call centre, customer support), Scotiabank and RBC (backoffice services).

    According to the report, these services have added 2,200 jobs to the employment mix.

    Despite the T&T advantage of generally solid writing skills and a command of English, the report does not point out that all of the areas in which the country has had success are being aggressively targeted by artificial intelligence driven software development.

    The IADB’s Global Services Programme proceeds with a greater awareness of this looming challenge, providing an environment in which skills upgrading can be cost effectively pursued by businesses with significant ICT components.

    Technology, in the Government’s collective mind, is summarised by the Public Sector Investment Programme document, which explains in greater detail the implementation of the provisions of the 2018 budget.

    According to that document, “The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is viewed by Government as one of the major ways to improve the efficiency, productivity and capability of its services and operations.” “In so doing, the sector plays a critical role in facilitating investment and the ease of doing business.”

    In support of those goals, $63.3 million is earmarked for spending under the Public Sector Reform Computerisation Programme, which details spending on hardware and software, but makes no mention of systems design for purpose or any measurable plan to measure the impact of this spending on the customers meant to be served by these initiatives, the public of T&T.

    Instead, there is a proliferation of buzzwords, “networking,” “computerisation” and the always reassuring “surveillance,” with no indication of how they will improve lives of the citizens who finance them.

  4. Published: 
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Some parts of Manzanilla Road remained under flood water yesterday, making it impossible for small vehicular access. In fact, only trucks were once again able to traverse the roadway with caution.

    There were dire consequences for some motorists in smaller vehicles who attempted to go through the floods, as they quickly got into difficulty, their vehicles stalled and they had to wait to be pulled to higher ground by passing trucks.

    Backhoes from the Sangre Grande Regional Corporations were also busy clearing clogged drains along the road to ensure a faster run-off of water to the sea.

    Many taxis operating the Mayaro/Sangre Grande route have also told passengers they will not be operating until the flood waters recede.

    At Mafeking, villagers told the T&T Guardian many of them were still marooned in their homes as flood waters were still high. But come of them of them could not wait and utilised pumps to drains their properties of water so they could remove damage furniture and appliances. Residents in areas were the flood waters had receded were meanwhile seen power washing their yards.

    Mafeking resident Jimmy Dhunda told T&T Guardian workers from the Mayaro/Rio Claro Corporation and CEPEP came to the village but focused on clearing debris from the roads. He said soldiers also visited the community last evening, but only took some information and left.

    He said the one positive was that the water level in the Ortoire River had dropped so they were hopeful there would be no more flooding.

  5. Published: 
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Homicide officers were up to late last night at Balmain, Couva, investigating the murder of Chandroutie Harrylal.

    According to a police report, at about 5 pm a male relative arrived at her Cameron Street home to find her dead. She was found lying on the floor of her bedroom.

    Police said the woman said the house was ransacked and they believe robbery may have been the motive.

    An autopsy is expected to be conducted on the body today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, to determine the cause of death. — RD

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