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Innovation Nation: 3 Ways Robotics are Changing the World of Work

Innovation is now business-as-usual for companies in fields across the spectrum, from manufacturing and health care to education and hospitality. How are these different fields applying robotics to meet the need to adapt and innovate?

Health Care Innovations

The medical field is experiencing some of the most exciting innovations in technology. We may be a few years away from our own personal Baymax to watch over our health and wellbeing, but robots are already having a beneficial impact on health. For a survey of what’s already available, check out the slideshow on today’s medical robots at Medical Daily.

Using robotics for surgery has been more commonplace in recent years. And effectiveness and safety of medical robotics continues to be the focus for big players like Google, as WIRED Magazine reported recently.

There’s a lot of excitement around nanotechnology in medicine. Tiny robots known as nanobots are generating a lot of buzz, with CNN headlines like “Will nanotech soon allow you to swallow the doctor?” Medical professionals are at the forefront of creative innovation with robotic technologies.

Workforce Innovations

But there are other ways that robotics are improving the health of the nation that may be obvious. Industry leaders credit robotics with the elimination of repetitive-motion injuries. John Tranquilli, materials manager says: “At Apple Rubber, we use robots for the repetitive jobs that can cause long-term health issues for employees. With robotic pickers, we can eliminate those health issues as well as avoid any dangers associated with injection or molding machines. Robots save us money, time and risk.”

The cutting edge is robots that work side-by-side with humans, Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff reports in an article about tech trends for 2015. He quotes Julie Shah: “In 2015, we’ll see this have more of an impact on manufacturing.” Shah is a professor and leader of the Interactive Robotics Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Perhaps someday carpal tunnel syndrome will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, robots will likely continue to cut labor costs. And that capital saved by utilizing robots for dangerous and repetitive jobs can be invested in innovation, and in employees who are innovators. Instead of merely replacing the human workforce, robots may create an environment in which human workers have better, more rewarding, creative jobs.

Education Innovations

The workforce of tomorrow must be prepared to enter with the skills to adapt and innovate. That starts early.

Preparing young minds for a future in which innovation is an expectation is crucial. Fortunately, it can also be a lot of fun. Check out a recent Top 5 list from Tech Cocktail. Children are all-natural innovators, and those in the education field are finding ways to encourage this inherent capacity. Ozobot helps kids learn programming and PLEO rb is a robotic pet.

Even public libraries are riding this wave. Makerspaces are going in at libraries around the country. Robotics, 3D printing and product design are all a part of the movement to let the next generation of innovators get hands-on experience.

For workers who want training (or retraining) in robotics, community colleges are stepping up with an increasing number of programs. Ivy Tech, for example, works with industry partners such as Honda.

Hospitality Innovations

The first ever hotel run by charming, life-like robots will open in Japan, the country that is arguably the leader in advanced robotics. The hotel won’t open until July, so it might be some time before there will be data to prove the robot hotel clerk’s value. Stay tuned!

Robotics will continue to change the workforce, growing ever-more indispensable in a widening array of fields as the technology advances. The future of robots is not just in the factory — it’s everywhere.

The Fun Side of Wearable Technology

The future of technology seems to be headed in the direction of wearable technology. With fantastical items like Google Glass and the ever more sophisticated series of smartwatches and fitness trackers, wearable tech is making hands-free tech more appealing than ever. But, not all wearable tech has to be purpose driven. The following devices help you have fun with your wearable tech:

Quick Travel

The innovative company Action has taken the convenience of roller skates and combined them with the power of a Segway to create Rocketskates. With a top speed of 12 mph and a battery that lasts up to 1.5 hours, Rocketskates are the perfect way to get around in style. They also sync with your smartphone, which allows you to control your speed, track your travel statistics and save and share your favorite routes. What’s best is that you don’t have to take them off to go up stairs or move across rough ground, simply lean forward to walk with ease.

Gamers Beware

The immersion of gaming is going to a whole new level with the adaption of the PrioVR suit. This full-body sensor system and VR headset lets you get right into the action. Every movement you make in the real world is immediately copied by your in-game avatar, whether it’s taking a swing at a bad guy, picking up a gun and taking aim, crouching behind cover or looking around a corner. It also comes in three different versions so you can get the right one for your personal gaming style.

Dress to Impress

Dress to impress — or surprise, scare or amaze. With technology-integrated clothing, your outfits can come to life on their own. MorphCostumes offers cyborg masks that have computerized eyes that light up, full body zombie suits with visible beating hearts and illusion outfits that can add a little magical flair to any occasion.

Social Networking on the Go

Have you ever wanted to check in on Facebook, but didn’t want the hassle of pulling out your phone? Now, you can use the LikeBelt instead. With a simple thrust of your hips, you can check in, like a location or company and even friend someone. And, if the thought of thrusting at a stranger doesn’t sound appealing, don’t worry because you can use the much more subtle Ping hoodie from Electricfoxy. With this gadget, you can accomplish the same results by moving the sweatshirt in specific ways. For instance, lifting the hood can send a specific message and update your status.

The Ultimate Drinking Game

Looking for a little more fun and adventure at your next party? With the DareDriod 2.0 cocktail-making dress, you have to earn your drinks. The dress comes with sensors that can detect when someone else is near and starts to dispense non-alcoholic mixers. To get the alcohol added, you have to be both charming and willing to play a game of Truth or Dare. But be careful, if you get too close to the server, the whole system will shut down.

Do It Yourself

If you want a to have wearable technology, but can’t find anything that fits your style, consider making something yourself. Adafruit provides all the sensors, lights, components and accessories you could want to turn your everyday outfit into a wondrous technological masterpiece.

The importance of the role of business manager to modern organizations

In the 21st century, the economy is based on knowledge, and one of the results of this has supposedly been the decline in managerial authority. However, the reality is that managers who are capable of defining and implementing organizational rules are still very much relevant and in high demand.

The fact that managers continue to be both required and of crucial importance in the modern age should perhaps not come as a surprise. Management as we recognize it did not really begin until the industrial revolution, at which point organizations – as a result of the possibility of mass production – suddenly gained scale. Larger organizations meant that a much greater level of coordination was also suddenly required, and the manager was born. Of course, on some level management existed even earlier than this in different forms, such as during wars, where the commanding officer giving the orders for his troops to execute was essentially a form of manager.

It is the job of the business manager to be responsible for the supervision and overseeing of all employees, and is responsible for all activities undertaken by the company. As a result, the business manager is a necessity within almost every imaginable industry, including banks, insurance companies, restaurants, manufacturing firms, hospitals, start-up companies, hotels and restaurants. The main role of the business manager is to make sure that the firm is financially stable and thus likely to be able to achieve success for the foreseeable future. Business managers have to make sure that the operations of the firm are able to run smoothly on a daily basis, which often involves giving orders to supervisors who in turn relay those instructions to individual workers. The exact role of the business manager will vary depending on the nature of the business and its size; small businesses may only require a business manager to deal with customer service, business planning and budgeting, while in larger firms the business manager may also be responsible for marketing, public relations, advertising and more.

Bob Bratt is an excellent example of a business manager who has over 30 years of experience and has been responsible for many successes, including doubling the value of portfolios at Science Applications International Corporation in his time as vice and Corporate President. Bratt is currently putting his experience to use managing US operations for DLA Piper, a global law firm.

The modern manager needs to keep a handle on technology, to believe in sharing and to lead by example.

Will 5G Change the World?

When I was a child mobile phones were science fiction. We hardly had a land line back then. As technology has evolved, fewer and fewer chords were required: we got rid of the phone lines first, followed by internet cables – I wonder when will someone with the attitude of Nikola Tesla invent wireless energy, so we can finally get rid of power lines, too. When it comes to mobile phones, we had a lot of evolution going on before our very eyes. Mobile networks have gotten faster in the last few years – now we are waiting for their fifth generation to be launched. 5G. Will it change the world?

According to the scientists working to release it, the fifth generation mobile network will be different from any of its predecessors. It will not just be faster – although downloading videos and slots 3 Reel slots are classic games for more information click here) will become much faster, the changes in the new mobile network will be much more profound and far reaching ones.

“5G will be a dramatic overhaul and harmonisation of the radio spectrum,” professor Rahim Tafazolli, lead of the 5G Innovation Centre at the Surrey University said to the BBC. The 5G network will be built with many of the new technologies recently introduced in mind – the much-anticipated “internet of things”, smart cities, remote surgery, and things we haven’t even dreamed of yet. The 5G network will connect much more than just our smartphones – it will connect everything.

The term “harmonization of the radio spectrum” is the key to all that change. Wireless data transmission is all done through radio waves, and each type of communication has its specific wavelength reserved for it. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is the institution that regulates the use of radio frequencies for TV and radio signals, mobile communication, or even airplanes. The spectrum is a bit of a mess at this time, as the BBC puts it, as the frequencies were assigned as new technologies were introduced, keeping the necessity and the occupied frequencies in mind. The ITU will re-arrange the frequencies used for mobile communication, allowing the existing 3G and 4G networks to function at the same time, and make way for the new, up to 100 times faster network.

100 times sounds amazing, right? According to Professor Tafazolli, the new 5G network will offer a bandwidth up to 800Gbps, which is really fast. Consider this: an average network card in your computer or laptop is capable of receiving data at a rate of 1Gbps. 5G has reached this performance during early tests in 2013, and at this predicted speed it will be possible to download 33 HD encoded movies in a second.