Press Clippings: Emerging Technologies

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Apple Engineers: Smart Device Covers Are a Paradigm Shift!
    "Advantageously, the cover or outer covering according to various embodiments can provide a paradigm shift for electronic device covers, which have conventionally been provided for protection of outer physical surfaces of portable electronic devices. Now, the cover or outer covering can operate as an electrical accessory for the portable electronic device." -- Not really a learning application, but it really improves the usability - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 --I think this represents an overall shift in making every single aspect of a mobile into a functional feature; it's less of a learning technology as Larry said, and more of a way for businesses to stay competitive in the mobile market while bringing even more features to the customer. Its applications in education have yet to be extensively explored, though I am interested.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • Apple Exploring Interactive, Glasses-Free 3D Holographic Displays
    The described invention is a display system that delivers a 3D picture and interactive interface without the need for headgear or glasses. It provides two embodiments: one of a traditional stereoscopic 3D display, while another describes a "realistic holographic 3D display experience.
  • Apple Reveals a Powerful Location-Based Service for the iPhone "The idea is simple. Deliver a location based service to information savvy iPhone users that wish to receive temporary retail and service-based applications. Imagine standing at the entrance of a restaurant and viewing their menu on your iPhone or entering a public library and being able to access their database."
  • Augmented Reality on Your Phone
    The New York Times discusses a recent Forrester report citing that the technology behind augmented reality apps has greatly improved and we will therefore see a surge of these kinds of apps in 2011. -- - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Bokodes
    Imperceptible visual tags for camera based interaction - potential augmented reality applications.
  • Blogs as a Learning Tool
    NZ technology teacher Terry Hawkings set up a system of student blogs to document the work of the students in place of paper portfolios.
  • Book Talks
    This service allows schools and other organizations to connect with New Zealand authors and illustrators with Skype.
  • Cloud Migrations Trigger Organizational Challenges
    his article discusses how cloud computing can work if organizations are well structured in advance to take advantage of its affordances.
  • The Coming Data Explosion
    One of the key aspects of the emerging Internet of Things - where real-world objects are connected to the Internet - is the massive amount of new data on the Web that will result. -- This is already starting to happen, and I think will impact campus operations in a most positive way, for example, in helping track equipment and supplies. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Data Explosion: Analytics Software Must Adapt or Die
    "Soon there will be a trillion sensors connected to the Web, which will result in an explosion of online data. How will this mass of new and mostly real-time data be processed andanalyzed? Will current data analytics software be able to cope? The short answer is, no it won't. New types of analytics software will be required, together with much more powerful computers."
  • Digital Access, Collaboration a Must for Students
    This article describes the results of an educational technology survey undertaken by Project Tomorrow. The survey identifies a new type of student, the “free agent learner,” who creates personal learning experiences.
  • The End of Cell Phone Chargers is Near
    Wireless charging options are beginning to proliferate and evolve. This article discusses some of the both wired and wireless technologies that may help free us from carrying traditional chargers for our mobile devices.
  • Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network
    This article discusses the evolution of online learning environments beyond Learning Management Systems. The author looks at PLEs and compares them with an LMS. He also discusses how PLE’s function together with Personal Learning Networks (PLN).
  • EPUB3 ready to go, now Amazon responds with Kindle Format 8
    This New Zealand-based industry blog discusses how the release of EPUB3 and Kindle Format 8 bring new opportunities and new challenges to publishers in terms of adjusting their e-publishing workflows.
  • Fishing Cactus Presents R.O.G.E.R the First Medical Kinect Serious Game
    Fishing Cactus helped create a Serious game where players focus on therapy of all things. In the game, players can choose a home setting with bedrooms, bathrooms, and different objects throughout the rooms. The therapists task the patients with packing for a specific destination, such as trip to the mountains or city, and then can observe how the patient reacts to the environment and the items selected. While the patient is preparing for the upcoming trip, there will be intentionally disruptive elements, including ringing phones, loud radios, and more. The therapist is able to observe the patient and he he/she handles the situation. --I think we're going to begin to see an explosion of specialized Serious games in the Higher Ed sector - i.e. a simulation of a court trial for law school. - Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • Future of Display is Here: Latest Tech Visions For Touch Screens, Monitors of Next-Gen Gadgets
    "Imagine ultra high-definition TVs not much thicker than a millimeter. How about electronic books made with plastic screens that flex like a magazine? 
Or perhaps a display that lets you touch a virtual version of yourself on the other side of the glass"
  • Gaming Education
    This insightful post dicusses the three predominate types of gaming in education: classic edu-tech games, build-your-own games, and the gamification approach to teaching in general. The author looks at these approaches and how they all differ in how gaming is integrated into the K12 learning experience. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Google Goes to the Cloud for New Idea in PC System
    Technology writer Walter Mossberg presents his thoughts on the new cloud-based Google OS Chrome and how it will be used with Google’s experimental laptop, the Cr-48. -- An interesting project with large application if it takes off. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Google: We Will Bring Books Back to Life
    his article offers perspectives on Google’s efforts to digitize millions of books and the value this would have for research, exploration and access to content that would previously have been very difficult for most people.
  • Haptics Brings A Personal Touch To Technology
    Haptics - which could lead to people interacting with virtual objects using a sense of touch or feel - means to change all that. Labs around the world are now racing to close the gap while the first commercial applications are hitting the market. For the first time people will be actually be able to have a virtual feel of some of the images that are placed before them.
  • How Video Games Are Infiltrating--and Improving--Every Part of Our Lives
    This article discusses how gaming culture is becoming part of everyday culture and will only grow in importance in the future. Carnegie Mellon professor Jesse Schell and Institute for the Future researcher Jane McGonigal are profiled as some of the leading thinkers in this area.
  • HP’s MagCloud Service Beefs Up, Lands on the iPad
    "Back in 2008, HP Lab launched MagCloud, a print-on-demand service designed to let anyone publish a magazine without much in the way of cost, resources, or risk. Today it’s launching some new features which let publishers use MagCloud for more ambitious creations–and distribute their works in both paper and iPad form." HP is hosting a MagCloud for NMC
  • The Impact of Web-Based Lecture Technologies on Current and Future practices in Learning and Teaching
    This project, a collaboration between Macquarie University, Murdoch University, Flinders University and University of Newcastle was conducted to gain a better understanding of challenges in web-based lecture technology.
  • Implications of (almost) free online storage for educators and students
    Article discussing the importance of cloud computing storage and flash media for students who increasingly will be dealing with large amounts of data.
  • The "Killer App"- Professional Networked Learning Collaboratives
    This post talks about personal learning networks as an app that can be tailored to fit different groups, in addition to exploring how personal learning environments (PLEs) have changed as the technology as matured, enabling more people to virtually be part of PLEs that are outside of a specific institution. Additionally, new levels of data sharing and processing can be leveraged in these networks.
  • Learning and Knowledge Analytics
    This is a new blog built as an open course for educators to learn more abut learning analytics. It was launched in January 2011 by several prominent educators and researchers who are exploring this area in more depth.
  • Managing and Learning in Massive(ly) Open Online Courses
    This slide deck from educator George Siemens provides a good overview of how open content can be successfully used and implemented in coursework.
  • Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad
    This New York Times article gives examples of how different schools are integrating iPads into the classroom.
  • Mobile Subscriptions Hit 5 Billion Mark
    Mobile equipment and service provider released information on global mobile adoption, citing that now over five billion people have mobile phone subscriptions, underscoring the global and ubiquitous penetration of this technology. China and India are seeing the most explosive growth. -- this number continues to grow at an amazing rate -- Gartner reports more than 1.3 Billion mobile phones are manufactured and sold each year. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • A New Powerhouse Walking Tours App
    This interview with Glen Barnes at a major New Zealand museum sheds light on how important mobile apps have become for education and creative interpretation.
  • The New Games People Play: How Game Mechanics Have Changed In The Age Of Social
    This post presents how gaming has changed in the age of social media and online communication. Issues around makes games addictive and how they are integrated into the real world are addressed in addition to how game mechanics may change in the future as a result of social media.
  • Next-Gen MiFis Stream Videos and Music to iPhone and iPod Touch
    Wireless networking devices offer the promise of streaming music and video to mobile devices providing nearly ubiquitous access of media.
  • Nine Things You Need to Know About 4G Networks
    This post offers a primer on the pertinent aspects of 4G networks that consumers should be aware. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • An Open Source Platform for Internet-based Assessment
    This report extensively covers the use of open source platforms as a cost-effective and efficient way to conduct assessment. The study also includes results from numerous interviews and sampling efforts.
  • Personal Cloud Will Replace Traditional Operating Systems
    This writer discusses the view of Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett who believes the traditional OS will eventually disappear and be replaced by an increasingly sophisticated personal cloud. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 --I agree with this and believe this will happen sooner rather than later. Institutions are no longer just using the cloud for productivity and collaboration tools, but are now moving their entire infrastructures into the cloud. Major perks include a much lower cost and less resources needed to manage things like email.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • Scholars Use Social-Media Tools to Hold Online Academic Conference
    "More than 100 researchers interested in the emerging field of the social history of computer programming are running what may be the first academic conference held entirely using Web 2.0 tools."
  • Schools Must Embrace Mobile Technology
    The need for schools to prepare for 21st century learning was top of the agenda at this year's BETT conference.
  • Seeing the World Through Phone Apps Like Goggles and Layar
    "The best new thing to hit smartphones is augmented reality. These apps, like Goggles (free, for Android phones) and Layar (free, for Android and Apple devices), are like space-age glasses. Point your smartphone in any direction and look through the camera viewer, and it will reveal information about what it sees."
  • Subway Ride of the Future.
    John Zittrain develops a typology of new crowdsourcing/distributed intelligence work.
  • Teachers Use GPS to Track Children
    This article discusses how teachers have begun to use electronic tracking devices to monitor the whereabouts of young students. The use of GPS in such a way raises many ethical and practical questions.
  • Technology Races to Meet Tide of Data
    This article discusses how cellular networks are evolving into higher bandwidth networks to help meet the demand for deliv
  • What are Learning Analytics?
    This article presents an overview of learning analytics and discusses how they might be applied in learning institutions. -- A very interesting area. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 --I think an aspect to explore here is how LA can aid in real-time classroom interventions.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • Wireless Gigabit set to become next-gen Wi-Fi?
    The Wireless Gigabit Alliance, developer of a wireless data technology that operates in the 60GHz band, has signed up the Wi-Fi Alliance to manage its hardware interoperability programme. The move positions WiGig as a key candidate for the next version of Wi-Fi.
  • Is This a PLE?
    This detailed post examines the social learning and distribution platform Xplana from the perspective of a personal learning evironment (PLE). The author, an education technologist formerly at Oracle and now at Cengage, points out the open-ended nature of PLEs and how the definition can be elusive but the concept can be effective. -- A provocative question - is it? - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011