Posts tagged ‘education’

Data Acquisition on Android Smart Phones with Bluetooth

Modern day data analysis gets to be more fun all the time. Looking at the Six Sigma DMAIC approach, Analyze is the phase which comes after Measurement.

Modern day manufacturing relies on a predictive approach. You acquire data and analyze the same continuously to define the problem. So, in essence a problem is nipped at the bud.

Lets look at how this can be done on an Android Smart Phone.

Equipment Trouble Shooting, SPC et al

First start with some of the interesting applications on Android Marketplace as idea generating centers.

Go ahead and experiment. Before you know it you will be seeing trends and recommendations on your Android

That is Android University for you today

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Theme Parks of the Future – Educational & Environmentally Conscious

Theme parks have to change. It cant just be a ride oriented park anymore.

The future Theme Park will be educational and environmentally conscious and more of a Science Park

Future City Theme Parks may have the following

  • Children can take all household goods to be recycled
  • Children will get paid for items which they will feed the recycling unit and watch the process as they ride in pedal, electric or solar cars.
  • Children may also be encouraged to bank their recycling dollars
  • Adults may have as much fun as children and will be able to give input into the design of the parks
  • The park will be an evolving model to continue to encourage continuous visits
  • Will have clubs catering to various scientific and cultural interests
  • May be part of the University of the Future
  • May also be part of local communities
  • May house actual local villages populated by real villagers from around the world
  • Food served in the parks will have been grown organically with recycled water
  • City administrators would be housed in the parks
  • Corporate executives nay have their conferences in the parks
  • In short it may be a whole new learning adventure
  • In short crowd sourced ideas may be the name of the game

Six Flags and Disney, are you listening?

The Khan Academy – Sal Khan – A Model for the University of the Future

On of my earlier blogs in this site talked about Google Wave and the University of the Future.

Today I visited the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. The Khan Academy has received a 2009 Tech Award in education

http://www.khanacademy.org/

Video instruction is available free from U tube in subjects ranging from Statistics, Calculus, trigonometry, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry and economics. It can also be downloaded for a nominal fee and we can donate if so inclined to encourage this humanitarian effort

Salman Khan (Sal) founded the Khan Academy with the goal of using technology to educate the world

Sal received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds a Masters in electrical engineering and computer science, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and a BS in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lessons are masterpieces in education. Made is small modules for easy understanding and well explained in a relaxed manner.

Kindly visit the site and see what the future of education can be. This clubbed with iPOd Nano’s , iPhones and Google Wave could completely change the face of education in the coming years.

Sal Khan has been interviewed by major networks and devotes all his time to the effort.

This give me great hope for the younger generation and their willingness to serve.

There is no doubt in my mind that with people of this calibre the work can only go forward.


Smart Cities – An introduction – IBM, MIT et al

What is a smart city? In essence this is a city which has efficient and innovative use of its people, infrastructure, transportation, energy, education and recreational with a view to having a safe and sustained environment.

Let us see what MIT is doing here in terms of transportation among others.

http://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/smart-cities

Here is IBM’s take on it which is safe neighbor hoods, quality schools, affordable housing and traffic that flows

http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/sustainable_cities/ideas/

Let us take a simple example. That is the flow of traffic.

We live in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. I am still gainfully employed and as such make my daily commute of 10 odd miles to and back from my place of work.

The lanes are always crowded whether it is the morning or evening. My commute time is 30 minutes one way. The normal wait time at an intersection with lights is 1.5 to 2 minutes.

The irony is that the lanes are not crowded on the other side

I am not sure whether Fort Lauderdale can in any way be classified as a Smart City.

What would it take to make it a smart city?

Let us work in modules in this article to take the simplest area to “Smart”

We could collect traffic data and modulate the traffic signal timing. Let us see the gain here. We save in fuel cost and will increase out efficiency. This sounds so simple and I always wonder why we don’t do it. I am sure forward-looking cities are doing it.

I believe Smart Cities are doing it for in innovative ways

  • Parking
  • Transportation
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Manufacturing
  • Buildings
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Airports
  • Taxis

As usual I invite reader comments as we move on and explore other areas for making “Smart”

The University of the future – On Google Wave – Designing our future – an introduction

The future of University or self education is in Co-Creation and Collaboration.

A lot of what we do today in terms of educational material is found on the web. There are excellent articles on most subjects written by experts in the field. For those willing to tap these tools there is an opportunity to design our own courses and even award ourselves an experience worthy of a bachelors, masters or even a doctorate degree.

I do agree that Google Wave is in its infancy and has quite a way to go. But we can see its potential and look at the future.

Forward looking persons from academia are surely exploring the opportunities for the students in the Wave.

Just imagine, students can play business, engineering or design games, run a virtual company, look at the work done by peers and collaborate in a healthy competitive atmosphere.

Gone will be the days of tests, exams or cramming at the last moment. We will have continuous interaction with written, voice, photographic and video content. Online Wave sessions will closely follow what we do in the business world. That is defining problems, researching methods, base lining conditions, analyzing solutions, choosing the most appropriate for implementation and continuing the process from improvement and innovation.

I invite readers to comment on the pros and cons of this approach.

My continuing efforts will be to explore tools and methods for Wave educational models

It is a new world and let us follow new methods.