Google Flu Trends and Apple’s E-Book Creation

After a brief absent while we covered the incredible adventure known as CES 2012 in Las Vegas, we are back to bring we more discuss on how technology is changing our lives. This week, we talk about Google’s ability to track flu symptoms and pass that information along to health care providers. Also, we dive into the developing reality of e-textbooks and what that means for students, school districts, and parents

1. CES Recap
2. Google’s Flu Trends and It’s Role In Health Care, EMS
3. Apple’s E-Book Idea and Chegg’s E-Textbook Reader

CES 2012 was an adventure to say the least. We will be recording a special edition Waves of Tech, CES 2012 podcast in the coming week in which we will detail our adventures, our miles of walking, and some exciting new innovative products coming to market. Be sure and check out thewavesoftech.com/ces2012 for floor interviews, product reviews, and keynote presentation analysis.

Google.org develops technologies to help address global challenges & supports partners through grants and in-kind resources. Google’s Flu Trends is their latest movement into the world of philanthropy. Flu Trends collects and provides data on search traffic for flu information by collecting and analyzing certain flu-related search terms. This newest online tool will help hospitals, government agencies, physician offices, and EMS personnel prepare for a surge in flu patients. Because Google has the ability to collect and aggregate a seemingly infinite quantity of data, Google can provide current flu activity around the world in near real-time.

The e-textbook industry has been growing in popularity over the past 2-3 years. There seem to be so many variables that make this technology suitable to students and school districts. There are many variables that make this technology difficult to embrace because of publisher restrictions and lack of universal platform usage. Apple’s big announcement was anything but big. We still believe that e-textbooks needs to be a stand-alone platform, with little to no attachment to Apple. Chegg has a very promising development in the works. Their e-textbook reader allows students to highlight texts, make notes, use real time definition look-up, and review notes in a single stream. Be sure to check out their video on the product here. Furthermore, we dive into the potential of school administrators to buy into the technology and whether or not the adoption of e-textbook is realistic.

Thanks as always for tuning into Waves of Tech. We wish the best for Steve as he continues to get well and hope that next time he can join the ride…as we ride the waves of tech. Until next time, surf safe and join the conversation.

 

 

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