Simple Smart Technology for Improving Health

Nov 14, 2016 9:47:35 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in General, Internet of Things, IoT, Limpet, smart, tech, technology, Wynd


By Nathan Rockshousen, Technical Writer

The human eye is a remarkable organ, but it lacks the ability to see some of the smaller particles in the world around us, such as germs, allergens, and other general pollutants. Water and air are two things that everyone interacts with on a daily basis, but how much do we really know about the quality of our air and water? Technological advancements with devices such as the Wynd, which can help consumers monitor air quality, and the Limpet, which assists users in monitoring water purity, have given peoplethe ability to be aware of the things they are exposed to in different environments.

Wynd: Encountering and breathing in various pollutants was once an inevitable part of consumer life. Most air purifiers are constricted to a home environment, leaving user’s vulnerable and unaware of unhealthy air outside of their home. The Wynd is a portable and small air purifier that is able to clean the air in the consumer’s personal space, ensuring clean air in any environment. This device is able to absorb ambient air, then diffuse the fresh, purified air into the user’s environment. The Wynd comes with a removable tracker that measures the different pollutants in the air, and notifies user’s if the air quality gets too bad. As more data is collected, the crowdsourced air quality map will help users avoid any areas where the air quality is hazardous. The air filter is able to get rid of almost any pollutant consumers may come across, and if the filter is worn out, the LED on the top of the device will notify the user and can even automatically order a new one.

Limpet: Whether it be lake water or ocean water, the purity of water is very difficult to tell from its appearance. The Limpet offers an affordable solution for monitoring any water that a consumer may encounter. This device attaches to anything that can go in the water, such as a boat or surfboard, and can tell the user how clean the water is. This is very beneficial for those who spend lots of time in the water because it will protect them from exposure to any hazardous conditions in the water around them. The Limpet is designed to protect the health of consumers, ensuring that every experience in the water is a good one.

These technologies are providing users with smart solutions for problems that once seemed unavoidable, simply because there was no convenient way of detecting these problems. Consumers are able to monitor and control their air quality and water purity with these cutting-edge devices, making it much easier to live a healthier life. These devices only compose a minute fraction of the Internet of Things (IoT), which means they are not alone in their capabilities to improve a consumer’s quality of life. The Wynd and Limpet are perfect examples of how the IoT is driven by innovation and creativity.

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The Future of Music and Technology

Nov 7, 2016 9:44:50 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Antiphon INSTRUMENT 1, General, instrument, Internet of Things, IoT, music, smart, tech, technology


By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

Many believed that the integration of technology and musical instruments reached its peak with the creation of instruments such as the electric guitar and keyboard, but the music world is continuing to embrace the power of technological innovation. Learning how to play an instrument has always been considered something that requires a lot of time to learn and perfect. The goal of infusing technology and musical instruments is to turn music into something that is much more accessible for users, making learning to play an instrument easier.

Technological advancements have increased the functionality of individual instruments. The ability to play multiple instruments with one device has created what is now called a multi-instrument. The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 is a great example of a multi-instrument, as it allows musicians to tap the keys of a piano, strum a guitar, loop a beat, and more, all from a single instrument. This technology-based smart instrument can be connected to a smartphone, tablet, or computer to access different music apps. It is designed to optimize the experience of playing music by letting users create whatever they want with a powerful, portable, and simple device.

Even though this device is not the only electronic instrument on the market, it captures some of the benefits of having smart, connected instruments. The INSTRUMENT 1 comes with the Artiphon app to help customize the way music is played, making it possible to do something like play a piano by strumming it. This removes a lot of the boundaries placed on specific instruments due to their design. The sounds associated with traditional instruments can be altered and utilized in ways that have never been heard before. There are also digital strings that never break and allow for the instrument to be strummed as seamlessly as the real instrument.

This device is among the many that have begun to revolutionize the way music is played. Devices are not only becoming more powerful and customizable; they are becoming more user-friendly. Instruments are now very flexible in terms of the sound they can produce, making it easier for musicians to create the music they want. Technological instruments are easier to learn and are more connected with the ability to access a variety of different apps and social platforms. All of these new instruments are assisting in the democratization of music by making it accessible for everyone to develop their own unique sound.

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