With the recent announcement of 510(k) clearance of a retinal examining attachment and companion app can we now declare the outcry against the FDA finished?
In a fantastic case of science-fiction-meets-reality, Qualcomm created the X Prize Foundation to challenge developers and innovators to create a Star Trek Tricorder. The prize? $10M!
The topic of this week's post was a bit more challenging than normal. Ever since my inadvertent "reboot" of the Everyday Usability series, my brain was stuck in that frame of mind. Even today I struggled to break my mind from it.
A good friend of mine in high-school was trying to understand the definition of a "hyperbole". Now, if Google would have been sophisticated enough at the time to include the "define:" feature, it would have returned the following for hyperbole: Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. Instead, I got the following nugget of awesome: So it would be like saying I ate a whale, when I really ate a cupcake? I think my response was laughter and "Sure, something like that..."
I think it's high time we start profiling a few applications that have been approved for use by the FDA, discuss their functionality, and potentially profile the impending issues they may encounter.
It has been predicted by many technology pundits that smartphones will be in everyone's hands within the next few years. Of course there will be different flavors of smartphones to adjust to different consumer ranges, but the way of the numpad flip-phones will be left to the late 90s and the 2000s.