Data Collection For Kids

I saw a Youtube video about a company who makes electronic tags that captures everything an employee does and collect data for analysis. Using the tag, they can track if an employee is working, chatting, sitting, standing, idling everyday, and they use this in their offices.

That idea struck me.

What if we could use the same tracking tags to know where, what your kids are doing. Then, at night we could just login to a website where we can see our children’s activities for the day and if they are healthy, studying or just playing games. The data can be represented by pie charts and graphs where we can improve the child’s well-being and know if they are sick, stressed out, bullied, etc.

Therefore, in conclusion, data collection is not evil per se because we can be responsible parents to our small children in order for them to grow healthy mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Invent Something Awesome For 2019

Happy New Year! Ain’t that awesome? Here we are surviving at least to be MORE awesome in 2019!

I challenge you to invent something that will change the world. A machine, a song or even a poem to make people’s lives different (in a good way). Be Steve Jobs, be Nikola Tesla, be a hero! Saving the world is no easy task, but at least we’ve enjoyed the journey towards progress.

Invent to prosper!

Solving The Traffic Problem Using Mobile Apps

The traffic problem is getting worse. As population rise, traffic will become an everyday issue for all of us. Transportation is key to economic growth that is why governments spend huge amounts of money to build bigger roads, sky ways and having electric trains for the future.

So how exactly a mobile app can solve the traffic problem? One word: “Crowdsourcing.” By harnessing the crowd, we can make data be useful and powerful information on how we decide where to go.

As we where coming home from a mall, I noticed an app used by drivers to know which roads are having heavy congestion and which aren’t. So, I asked him how this is possible? He told me that there are buttons which they press to alert all drivers (using the app) where there is low, medium and heavy traffic, and only registered drivers can use this added feature. I was thinking back then that there is already an existing solution to an ubiquitous dilemma.

Therefore, let’s say we design two mobile apps, one for traffic enforcers, and one for the drivers. The app for traffic enforces presses a button about the status of his current location designated to him/her. This data goes to the headquarters for monitoring all of the traffic status on a map. Then, this gives the drivers important information which way to go to their destination. It can also give the time of arrival, if the roads are inundated with floods, road accidents data, and maybe a nationwide breaking news notifications.

This is an effective and most affordable solution that is already existing and proven that governments may adopt to solve traffic crisis.

Partition Backups: Golden Rule

One golden rule in digital computing is to backup, backup, and backup your important data to another drive in case a ransomware attack takes place. In any scenario, backups can even save lives whether you’re working in healthcare or medical institution that is crucial and life threatening.

Backing up documents, spreadsheets and some data is often cared of, but what about the time it cost to reinstall the OS and all the applications needed to function normally? This will drain the working hours just to recover from an eventuality that’s why Partition backups are essential.

Partition backups are backups that stores everything from a hard drive into another disk including the operating system, applications, files and everything. If you need to restore from the backup, you just need one click and wait for it to transfer everything to a new computer and everything will be exactly in its place just like before! The downside is that you may have created the backup WITH the malware installed and so render it quite useless when restoring it. BUT, you can copy individual files from the backup to a stable location.

In the mobile computing age, this kind of backups are rare since there are no (or few I don’t know of?) solution that people actually use. Do you know any device that directly do partition backups of your smartphone or tablet? It will always need a desktop or laptop to do this and thus making the backup redundant (which is not always a bad thing). However, the cost of having another computer just to do partition backups is quite annoying and cumbersome since you have to backup both.

Isn’t there a clever way to streamline the process? Cheaper and more convenient? Like an external hard drive that connects via USB-C at a click of a button?

One-Push Button Pocket WIFI

We need a secure, easy to use mobile WIFI that we can bring anywhere. These are the things I would like for a prepaid pocket dongle:

-Dual-SIM: Where you can use any provider you want, prepaid or postpaid.

-One-push button load: We know that Amazon championed the Dash buttons where you can buy laundry soap at a push of a single button, and they will deliver it to you. When your mobile data is empty, you can just fill it up by a similar one-push button. That’s convenience! (mostly for emerging markets).

-Removable battery.

Here is a render of that one button pocket WIFI:

Health Smartphone

I’ve been evangelizing people about how practical the Apple watch is because of its health related features (even if I don’t own one). I’ve seen people using it and praising it for its health benefits by keeping you fit, and monitor your body for vital signs such as: calories, blood pressure, heart rate, sugar levels, and more. But, these features is confined to watches such as the Apple watch.

What if, you build a smartphone with these features by putting in sensors? Why not? That will differentiate this phone from others and it will also be super useful and brings a lot of value to a common, ubiquitous smartphone that we bring everyday and everywhere.

I’m not against buying ‘another’ device dedicated to this, but it is kind of a an inconvenience bringing two devices and always charging it both.

So, I guess this is kind of a suggestion that make smartphones even do more and help others to be healthy and enjoy life.

Dual-Screen Smartphone

I’ve always wanted a dedicated keyboard. A great solution is to have a second screen that is always-on for notifications, weather report if it will rain, messages, news ticker, a game controller, a finger print scanner, emojis and so on.

A second screen dedicated to these will save battery and you don’t have to unlock your phone while cooking or anything else.

Dual-screen phone

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Fernando L. Cuevas Jr.