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JiboLet me begin by saying that I find Jibo (a little household robot/servant) to be cute, creepy, and provocative.

We’ve been fantasizing about robots for decades, and the connected internet of things joined to intelligent software make these little digital companions a future certainty. This type of device/platform isn’t a fanstasy. It’s inevitable.

The privacy issues make me cringe; though, in reality, this is only an evolutionary step from our existing world of smartphones and other connected devices.

So, what does this Wall*E-like platform do? Watch this video, and then let’s discuss one application that could be pretty significant – patient compliance with taking medications:

Now, imagine an older person – perhaps living alone – that needs to take one or more meds in sequence during the day. If Jibo is there, with a prescription schedule(s) programmed in, then it’s much easier to deliver friendly reminders.

Create digital bridges to wearables (such as Apple’s iWatch and other body-monitoring devices), and some really interesting possibilities open up. Tie this into glucose monitoring devices for diabetes, for instance, or into an on-board blood pressure monitoring device. Pharmacies could interface Jibo to one of those fancy digital pill-bottle caps that can send a signal when it’s time for another pill.

Now you have a (multi-functional and kinda friendly) companion that can talk to you and provide reminders.

Of course, there is the expanded possiblility of video medical consultation, since a device of this sort could both store and upload digitally-gathered body systems data. Jibo becomes the in-house medical information conduit.

Patient–Jibo–Cloud–Doctor. Connected.

The fact is, all of this is coming – we have the various tools and toys already in place for it. Something like a servant-robot could easily tie it all together from an interface point of view.

What do you think? Is Jibo potentially one of the new faces of medicine?

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RobotMy newsfeeds last week were unusually rich with glimpses of the future. I thought I’d share some cool items with you here:

> IBM Developing a Brain-like Chip – 5.4 billion transistors!

> How about a virtual shrink? Meet Ellie

> Siri’s inventors go for much greater intelligence.

> Humans Need Not Apply – here come the robots (after your job, maybe??)

> The robot “swarm” that learns together (I think Michael Crichton wrote a book about this…)

> And, finally, RoboThespian. We’re doomed…

So…are we the latest endangered species? ;>)

 

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AskImpactiviti

As we launch into 2013, I’m going to ask you to do me a very simple favor.

>>When you need advice on a vendor for training, compliance, or digital marketing needs, let’s talk. That’s it! Easy enough, right?

You have a need. I apply my expertise (and that of my vast network) to find you the optimal vendor/partner. Everyone wins.

The Impactiviti network exists to make targeted vendor recommendations. I do the work of intelligently identifying the best resources for you.

You win. The (most suitable) vendor wins. I win when my client and partner win. No tricks, no hard sell. Just expert advice to make your job easier. At no cost to you (I work on a referral fee basis with vendor/partners – a win for them, replacing the overhead cost of new sales).

And every time we brainstorm together, and identify top resources, the entire network gets better. Avoiding faulty decisions and weeding out lousy suppliers – that’s a win, too.

What’s the catch? Well, in 6+ years, I haven’t been able to find one. Nor have the many clients who’ve benefitted from the Impactiviti referral network. But if you really want to put in more time and effort on your own, and not look at recommended options…maybe calling Impactiviti isn’t your best move. ;>}

So, do us both a favor – let’s talk. Whatever need you’re planning for, Ask Steve (phone: 973-947-7429) – I’m happy to brainstorm with you and save you time (and headaches). If you’re within NJ/NY/CT/Philly area, I can also come in and chat.

Outsource failures are far too common. I’m here to help you win!

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Are you looking for:

    eLearning development (courses, simulations, etc.)?
    LMS/portal solutions?
    On-line assessment solutions?
    Webcasting?
    Other technology training solutions?

Contact us here at Impactiviti. We’re pretty tech-savvy and we have a lot of contacts in the training technology field. We’ll save you a lot of time and trouble by walking through your needs with you and identifying the best suppliers.

(Of course, we provide recommendations on FAR more than technology – live workshops, selling skills, curriculum design, leadership development, event training – our network of providers is broad and deep!)

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