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Looking forward to sharing my #Wearables thoughts on Nov 18

NSBEI’ll be speaking about the wearables future and the opportunities we all can be a part of. Proud to take part and truly looking forward to the evening.




Emerging TechTalks: Computing Innovation and the future of wearable technology

The NSBE Boston Professionals and Black Techboston are pleased to present the Emerging TechTalks sponsored by Twitter Boston. Join us as we hear from cross-industry entrepreneurs, experts, and innovators on the future of technology and opportunities tech lovers need to know!

This year’s TechTalks will features overview and discussion on Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Wearables.

This Emerging Technology Talk series will offer insight into the future of technology as seen through the eyes of our experts, industry entrepreneurs and innovators!

Date: November 18th
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Twitter – 141 Portland St (Hampshire), Cambridge, MA 02139
Free to Attend – Click to RSVP (Attendees must register to attend)

Details: NSBE Boston Website

The plans for my 15 minutes: The Connected Future. Wearables will affect virtually all professions and how we access just in time information about our location in space and time. From physicians reading lab reports while looking the patient in the eyes, to first-hand coaching and warehouse picking we’ll explore development opportunities in this uncharted space.

#NSBEBoston @NSBEBoston

Juniata Transhumanism Gallery

View From the Poduim #ThroughGlass

View From the Podium #ThroughGlass

The Teachers of the Juniata Transhumanism Conference

Juniate TranshumanismTeachers. I want to offer my single most important take away from the Juniata Transhumanism Conference 2015. Teachers are amazing creatures. I’ll post much more after my mind comes down from way too much time in my car, but for now I want to tell a story that finally, and completely, etched into me the lasting value of teachers.

Don Braxton, the someone or other Professor of Religious Studies at Juniata College, hosted this conference on the future of the technological human. Very interesting to spend 5 days among religion teachers, athethiests, geeks, brilliant kids too and assorted retired, 80 year old engineers. The fact that they listened to and valued my “uneducated” streams of consciousness speaks worlds. But back to Don and Alison.

Alison Earnhart graduated in 07, I think. She was and is a student of Don. She basically teaches geek studies in Austin. Hacking, making and exploring with tech kids. She is one of those brilliant leaders changing engineering education from the lecture halls and memorization of the past to a journey of exploration, failures and learning from those failures. I have no doubt that one or more of her students will change the world.

Alison and Don, her former teacher, met at a conference a few years back and had the germ of an idea for this Transhumanism, H+, conference. They planned it and pulled together the finest meeting of minds which I have ever had the honor to attend. A simple teacher and the product of his life’s work now working together to facilitate more inquiry, more learning, a better future. We often hear of teachers impact on the future but rarely is it so perfectly laid in front of our eyes.

Teachers. They may not be the doers. They may not make the great discoveries. They may not create jobs, directly. They DO the hard work of nurturing, creating the future.

This conference featured many talks on preservation of the mind. Uploading ourselves if you will. Talks on immortality via technological means and of course the moral implications. But my one takeaway.

Teachers are amazing creatures that are already immortal.

Mass Innovation Nights #MIN72

We had another incredible evening of networking and product launches at #MIN72 on March 11, 2015. LogMeIn are wonderful hosts and their multi-tiered space was perfect. I should also mention that the food was spectacular for a networking event and we owe that to Lucky’s Lounge, also the site of our fun after party. Most photos taken by myself with Google Glass and a couple with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Helping Kids Through Glass

We had a great Hangout on Air Friday, March 6 and learned so much from Dr. Joe, Roxanne and Rick. The topic was Kids and the ways Google Glass can be used in education and health. Dr. Joe Cohen discussed his Kiddo EMR practice management tool which utilizes Google Glass for data input. Roxanne Riskin and Rick Sare discussed their series of books built around Glass photos. I have Glass on the Beach and highly recommend it. Roxanne is a learning technologist who speaks to Glass and wearables in the classroom. Other book in the series are here.

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The Brains are Betting on Google Glass


Dr. Ned Sahin

Yes they are, according to a recent article over at Wired. The article titled, Sorry, But Google Glass Isn’t Anywhere Close to Dead, features Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr. Ned Sahin and the work he is doing with Glass and autism.

Ned Sahin is betting the future of his company on Google Glass.

Sahin is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD from Harvard and a masters from MIT, and he recently launched an ambitious startup called Brain Power, building Glass software to help autistic children learn some of the skills they need to interact with those around them.

Ned’s company, Brain Power, is one of the bleeding edge developers who see Google Glass and other wearables at the epicenter of a revolution in health care and communications. I’ve known Ned since we both became early Glass Explorers in 2013 and I am incredibly proud that he is joining me for a Hangout On Air later today. He is at Google for a conference and I hope he can give us some insight into the accessibility futures being discussed.

More from Wired:

But for Sahin and many others running companies developing Glass software for medical, industrial, and other sectors, Google’s eyewear is far from dead. On the contrary, Google is selling these companies as many devices as they need, and by all appearances, it’s ramping up the number of Google employees working to turn Glass into something more than a consumer gadget that looks funny on your face.

“We have unimpeded access to Google Glass units and support,” says Ian Shakil, the CEO of, an outfit offering Glass software designed to help doctors juggle health records. “It’s all a plus for us—except for the fact that we constantly have to field questions from people and customers asking what’s going on with Google.”

Sahin and Brain Power are about to start a clinical trial with Glass at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and he’s visiting Google this week to discuss the device’s future—something he does regularly. “They’re helping to make sure we’re future-proofed,” he says. “People can believe that the device won’t work. But we’re partial to the way Google has done this. And even if Google isn’t behind it, this is an idea that is going forward.”

Join us in the Hangout from our YouTube feed on the Innovator’s Pod site.

Brain Power, LLC


Article by Don Schwartz on Glass Almanac

Design Sprint for Health is Approaching

As we pass the one month point leading up to the DC Wearable Devices Design Sprint for Health, I want to try to convey what your day may be like, should you choose to join us on this journey into the future of Healthcare.

We’ll be gathering at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health at 8am on Friday October 17, 2014. Come bright and early with your laptop! This is after all  the Center for Total Health and we will provide healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks.

This will be a jammed packed day for sharing and working on our visions for wearable devices in Health and Healthcare. The prime purpose, the goal, the take home from the day, is to meet other visionaries like yourself to share aha moments and leave with plans to continue the collaborations which have just begun. We will be designing and coding some, but we expect no finished anything.We do want to pass on the Design Sprint methodology that may, we hope, guide your future product design processes.


Order out of Chaos

Design Sprint, what is that? Google Ventures uses a 5 day design sprint to help startups accelerate or get unstuck during the new product design phase. You can read about it here. We, and most notably Antonio Zugaldia, have participated in or led many one day sprints focused on Google Glass use cases. The one day is a synthesis and has led to actual products such as the NYC City Ride for Glass which helps riders find available bikes and parking locations.

Your day, the short version*.

After the intros and some very cool technology demos, we’ll form teams. Antonio Zugaldia and others will then guide us through a team thought process during which your team will use SCRUM techniques to prioritize and order solutions to a use case scenario which you have put forward during discussions. Picture many post it pads and easels. We’ll conclude with presentations and discussions of the day’s progress.

That’s it. Just a fun day of collaboration and learning.

Who is attending: Med Students, Doctors, Nurses, Developers, Health Care industry business development folks, Engineers and those who want to learn. Won’t you join us?

More information and registration on our event site.



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* More details to follow in the coming days/weeks.

What to bring and prepare?

Android Studio installed if you don’t want to install at the event.

Read about coding for Android Wear and Google Glass

Wearable Devices Design Sprint for Health

We are very proud to be part of the team bringing students, designers, professionals and physicians together for a day to imagine the future of wearables in health.

The full day, Design Sprint, taking place October 17, 2014 at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, will be a jam packed day for meeting and working with DC area professionals and students who share a deep desire to influence the future of healthcare. This will be a focused, guided brainstorming scrum.

“Design sprints are inspired by the iterative, time-bounded, and user-focused aspects of Agile Development and Design Thinking.”



We will be focused on Google Glass and Android Wear and discussing Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and other wearable technologies.

Come prepared to learn, come prepared to contribute. Health professionals in business development, mobile development, doctoring or nursing, come prepared to mentor a team of medical students and coders who need your real world experience to draw upon.

Get all the details and register on our event site. It’s only $5 for early birds!