As both an educator, an active member and volunteer of the education community, Alefiya Bhatia recognized that it was not always easy for parents to s...
Technology opens up the world for disabled people. Whether it's switching a light off on your own at the end of the night, choosing what channel to watch or being able to communicate, say yes, no or whatever you want - technology brings independence.
In the UK, the NHS talks about putting "patients in the driving seat of their care". Wearable technology, smart devices and online services are the tools we need to make that happen. And we baby boomers are going to be just fine with that.
Quite frankly, I have no desire to display to the world that The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh is currently playing on my personal jukebox, and I'd like it if every fourth Tuesday I didn't have to walk around filled with fear and disquiet because the painters are in and I'm wearing camel trousers.
They're the tangible expression of the breakneck pace of technological change - a pocket-sized device more powerful than the desktop computers of 20 years ago, helping to connect people in ways that were unimaginable even a couple of decades back.
To any non-technical person out there, the large and varied tech sector can be intimidating. So when I arrived at my interview with the Chief Technology Officer of Skyscanner, who has a doctorate from Oxford University, I was a bit apprehensive of sounding like an ignorant fool to say the least.
Since I already own a very fine time-piece, I avoided the bracelet options. And I will never set my Apple watch to display traditional hands or chronograph setting. The Mickey Mouse option? Never!
There's no doubt that wearable technologies have the power to enrich our lives and transform the way we interact digitally. With continuous development and gaining market penetration, the future undoubtedly looks bright for wearable devices. However, while devices are getting smarter, it does not necessarily mean they are secure.
One thing it would be great for during travelling if starting conversations. As with anything new of exciting, the watch is a fantastic conversation opener. Which when you're travelling is fantastic to have.
For great design you need to do a lot of research, a lot of fleshing out ideas, testing and reiterating, pulling together conflicting needs and breaking complex situations to their essential aspects. These are the same skills you hone in theoretical physics.
We are a long way from this becoming a reality and there is still a lot of consideration that must be given to the 'infiltration' of the wearer's space. Especially when we are talking about technology that has not traditionally been used as an advertising platform and where brands run the risk of turning innovation into a negative experience.
They're finally in store and on people's arms. Proud owners seem to gather a crowd of admirers, hanging off their wrists wherever they go, and gossip blogs are wondering which celebs have one. I'm talking about the Apple Watch, of course...
I have spent the best part of six weeks adding comments to many of these stories urging the people writing them to stop and think for a moment what they are saying. Not only was all of this wrong, in many cases it was deliberately misleading. Either that or plain ignorant, but as these were all 'experts' then I'll leave you to decide.
If you want to catch a glimpse of how tech will revolutionise shopping - and so many aspects of our lives - it's worth keeping an eye on the changing habits of our mobile-obsessed teens. Done well, brands can personalise our shopping like never before and create a really enjoyable experience.
In the world of wearables, Google Glass has had a pretty torrid time of it over the last year. One of the first devices to hit the wearables market, its many positives simply couldn't outweigh the laundry list of problems which meant that, for $1,500, it just didn't offer enough to capture the attention of tech-savvy consumers.
Remember when Bluetooth headsets hit the scene, and we all wondered why, all of a sudden, so many people were walking around talking to themselves? I wonder how long it will take for it to become the norm to go about with your eyes glued to your wrist. My guess is probably not that long.