The future of devices for health is not wearables

open hardware wearables in tech

Dozens of new self-tracking wearable devices appear every month. They target health and quality of life applications, from sleep to physical activity. And, they are packaged as smart watches or as standalone pieces, launched under the umbrella of startups and industry leaders alike. Currently, there is no shortage of thoughtfully designed wearable devices promising to improve our health and quality of life, but amidst the ongoing technological deluge—do you think the future will be wearable or anti-wearable?

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The earnestness of being important


How open source search and machine learning are driving insight into what’s important

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” —attributed to Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States

In today’s data-driven, constantly-connected, technology-centric world, we are awash in attention-grabbing content, events, and requests. Like me, I suspect most Opensource.com readers relish this way of life—after all, us technologists created it—except for, that is, when we don’t. We like it if, like Ike, we can properly separate the urgent from the important and use this tidal wave of data to our personal and professional advantage. As data sizes grow, this becomes harder and harder.

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Why now is the time to learn R

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A collection of articles about jobs and careers in open source.

We’ve all heard about big data; over the past few years, many companies have invested in Hadoop, NoSQL, and data warehouses, to collect and store massive volumes of new data. Even when based on open source platforms like Hadoop, these investments can easily measure in the millions of dollars for large companies with new hardware, new staff, and untold person-hours spent implementing new systems and procedures.

Now it’s time for that investment to pay off.

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