Texting while walking: adapting to accommodate technological changes

Texting while walking: adapting to accommodate technological changes

From the abstract: “Mobile phone texting is a common daily occurrence with a paucity of research examining corresponding gait characteristics. To date, most studies have participants walk in a straight line vs. overcoming barriers and obstacles that occur during regular walking. The aim of our study is to examine the effect of mobile phone texting during periods of cognitive distraction while walking and negotiating barriers synonymous with pedestrian traffic.

Thirty participants (18-50y) completed three randomized, counter-balanced walking tasks over a course during: (1) normal walking (control), (2) texting and walking, and (3) texting and walking whilst being cognitively distraction via a standard mathematical test performed while negotiating the obstacle course. We analyzed gait characteristics during course negotiation using a 3-dimensional motion analysis system and a general linear model and Dunnet-Hsu post-hoc procedure the normal walking condition to assess gait characteristic differences. Primary outcomes included the overall time to complete the course time and barrier contact. Secondary outcomes included obstacle clearance height, step frequency, step time, double support phase and lateral deviation.

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Abe Davis: video technology reveals new way to interact with objects

In this TED Talk video, Abe Davis presents a video technology capable to offer new modes of interactions with real-world things – thanks to micro vibrations and hidden properties of objects.

“Subtle motion happens around us all the time, including tiny vibrations caused by sound. New technology shows that we can pick up on these vibrations and actually re-create sound and conversations just from a video of a seemingly still object. But now Abe Davis takes it one step further: Watch him demo software that lets anyone interact with these hidden properties, just from a simple video”.


On radio pioneer Frank Conrad: old new technologies and early adopters

Latest episode of the Roman Mars’ 99% Invisible podcast featured the story of radio pioneer Frank Conrad and offers an insight on the relationship between new technology, early adopters, and explorative “play”.

A story still relevant to understand the present of technology adoptions among tech-amateurs.

If you want to read more on the early era of old  “new” media,  Always Already New by Lisa Gitelman could be the book to start with.

Found on TheNextWeb.