More technology at the ball park

Clear, the company that lets people skip the TSA pre-check lines at airports, has announced it is teaming up with Major League Baseball and to introduce biometric ticketing at participating ballparks in 2019. A pilot program will arrive at select venues later this season.

via Fast Company

I just received an envelope of paper tickets for the concert series I attend. I love the idea of not having to keep track of some paper tickets for a few months, but there were problems with the tickets that were issued to me. I wonder whether it will be as easy to discover and correct problems in a biometric system.

Wireless Monitoring

In the age of the Internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. This is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room.

A new paper published by a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can have huge implications for the medical industry because it’ll only make the above scenario easier. This is thanks to new advances in wearable integrated circuits that claim to be the fastest, thinnest, and stretchiest to date.

This report from University of Wisconsin via Gizmodo anticipates wireless monitoring of the data of hospital patients. The article focuses on cumbersome and uncomfortable wires. I'd like to make a pitch for devices like IV alarms to sound at the nurses' station. Those things often go unattended too long.


Dissapointing that the Washington Post's article on the Philadelphia Orchestra's use of the mobile app LiveNote to enhance user experience at performances doesn't seem to have attracted much attention from readers or local arts organizations. There's a really negative reaction in the Post comments, a cursory Tweet from the Post's music critic, and a handful of posts echoing the article's headline. I want to believe that the commenter's objections reflect a general aversion to technology rather than any specific harm. I've not had a chance to use an app like LiveNote, but I can't see that the distractions it may create are more disruptive than the audience conversations, paper rustling, and accidental phone ringing that we are already experiencing. I'd like to see what the app can deliver and how the audience reacts.

Related: Opera on Glass

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