Abbeyfeale woman gets hip with technology

first_imgNewsLocal NewsAbbeyfeale woman gets hip with technologyBy Alan Jacques – May 7, 2017 1260 Advertisement Brid AherneBrid AherneABBEYFEALE physiotherapist Brid Aherne has won a top prize at a conference for aspiring surgeons in the UK for her e-learning tutorial that helps medical students train in orthopaedic surgery.Brid (35), who went back into education to become an orthopaedic specialist, helped develop software which has since been accepted as part of the curriculum for the University of Bristol.The Limerick woman, now based in Bristol, was recently awarded joint first prize for Medical Students Oral at the Aspiring Surgeons’ Conference run by Britain’s oldest surgical college, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Working with a team of four medical students at the University of Bristol, Brid developed the software with the aim of providing every student equal knowledge about particular orthopaedic surgical techniques, irrespective of their operating theatre experience.Although it does not replace time spent on placement in theatre, the software strongly enhances training, adding another layer that provides not only visual experience, but also acts as a revision resource.“With an ever-ageing population, the management of hip surgical patients, elective or trauma, before, during or after their hip surgery, will be a part of every junior doctor’s workload,” Brid explained.“With this in mind, along with the fact that e-learning is an evolving and expanding resource, we aimed to harness the potential of interactive online learning to increase access to clinical anatomy, surgical knowledge and patient management in orthopaedics”.The project was developed with guidance from orthopaedic surgeons at the university, following research into methods and theories of teaching. The finished software includes anatomical training, an interactive 3D model of the hip joint, and videos of hip surgery with voiceovers. “We hope that our resource will improve clinical practice and the care of orthopaedic patients by providing online resources that augment existing training,” she Alan [email protected] Previous articleHomelessness in Limerick going in wrong directionNext articleThree year funding delay for LEADER projects Alan Jacques TAGSAbbeyfealeBrid AherneBristollimerickRoyal College of Surgeons of EdinburghUniversity of Bristol Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Print Emailcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Governors Urge House to Pass Additional $1 Billion for LIHEAP Funding

first_imgGovernor Douglas and Coalition of Northeastern Governors Urge House to Pass Additional $1 Billion for LIHEAP FundingWaterbury, VT-The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) yesterday (May 29, 2008) urged House leaders to support an additional $1 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as originally proposed by the Senate, in the FY2008 supplemental appropriations bill.CONEG, which is chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, is requesting that the House support allocating these funds equally between the regular LIHEAP block grant and emergency contingency programs, and that such funds are released in a timely manner to address the needs of the most vulnerable low-income households in the upcoming cooling and the heating seasons.”Thanks to financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, our state provides the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household. However, we absolutely need the continued support of our federal partners to ensure this program is able to provide relief to the nation’s vulnerable, low-income households faced with dramatically increasing home energy bills,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.”Approximately 23,000 households in Vermont receive home heating assistance through LIHEAP. This additional funding is vital to supporting our efforts to ensure all eligible Vermonters receive the significant benefit we have been able to provide,” added Pam Dalley, Fuel Assistance Program Chief at the Department for Children and Families.LIHEAP funding is targeted to low-income households that are especially hard hit by high home energy costs. The demand for this highly effective program continues to increase, but the steady rise in prices for home heating fuels has lessened the purchasing power of the LIHEAP dollar. As a result, the average LIHEAP benefit nationwide has decreased since 2006.last_img read more

While many of Danielle Delgado’s peers wanted to become sprinters, she loved jumping over hurdles

first_imgEditor’s note: Prepare yourselves for the spring seasons of Syracuse Athletics with our 2018 season preview series, which will spotlight senior runner Danielle Delgado, next-in-line hurdler David Gilstrap, former freshman tennis standout Miranda Ramirez and Syracuse softball’s sophomore ace, Alexa Romero.Danielle Delgado was never interested in taking the easy route. As an eighth grader in 2010, new to competitive club track and field, Delgado thought the hurdles looked fun and decided to give it a try.By the time she began high school, Delgado had become one of the top hurdlers her age in the country.“Ninety-nine out of 100 kids come in saying they’re sprinters,” Prime Time Track Club head coach Johnny Allen said. “Danielle was the type of young lady who came in, and whatever I asked her to do, she had no problem doing it.”Delgado has translated that mindset to Syracuse University, where she is one of the school’s top hurdlers. Delgado is the only 400-meter hurdler at SU in the last eight years. Additionally, Delgado has competed in eight different events including sprints, hurdles, relays and throwing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Delgado, track has been the focus since she joined Prime Time Track Club along with some of her neighborhood friends from Somerset, New Jersey. She immediately gravitated toward hurdles. She loved the idea of jumping over them during a race.“She liked hurdles more than running,” her mother Yvette said. “We were all surprised when she said ‘I like this’ and we were all like ‘OK’ thinking it would just last a minute.”Track proved to be Delgado’s calling. By June 2010, just after joining Allen’s track club, Delgado won the 100-meter hurdles in the New Jersey state championship and finished fifth in the 100-meter dash. Weeks later, she finished second in the 100-meter hurdles and seventh in the 100-meter dash at regionals, competing against strong track states such as New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.Within two months of joining the team, Delgado was on a plane to Sacramento, California, to compete at the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships.“That was the most nervous I’ve ever felt in all of my track career,” Delgado said. “I wasn’t eating. I didn’t know what to expect.”She always gets nervous before races, Yvette said, but on a hot, sunny day in central California, Delgado did something she had never done in a race before. She fell.Delgado hung with the pack, but she clipped the last hurdle and tumbled forward. Delgado rose to her feet and completed the race last in her heat, finishing 30th of 33 competitors. After two months of near-perfection, Delgado stumbled on the biggest stage a 13-year-old could compete on. Somber and embarrassed, Delgado angrily trudged back up towards the stands of Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College.As she made her way up, Allen met his young runner halfway.“This will not be your last nationals,” Allen said to Delgado.Allen let her pass up to the stands where she sat alone, thinking about the race.“I knew she was devastated,” Allen said.She didn’t want to talk about it. Not that day. But the next morning, Delgado and Allen were eating breakfast in their hotel in Sacramento, and Allen repeated his message.“This will not be your last nationals,” he said.After starting high school, Delgado added the 400-meter hurdles to her repertoire and thrived at it. As a high school freshman, Delgado asserted herself early on as a key contributor.At Prime Time Track Club, she competed against other track clubs in the USA Track and Field circuit. But in high school, everything was public and there were more athletes and therefore more competition.Still, at 14 years old, Delgado finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in the New Jersey state championship, against 17- and 18-year-olds.“It was kind of eye-opening,” said Dashaun Gourdine, head coach of Franklin High School, where Delgado attended school and ran competitively. “She was going to be something special.”Despite her top-level finish at the state meet, against many runners two or three years older than her, Delgado wanted more. On the bus ride back to Somerset, Gourdine remembered talking to his freshman hurdler. She repeated one message the whole ride.“I know I can do better,” Delgado said.And just one month after her high school state meet, Delgado found herself in familiar territory for Allen’s track club. She captured first place in the 400-meter and 100-meter hurdles in the state meet, and first and second respectively at the regional meet to qualify for nationals in Wichita, Kansas.There, Delgado finished 15th in the nation in the 400-meter hurdles, and 13th in the 100-meter hurdles.Delgado returned to nationals a third straight year in 2012, after completing her first year of high school. There, in Baltimore, she finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles despite tweaking her hamstring. Avoiding any further issues, Delgado did not run the 400-meter hurdles.In two years, Delgado moved up 20 spots. She solidified herself on the USA Track and Field track circuit, not just as a short-distance hurdler, but also as a 400-meter-hurdler.“If you mention the 400 to 99.9 percent of athletes, they’ll look at you like ‘Oh no. I don’t do that,’” Allen said. “It’s a test of your will. The 400 is a gruesome race. Now you’re talking about doing hurdles. Now you have to be jumping over obstacles. It’s the premier race of track and field.”“Danielle is that quiet storm,” Allen added. “She had an attitude of ‘ I want to succeed. I want to accomplish.”At Franklin, Delgado thought she would focus more on short-distance hurdles, as it was what she enjoyed much more. Gourdine was determined to change that.He started training Delgado in the 400-meter hurdles, despite some pushback on her part. Gourdine convinced her to hop in a race just to try it and see how went. She competed and finished in a very solid time, Gourdine said, but Delgado didn’t want any part of it.“She was like ‘I’m never doing that again,’” Gourdine remembered Delgado saying. “’That hurts. Oh my gosh. You’re crazy coach.’”But he convinced her to stick with it, adding that the 400-meter hurdles would boost her short-distance hurdling. Gourdine even convinced her to quit cheerleading, which she had done since the second grade, in order to run cross country in the fall and get in better shape before track season.“I didn’t think I could run anything longer than a 400,” Delgado said.She did not like cross country, Yvette, said. But it would improve her fitness and help her reach the next level. She swapped pom-poms for five-kilometer races and a weight room, and she began to drastically improve. Her times dropped drastically and she began receiving interest from college coaches.By senior year, Delgado was competing to be the top hurdler in New Jersey, something she had been constantly chasing since she began running in middle school. And that year, that dream looked attainable.But when the Meet of Champions – the New Jersey state championship – came around in May that year, Delgado came up just short.“I had my heart set on that,” Delgado said. “It took four years.”Later that month, Delgado ran the 100-meter hurdles in the Group 4 sectional meet. After coming up short in the state meet, Delgado felt she had everything to prove, but when the gun went off, Delgado found herself immediately at the back of the pack, and still behind at the 50-meter mark.But after clearing the middle hurdle, Delgado surged. She didn’t notice herself passing anyone. She looked straight ahead, not expecting to see her name in first place. When she finished, tired and out of breath, she didn’t think that she won, but everyone else knew she did.She finished the race in a personal-record time of 13.85 seconds. No one else broke 14.“When she crossed the line I was like ‘Woah!,’” Gourdine said. “‘Did she just run what I think she ran?’”Delgado ran to her head coach and gave him a massive hug, crying against his body.“I’ll never forget that race,” Gourdine said. “It was just me and her, after going through four years.”When Delgado arrived at Syracuse three years ago, her focus shifted back to short-distance hurdles. She stopped running the 400-meter hurdles and when that stopped, Delgado didn’t race as well as she once did. It wasn’t until her junior year that she and Syracuse assistant coach Dave Hegland discussed bringing it back into her routine.“She struggled a bit her first year or two in the 100 hurdles,” Hegland said. “So we thought that was an area she could score points in.”And she did just that in the 2017 Outdoor ACC Championships. While Delgado did not score in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor ACC Championships and in the 100-meter hurdles at the outdoor championships, she placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles.“I ran, really, in a way that I’ve never ran before,” Delgado said. “Once I got the breath to actually look at the clock, I was in complete shock.”Now, as a senior, Delgado is primed to be one of SU’s key contributors as one of its most diverse talents.In two meets through this indoor season, Delgado finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at the Albany Great Dane Invite and first in the same event at the Upstate Challenge in Cornell.Throughout the outdoor season, Delgado will be called upon for hurdles and relays of varying distances. At practices, while many of her teammates are running 200-meter repeats, she will be doing the same, but with hurdles in between.Allen remembers that morning in Sacramento, explaining to his young runner that one bad race was not the end of the world. After all, she’d only been running at a highly competitive level for two months.“To see her come back from that moment in Sacramento,” Allen said, “… she has been to the nationals ever since that day. There has not been a year that she did not qualify for nationals. That’s special.” Comments Published on January 21, 2018 at 10:03 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgIn the match between Alchemy and Avon, Sodiq Rabiu also played a key role as Alchemy triumphed despite falling to two-goal in the first chukka. He scored two great back-hand goals to keep his side in the game.The match between Jericho and BUA was heading the former’s way as they raced to a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals by Edozie Onwuli and team captain Koyin Owoeye but Abba Dantata and Baccha Mustapha had the final say as they scored the fourth and fifth goal in the final chukka which began with scored level 3-3.Quite remarkably, 11-year old Selim Dantata also played a key role in the win on a day he showed that he has the potential to join the fold of polo players lighting up the Nigerian polo stage from the Dantata clan.There are four matches lined up for Wednesday with the match between Lagos RCF featuring Natalie Allen, the only female player in the tournament battling Lagos Lameana.Allan, who made her debut last year, is hoping to turn on the style once more as she hopes to come out victorious with her team in this clash.“I’m excited to be playing again and I’m looking forward to a good game. Playing with Yusuf Katako and ‘Boy Wonder’ Timi Badiru will be a great experience for me. This year’s competition is fierce and we are looking for goals and looking to prevent goals as well because qualification will boils down to how many goals you scored in the matches you won and how many were scored against you Tuesday by beating Lagos Avon and Ibadan Jericho.Other matches on the card for midweek will see Kano Hago tango with Port Harcourt Strata base while Lagos Anglestone will face Ibadan Eleyele.The final match of the day promises to be explosive as Lagos STL face off with Lagos Twin Water.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos Alchemy, Kano BUA in Triumphant StartA last minute brilliant solo goal by Ashraf Yahaya secured a 6-5 win for Lagos Alchemy as they edged Lagos Avon as the 2018 Lagos Polo International Tournament got underway yesterday.In another Silver Cup match, Kano BUA also clawed back to beat Ibadan Jericho 5-3 in the opening match of the two-phase tournament which has GTBank as main sponsor.last_img read more


first_imgTHE Milford Ladies team ensured their Ulster journey lasted for another week as they claimed their place in next Saturday’s semi-final with a comprehensive win over St. Joseph’s of Antrim on a scoreline of 7-5 to 2-9.Played in front of a large and enthusiastic home crowd, Milford started the game nervously and were two points down after ten minutes.After that though it was all one way traffic towards the St. Joseph’s goal as Milford set about dominatinating the game. Amber Barrett and Aisling McBride were causing chaos for the St.Joseph’s full back line while Caoimhe Barrett was pulling the strings from centre forward.The move of the first half came when Claire Murray brilliantly performed a double block which resulted in a sweeping move up the field and less than ten seconds later the ball was in the back of the net for Milford’s 4th goal.Two more were added before the break to leave the half-time score 6-2 to 4 points.As expected St. Joseph’s came back strongly in the second half as they chased the game and the Milford defence withstood the siege brilliantly while the forwards added another 1-3 to ensure that they were always just that too far ahead. St’ Josephs did score two goals in the last five minutes but at that stage the game was already won and Milford were looking forward to next week’s semi-final against the winners of Donaghmoyne and Strabane Siggersonns.Every player gave a brilliant performance and special mention should be given to Joey McFadden who decided at the last minute to forgoe her friends wedding in order to fill the vacancy left in goal due to the unfortunate absence of Denise Gallagher. LADIES GAA: MILFORD WIN AGAIN TO QUALIFY FOR ULSTER SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES GAA: MILFORD WIN AGAIN TO QUALIFY FOR ULSTER SEMI-FINALlast_img read more

Springboks lend a hand in Queenstown

first_img22 October 2013The South African Rugby Union’s Footprint Programme paid a second visit to the Eastern Cape last week to deliver the latest rugby coaching techniques and skills to schoolboys and coaches.Springboks Francois Hougaard, Flip van der Merwe, Jan Serfontein and Bjorn Basson coached more than 170 schoolboys and 50 school and club coaches during a coaching session in Queenstown.They were assisted by Springbok assistant coaches, Johann van Graan, Ricardo Loubscher and John McFarland.Mastering basic techniquesThe Springboks demonstrated to the local coaches how to master basic technical techniques in areas, such as tackling, scrumming, lineout play and the breakdown.In July, the Footprint Programme paid its first visit to the Eastern Cape in Mthatha at the behest of the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.The Eastern Cape Sports Department is also assisting the South African Rugby Union (Saru) to prepare the Springbok Women’s Sevens squad to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The assistance includes scientific support, fitness and conditioning training.Rassie Erasmus, Saru’s general manager for high performance, got the two-day symposium underway when he addressed the eager local schools and club coaches on the proper tackling and breakdown techniques.DemonstratedDuring the practical session, the Springbok players and coaching staff demonstrated those techniques to the learners and coaches at a community field, with a happy local crowd following every move on the field.Afterwards, lock Flip van der Merwe said he and his teammates enjoyed the session as much as the schoolboys and the coaches.“This is a great initiative and it is wonderful to see eagerness amongst the kids and their coaches to learn.“We seldom get the chance to visit areas such as Queenstown, and the reception we got from the local community and kids was amazing,” he said.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

Legal with Leah: New budget includes nuisance lawsuit protections

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentSome aspects of the new two-year state budget will better protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits. Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis visits with Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Media Relations Ty Higgins about the language included in the budget and its importance to agriculture.Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.TranscriptionTy Higgins: In mid-July, Ohio legislators passed a new two-year, $69 billion state budget. It was signed by Governor DeWine shortly thereafter. The budget, as you might expect, mostly consists of a lot of numbers, adding some funds to programs, taking away funds from others. There’s also some language in the new budget that will be better protecting farmers from nuisance lawsuits. That’s our topic for this week’s Legal with Leah. Along with Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis, I’m Ty Higgins and Leah, you and I visited about there being an affirmative defense for farms enrolled in an ag district with some caveats. That came up not long after Toledo voters passed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights back in February. How does this budget address issues like LEBOR?Leah Curtis: So what the budget did was it changed the nuisance protection just slightly so it does still apply to those who are enrolled in an ag district but also now would apply to those who are qualified and enrolled in the Current Ag Use Valuation program which a lot of people are going to do because it does make their taxes a little better. And so it just expands it a little bit and reduces a little bit of that paperwork burden. If you’re already enrolling in CAUV, you don’t have to also necessarily enroll for the affirmative defense in the ag district. It removed a couple of the requirements as well, so it should be a little bit easier to take advantage of and that way farmers will be able to use the defense when a nuisance lawsuit comes around. Now again as we’ve always said with the LEBOR situation, we don’t know for sure that those lawsuits would be considered nuisance and whether this defense would be the slam dunk. But as I always say as lawyer, I want every farmer to have every tool in the toolbox that they can and so if there’s any chance it would work, we want farmers to be able to use this and have this at their disposal as needed.Ty Higgins: And there are other tools. What are other affirmative defense examples that can apply for farmers?Leah Curtis: So there’s a few. If you have a concentrated animal feeding operation permit through the large livestock program at ODA and you are acting in accordance with that and the best management practices in that permit, there is an affirmative defense under that. There’s also one for any claims that are related to the spreading of fertilizer, so long as you have an approved NMP (nutrient management plan) and you’re acting in accordance with your plan. That happened in compliance with the fertilizer certification program. And then lastly if you are sued for a nuisance claim related to manure, and again you have an approved NMP and you’re acting in accordance with it, then there also may be an affirmative defense available for you in that case.Ty Higgins: The one thing we really want to stress here to our members is that affirmative defense in all of its forms doesn’t prevent someone from suing you.Leah Curtis: Yes. So a lot of people will say this is a complete defense. I don’t like the word complete because the fact is that a defense…you can use it once somebody sues you but you can’t stop somebody from filing a lawsuit. That would violate their constitutional rights to access the courts. So it is there, once the lawsuit is filed, to help get that lawsuit taken care of in a more quick manner, hopefully reduce the need for lots of attorneys fees and get you out of the courthouse as quickly as possible.Ty Higgins: Leah Curtis is policy counsel with Ohio Farm Bureau. This has been Legal with Leah. Thanks for listening. I’m Ty Higgins. We’ll see you down the road.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Striving for Passive House in Ohio

first_imgIn early November, when it broke ground on a three-bedroom, two-bath home in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Green Generation Building Company began a careful and, the company’s principals hope, certain march to Passive House standards.Completion is inspected in July, although the 1,800-sq.-ft. house is far enough along to be listed for sale, at $290,000, and open to visitors during a civic celebration called the Yellow Springs Street Fair, which is scheduled for June 12. Green Generation’s president, Andrew Kline, an Antioch College graduate who co-founded the company with his wife and father-in-law in 2009, told the Yellow Springs News that the durability and energy efficient performance of the house are not only good for the buyer, they’re in line with his approach to environmental issues.“Antioch was the pivotal moment where I realized what’s happening in the world with respect to the environment,” Kline told the paper. “That’s where I got the idea to mix an environmental ethic with our construction practices, to fuse an environmental consciousness with real-world, tangible, practical things that we use every day, like buildings.”The path of maximum thermal resistanceKline teamed up with Green Generation’s design director, Alex Melamed, and Passive House consultant and engineer Eric Lang to develop a design and construction strategy for the house, which includes TJI truss-joist framing for the floors and roof, and structural insulated panels for the walls. The roof was insulated, with about 2 ft. of blown-in fiberglass, to R-100; the floors and walls were insulated to R-50.Kline notes in a blog on the company website that SIPs offered a couple key advantages for this project: very good airtightness and relatively quick assembly. He also has been documenting the build in considerable detail via posts and progress photos on Facebook: click here for a look.Should the house, the company’s first, eventually become certified by Passive House Institute US, it will be the first new single-family residence in Ohio to meet the standard, and Kline, at age 29, will be among the youngest Passive House builders in the Midwest.last_img read more

Xbox Kinect: Microsoft’s Key To The Living Room?

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Kinect#Microsoft#Xbox 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout So far, the market has responded. Projects like OpenKinect have spawned dozens of interesting uses of the original Kinect sensor, including virtual touchscreens and three-dimensional image tracking that works in the dark. It probably won’t be long before the Ouya has its own Kinect hack. With the addition of official support and upgraded hardware, Kinect for Windows should encourage those developers to productize their work, and attract a lot more interest from commercial developers. The $200 device provides a standard platform with a high-quality camera, skeletal tracking, face and voice recognition, and a wealth of development tools and support. Its camera alone is probably worth the cost. Kinect-ing With Physical TherapyLate in 2012, the Department of Defense expressed some interest in using the Kinect for therapy. The DoD found the Kinect particularly interesting for the ongoing treatment of remote patients, or those who wanted to maintain anonymity while undergoing care. The economics of the system make sense (the costs of just a few patient transports could easily pay for a Kinect and PC), and Microsoft is pursuing the deal aggressively.Medicine is a big market for the Kinect. Tokyo Women’s Medical University is currently using Kinects as part of its Opect project (see video here), which lets surgeons access information in a hands-free, Minority Report style that doesn’t contaminate their hands.While medical uses make better PR than an automatic Nerf gun turret, they still doesn’t get the Kinect into the average living room.For that, we’ll need an entirely new killer app. If Microsoft gets really lucky, that app might come from crowdsourcing. But the more likely source is a certain television manufacturer with a dislike for Apple and Sony. See more Kinect coverage on ReadWrite. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App cormac foster It’s official. Long after the XBox 360 is relegated to scrap heaps and Gamestop bargain bins, the Microsoft Kinect – the XBox peripheral that lets you control the action with body movements alone – will be going strong.A Mediocre Game ControllerTo tell the truth, the Kinect is a pretty ho-hum video game controller. It works with a fairly weak selection of game, given how long  it’s been on the market, largely because blockbuster games generally require the kind of pinpoint control you can get only from a joystick or control pad. Microsoft may be working on games that take better advantage of the Kinect hardware, but that’s not the point. The point is that the Kinect is a cheap, open, powerful piece of hardware with a life beyond video games. It’s been hacked in a number of ways since its inception, and with October’s launch of Kinect for Windows, Microsoft is fulfilling the promise of its SDK and throwing the company’s weight behind the effort in a big way.Microsoft Moving Beyond The XboxMicrosoft’s emphasis on the Kinect makes sense. The XbBox has been wildly successful within the high-end game market, but that covers only a fraction of total households. To earn the company’s SmartGlass system a spot in non-gamer living rooms, Microsoft needs a central piece of hardware, and an open Kinect gives it an in that Apple and Google can’t currently match. On the back-end, Microsoft is positioning the Kinect as a boon to revenue-hungry content providers, but on the demand side, it’s hoping the market will take care of things on its own. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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