10 June 2012 Last updated at 19:28 ET The number of cases of food poisoning peaks in the summer as germs grow at a quicker rate People are taking more risks with their food as finances become tighter, a Food Standards Agency survey suggests.
Probably can't be used as an insight as it comes from the FSA, but one to be aware of. by Jun 12
This month’s buzz award was won by Google’s secretive Project Glass, a concept in development by Google X Lab that promises to replace our smartphones with augmented reality glasses. It’s anticipated that this exciting futuristic eyewear will be available next year in stores. But Google Glasses are Sony’s Walkman compared to what’s expected to be consumer-ready in the next 5 to 10 years: Project contact lens. You wake up in the morning, rub your sleepy eyes.
Could also be one for technology - I put it here because of the impact this type of technology is likely to have on lifestyle - constanty connected - always able to source info etc. Could be another major tech advancement by May 25
Social control can be done in lots of ways: laws, advertising, culture and peer pressure. Now we can put gaming and mobile phones on the list. John Rula, a graduate student in engineering at northwestern University, and Fabian Bustamante, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, came up with a way to get people to go places they might ordinarily not go. The concept is called "crowd soft control," and combines incentives with mobile applications to nudge people in a certain direction. The researchers used a game, which involved "zapping" ghosts on a campus. The concept is simple: you get points for zapping a ghost when your phone's camera spots one.
A really interesting way of getting people to change their behaviour. If this kind of scheme was used with an environmental focus it could be really effective. by May 25
One was Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard roommate. The other went to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Together, Joe Green and Jim Gilliam want to democratize the most powerful Internet organizing tools. NationBuilder.com
This type of software may help to give consumers more of a "voice" - and help individuals orgabise their movements online. Facebook, twitter and other social media already do this. The difference is that this is specifically a campaign site. It takes money, organises events, tracks top recruiters to the web, has all the built in analytics etc. by May 25