How GPS affects our natural ability to navigate is a question that has, in recent years, begun to attract the attention of researchers around the world. What they are finding suggests that my experience was not just one novice commuter’s blind spot: Instead, I was one of millions of people for whom technology is disrupting something the human brain is supposed to do well. When we use GPS, the research indicates, we remember less about the places we go, and put less work into generating our own internal picture of the world.
The Ideas sections provides a recap on recent reseach and what we do in fact lose by not activating the navigation bits of our brains.
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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/19 at 05:34 AM |
Directions Magazine is hosting a webinar Aug 22 with Google; it highlights the use of Google Maps for public health in Georgia. Free.
This webinar features Georgia’s Department of Community Health and its use of GaMap2Care to better serve the community’s needs. The application, built with Google Maps, helps officials, lawmakers and the public find information about healthcare facilities, and allows state employees to monitor those facilities.
GaMap2Care facilitates a variety of applications. For example, it’s extremely helpful for people with elderly relatives to easily locate the state’s 2,000 personal care homes, see how far they are from their residences, find stores, churches and other landmarks are nearby and even get a virtual tour of the neighborhood, as well as view inspection reports going back two years. Previously, facilities were listed by county in a document online, but not searchable on a map, and people had to submit an open records request to see inspection information.
Latest tech innovation for care givers? Maps to prevent bed sores:
Technically known as decubitus ulcers, they form when one area of the skin is subjected to too much prolonged pressure. In order to keep them from occurring, hospital staff regularly turn patients over in their beds. The MAP System is designed to aid those caregivers, by providing them with real-time imagery of the pressure points on the patient’s body.
MAP stands for monitor, alert, protect and is a product from Wellsense. A sensor pad fits over a mattress and detects levels at many points creating a map that's displayed on a bedside monitor. The idea is to give the caregiver information on which areas of the body need pressure releived. There's also a countdown clock to indicate the next to turn the patient.
An interactive map of the HIV epidemic in San Diego
is now available for the first time on AIDSVu, the most detailed publicly available maps of HIV prevalence in the United States. The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University launched AIDSVu’s new interactive online maps showing the latest HIV prevalence data for San Diego and 19 other U.S. cities by ZIP code or census tract on National HIV Testing Day as a part of the AIDSVu
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/19 at 03:34 AM |