Google BikeAround: Street View For Alzheimers

Meet Anne-Christine Hertz, a Swedish inventor who works at Health Technology Centre of Halland. Today, she shares a story of how the Centre used Google Street View to invent a device that helps the elderly with Alzheimer’s.

Every three seconds someone develops dementia, a condition that creates disability and dependency among many elderly people around the world, robbing the memory and judgment of some 40 million people. It’s not only overwhelming and stressful for those suffering, but also their loved ones trying to take care of them.

BikeAround is a new way to actively assist people with dementia, and pairs a stationary bike with Google Street View, that is then projected on a big screen to take patients on a virtual ride down memory lane, letting them pedal around a place they have visited in the past. Find out more here.

What Pinterest’s Hashtag Announcement Really Tells Us

pinterest(11)Pinterest recently announced that hashtags are now a working feature on the platform. The announcement will enable Pinners to easily discover new content, as well as ensure their content is seen by more, yet relevant users.

The focus of the announcement is clearly rested on users, however, the clear winner here is Pinterest.

Worst case scenario, Pinners don’t utilize the feature similar to what occurred with the rollout of the feature by Facebook.

The difference here is that for Pinners, utilizing hashtags on the platform is not too foreign of a concept, as tagging is the common practice on the network.

With many winning scenarios possible, the announcement updates actually provide some indication of what Pinterest would ideally like to see happen with Pinterest hashtags:

1. Pinners are recommended to utilize “no more than 20 hashtags” and to be descriptive as possible.

What this really tells us:

Pinterest would like a robust dataset offering per pin, but has likely figured out internally that anything beyond 20 hashtags is territory of the non-relevant. Building out robust search capabilities by utilizing the behaviors of social media users is tricky, and instructing Pinners to be succinct, yet descriptive, is a strong boundary to establish.

Read the full article here.