Archive for October, 2011

Digital Dreams to Solve Real Nightmares

October 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Dreams to Solve Real Nightmares

A story this week from Wired describes the U.S. Army’s efforts to develop methods for digitally manufacturing dreams. The intention is to soothe the minds of combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a serious affliction where nightmares affect 52% of the patient population. The idea is to “take control of … customized […]

“60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

October 25th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

Last Sunday, the CBS program “60 Minutes” showed a segment on the use of iPad apps among people with autism spectrum disorders. The video is embedded above, with a full transcript available on the CBS website.

What Steve Jobs Meant to Digital Outcasts

October 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

As most folks undoubtedly know, this week the world lost Steve Jobs after his quasi-secretive battle with pancreatic cancer. From a consumer standpoint, Jobs was arguably the most significant business figure of the past quarter century. A number of technology and innovation pundits have already published lengthy blog posts detailing what Jobs meant to the […]

FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

October 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

An article this week on NewScientist Health mentions a recent example of video game creators seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their products as therapeutic drugs. Brain Plasticity (who received $3.65 million in funding in 2010) is a company that has developed a game to help people with schizophrenia improve […]