Category : Mobile Apps

“Brain Gyms” May Be the Next Big Business

June 23rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

A Fast Company article this week discussed increased venture capital funding for “brain gyms.” These are subscription websites, originally developed for those with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive difficulties. Interestingly, online game puzzles are finding a growing market for anyone wishing to sharpen their mental abilities. One website ( is pulling 14 million users from 180 […]

Using Phone Data to Track Public Services

June 6th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using Phone Data to Track Public Services

My friend Craig DeLarge linked me to this interesting development in New York City’s underground subway network. One of the issues facing the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been how to provide better predictability in train schedules. Technology now enables us to analyze when and how people lose their phone services when going underground. Urban […]

Digital Niche Construction

May 30th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Niche Construction

Interestingly, and perhaps ironically, people with disabilities have cultivated a sort of “digital niche construction” in order to ensure their continued survival. Similar to how a beaver builds a dam or how a bird builds a nest, digital outcasts must alter their technological environment to remain relevant in the modern ecosystem. This interregnum is where […]