Visually Impaired Students in Boston Test Innovative Technology

Visus system will provide a solution to better sight.

Did you ever consider that a smartphone might help someone see?

Innovators and entrepreneurs from Visus Technology thought so and created a system designed to help visually-impaired and blind people “see” things in a whole new way, using wireless technology.

Trials of the Visus Visual Assist system took place in July with a group of middle-school aged students in a summer enrichment program at the world-renowned Carroll Center for the Blind, located just outside Boston, Mass. READ MORE…

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Christine Koh – Boston Mamas

For our Boston area readers and, or our friends traveling to the Boston area be sure to check out Christine Koh’s, Boston Mamas blog. Christine’s Weekly Blueprint posts are terrific roundups of Boston area events for the week ahead.

 We think this, “How to Make Butterpost is a hoot, too!

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Verizon Wireless Announces Educational Empowerment Program With Local Boston High Schools

Verizon Wireless announced last week that it’s offering its educational empowerment program at two Boston Public Schools in partnership with Samsung. First introduced locally in 2012 at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the Verizon Wireless Education Empowerment Program is being offered again at O’Bryant and has also expanded to include Boston Green Academy. The curriculum focuses on mobile learning, teaching students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom, preparing them for entering higher education or the workforce.

The program’s signature component is its student application development competition. Ten teams of three students, all selected by the schools’ administration, will work to develop unique app concepts and create marketing plans. Students will attend workshops facilitated by Verizon Wireless team members, covering topics relevant to high school seniors, such as creating resumes and sharpening job interview skills. At the end of the project in May, teams will present their app concepts and marketing plans.

A panel of judges from Verizon Wireless will select the top three finalists of the four-month project and a public online vote will determine first and second place winners. Each member of the winning team will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a new Samsung tablet and Verizon Wireless summer internship opportunities. Each member of the second and third place teams will receive a Samsung tablet.

Educational Empowerment Program Kicks Off at McCaskey High School Campus in Lancaster, PA 
Verizon Wireless, in conjunction with Samsung, kicked off its educational empowerment program at the School District of Lancaster in Lancaster, Pa. The program focuses on mobile learning and informs a select group of 36 students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom to assist in learning and preparing for entering higher education or the workforce.

Since the educational empowerment program was created by VZW in 2011, it has been implemented in 15 high schools in the northeastern United States. VZW selected J.P. McCaskey High School and McCaskey East High School in Lancaster to be the first high schools in Pennsylvania to execute the program, largely based on its progressive and diverse student body.

The program’s signature component is its student app competition, which will have 12 teams of three working to develop unique app concepts, and creating marketing plans and commercials around them, using new 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tablets. Throughout the project, which runs through April, students will attend bi-weekly workshops conducted by VZW team members covering topics such as resume writing, job interview skills, and social media fundamentals.

At the end of the project term, teams will present their app concepts and marketing plans. A panel of judges from VZW will select three finalists and a public online vote will determine first and second place winners. The members of the winning team will receive $2,000 scholarships, new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablets and VZW summer internships. Each member of the second place team will also receive a Samsung tablet. Winners will be named at the McCaskey High School Awards Program May 1.
The program fulfills Verizon’s goals of teaching students about technology, opens them to experiences they wouldn’t ordinarily have, and drives home the importance of continuing their education while fostering creativity and collaboration. In the upcoming weeks, the program will launch in schools in Syracuse, N.Y.; Havre de Grace, Md.; Newark, N.J.; Patterson, N.J.; and Boston.

Educational Empowerment Program Kicks Off at McCaskey High School Campus in Lancaster, PA 

Verizon Wireless, in conjunction with Samsung, kicked off its educational empowerment program at the School District of Lancaster in Lancaster, Pa. The program focuses on mobile learning and informs a select group of 36 students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom to assist in learning and preparing for entering higher education or the workforce.

Since the educational empowerment program was created by VZW in 2011, it has been implemented in 15 high schools in the northeastern United States. VZW selected J.P. McCaskey High School and McCaskey East High School in Lancaster to be the first high schools in Pennsylvania to execute the program, largely based on its progressive and diverse student body.

The program’s signature component is its student app competition, which will have 12 teams of three working to develop unique app concepts, and creating marketing plans and commercials around them, using new 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tablets. Throughout the project, which runs through April, students will attend bi-weekly workshops conducted by VZW team members covering topics such as resume writing, job interview skills, and social media fundamentals.

At the end of the project term, teams will present their app concepts and marketing plans. A panel of judges from VZW will select three finalists and a public online vote will determine first and second place winners. The members of the winning team will receive $2,000 scholarships, new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablets and VZW summer internships. Each member of the second place team will also receive a Samsung tablet. Winners will be named at the McCaskey High School Awards Program May 1.

The program fulfills Verizon’s goals of teaching students about technology, opens them to experiences they wouldn’t ordinarily have, and drives home the importance of continuing their education while fostering creativity and collaboration. In the upcoming weeks, the program will launch in schools in Syracuse, N.Y.; Havre de Grace, Md.; Newark, N.J.; Patterson, N.J.; and Boston.

After surgery, a robot may be at your side In quest for efficiency, savings, hospital is testing at-home mechanical monitors

When Erin Tally took Aidan, her 2-year-old son, home from Children’s Hospital Boston on the day after his urinary surgery, she brought along a new friend: a 4-foot-6, 17-pound, two-wheeled robot to help care for her recovering child. Overthe course of  two weeks and five video consultations, the robot, made by Vgo Communications Inc., of Nashua, eliminated the need for Tally to drive Aidan into Boston every three days for post-surgical checkups.

Vgo Communications worked with Verizon Wireless’s Innovation Program center in Waltham, where the telecom company helps incubate new technologies, to embed Verizon’s cellular communications technology into the robots. Through its connection to the cellular network, a Vgo does not need to rely on Internet broadband connections.

“Eventually, I see a whole fleet of these robots being sent home with patients,’’ said Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of Children’s Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Research and Training Center. “With this technology, we’re going to be able to replace hospital monitoring with home-based monitoring.’’

For more information, please see boston.com.

Verizon Wireless is expanding 4G service west of Boston

Verizon Wireless will expand its 4G LTE network service to an additional 29 suburbs of Boston, most of them west of the city, 4G subscribers will get faster Internet surfing and better video streaming on their 4G enabled smartphones, tablets, and other devices.  Communities set to get 4G coverage tomorrow include:

Ashland, Bellingham, Boxborough, Dover, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Sharon, Sherborn, Stow, Sudbury, Tyngsborough, Walpole, Wayland, West, Bridgewater, Westford, and Wrentham.

Customers can type in their addresses to see if they live in a 4G coverage area here: http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#/coverage

Frank J. Kautz, II, stands with the new Droid R2D2 at the Verizon  Wireless Communications store at 340 Washington Street in Boston. Kautz,  an attorney from Woburn, Mass, was the first customer to purchase the  limited edition smartphone in Boston. He bought the Droid R2D2 for his  wife, a Star Wars fan, to celebrate  her birthday. The Droid R2D2 is  available online at www.verizonwireless.com and  at select Verizon Wireless stores.

Frank J. Kautz, II, stands with the new Droid R2D2 at the Verizon Wireless Communications store at 340 Washington Street in Boston. Kautz, an attorney from Woburn, Mass, was the first customer to purchase the limited edition smartphone in Boston. He bought the Droid R2D2 for his wife, a Star Wars fan, to celebrate  her birthday. The Droid R2D2 is available online at www.verizonwireless.com and  at select Verizon Wireless stores.