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The Golden Anniversary of Tablet Computing

Pardon me if I resort to reminiscing while writing my inaugural blog, but I want to start at the roots of my technological career. Memories of my first tablet computer are being resuscitated from over fifty years ago. It was invented in relative obscurity in the mid-1950s by Frenchman Andre Cassagnes. But the Ohio Art Company made the Etch A Sketch the must-have mobile device for every budding graphic artist in the early 1960s. I got my “EAS” halfway through first grade.

Escaping the Pitfalls of Technology Training

We all need training at different points in our lives, whether it’s to learn to ride a bike or drive a car, or to stay current in a chosen career; it has to happen. For some, thinking about a training opportunity is uplifting and viewed as a time to engage in a new topic. For others, even thinking about training makes them want to run away screaming and crying.

Tracked Health

There’s a new trend going on in the mobile health world that’s definitely worth looking into – health trackers. No, I’m not talking about the grizzly-haired grandpas looking for furry creatures to make coats. I’m talking about recent increase in small portable devices that can be used to track your sleep patterns, physical activity and other data, such as the FitBit® Flex™, Nike+® FuelBand™, or JawBone® Up™ . I’m personally interested in tracking my sleep pattern, and there are several smartphone and tablet apps available that can do just that.

Usability Testing Primer: What it is and Why We Need It

Not only do mHealth resources need to be engaging, factually accurate, and useful, they need to be usable. What is the difference between useful and usable you ask? Please allow me to step onto my soapbox.

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