Moving World Wednesday 2013/12/04

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Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!

 

Better design, better health

This interesting article explains the problems which have emerged from the failure of the healthcare.gov website, as emergency workers try and fix the most important (and expensive) website the US government has ever created. Only a small proportion of people intended have been able to successfully complete application processes, and many people are stuck on glitches which mean they are unable to proceed with theirs. Whilst the launch has been riddled with problems, it has rapidly promoted discussion in the US about how governments should work with technology – the successes of the GDS and gov.uk are oft referenced.

In the UK, the Design Council announced a new programme, named A Better A&E, which aims to reduce aggression in A&E waiting rooms, through clear and simple design. After finding that the resulting effects of aggression from patients had cost the NHS £69 million a year, a programme was devised to create a design system meant to inform, educate and calm people while they are in the waiting room. The resulting project was trialled, and found there was a significant reduction in both threatening behaviour and shouting – and thus better healthcare.

 

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

A hacker has released all specs needed to create flying drones that can intercept others and take control. The creator, Samy Kamkar, is a hacker and entrepreneur who previously served a sentence for creating the first Web 2.0 worm, which forced MySpace to shut down and resulted in the fastest spreading virus of all time.

In the same week, Amazon have announced plans to launch delivery drones in a new service called ‘Prime Air’. Incidentally Samy Kamkar mentioned this on his blog stating “How fun would it be to take over drones, carrying Amazon packages…or take over any other drones, and make them my little zombie drones”.

It is widely thought that the move by Amazon is purely an attention grabber, intended for the Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as the system is not viable, certainly not for many years, and also because federal regulations do not allow flights over such populated areas. The tactic seems to have worked, as Amazon stock rose over 1% as the online shopping holiday kicked off.

 

Autonomous vehicles to drive (sorry) innovation

Volvo have announced plans to put 100 self-driving cars on Swedish roads as part of a pilot project. Volvo have said the project, named ‘Drive me’ will be “the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project”. The project is due to start in 2017, and will test how automated cars will benefit society and affect infrastructure and traffic situations.

Whilst many think of autonomous cars driving families on holiday, the rise in autonomous vehicles will not only affect consumers, it is also set to affect the supply chain worldwide.

 

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Ex-Nokia engineers launch new smartphone, Jolla

Forget S, M and L – this shirt comes in 50 sizes

China has successfully launched its ‘Jade Rabbit’ moon rover

Tesla provides Li-ion battery packs to homes to store energy

Sentient code – a look inside Wolfram Alpha’s new computational paradigm

Trippy animations from 155 year old Phenakistoscope ‘gifs’ (link thank to Viivi)

Students work out how to charge mobile phones via Wi-Fi

RBS’s new CEO admits their IT has been ignored for decades after huge failure this week

Amazing shadow sculptures make you look again (link thanks to Rhoda)

Rejoice! USB will now have a reversible plug!

Google admits that Google+ and YouTube integration has caused increased spam

SpaceX puts a satellite in geostationary orbit for the first time

 

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