Sunday, July 9, 2017

Selecting a ‘Smart’ Hat to Match Your Other Wearable Accessories

Have you heard about ‘Smart’ Hats? They are one of the latest trends in wearable technologies.

Those of you who have read my previous posts on ‘Smart’ Fishing Rods, ‘Smart’ Kayaks, ‘Smart’ Guns, and ‘Smart’ Hiking Sticks - you know I really don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m just not a big outdoors-man and don’t really like to fish, hunt, hike, or paddle around in a kayak. I much prefer to stay at home and read about these topics or watch YouTube videos about them. However, I do know how to put on a hat.

Nowadays, whenever I go out to play tennis, ride around in my boat, or watch a ballgame, I tend to put on a hat – usually one of my favorite ball caps. I wear one not only because my doctor says to, but I also want to hide the growing bald spot on the back of my head. Now I have many other reasons to wear a hat - we now have ‘smart’ hats.

Definitions – Hats vs. ‘Smart’ Hats
  • Hat - A head covering which is worn for various reasons, including protection against weather conditions, ceremonial reasons, religious reasons, safety, fashion or…
  • Smart’ Hat - A head covering with built-in technologies such as biometric sensors, fitness tracking software, bluetooth communications… and more.

Examples of ‘Smart’ Hats

The following are excerpts from some recent published articles about ‘smart’ hats - whether they be ‘smart’ ball caps, ‘smart’ hard hats, wearable fitness tracking caps, or …

  • LifeBEAM offers a wearable ‘smart’ hat containing a fitness tracker measures your heart rate, cadence and calorie consumption, then transmits your performance to your smartphone, smart watch, or home computer.
  • Spree Smartcap uses biometrics with medical grade technology to measure heart rate, movement and body temperature. It syncs with your smartphone to track your workouts, showing the progress toward your fitness goals in real-time.
  • Smart-hat A startup company developing a ‘smart’ cycling helmet that includes a variety of road safety features including: indicators, brake lights, headlight, camera, drop down visor and wiper system!
  • Daqri They have developing an Android version of the ‘smart’ hard hat that is packed with sensors, a camera, and heads-up visor display.
  • SmartCap They have produced a ‘smart’ cap for vehicle drivers or operators of heavy vehicles that provides real-time measurements of fatigue, based on direct physiological measurement rather than estimation via measures of related symptoms.

Other ‘smart’ hat products you might want to look at include Forestfish Bluetooth Baseball Cap and the Zero Wearables who are currently running a Kickstarter campaign for development of their smart baseball cap.

The 1st generation of ‘smart’ hats are now here – but imagine what technologies and capabilities the next generation of ‘smart’ hats will include. For example – think augmented reality software, artificial intelligence (AI), interconnected wearable ‘smart’ clothing, interface to your self-driving vehicles, drones… and to your ‘Smart’ Fishing Rods, ‘Smart’ Kayaks, ‘Smart’ Guns, ‘Smart’ Hiking Sticks ... Will the wonders never cease.

As I said before, whenever I go outside nowadays to play tennis, ride around in my boat, or watch a ballgame, I now tend to grab my ‘smart’ hat – in addition to my ‘smart’ glasses, Fitbit wristband, smartphone, and ...

* Check out the Summerton SC Blogspot for more articles about Smart Technologies & Accessories

Saturday, July 8, 2017

News and Blogs about the Creative Arts

Interested in knowing more about the Arts? The following are selected links to selected news and blogs focused on innovation and the Creative Arts that are posted on the web site of the Lake Marion Artisans in Summerton, SC.  Check out the following:

Creative Arts News Sites

  • Art in America - An online magazine providing news and information on Art in America.
  • The Art Newspaper - Reporting on old art, new art, decorative art, the commercial and the non-commercial world or art.
  • SC Arts Alliance - State and national news about creative arts activities.
  • SC Arts Hub - Information and news about the arts in South Carolina.
  • Smithsonian Magazine - Latest articles on Art & Culture.

Creative Arts Blogging Sites
  • ArtistsNetwork - Top art blogs from the ArtistsNetwork, connecting artists with new ideas, inspiration, instruction, technology, and other resources.
  • The Southern - Art Blog - A blog on recent works and activities of artists in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Computer Arts Blog - Providing creative opinions and guidance about web design, graphic design, 3D art, and more.
  • Creator's Project - Blogs for artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology in innovative ways to push the boundaries of creative expression.
  • Design Observer Blog - Blogs on creative art & design and our changing culture.
  • TED Blogs - Ideas worth spreading by artists that are posted on the Technology, Entertainment  & Design (TED) blogging site.

* Also, check out the Summerton SC Blog for more articles about the Lake Marion Artisans.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Organizations Must Go Online to Compete and Survive in 21st Century

By now it should be very apparent to every business and organization in Summerton that they need to get online to survive and thrive in the 21st Century ‘Information Age’. That means putting up a web site and a social media page, e.g. Facebook, Twitter. That way, when people search for the nearest pharmacy, hardware store, restaurant… in Summerton, our local businesses will pop up. They won’t be directed to Santee, Sumter, or elsewhere.

Fortunately, over the past few years, a growing number of local businesses and organizations have taken the first steps to go online. For example, check out the home page of the online Summerton Weekly News. You will find links to many of these organizations there. Some of the more recent new sites include the Town of Summerton, the Lake Marion Artisans, Historic Summerton, and much more.

You no longer need to hire a company to help you get your business online. There are now easy to use software tools that you can use to build a web site from various organizations like Go Daddy and Google Sites. Facebook and Twitter both allow you to set up social media sites using their free, built in tools. It’s no harder to set up a web site than it is to use Microsoft Office. It’s time to get started NOW.

Need help, ask those around town that have already put up a web site or social media page. There’s a growing community of individuals and organizations in Summerton that have already moved forward.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Summerton SC 'Green' Technologies & Solutions web site

Check out the new Summerton SC: 'Green' Technologies & Solutions web site. 

The goal of this web site is to help provide information to citizens and the business community in Summerton and the surrounding Santee Cooper Lake Country in South Carolina on 'green' technologies & environmental solutions that can  improve our quality of life, reduce energy costs, protect our environment, and help our country become less dependent on costly foreign energy suppliers.  By collaborating on the identification, acquisition, development and deployment of innovative ‘green’ solutions and sharing resulting knowledge, software, and technologies with the larger community—we will all reap the benefits. Also, send us your feedback and suggestions for links to add to the site.

Lake Marion Artisans Help Sponsor Upcoming Summerton SC 'Health Fair'

LakeMarion Artisans will help sponsor the Summerton Health Fair, to be held at Clarendon District 1 Resource Center Gymnasium on July 29, 10AM to 2PM. All residents of Summerton and the surrounding area are invited to attend. Hope Health (formerly Black River Health) will be doing free screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure and BMI. Other organizations who will attend and give free information on health and well-being include American Red Cross, DHEC, Rape Crisis Center, Alzheimers Association, Agape Hospice, Wateree Community Action, Clarendon Women’s Shelter, Southern Lakes Physical Therapy, Dept of Social Services, McLeod Clarendon Hospital, DHHS, and more!

Sponsors besides the Gallery include the Resource Center, Hope Health and Bank of Clarendon. Hope Health is only charging us $5 per test, but we feel that even that small amount might preclude testing for folks on a fixed income. So, the Lake Marion Artisans Gallery 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is soliciting donations for the cholesterol testing.

Also, remember TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS may be made to Lake Marion Artisans Gallery, PO Box 541, Summerton, SC 29148 or given to a member at the Gallery at 108 Main Street, Thursday-Saturday 11AM-3PM.

Congratulations to Lake Marion Artisans Carol Swartz and Judy Latham!

Congratulations to local Artists Carol Swartz and Judy Latham!
The Sumter County Gallery of Art is hosting its annual Sumter Artists Guild show from now until August 22.  The Guild has a membership of over 100 local artists. The show represents several pieces from a variety of artists which span many different styles and media.  Carole Swartz and Judy Latham from Lake Marion Artisans Gallery are Sumter Guild members and have work on display. Judith was awarded second place in the Sumter Guild Show for her "Raku masks on the Expressions of War Series". The Gallery is located at 200 Hasel Street We think you will agree that we have some very talented folks at Lake Marion Artisans Gallery which is located in historic downtown Summerton, SC.


New Doings at the Lake Marion Artisans Gallery in Summerton, SC

Free Wifi
We are pleased to announce that the Lake Marion Artisans Gallery in downtown Summerton now offers free WiFi service. A wonderful donor saw that we are doing positive things for the community and would benefit from being able to provide wifi for both our members and visitors. Also remember to visit the Lake Marion Artisans web site when you go online. They also have a Facebook page, Twitter site, and YouTube video channel now.

Lending Library
Summerton does not have a library so the Artisans Gallery decided to help fill the void. Thanks to our members and friends of the Gallery who have given us books, we now have a lot of fiction, non fiction and cook books to lend. In fact, we could REALLY use another bookcase if you have one to donate. Children’s books would be greatly appreciated. Also, remember all donations to the Gallery are tax deductible.

Nature and Wildlife Galore around Santee Cooper Country by Lake Marion, SC

Birders and other Wildlife Enthusiasts! Visiting South Carolina soon? Check out the diverse wildlife in federal, state, and local parks around around Lake Marion, Santee, and Summerton S.C.

Wildlife traditionally refers not only to non-domesticated animal species, but also generally includes all plants, fungi and other organisms which grow or live wild in an area not inhabited by humans.

Wildlife can be found in many diverse ecosystems such as deserts, forests, rain forests, plains, swamps, grasslands, and other areas. Each may have very distinctly different forms of wildlife.
Other Selected Information Sources
* For more detail see Summerton SC Nature & Outdoor Recreation web site and related articles posted on the Summerton SC Blogspot.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What the Heck is 5G and Why Should I Care?

The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance says that 5th Generation (5G) mobile telecommunications networks should be rolled out across the US by 2020 - to meet changing business and consumer demands.

  • 3G gave us the ability to send both Text and Pictures.
  • 4G gave us Streaming Video capabilities.
  • 5G wiill enable live-streaming Virtual Reality and real-time tracking of every connected device. In other words, 5G will help enable the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).

This will be another major step forward in the evolution of ‘smart’ technologies as we head to 2050. Read What Will Life Be Like in 2050

Pay attention! The jump to 5G networks is going to be ‘huge’.

Preliminary High Level Predictions about Life in the Year 2100

I have previously written a series of articles about Technology Advancements and Life in 2050. In this article a first attempt is made to project even further into time and make predictions about life by the end of the century – Year 2100. By then we will have completed the transition from a Type 0 to a Type 1 Civilization.

  • A Type 0 civilization extracts its energy, information, raw-materials from crude organic-based sources, e.g. food/wood/fossil fuel/books/oral traditions; pressures via natural disaster, natural selection, and societal collapse creates extreme risk of extinction; it's capable of orbital spaceflight; societies that fail to improve social, environmental and medical understanding concurrently with other advancements, frequently accelerated their own extinction.
  • A Type I civilization extracts its energy, information, and raw-materials from fusion power, hydrogen, and other "high-density" renewable-resources; is capable of interplanetary spaceflight, interplanetary communication, megascale engineering, and interplanetary colonization, medical and technological singularity, planetary engineering, world government and trade, and stellar system-scale influence; but are still vulnerable to possible extinction.
  • A Type II civilization extracts fusion energy, information, and raw-materials from multiple solar systems; it is capable of evolutionary intervention, interstellar travel, interstellar communication, stellar engineering, and star cluster-scale influence; the resulting proliferation and diversification would theoretically negate the probability of extinction.
  • A Type III civilization extracts fusion energy, information, and raw-materials from all possible star-clusters; it's capable of intergalactic travel via wormholes and intergalactic communication, galactic engineering and galaxy-scale influence.
  • A Type IV civilization extracts energy, information, and raw-materials from all possible galaxies; it's effectively immortal and omnipotent with universal-scale influence, possessing the ability of theoretical time travel and instantaneous matter-energy transformation and teleportation, moving entire asteroid belts and stars, creating alternate timelines and more.

Predictions for the Year 2100

The following are a preliminary set of high level predictions of life in the Year 2100:

Global Population

It is predicted that the global population will be close to 12 billion by 2100, barring any unforseen major pandemic or major extinction event. Over 80% of the world’s population will live in urbanized areas where ‘Smart Cities’ will house the bulk of the world's population. Networks of metropolitan regions linked by new forms of government, transportation, communication, and economic systems. By 2100, governments around the world will be using various forms of population control, e.g. preventive medical solutions, legally approved coercion, re-engineering social norms. Technology will allow us to overcome language barriers allowing people to communicate anyone in the world – and to communicate telepathically.


Demand for Food and Water resources will grow substantially as the global population increases substantially by the end of this century. High-tech solutions, precision farming systems, use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), expansion of urban farming techniques… will all be needed to boost yields several times over to meet the growing global demand. Expect to see widespread use of drones, robots, artificial intelligance (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous self-driving farming vehicles, global weather control, and many other new technologies designed to meet the needs of the large scale corporate farms of the future. Today’s scarce fresh water resources will be vastly expanded by low-cost desalinization technologies that will convert sea water into potable water.

Business & Manufacturing

Global standards will be in place for all sectors of the economy, e.g. technology, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications. Use of Smart 3D Printers, Robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Advanced Manufacturing Techniques... will dramatically transform manufacturing by the end of the century. Many new and almost unimaginable ‘smart’ materials and technologies for building housing, making clothing, manufacturing cars... will be developed and put into use. Much of the workforce will use augmented and virtual reality technologies to perform their work remotely in most industries, e.g. education, healthcare, research, manufacturing, retail, transportation... both on Earth and off-planet.


A new global ‘digital’ currency and a more secure monetary system will have emerged and taken hold by the end of the century. Use of coins and paper money will be a distant memory. New and continuously evolving global financial systems will draw heavily upon the use of new technologies, e.g. Blockchain, ‘Bitcoins’, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Crowdfunding, Implantables, Sensors, Smart ‘Wallets’... Tens of thousands of bank branch offices will close and most accounting jobs will disappear. Collaboration, 'Open' Solutions, and Continuous Innovation will remain key management strategies for success throughout the 21st century.


Education will be free for everyone and human illiteracy will have been eliminated around the world. Access to free, continuous life-long learning opportunities will be available for all as the rate of change continues to accelerate. humans to adapt to the global economy. Many new technologies like implantable computer-brain interface technology, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G Internet, virtual and augmented reality systems, free and ‘open access’ to research and educational materials… will all play a role in revolutionizing the education system, and eliminating the cost of acquiring knowledge and becoming more productive in the future.


The official end of the 'Oil Age' and use of fossil fuels on Earth will have occurred back in 2050. A range of renewable energy sources will provide 100% of the world’s energy, e.g. wind, solar, hydro, fuel cell, nuclear fusion – and maybe still a little oil and natural gas. Continent-wide ‘smart supergrids' will be used to help manage the world's energy needs. Both the high cost and scarcity of energy on Earth will be a thing of the past. Roofs, windows, painted surfaces, clothes… will all be used to collect energy for home and office devices, with excess unused energy being fed into the country’s smart supergrid. Wireless energy transmission systems will be in common use.


Average global temperatures will have risen by more than 5°F by 2100. Ongoing climate change will make storms far more intense around the world, e.g. hurricanes, tornados, cyclones, monsoons. Sea levels across the globe will rise by a little over 3 feet, flooding many coastal areas around the world. Major extinctions of many animals and plant life will have occurred. For example, deep ocean mining operations around the world will become widespread further disrupting sea life. Nearly half of the rain forests and jungles in the world today will have vanished, but global efforts to halt de-forestation, clean up the seas, restore coral reefs… will have finally taken hold. Many displaced people will have migrated to Antartica as the snow cap melted and it became habitable.


The rise of 'Regenerative Medicine', Genetic Engineering, Stem Cell Research, and the development of 'Human Augmentation' technologies will dramatically alter people's health for the better over this next century. New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and the Invisible User Interface (IUI) will all be incorporated into Health 4.0 systems of the future. Use of DNA biorepositories and genomic information systems will further transform healthcare, help lower costs, combat diseases, reduce child mortality, and extend human lifespans to well over 100 years. Look to see the emergence of a new health industry focused on BioEngineering human organs and new lifeforms.


There will be more than a 1,000-fold increase in computer processing power, data collection and storage, information analysis and dissemination... By the year 2100, there will be widespread use of robots, drones, virtual reality, smart appliances, 5G Internet, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), nano-bots, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAV), 3-D printers, Invisible User Interface (IUI), teleportation, and many other technologies in every industries, e.g. agriculture, manufacturing, military, government, transportation… Wearable and implantable technologies, not to mention teleportation and telepathy systems, will also be widely used in all facets of daily life,, e.g. healthcare, education, security, ... All will be needed to solve many of the challenges brought about by a growing world population, rapid urbanization, climate change, pandemics...


Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered vehicles will have long since replaced fossil fuel powered vehicles. Hi-tech unmanned autonompus vehicles (UAV) will be the dominant form of transportation with very few people owning their own cars. High speed Maglev trains and Hyperloop systems will be completed between major cities across the U.S. and around the world. These will all have a dramatic impact on the trucking and airplane industries as we currently know them. Finally, the commercial space transportation industry will continue to grow and evolve as mankind begins to colonize outer space.

Government & Society

The vast majority of countries will have adopted some form of democratic government. New alliances and partnerships between countries will lead to reinventing regional and global governance systems. Many non-state actors will take the lead from governments in confronting major global challenges, e.g. climate, pollution, healthcare… Building leadership in government and business that can be 'trusted', that is not corrupt, is citizen-centered, and not built on greed and the quest for money and power... will continue to be a major challenge for society to achieve.

By the end of the 21st century, real time language translation technology will greatly improve global communications between individuals and organizations around the world. There will be continued progress towards the eradication illiteracy and global poverty levels. Women will have assumed a significantly growing role in public and private sector organizations across the world. Racial, religious, and gender discrimination and intolerance will have also been largely eradicated in the US and many other parts of the world. Finally, each individual will receive some guaranteed form of Universal Basic Income (UBI) from government which will meet the minimum requirements to sustain their lives, especially when changing jobs or looking for new work.

Military &Warfare

It will be highly unlikely that war will go extinct, though its frequency, nature, and scope will continue to change and adapt to the future we will inhabit. Many wars will be fought in the ‘virtual world’. It is expected that rapid changes and shifts in ‘power’ may ultimately lead to more smaller intra-state and inter-state conflicts around the globe.

There will be widespread use of new technologies in weapon systems, e.g. Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAV), artificial intelligence (AI), laser weapons, drones, robots, human augmentation technology, teleportation, telepathy... Also, expect to see the use of military weapons and warfare spreading to outer space as the quest to colonize the moon and other planets across our solar system becomes a reality.

Space Travel & Colonization

Spaceflight technology will have taken a major leap forward allowing for Inter-Planetary travel. Millions of humans will make up the first wave of immigrants populating permanent colonies on other planets and moons in our Solar System. Large scale geoengineering construction in support of these steadily growing colonies will have begun. Public and private sector organizations will be aggressively moving forward to further explore and exploit resources on nearby planets, moons, and asteroids in outer-space well into the 22nd century. Plans for the first unmanned journeys to potentially habitable planets in the nearest solar systems of our Galaxy will be initiated.


We are in the midst of the transition from the ‘Industrial Age’ of the 20th century into the ‘Information Age’ of the 21st century. We are also in the midst of the transition from a Type 0 Civilization into a Type 1 Civilization. It’s an amazing time to be living and the world is in some turmoil as it struggles to deal with these momentous transitions. To help people deal with the rapid pace of change all around the, this article attempts to paint a preliminary picture of the future to help make some sense of the seeming chaotic times we are living through. I hope you find this article informative and brings some clarity about the rapidly changing world you, your children, and your grandchildren are living in.

Links to Selected Resources & Reports