Growing Online Food Delivery Services With Advanced Technology

Online food delivery services thrive because of convenience and speed. Hungry diners who would rather not be bothered while working or resting during the weekends find it easy and convenient to go online and order food for delivery. Worldwide, the food delivery industry is estimated to be worth $30 billion – with the potential to expand and grow to up to $210 billion, analysts at Morgan Stanley revealed.

What is even more interesting is that a big portion of the food delivery market’s needs are not being met, creating a big void.

“Said another way, despite online delivery being around for 15+ years (Seamless started in 1999), online food delivery has 1/5th the penetration of e- commerce and [approximately] 1/20th(!) the penetration of online travel,” an article from Eater.com quoted Morgan Stanley.

While pizza is still the most ordered and delivered food item, customers do order takeaway from their favorite restaurants as well. The demand for food delivery service is high in both rural and urban areas. In Ireland, one online takeaway ordering service is using bold concepts and ideas to heighten the user experience and further the demand for online food delivery.

The company is working on integrating augmented reality, artificial intelligence and other technological advancements meant to change the way customers see, discover, order and enjoy food.

Just Eat has over 9 million global registered users and more than 38,000 restaurant partners. They operate in 15 countries around the globe and makes £700m in revenue per year for the restaurant industry. On average, the company has processed more than 70 million online food delivery orders since 2001.

The company recently showcased their vision for online food delivery by giving guests a sneak peek at the innovations they are planning to introduce.

“an ambition to revolutionize the way people order and enjoy food”

Irish Tech news quoted Amanda Roche Kelly, Managing Director of Just Eat Ireland: “As a company, we have an ambition to revolutionise the way people order and enjoy food. Technology is central to achieving this and is core to our proposition to both customers and restaurant partners. We’re hosting today’s event to demonstrate the latest technology innovations we’re trialling in other markets and share our learnings with the start up community in the industry. As Ireland’s leading marketplace for online food delivery technology will continue to be key to how we grow our reach and service in the coming year.”

“Technology is central to achieving this”

The company partnered with leading technology firms including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), social media, augmented reality (AR) as well as social media. These aspects were seamlessly integrated to form advanced and innovative technologies that tantalize different senses and make ordering food a totally different experience.

  • Collaborating with HoloLens’ augmented reality, Just Eat brings food to life and allows customers to view a restaurant menu as a buffet spread.
  • With Apple TV, the company introduced group ordering experience via multiple Apple devices. iPads and iPhones can be connected to Apple TVs in the UK and it makes ordering more simple and efficient.
  • The company teamed up with Microsoft to come up with an app for the new Xbox One, offering a multi-cuisine platform that enhances the gaming experience as well as allows customers to order food with just the click of a button.
  • Amazon Echo Alexa will soon allow customers to ask the voice-activated Alexa to re-order food, check the status of their orders as well as confirm the mode of payment.

These bold ideas and innovations in the food delivery industry will make a lasting impact on millions of people and undoubtedly change the way food is ordered, delivered, and enjoyed all over the world.

Originally Published at: http://www.boldbusiness.com/food-nutrition/growing-online-food-delivery-services-advanced-technology/

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Is A Vegan / Plant-Based Protein Diet Healthier?

In the race to extend and improve the quality of human life, scientists and medical doctors are leaning towards adapting a bold idea – veganism. The plant-based diet has been around for millennia, but is now being hailed as the more sustainable and healthier option. It is considered as the best alternative to manage weight, control diabetes, hypertension and kidney problems.

Collective Evolution.com recently ran a report backing up this claim. The article featured several well-respected doctors and scientists who reached ripe, old ages by doing away with animal protein.

“I would tell the patients that the vegetable-based diet was the healthy way to go”

“Veganism is a very fine form of nutrition. It’s a little extreme to tell a person who is using flesh foods that you’re going to take everything entirely away from them. When I was in practice in medicine, I would tell the patients that the vegetable-based diet was the healthy way to go, and to keep away from the animal products as much as possible. People are very sensitive about what they eat. You can talk to people about exercising, relaxation, good mental attitude and they will accept that. But you talk to them about what they are eating and people are very sensitive about that. If an individual is willing to listen, I will try to explain to them on a scientific basis of how I think it’s better for them,” explained Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, 100 years old and only recently retired as a heart surgeon. Dr. Wareham has been a vegan for over 50 years.

His expert opinion was seconded by Kim A. Williams, M.D., the American College of Cardiology’s incoming president. The chairman of Rush University Medical Center- Chicago’s Cardiology department also adopted a vegan / plant-based diet and strongly recommends the transition to patients who are struggling with weight, diabetes, and cholesterol problems. Dr. Williams believes that vegans live longer than meat eaters and enjoy lower incidences of heart diseases, kidney problems and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Dean Ornish, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, conducted studies on patients to test this theory. Dr. Ornish, who has authored books on heart disease, believes in reforming diets and changing lifestyles when treating people for health problems. He found that patients who were placed on a vegan diet showed less coronary plaque as well as fewer ‘cardiac events’.

The number of doctors and scientists who are veering away from animal protein-based diets could be attributed to more than just their personal preferences. Harvard Medical School also published an article which strengthens these claims: “studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.”

Basically, protein is broken down into amino acids in the human body. The reason for the long-standing debate between animal and plant protein is that the latter is said to be an “incomplete” source. According to Authority Nutrition.com, plant proteins are often low in methionine, tryptophan, lysine and isoleucine. Protein from animals, which include, fish, dairy, eggs, poultry and meat have a similar composition to the protein found in humans, and contain the essential amino acids it needs to function effectively. This, in essence, makes them complete sources of protein.

On the other hand, vegans sometimes take protein supplements to make up the difference. Eating well goes beyond nutrition, and affects all aspects of everyday life. If you’re ready to embrace this bold and challenging lifestyle concept in the name of better health, you better be ready for some drastic changes. People who have embraced veganism say the health benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.

Originally Published at: http://www.boldbusiness.com/food-nutrition/vegan-plant-based-protein-diet-healthier/

U.S. Infrastructure Needs To Repair 55,700 Bridges

The annual report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) disclosed that 55,710 bridges nationwide required much needed repairs or replacement. According to the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, rust is the reason for up to 15% of bridges being in poor condition. The need for repair, which could include replacing dilapidated ones, is a bold move for any administration. This one, most especially, comes at a steep cost.

According to the Washington Post, the Federal Highway Administration recently estimated that $20.5 billion is needed to fund this endeavor over the next 16 years.

Deteriorating bridges can cause not only inconvenience but also lead to additional costs. When a bridge is in need of repair, the allowed load is typically lowered because of fears that it may collapse with heavy loads. Trucks are no longer allowed to pass through, and they have to find a longer route to get across the river. This means longer travel time for trucks and the additional cost of fuel and other expenses that can lead to higher cost for consumers.

The ARTBA cited Iowa as the state with the most number of bridges needing repair. Pennsylvania ranks second on the list, with almost 20% of their bridges requiring repair. Maintenance can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint to help stave off rust, but without adequate maintenance, blocks of material can fall off and it may lead to more problems.

The ARTBA report also stated that the number of bridges needing repair dropped by 2,785 in 2016. This pace is still too slow to provide a solution to the issue at hand. The White House has vowed to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure including roads and bridges. The pertinent point about the bold promise is for private investments to come in and help building the infrastructure by offering up to 82% tax credit to infrastructure investments. One proposal is to have private contractors build and collect toll for them to recover their investment. However, it is not possible to build a tollway for all bridges. For example, Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, and none of these are tolls.

Alison Black, ARTBA’s chief economist, said that private investments will not be able to solve the problem. It will require government funds to address the repair and replacement of bridges. The federal government and private sector will need to work together to come up with bold but practical and implementable solutions to resolve this issue.

Originally Published at: http://www.boldbusiness.com/infrastructure/u-s-infrastructure-needs-repair-55700-bridges/

America’s Infrastructure Problem

Investment in infrastructure development has been a problem in the United States for nearly two hundred years. Policymakers and politicians claim it’s now at its worst, and America’s infrastructure is crumbling.

Experts say that an increase in federal spending is needed to fix the problem, and to encourage America’s economy to grow. However, Bold Business looks at whether this tact really is the best way to improve infrastructure standards across the United States.

According to Chris Edwards at downsizing government.org, most projects are delivered by the private sector, such as power stations, pipelines, freight railways, and cell phone networks, and are a key economy driver for the country. However, the main problems lie within the infrastructure provided by the United States government, such as bridges and highways.

Federal involvement often leads to “waste and inefficiency”. Funds are mis-allocated and “projects get bogged down in mis-management and cost overruns”. These sorts of problems have “plagued federal infrastructure since the 19th century,” the report states.

The report argues that “the states and private sector are more likely to make sound investments without federal aid and regulations distorting their decision-making.”

The study looked at other developed countries and how they push their infrastructure projects through privatization, yielding great success stories over the past 30 years to deliver better airports, highways, seaports, etc.

The conclusion of the report determined that federal policymakers should “study the reforms abroad and work to reduce barriers to private infrastructure investment in the United States”. It also states that they should harness entrepreneurs and private investors to “fund, build, and manage infrastructure development” which would “reduce taxpayer burdens, improve economic efficiency, and spur innovation”.

Research compiled by downsizinggovernment.org, mentions that in 2015, most of America’s infrastructure was provided by the private sector. In fact, $2.3 trillion was spent on investments that included development of pipelines, factories, power stations, cell phone networks and in many other areas. In comparison, during the same time frame, the total federal, state, and local government infrastructure investment was $613 billion.

The rise in complaints and mis-management of funds led to a decrease in the amount government investment had been made on development.

It is therefore blindingly obvious that if policymakers want to see an increase in investment, they should push for policy reform to increase spending. The report states that one reform would be to “cut the federal corporate income tax rate, which would increase the returns to a broad range of private infrastructure, and thus spur greater investment”.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom as some sectors have seen an improvement which dispels the notion that the government is under-investing across the board.

For example, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report showed improvement on the nation’s bridges. The surface quality of highways has also improved. Since 1989, the FHWA has seen improvement all round and concluded that the interstate system is “in good shape relative to its past condition”.

Despite this success story, there are often calls for increased federal spending, but advocates ignore the inefficiencies and failures of past federal projects.

Federal aid is mainly based on formulas and political motives, not on demands, the report states. Therefore, aid is never usually attributed to the areas that need it the most. The report argues that the solution to America’s infrastructure challenges is by encouraging the private sector to have a greater role in infrastructure development.

There has been a tried-and-tested trend toward privatization globally, and as stated earlier on this move has proved successful for other nations. The measure eases the pressure on public funds and can drive the economy.

The OECD states that the United States is lagging other nations including Australia, Canada and Europe in privatization of infrastructure.

Policymakers have called for the American government to privatize the infrastructure it owns to pull it out of one of the worst states it has been in for years. Not only would it benefit the users but would also generate the economy by creating new opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, and businesses.

For the United States to improve its infrastructure and to be mentioned in the same realm as other developed nations, it would appear the answer lies more in privatization than by increasing federal spending.

Originally Published at: http://www.boldbusiness.com/infrastructure/americas-infrastructure-problem/

Predicting Failure Using Predictive Software

Predictive software is being hailed as a bold development in education. The new technology can identify which students are at risk of failing, enabling teachers to extend assistance to them early on. However good these intentions may be, students are wary that the software will tag them as underachievers – way before they’ve had a chance to prove themselves.

The Hechinger Report covered students’ sentiments at the Edu Con 2.9 tech and education meet at the Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy. A panel of student representatives discussed the merits and disadvantages of the predictive education software. The high-tech program is being perceived negatively for the primary reason that students don’t want to be classified or judged based on an algorithm.

Students claim that predictive software will hamper them from achieving their full potential. They also voiced out possible breaches of privacy, claiming that digital dossiers can be kept and later used against them for a myriad of purposes. While these claims may sound unreasonable – or paranoid to some, the major point that the students wanted to make was that they didn’t trust software to compile contextual information about their academic performance, or their personal lives.

Moreover, students didn’t want to be relegated to a list of underperformer just because of bad grades for one semester. They maintained that the digital data would be inconclusive since it cannot factor in personal issues or challenges that students could be facing.

Predictive analytics was born out of the increasing volume digital data on students. It was created to make education more dynamic and become pivotal in making technology work for the benefit of students.

‘‘Predictive analytics gives richer educational opportunities to more students, guiding them on different paths depending on their capabilities and skills”

The Age explains that digital data is gathered and used to analyze a student’s learning patterns. By collating and sorting data such as attendance, courses taken, and more – the software will be able to predict his performance as well as improve learning opportunities. Proponents maintain that this kind of data is easier to gather and also faster to interpret.

‘‘Predictive analytics gives richer educational opportunities to more students, guiding them on different paths depending on their capabilities and skills,” Professor Simon Kaplan, director of Skills and Industry Transformation at NICTA, Australia’s information, communications and technology research centre was quoted in the report.

The ultimate aim of this predictive software is to have more students complete their courses and graduate. It will target students who are at risk of failing or dropping out so their teachers and instructors can devise an intervention to assist them. They could be made to do extra projects for additional credits or extend their term at the University.

This development is sure to make a bold impact on the lives of students and improve their chances of being gainfully employed in the near future.

However, it appears that predictive software is a paradigm shift in the field of education that students aren’t ready to accept. They still prefer to trust the judgment of teachers who interact with them on a regular and personal basis.

Originally Published at: http://www.boldbusiness.com/human-achievement-education/predicting-failure-using-predictive-software-student-anguish-new-tech/

Oxford Company Impresses In Digital Healthcare

British Member of Parliament Nicola Blackwood visited a pioneering health tech company for a preview of their bold products and services. According to the Oxford Times, the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and current undersecretary of state for public health came to see Incuna, one of Europe’s largest digital agencies, to foster the development of digital healthcare through technical transformation.

Oxford is positioned to capitalize on the bold impact of a tech revolution in the healthcare industry. Ms. Blackwood mentioned the recent investment of £113 million in the Biomedical Research Centre under Professor Keith Channon. This is a world-class research institute for medicine and data capabilities. The health official also noted that Oxford has a pipeline of computer science and information technology employees graduating from university which will further their cause of using a technical revolution to innovate the healthcare system.

Founded seven years ago, Incuna is an ingenious firm that creates digital health products and services for specific customer needs. One of their first products is ePatient, a patient platform that has transformed how people with cancer are given the necessary care and medical monitoring. Incuna built this technology from scratch and this allowed them to include patient input and feedback on the patient platform. Medical practitioners and researchers have validated the use of ePatient and it is now in use in 14 countries, helping take care of thousands of patients.

The success of the forward-thinking company has prompted it to create an office in Singapore to address the need of clients in the Asia-Pacific region. It also recently held a hardware hacking workshop for health.

“Our aim is to demystify the process of creating new health technologies”

Cyan Collier, Incuna’s creative director, said: “Our aim is to demystify the process of creating new health technologies”. The company believes that with the technology in place to support ideas, they can be transformed into reality. Taking bold action to devise new ways of delivering healthcare can help to tackle numerous existing health problems – not only in the UK, but across the world.

Apart from enjoying the support of local politicians like Ms. Blackwood, Incuna is also being backed by the European Cancer Network. This will mean more patients will be involved in the company’s cancer research and be given access to cutting-edge medicine and treatment. These advancements will have a bold impact on society as a whole.

Now more than ever, people have put a premium on health, and receiving quality healthcare has become non-negotiable. Companies like Incuna continue to revolutionize healthcare by using technology to innovate in digital healthcare. At the same time, scientists are developing robot surgeons, rehabilitation robots and hospital robots which have the ability to perform complicated tasks while crunching the patient to healthcare provider ratio, to a more ideal number.

Originally Published at: http://www.boldbusiness.com/health-longevity/oxford-health-tech-company-impresses-digital-healthcare-development/

Smart And Wearable Technology – From Fitness To Healthcare

Smart and wearable technology has made great strides in recent years, developing applications that often go beyond just being able to monitor a person’s physical performance and fitness. Examples of these developments include research into the treatment of diseases, as well as in maintaining health in general, the Managed Healthcare Executive notes.

“In 2016, there were more than 101.9 million wearable devices sold”

The growth of the fitness and health wearable industry has been enormous. The International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that in 2016, there were more than 101.9 million wearable devices sold. This represented a growth of around 29% over 2015. It has been estimated that the market will grow further and sell 213.6 million units by 2020.

Currently, the most common wearables look like wristwatches. However, it is expected that clothing and eyewear devices will gain ground. The clinical application of wearable technology is evolving, as technology companies partner with healthcare organizations with the goal of solving some of the healthcare industry’s biggest problems.

The following are eight wearables in the healthcare industry which are worth exploring:

1 The LIVE by EarlySense is a remote monitor system for bedridden patients. One of the hardest tasks for a caregiver is providing continuous care for bedridden patients. The device collects vital signs and sleep patterns in real time. The data is sent via a mobile app and received by caregivers, nurses and clinicians. The LIVE itself is not something that the patient wears, but is placed under the patient’s mattress. Studies have found that it is 92.5% accurate in monitoring vital signs like heart rate, breathing, movement, as well as sleep patterns and other factors.

2 The Rapael Smart Glove is designed for people who have experienced neurological and musculoskeletal injuries, including strokes or heart attacks. It is used for physical therapy purposes, where it is used to create an exercise schedule with the use of a 30-minute exercise. It makes use of game software where the patient plays table tennis, baseball and other activities on the computer. The activity is given a score which is used to motivate the patient.

3 The Rapael Smart Board is aimed at helping patients with mobility problems with their shoulders and elbows. The Smart Board also makes use of computer games to motivate the patient to play the games which entail moving the affected parts through a wide range of motion.

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4 The K’Track Glucose monitor is one of the simplest glucose monitor for people with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2). The monitor makes use of micro-needles less than 0.5mm. These micro needles collect fluid right below the skin surface. These are also analyzed to provide blood sugar information. A replaceable cartridge houses the micro needles, and lasts up to 30 days. The cartridge can take an unlimited number of readings during its lifetime. To use the monitor, the patient presses a button, and in within a minute, the results are displayed on the device. The results can also be synchronized with a mobile app.

5 The Fever Scout is a patch that reads the body temperature and sends this information to caregivers and medical health practitioners via a mobile app. Caregivers can remotely monitor the patient’s temperature. The Fever Scout continuously takes temperature readings and sends this data to the mobile app even when its 25 or 30 feet away from the patient.

6 The AccendoWave is a pain management monitoring wearable. By reading the patient’s electroencephalography system (EEG), the device knows if the patient is in pain and tries to distract him away from the discomfort. AccendoWave is in partnership with Samsung and uses a Samsung tablet to entertain the patient depending on the pain level. The patient is also able to rate the device depending on whether the distraction alleviated the discomfort felt.

7 The Ava bracelet monitors women’s fertility and their menstrual cycle. It uses a huge amount of information which show a relationship with female reproductive hormones. It monitors pulse rate, sleep, breathing, skin temperature, and others. The device is only worn at night and synchronizes data with the use of a mobile app. This device has been FDA-approved and has been on sale since 2015.

8 The Omron Project Zero 2.0 is a wearable which looks like a regular wrist watch. It measures blood pressure, sleep, heart rate and other activities. It synchronizes with a mobile app and is powered by a battery which runs for about a week before it needs to be recharged. It was presented to the public at the 2017 Consumer Electronics show.

These latest developments in wearable technology show how technological innovations in one industry such as fitness can be applied to other industries such as healthcare. The Bold Impact of applying technological breakthroughs across industries could greatly improve people’s lives. From wearables in fitness and healthcare, to Virtual Reality in entertainment and education, the possibilities are endless.

Originally Published at: http://www.boldbusiness.com/health-longevity/smart-wearable-technology-fitness-healthcare/