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RINSPEED OASIS: A SELF-DRIVING CAR IS A LIVING ROOM AND VEHICLE ALL-IN-ONE


OCTOBER 18 -With car makers close to perfecting the technology behind this advancement, it’s only a matter of time before they begin focusing on developing engaging interiors for vehicles where driving is no longer the primary focus.

ALSO: Microsoft unveils tech for golf, fun bot for fantasy football


OCTOBER 10 -The world’s greatest golfers meet and match on the final day of the PGA Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia last September 25.
In November 2015, PGA Tour, the world’s premier professional golf association, and Microsoft announced a three-year partnership to develop technology solutions to improve how the game gathers and interprets data to provide instant tournament insights to golf enthusiasts, players and coaches, sports commentators and journalists, as well as tour organizers and employees. Tom Wade, PGA Tour’s chief commercial officer, said in a statement posted on the PGA Tour website that he was thrilled at the possibilities, as the project is “designed to produce deeper, richer and more immersive content for fans to consume across all platforms.” READ MORE...

ALSO: School of Tomorrow Philippines - Enabling children to learn at their own pace


OCTOBER 3 -Rev. Delbert Hooge and his wife Lora Lee.
MANILA, Philippines – What started as a small class in Cavite City 40 years ago has grown into a network of 498 schools all over the Philippines. Daring to dream big was, however, the furthest thing from the minds of Rev. Delbert Hooge and his wife Lora Lee, when they started what would become School of Tomorrow (SOT) Philippines, the local proponent of a unique individualized system of education. SOT, also known as the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), is an individualized system of education that allows personalized growth, ensuring mastery of the subject matter according to the student’s individual rate of learning. Used and recognized in more than 140 countries, it is a self-instructional system where students advance by learning and mastering bite-sized, achievable worktexts or modules called PACEs, each of which is equivalent to a chapter in a standard textbook. A year of academic progress is usually made up of 12 PACEs.  READ MORE...


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Industrial Rev 2.0: The Oasis Self-Driving Car is a Living Room and Vehicle All-in-One



Rinspeed Oasis

IN BRIEF

•Rinspeed Oasis’ concept car is being unveiled at the upcoming CES slated for January 2017.

•The car features a TV, a windshield that can provide full multimedia immersion, augmented reality displays, and a place to grow radishes under the windscreen.

A CAR THAT FEELS LIKE HOME…

We may be a long way off from making flying cars a reality, but we do have self-driving ones just around the corner. Now, before you brush off autonomous driving capabilities as the inferior version of this sci-fi vision of the future of transportation, consider this—self-driving vehicles don’t have to be configured the way cars, as we know them now, are.

Basic vehicular components such as steering columns will no longer be necessary. This gives car makers more opportunity to use interior space for comfort versus functionality.

This is the what Rinspeed Oasis’ concept car is anchored on. The design they’re proposing serves to mimic the vibe of a modern-day family room. The car can include features such as a TV, a windshield that can provide full multimedia immersion, and augmented reality displays.

AND GROWS RADISHES

Because Rinspeed’s plan is still in the concept stage, the feasibility of such a vehicle comes into question. But the fact that it’s being unveiled at the upcoming CES slated for January 2017 makes the possibility of having your living room on wheels more realistic.

And this isn’t just about making a comfortable family vehicle – the Oasis appeals to other customers as well. According to Rinspeed’s website:

“Oasis can be commuting or shopping car in the morning, act as a ‘micro delivery vehicle’ for urban parcel services in the afternoon, and be a pizza taxi on the evening drive home. This is made possible by a clever code-protected ‘drawer’ in the rear, which can also be cooled or heated as needed.”

Want Oasis to deliver you something healthier than pizza? Don’t worry. The company has integrated a small green space for growing flowers or radishes below the windscreen. Seriously.

The developments made in autonomous driving technology have been consistent throughout the past few years.

With car makers close to perfecting the technology behind this advancement, it’s only a matter of time before they begin focusing on developing engaging interiors for vehicles where driving is no longer the primary focus.

AUTOBLOG REVIEW

Rinspeed reveals the jack-of-all-trades Oasis concept


Joel Patel AUTOBLOG WRITER Image Credit: Rinspeed

The Oasis is perfect for people that hate leaving their house.



Rinspeed will continue its tradition of bringing a concept to the Consumer Electronics Show with a new vehicle dubbed the Oasis. Just like Rinspeed's other recent creations, which include the Ʃtos, Budii, and XchangE, the Oasis has self-driving abilities and runs on electricity.

Offering small size and the super maneuverability from rear-wheel steering, the Oasis concept aims at city dwellers that want something for zipping around town. The exterior is characterized by a substantial amount of glass and an expansive solar panel on the roof, while the front wheels are completely covered. Rinspeed claims the vehicle's looks are reminiscent of R2-D2 from Star Wars, but we think the fictional robot looked a lot better.

The interior, though, is where the concept's design heats up, in more than one way. Passengers are treated to an interior inspired by a living room.

The Oasis' name is meant to be taken literally, as a break from traditional automotive confines. Rinspeed fitted the concept with an armchair, a TV, and a small garden area. The large windshield doubles as an augmented- and virtual-reality screen. To ensure that passengers don't mistake the Oasis for a room in their actual homes or if they want to drive, Rinspeed put a multi-function steering wheel in the car for good measure.

In addition to showing Rinspeed's commitment to self-driving electric vehicles, the concept is also aimed at the multiple uses of car sharing with a heated and cooled cargo drawer on the inside. Stay with us. Rinspeed's idea is that drivers could use the Oasis to commute to work or home and hand the car off to a delivery driver that uses the heated and cooled cargo drawer to deliver food or packages.

As far as concept's go, even Rinspeed's founder, Frank Rinderknecht, believes the Oasis is a little "out there." Rinderknecht, though, is hoping the concept will help the fight against large, heavy SUVs that are currently on the road, which is something we can get behind.


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Microsoft unveils tech for golf, fun bot for fantasy football By Eden Estopace (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 10, 2016 - 12:00am 0 6 googleplus0 0


IMAGE CREDIT TWITTER.INC -By Eden Estopace @htechmom
IT journalist based in Manila. Writes for @enterprisei, @PhilippineStar, @interaksyon
Stage mom and fan of all things digital. Manila, Philippines enterpriseinnovation.net


The world’s greatest golfers meet and match on the final day of the PGA Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia last September 25.

MANILA, Philippines – In November 2015, PGA Tour, the world’s premier professional golf association, and Microsoft announced a three-year partnership to develop technology solutions to improve how the game gathers and interprets data to provide instant tournament insights to golf enthusiasts, players and coaches, sports commentators and journalists, as well as tour organizers and employees.

Tom Wade, PGA Tour’s chief commercial officer, said in a statement posted on the PGA Tour website that he was thrilled at the possibilities, as the project is “designed to produce deeper, richer and more immersive content for fans to consume across all platforms.”

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WINDOWS 10 CUSTOM APPS

He has reason to be enthusiastic. By May 2016, Jeremy Korst, GM of Windows Marketing, wrote in a blog post that the Tour had deployed Windows 10 to over 800 devices across the organization.

It was also building custom apps on top of the universal Windows 10 platform, starting with four that run on Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950 devices.

The apps include the Walking Scorer, which tracks and manages player and course information; the Laser Operator, which collects data from laser sensors on the greens; the Grid View, which will be used by a volunteer to digitally input ball position when the laser operator has an obstructed view; and the Tournament Companion app, which would allow fans to use the app to track tournament data including player location via a heat map, the “pickles” diagram, statistical game analysis, and player leaderboards.

FEDEX CUP FINAL DAY

Fast forward to Sept. 25, the final day of the FedexCup season, known as the “Super Bowl of Golf”, at the East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shortly before noon, a steady stream of golf enthusiasts was arriving at the city’s oldest golf course. The golfing match was in full swing and people – a heady mix of the sports-minded athletic types, whole families (with babies and grannies and grandpas in tow) devoted to golf, and the plain curious out for a Sunday stroll – were roaming freely at the sun-kissed greens.

This was the day 27-year-old Rory McIlroy, victor of the Deutsche Bank Championship, took home the Tour Championship title and the FedExCup, some $1.53-million winner’s prize money, and another $10-million bonus. Golf as a high-stakes game does not disappoint.

At the Microsoft tent on the 15th green, visitors were given a demo of how the tour and Microsoft are working together to build custom solutions to make golf data easier to manage. The culmination of the collaboration work started in November. One could also practice one’s swing at the customized Windows 10 swing bay and receive feedback from a coach.


At the Microsoft tent on the 15th green.

Wired on the fairway

Scott Gutterman, vice president of operations and product development for PGA Tour Digital, explained to journalists that the Tour has volunteers who walk with players to record ball positions using custom-built ruggedized Surface Pro 4 devices. Their inputs complement the data captured by lasers around the golf course.

“Those lasers are actually in the fairways and on the greens of every hole and we use the entire system to track every shot on the PGA Tour. It captures over 70 data points and every course is 3D-mapped. We know the position of the ball on the green down to a few centimeters and on the fairways as well,” he said.

“The devices will tell people this is where the ball has gone and this is where we are heading next and that is what you see in the hospitality app or the PGA Tour Live app,” he added.

If the fans are sitting in a hospitality tent right in front of the greens, an app can also tell them what’s going on as players come up to that green. The app can show the leader board as well as other player data.

“If Dustin Johnson is on the 18th hole and he is about to do a 30-foot putter, the app can show you how he has done with putts outside that range, so you can say, for example, that he has about 50 percent chance of making this putt or that in the past, he had probably made nine out of 10 of these, so you can have a good idea of how good he can actually make that shot,” Gutterman explained further.

PGA Tour is starting to evolve all its devices and platforms used for capturing data to the Microsoft platform, specifically the Lumia devices and Surface tablets. All the data also pass now through Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, and back out to the devices.

Another hospitality app will be rolled out later this year, according to Gutterman, designed for the person sitting at home watching the tournament. “The majority of our fans now consume all of their content on devices that are mobile. So our goal is to really have a fantastic second-screen experience with the Windows 10 devices,” he said.

Also in the Microsoft tent was a swing bay where visitors took turns practicing their shot and getting feedback from captures swing simulation as well as professional coaches from the Gregg Rogers Golf Performance Instruction and Club Fitting.

Jason Campbell, director for Windows commercial marketing, said the company also uses Microsoft technology to analyze and annotate practice swings powered through the cloud. “Take a chance, get a shot,” he said, nudging journalists to check out their game.

Microsoft and NFL

Since 2013, Microsoft has also brought its technology to the National Football League (NFL) by way of interactive television experiences for football fans as well as apps and game updates on Xbox One and other Microsoft devices.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showcases a fun bot for fantasy football to American football legend Deion Sanders.

In his keynote address at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference for IT professionals, held the day after the PGA Tour Championship at the Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella welcomed on stage American football star Deion Sanders to showcase a Microsoft-developed fun bot for fantasy football.

“It turns out NFL, as you can imagine, has lots of data. And one of the applications that they create is for fantasy football. And it’s the most data-driven application at least I’ve come across. This is something that we are in the early stages of building and I hope that, by the next season, we’ll have this bot, which will allow each one of us to really engage in a very different way with what all of us, at least in the US, are obsessed with, which is fantasy football,” Nadella said.

The only athlete ever to have played both in the Superbowl and the World Series, Sanders was an unusual sight in a crowd of 23,000 computer geeks gathered at the arena, but he is probably the most likely person to know what a chat bot for football should be or shouldn’t be.

“Let’s compare the players. Let’s see what the bot knows that we may not,” Nadella told his guest. The bot compared Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan and New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees.


Scott Gutterman, vice president of operations and product development for PGA Tour

Digital explains to journalists how Microsoft technology and devices are used in the PGA Tour. “I like Matt Ryan, but I love Drew Brees because Atlanta’s secondary isn’t good, but when you think about Drew Brees, if they’re losing he’s going to get more opportunities to throw, so he may receive more fantasy points,” Sanders commented.

The bot framework behind this simple conversational interfaces is one of the most sophisticated AI capability to understand human language, according to Nadella. The conversation moved on and Nadella said Microsoft Bing predicts the Saints are going to win, and Drew Brees will score more fantasy points because he is playing at home and the weather will not be a factor.

“Well, you know, I played for Atlanta and it’s kind of hard for me to pick Drew Brees over Matt Ryan and I played sports right here. But I like what they’re saying. That’s a pretty good summary,” Sanders concluded.

Microsoft first unveiled its bot framework at its annual Build developer conference in San Francisco in March.


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School of Tomorrow Philippines: Enabling children to learn at their own pace By Marieta Reyes (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 3, 2016 - 12:00am 15 4837 googleplus0 3


Rev. Delbert Hooge and his wife Lora Lee.

BY Marieta Reyes Title PHILSTAR BUSINESS AS USUAL Column\Author

MANILA, Philippines – What started as a small class in Cavite City 40 years ago has grown into a network of 498 schools all over the Philippines.

Daring to dream big was, however, the furthest thing from the minds of Rev. Delbert Hooge and his wife Lora Lee, when they started what would become School of Tomorrow (SOT) Philippines, the local proponent of a unique individualized system of education.

SOT, also known as the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), is an individualized system of education that allows personalized growth, ensuring mastery of the subject matter according to the student’s individual rate of learning. Used and recognized in more than 140 countries, it is a self-instructional system where students advance by learning and mastering bite-sized, achievable worktexts or modules called PACEs, each of which is equivalent to a chapter in a standard textbook. A year of academic progress is usually made up of 12 PACEs.

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It is recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd).

SOT Philippines’ system is made up of a full-year pre-school program where children aged four and five develop the basic skills that prepare them to learn to read; an intensive pre-elementary reading program that can be completed in 12 to 15 weeks depending on the child’s capacity to learn; an elementary program that can be completed in six to eight years; and a high school program that is usually accomplished within three to four years.

“So as you can see, we have been implementing the K-12 program for nearly 40 years now, long before the DepEd adopted it,” says Rev. Hooge, SOT Philippines executive director.

Humble beginnings

The founders were children of American missionaries who were assigned to the Philippines. Both of them grew up in the country. Rev. Hooge completed his junior high in Faith Academy in Manila, while Lora Lee finished high school at Manila’s American School. After they returned to the United States to finish their studies, they both enrolled at the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.

They came back to the Philippines as a missionary couple in 1967 and were assigned in Cavite City. Desiring to give their three children a good Christian education, they began looking for an appropriate school. Rev. Hooge’s first choice was, understandably, his alma mater, Faith Academy, which, unfortunately, had already transferred to Cainta, quite far from Cavite.

Not wanting to put their children in boarding school, Lora Lee decided to homeschool them. Soon after, other parents began asking if their children might have the same education.

“We began really small,” Lora Lee recalls. “We just took one of the Sunday school rooms of the church and made it our classroom.”

When Donald R. Howard, founder of ACE learned what the Hooges were doing, he encouraged schools in the US to send their used PACEs to the Philippines. “We were, of course, very thankful to Howard, but using those already used PACEs was very difficult,” Rev. Hooge says. “We had to erase all the answers written on them before we could use them and that required a lot of time and work!”


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But when SOT Philippines was given the right to print PACEs, things became easier and Lora Lee’s classes began to grow bigger. As word about the SOT system spread, more pastors became interested and started putting up similar schools as part of their churches’ ministry.

The SOT program

SOT Philippines’ elementary program consists of eight major academic subjects: Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, Word Building (Spelling), Literature and Creative Writing, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan. There are also mini-classes for minor subjects such as Values Education, Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health, and Home Economics. The core subjects are all studied using PACEs designed for mastery and continuous progress.

The high school program, on the other hand, consists of specialized areas in Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Trigonometry); English (English I-IV); Science (Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry and Physics); Social Studies (Philippine History, Asian History, World History, World Geography and Economics); Filipino (Filipino I-IV); as well as additional subjects such as Etymology, Speech and Bible courses. Lecture classes are also conducted in Music, Values Education, Physical Education and Health, Home Technology, Science Laboratory (where students perform hands-on science experiments) and Computer Literacy. High achievers can take advanced subjects in Mathematics, English and Science.

From small to nationwide

 “Again, we started very small,” says Lora Lee who was named PCST founder and system consultant. “We rented six-doors of an apartment building in Alabang, Muntinlupa. We didn’t even want to put up a sign.”

The school steadily grew and today, PCST is located in a 1.6-hectare gated compound in Levitown Executive Village in Paraňaque City.

The compound has fully air-conditioned learning centers, well-equipped computer and science laboratories, playgrounds, a Music Room, an Arts Center, a 200-meter track oval, a seven-lane competition pool measuring 20 meters in length and a fully air-conditioned theater/gymnasium.


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At present, there are 498 schools all over the Philippines that actively use the system. They are located in big cities, in small towns and even in such remote places as the Camotes Islands of Cebu.

“We even have a school in the mountains of Palawan where a graduate, a young woman from the Batak tribe, is now teaching Batak children how to read,” says Cesar de Ocampo, SOT Philippines training director.

Most of these schools are small, with 30 to 40 students on average, but there are a few big ones with 200 or more students.

“Our schools continue to do well and so do our graduates,” Lora Lee says beaming. “After they graduate, they have been accepted in leading colleges and universities, not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well.”

And thanks to the training they get under the SOT system, they perform well in college and even in their careers, she adds.

“We have graduates who are now pursuing successful careers in medicine, law, education and other professions,” she points out. “We even have one physicist who is now working at the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the US.”

Daring to dream

Each year SOT holds an Educators’ Convention that gathers the teachers and administrators of its schools all over the country. “Dare to Dream” was the theme of the nine Educators’ Convention that SOT conducted this year in seven cities: Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Metro Manila, Baguio and Tagaytay. The conventions were attended by over 2,000 participants from more than 300 schools all over the country that use the SOT system.

With such accomplishments gathered in 40 years of SOT’s existence in the country, it is not surprising that the Hooges feel the time has come to dream – and to dream big. For instance, next year, SOT Philippines is envisioning a “big international blowout” to mark its 40th year in the country as well as the 25th anniversary of the National Student Convention that the SOT conducts annually. Guests from other countries are anticipated to be in Manila where there will be a week-and-a-half of celebration next year.

The past 39 years reveal stories of students who have been affected by this dream of a world class educational system in the Philippines. With schools in every strata of society, School of Tomorrow and its unique system of individualized education, continues to prepare every child for a productive and fulfilling life. The dream goes on.


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