A Runway-Worthy Wearable…

Miss Idaho 2014, Sierra Sandison, proudly wears Tandem Diabetes t:slim Insulin Pump
Miss Idaho 2014, Sierra Sandison, proudly wears Tandem Diabetes t:slim Insulin Pump

The new Miss Idaho 2014, Sierra Sandison, took the stage by storm last week — proudly sporting an accessory you don’t normally see on the runway … her Tandem Diabetes Care t:slim® Insulin Pump!

Sierra Sandison, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2012, was uncertain about whether to wear the insulin pump on stage. Inspired by pageant winner, Nicole Johnson, who also wore an insulin pump (although not visibly) back in 1999, Sierra decided to wear her quite stylish insulin pump clipped to her clothing throughout the Miss Idaho pageant — including during the swimsuit competition.

After her win, Sierra posted this to her blog:

The media often tells us this lie: if your appearance deviates in any way from cover girls, movie stars, super models, etc., it is a flaw and something is wrong with you. Well, guess what? Miss America 1999 has an insulin pump, and it doesn’t make her any less beautiful. In fact, in my mind, it enhances her beauty! So, a year after I was diagnosed, I got a pump. It helped me get even better control of my diabetes, and made my life SO much easier. Working up the confidence to compete with it was an entirely different journey, but this summer at Miss Idaho 2014, I finally did it.”

Photos of the new Miss Idaho rocking her insulin pump have taken social media by storm. Fans of Sierra have expressed their support for Sierra and gratitude for her empowering example all over Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #showmeyourpump.

Just as Sierra has begun a medical-device wearers revolution, the manufacturers of her insulin pump — Tandem Diabetes Care — started their own revolution by developing a beautiful, intuitive GUI for their device with Altia’s user interface development tools.

Altia Announces Next Release of GUI Editor, Altia Design

Altia Incorporated, the leading provider of user interface development software for embedded displays, announced today a new release of its GUI editor, Altia Design. This new release – Altia Design 11.1.1 – offers more power for companies to create cool, custom GUIs faster and easier than ever before.

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From Wearables to Hideables

From Wearables to Hideables: Technology that everyone will finally use.

This month’s edition of Wired Magazine features Jerry Seinfeld wearing Google Glass as he pontificates on the etiquette, or lack thereof, of digital technology. They dub him Wired’s “guest glasshole”, and the moniker speaks for itself.

Wired.com – Jerry Seinfeld’s Internet Rules

Technology that’s abused and in-your-face (literally) can be rather obnoxious. But as we all know, in the right hands … at the right time … and in the right place, technology can change your life in wonderful ways. Even Google Glass has its place — just not at the local TGI Fridays. Continue reading “From Wearables to Hideables”

Amazon’s ‘Dynamic Perspective’: Gimmick or Game Changer

Will Amazon’s new smartphone change the way users interact with flat screen devices?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently unveiled the Fire Phone, Amazon’s first foray into the smartphone market. There has been plenty of buzz surrounding the phone’s release and the promise that it will fundamentally change the way users interact with their mobile devices. Enter Dynamic Perspective.

Dynamic Perspective is NOT 3D

In 2011 the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D smartphones came on to the scene. Both phones were met with mixed reviews, and neither changed the landscape of mobile user interfaces. (That being said, the marketplace for 3D UI is very much alive. Apple was recently granted 62 patents related to 3D desktop technology.)

During his announcement, Bezos made it clear that the Fire Phone’s immersive Dynamic Perspective technology was not meant to be confused with 3D.

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