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Personalized Food Labels

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I have been involved in the design of nutrition labels for over 25 years and it still amazes me that they are not better than they could be, even just given what we already know and even more if we conduct a few well designed human factors studies. So whenever I see a new proposal, I am always eager to check it out.

The FDA has regulated food label nutrition claims such as ‘reduced sodium’ and ‘low fat’ since it began enforcing the Nutritional Label and Education Act in 1994. However, there has yet been no quantitative evidence that the FDA’s definitions of these quantifier terms correspond to consumers’ perceptions of what the terms mean. This study investigated three common quantifier terms used on food labels (reduced, low and free) in relation to four dietary components (fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol).

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Kawaii

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This article is the next in our series based on the Fast Company list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies. I want to take a step sideways and talk about the Japanese principle of Kawaii. Kawaii is the basis for Line, a Japanese company that fell into an entire line of products by accident – a great example of the reality that innovation is a combination of invention, implementation, and preparedness. First, what is kawaii? Kawaii is that “cuteness” that has been popular in Japan…

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How Long Do We Have to Wait for Effective Notifications?

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I have been sitting on this topic for over a year. I finally am breaking down. After the CES show, I don’t see anything better on the market right now, but this idea for operating system–level notification modeling from Shruti Gandhi has given be enough hope to propose some ideas.

One answer could be consolidation. Snowball is almost headed in the right direction. Snowball consolidates all your alerts in one place.

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Getting Work Done While Commuting to Work

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How do you get to work? Do you sit in miserable traffic, sending your cortisol levels through the roof? It turns out that the heavy hitters in Moscow have it made. If you are important enough to be considered a “minigarch”, you might be picked up by a Mercedes luxury van that has been souped up by Brabus and turned into a fully loaded mobile office…

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Uninterrupted Lifelogger?

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I am a little intrigued by the autographer. Not as a product I would want to buy, I am not at all interested in photo lifelogging. But I really want to know what the conversation was like when they decided on the basic functionality.

Autographer is a new type of camera which has been custom built to enable spontaneous, hands-free image capture…

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Cell Phone Distraction is About More Than Driving

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There is a great new study from Bill Thornton out of the University of Southern Maine.

The mere sight of your mobile phone can distract you – even if you are not using it…

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Global Mobility

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I have recently discovered the Daily Tech News Show and I have become a real fanboy. Last week, there was a great segment on how to get mobile access when you travel internationally. The conversation was largely n=1; they shared personal experiences or those they had heard about from friends and family. But these informal evaluations really focused on some key UX issues…

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The Smart Toothbrush Has Arrived

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I remember when the Reach toothbrush came out. This was the first human factors innovation in dental hygiene, at least that I can think of (I am certainly no dental historian). Prior to that, the general user-product interface has been the same since at least Napoleon. Now that we are solidly in the Internet Age, it is of course time to take toothbrushes in that direction as well. Take a look at this Kolibree toothbrush (or maybe toothbrush system?)…