Matt Polaine & the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Project Re-Design interns

Good to see my brother Matt, Sustainable Development Researcher at BT, making an appearance in this video for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Project Re-Design internships.

From the Foundation website:

Working closely with industry experts within each of our Founding Partners’ specializations the internships are being carefully developed to ensure that each one offers a unique industry-based challenge around the circular economy. Students will visit various aspects of the industry, talk to experts and examine the issues as they work together on a group project, which they will present to senior managers at the end of the week.

During the week groups will feedback on the status of their experience through our website and on Facebook using a mixture of words, images and film.

Here’s the film or you can have a read of the interns’ blog on the Foundation website:

While you are at it, you can take a look at Matt’s blog here.

Track Yourself and Friends with SportsDo

Ever wanted to track your training route and activity or just remember where you skied?

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My brother, Matthew, was given a SportsDo account and kit for Christmas by his wife, Naisha, which does just that. (Although a friend of hers said “So, basically, you bought him a husband tracker?”).

It’s a pretty smart pulling together of several existing technologies along with a neat interface integrated with Google Maps. It uses a Bluetooth GPS receiver connected to your mobile phone to capture the data. This gets uploaded to the user’s profile (here’s Matt’s) showing everything from the route to altitude and timings, etc.

What’s particularly handy is that you can then track people via text messaging, which means if you all have one when you are up a mountain skiing and/or in a long-distance race, you can find out where your friends and competitors are. Everyone else at home can use the RSS feed.

You can also remember which runs you did, how many times, how many calories you’ve burned, etc. and show off at the bar afterwards (and sing rubbish songs).

Given that the data is pretty rich and looks as if it’s reasonably accessible I could image it being used for all sorts of interactive projects too. Or just to check your partner really is walking the dog.

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