Tech Talk- Wearable, Security and Games

By Dan Reynolds, |

Published 01/14 2014 09:07PM

Updated 02/26 2014 05:36PM

        This year's Consumer Electronics show had much buzz about wearable tech.
        Intel, the chip maker is out with earbuds to monitor your vital signs during a workout. And a wearable way to communicate with a smartphone's personal assistant.
        Then there's the Mimo Smart Baby monitor. A cotton onesie with respiration monitors. This turtle allows parents to see their baby's breathing, skin temperature and body position. Mom and dad can also hear audio.
        Not the flashiest items, showing wearable tech is a broad term.
        First Target, then Neiman Marcus had their customers databases hacked. So what can you do to protect yourself from future hacks?
        Don't share you information. When asked, say no to giving your phone number, email and zip code. That info goes into a store's database for marketing to send you emails.
        If the retailer is compromised -- it puts you at risk.
        If a criminal gets your credit card number, they can do more damage if they have your personal information. There's a better chance you'll be a victim of identity theft.
        This can happen with debit cards too, and you can take a bigger hit to your wallet.
        When you hand over your info to a store, you're trusting them to keep it safe. Security experts say retailers are too lax with your info, and regulations are to outdated at this point.
        This keyboard isn't jammed. This woman is taking a test to see which job she's suited to.
        More and more companies are using online video games to test a job applicant's reaction times. How attentive are they to detail, how emotional or impulsive they might be.
        This woman is having to judge a person's emotional state from a series of photographs. The test measures whether she's more likely to gamble, if the financial reward is higher.
        Job matching sites Pymetrics and Knack are frontrunners in the race to make video game testing the norm among recruiters.
        This test labeled the woman as good at memorizing and generous, but emotional and impulsive.
        A word of caution. Experts say these games can lead to discrimination. Reaction times likely faster for younger people than older. And there's the question of social background.
        And so it goes.



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