Shining A Spotlight On Corporate Readiness Through The Lens Of Learning And Development

CEO of AllenComm since 2003.

Corporate leaders have long understood that demonstrating value to shareholders must include navigating and managing change. From the early days of Kurt Lewin’s change management model, it has been well understood that companies need to adequately prepare for both sudden unexpected shifts and gradual changes.

The current economic and health crises have propelled organizations toward long-overdue examinations of the role of employee training and development in shaping corporate readiness. It’s often said that 70% of change initiatives fail. While the Harvard Business Review has estimated that number is actually around 10%, it should still be no surprise that failure to adapt to changes due to the coronavirus can have far-reaching ramifications for employees and stockholders.

Although industries have seen several sudden disruptions due to advancements in technology, sudden changes due to Covid-19 have revealed unexpected challenges. Some organizations quickly overcame or adapted to these

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A new technology to measure lens stiffness associated with presbyopia

A University of Houston biomedical researcher is developing new technology that will measure the stiffness of the lens in the eye, which is likely associated with presbyopia, or farsightedness, the inevitable and age-related loss of the ability to focus on nearby objects.

Presbyopia – which eventually impacts every human being – is linked to a stiffening of the crystalline lens. There are currently several investigational approaches for presbyopia treatment that rely on lens softening or lens replacement with softer materials. Drug-associated lens softening approaches are expected to have a transformative impact on the field because they are non-invasive and they preserve the anatomical relationship between the lens and other tissues involved in focusing, but there is a significant roadblock to developing these procedures.

There is currently no method available to directly measure lens stiffness and thus assess the efficacy of lens

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Google Pixel 5 and cheaper Pixel 4a 5G launched with new camera lens and slick Android features

Gallery: Upcoming phones: The future smartphones of 2020 and 2021 (Pocket-lint)

Google has just unveiled the Pixel 5, its latest flagship phone, as well as the Pixel 4a 5G, which brings the latest Android features and top-spec camera (as well as, y’know, 5G) for under $500.

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Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

The new Google Pixel phones were unveiled at Google’s ‘Launch Night In’ event, alongside a new Nest-branded smart speaker that replaces the Google Home, and a new Chromecast with 4K and HDR.

Google Launch Night In: what’s been announced

A new Chromecast with Google TV – a 4K HDR media streamer with Android TV built in, and the new Google TV interface, which is much smoother, bringing what you watch together from all your streaming apps. $49/£59, released October 15th.

Google Nest Audio is Google’s new smart home speaker with Google Assistant.

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The fisheye lens goes flat and wide

Fisheye lenses let photographers take panoramic views in a single shot but, because they are made from multiple pieces of curved glass, they tend to be bulky and expensive.

Engineers in the US may have taken an important step in addressing this by creating what they say is the first flat fisheye lens capable of producing clear 180-degree images.

It’s a type of metalens: a wafer-thin material patterned with microscopic features that work together to manipulate light in a specific way.

And while it currently only works in the infrared part of the spectrum, the researchers say it could be modified to capture images using visible light.

The work by a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell is described in a paper in the journal Nano Letters.

“This design comes as somewhat of a surprise, because some have thought it would

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MIT Engineers Have Created a Completely Flat Fisheye Lens

Illustration for article titled This Perfectly Flat Fisheye Lens Could Help Shave Down Camera Bumps

Image: Felice Frankel/MIT

Fisheye lenses make for some cool photos, but their most distinctive feature is that the glass is curved. The need for multiple bits of curved glass makes fisheye lenses both bulky and expensive. However, engineers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell have figured out a way to make a fisheye lens that’s completely flat and could be applied in consumer devices, medical applications, and more.

The method of flattening something that is known for being bubble-like is pretty clever. To do it, the engineers used something called a “metalens,” or a flat piece of glass measuring just a millimeter thick. On the back of the metalens, they then carved teeny structures to scatter incoming light in a way that produces the same type of ultrawide, panoramic images a fisheye lens would. More specifically, the metalens is made from a transparent piece of calcium

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New study looks at space power competition through China’s lens

“China’s Space Narrative” was released Sept. 17 by the U.S. Air Force Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute and the CNA nonprofit research center.

WASHINGTON — A new study by the U.S. Air Force’s university think tank confirms the widely held view that China’s anti-satellite weapons pose a national security threat to the United States. But the study also highlights China’s use of soft power and diplomacy as potentially powerful weapons that could undermine the United States.

“China’s Space Narrative” released Sept. 17, was a joint project by the U.S. Air Force Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute and the CNA nonprofit research center.

“As the era of great power competition continues to evolve, we must understand the full breadth and depth of the competition, how they think, and how they are likely to act or react,” Brendan Mulvaney, director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute, writes in the introduction

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New Technology Provides Lens Prescriptions Without An Eye Doctor

Friday, September 18th 2020, 7:28 am

By: News 9

A first of its kind technology in Oklahoma is turning a local glasses store into a one stop shop for lenses.

The cell phone-based technology allows customers to receive their prescription without an extra trip to the optometrist.  

A year ago, at the New York City vision expo, the new technology caught the eye of Oklahoma based company, Black Optical. When the pandemic hit, the company believed it was the right time to introduce it to the sooner state. 

At Black Optical’s Oklahoma City location, optician Josh Wilcox says he hears one question often, “Hey, do you guys do prescriptions?” He says they are now able to answer yes. 

The technology called wave front was developed by NASA, Wilcox says. The small device runs off smart phone software and sits atop a height adjustable stand. 

The exam begins with a series

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