The Economic Research Institute of Erie, a research center of the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend, has partnered with the Erie Community Foundation to provide data and analysis for Erie Vital Signs, a benchmarking program that tracks the region’s performance in seven key areas.
The move sharpens the program’s local focus. The analysis previously had been done at the University of Pittsburgh.
It was only 1 mile that separated Cybersonics Inc. from Penn State Behrend in 2009, but according to Jeff Vaitekunas, vice president of research and development at Cybersonics, being located across the highway from the University just wasn’t cutting it.
“I looked across that street, and when I saw those buildings I knew there was a great opportunity,” he said.
Google Glass had nothing on the VuMan 3, a portable computer worn by Marines at Camp Pendleton in 1993. The system – a processor worn on a belt and wired to a headband display – led mechanics through a 50-page inspection checklist for amphibious tractors.
The checklist had 600 data points, which took six hours to complete. A second Marine then had to transcribe the notes.
The director of the Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University will discuss the future of wearable computers -- with possibilities far beyond your Fitbit -- during an Association for Computing Machinery talk at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Tuesday, Jan. 27.