YouTube Excerpt: Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas. Alec Momont website
In 2010, the poverty rate in the United States was 15 percent; in Washington, D.C., it was 19 percent. But inequality and poverty are just one part of the puzzle when it comes to the general state of public health in the District. From crime to chronic disease to substance abuse, the District of Columbia — and other major cities like it — must contend with many complicated issues that only stand to magnify one another.
The George Washington University’s online master of public health, MPH@GW, created an infographic, Health & Wellness in the District of Columbia, to demonstrate the full scope of public health in the city by looking at a variety of issues side by side. The graphic also intends to start a conversation within other communities by asking the question: When it comes to improving public health, are we really looking at the whole picture?
Brought to you by MPH@GW, a Masters in Public Health
By Emily Newhook on behalf of George Washington University's Public Health Online
Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced. Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches. Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489. Check out the video.
I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats, live animals, etc. an entirely new experience. Zillow should take note, as well, and start moving beyond still photos to showcase a home.
This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share. It really is a simple equation. Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to. The power of online video is the solution. Grab a tissue and take a look.
Learn more about how this artist is single handedly helping to increase patient satisfaction.
This is a great Ted Talk for those tech companies disributing their technology on a global level like LitCentral, Inc. The title is a tad ambigous because Joel Selanikio's message is really about evolving software distribution and then reaping the rewards of the data produced by pervasive distribution. In summary, if the limitations of you and your staff are standing in the way of your healthcare technology reaching its full potential and helping people all around the globe, you need to figure out how to get the hell out of the way.
There are only 24 hours in a day, and it's simply not possible to physically implement technology in multiple places at the same time, if the project hinges on a few masterminds. However, the world doesn't have time to wait on your availability, especially if your technology is helping improve healthcare. Selanikio speaks about people and organizations being more technology savvy than we often give them credit. So begin designing the implementation of your products and applications around the indispubtable fact technology has finally reached the Four Corners. Hardware like tablets, smartphones, ATMs, or even a $10 cell phone – coupled with communication like text, email, and social networking – have educated the world abroad in tech, and reach crevises of the earth you never knew existed. If you design the user experience like Facebook and Hotmail for viral global deployment, chances are your impact on healthcare will be bigger and faster while requiring less handholding.
Remember so long ago receiving your worldy knowledge via newspapers, magazines and the slit-my-wrist evening news? Now we literally carry the most powerful information resource on the planet (the web) in our pocket. There are millions (yes millions) of applications to help you gain access, sort and digest the deluge of info. I am currently using the Pulse iPhone app to keep up on the latest in technology news during mobile downtime. If I find an article or news story I want to look into at a later time, I have Pulse shoot it to my Evernote account. …which brings me to the point of this article.
One of my favorite webblogs, Lifehacker has put together an on-going series called How I Work, profiling topnotch professionals and the technology and gadgets they use to get the job done. The profiles span the gamut of professional workers including: entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, journalists, detectives, etc. Through a series of questions/answers and photos, they paint a picture of their daily work environment as it relates to hardware, software and office setup. Check it out. You never know how a simple tweak to the way you go about your work can boost your productivity or simply make life easier.
Jump back to circa 2005/2006 and you will recall digital notepads had a slight impact on technology, but they never really caught on. Special (expensive) paper and special pens made the whole experience not so "special". At the same time, the tablet PC was an expensive alternative that allowed you to capture all your drawings and brain droppings in digital ink, had an endless color pallet and all with the power of a laptop. But the caveat was, it all had to be done on GLASS! If you were a pro graphic designer/artist you are likely all about Wacom and their Intuos products – which have addressed many artists' needs – but can it Google and book a flight to Paris?? Exactly.
Nearly eight years later in 2013, everyone has this thing called an iPad. And while the iPad has a million apps and is good for a million things, it simply is not the best technology for drawing and writing. Sorry fanatics, it's just not. The slippery glass surface and the fat-tip, non-scratch digitizers just aren't "cutting mustard" with the doodlers of the world.
Enter iSketchnote - no special paper and you pick your
poison pen. The surface underneath the paper captures what you're doodling. So essentially they've removed the Wacom-like-technology from the computer screen and placed it under real paper. They did away with the expensive paper, glass, and cumbersome hardware that kept digital notepads from reaching the masses. It's actually well thought out, and I feel a little optimistic about this one. The Android version is in the works. View the Kickstarter video below, and as with all Kickstarter projects, proceed with caution when dealing with the combination of technology and start-ups in infancy.