The era of wearable technology has arrived and with it came something right out of a sci-fi movie — the Google Glass. This eyeglass-esque computer device was released for trial earlier this year. Participants, called “explorers,” were able to snag a pair for a hefty price of $1,500. During this trial, Google aims to make improvements to the Glass and to finalize a product eligible for mass production. Recent reports say the Google Glass could retail approximately $300 when it finally becomes available to the public.¹ [click to continue…]
About 5 years ago, I looked at the rainbow strands of light below and wondered if I was seeing some sort of digital art.
What I was actually seeing was a map of someone’s brain, made with a Siemens Magnetom Allegra 3-Tesla scanner at Massachusetts General Hospital.
By imaging the mobility of water molecules, the brilliant strands here showed nerve pathways – essentially a wiring diagram of a thought…maybe even a feeling. [click to continue…]
Advances in medical technology over the past 5 years have been impressive. But even more impressive: the widespread adoption of a scant few of those technologies.
While we could list dozens of future healthcare game-changers, the picks below are five we think actually stand a chance of being adopted soon, dramatically changing the way medicine is practiced: [click to continue…]
Touchscreen technology computers and tablets have revolutionized the way Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) work. Today, alternative means of communication and education are readily available to the general public.
For people who have trouble with or are incapable of speech, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a way to communicate by unaided (hand signals) and aided (hardware) methods. AAC has been around for as long as communication disorders have, but only in the last century did it become an everyday solution. Beyond sign language, AAC device users grew from people with laryngectomy in the 1950s to people with cerebral palsy, autism, paralysis, and other disabilities today.
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There are so many nursing apps – many useful, many simply with their intentions in the right place – that it would almost be useful to have an app to recommend the latest nursing apps.
Believe it or not, there’s an app for that…Actually, it’s a web page – www.gostudentnursing.com – and its recommendations are pretty handy for nursing students, new nurses, and sometimes even seasoned veterans.
But with so many apps and apps of apps for nursing, we thought it would be a good idea to weigh-in ourselves on what we think are the most useful handheld nursing utilities.
Here’re our thoughts, in four key categories: [click to continue…]
Who would have thought that a $60 piece of software on a $250 piece of hardware would become a critical training tool for laparoscopic surgeons?
While you could argue this statement isn’t universally accepted (yet), a 2007 study into the relevance of video games as a training tool for traditional, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted surgery bears-out what anyone who became a physician during or after the advent of Pong, Space Invaders or Pacman already knew… [click to continue…]