Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Teki Doctor

Teki is a recent development in technology by company: Accenture that has successfully allowed thousands of people with xBox Kinect to visit the doctor from home.
The project was instituted after a noticeable increase in senior citizens placing strain upon the limited resources that the healthcare system provides, particularly in Basque Country, Spain and other parts of the world.
The software and subsequent devices allow patients with chronic conditions to quickly check in with their doctors through an xBox Kinect unit that is connected to the internet, consequently meaning reduced office visits that are often time consuming, as well as catching problems before they require hospitalization.

Users receive a wireless heart rate monitor that measures pulse, as well as a spirometer for the measurement of respiratory levels. They also communicate with their doctor through either text, call, or video call (which is most popular, and is the easiest method of effective communication). The interface also allows patients to complete symptom related questionnaires through gesture control as well as Kinects 3D depth sensing technology to determine whether they are performing rehabilitative exercises correctly.

The development of this has has a massive impact on both society and the healthcare business and has saved over approximately 55 million dollars as well as 52 thousand visits to the hospital.

This has meant that those members of Spanish society are able to get the check ups they need without having to leave the comfort of their own home; thus spending money on petrol and other travel expenses, and most importantly, it reduces the amount of time that both doctors and patients spend on both travelling to appointments (for home visits) and the time spent in the waiting room. It also means that patients that are unable to travel due to incapacitating illness, lack of time or money can still get the treatment that they require.

However, replacing real life visits with these Kinect ones may not be as effective, for the technology might not pick up on smaller illnesses that are hard to find unless thoroughly examined by a doctor. Patients may need further treatment which the technology might not pick up on, thus meaning the patient goes untreated.

The new technology also has had a very positive effect on the healthcare business: doctors are able to see more patients due to less time being spent on asking questions and prescribing medicine. It also saves a considerable amount of money on other expenses that are involved in appointments: they would no longer have to employ as many receptionists due to the systems capability for patients to book their own appointments (if necessary) online as well as being able to access their health records themselves. This would then mean that they could spend the money saved on improving healthcare services and buying more machines and revolutionary medicines etc.

It has also has a positive impact on Microsoft who were the co-developers of the technology which has kept them ahead of rival companies such as Sony - the makers of the Play Stations.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Google Glass

Google Glass is the newest piece of technology from Google that has been in the hands of beta testers (members of the public who applied for the trial) for almost four months.
Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

The new device allows the wearer to record what they are seeing, as well as input commands via speech recognition (just as Apple's Siri does). The new device has been compared to a smart phone that you wear.

This new revolution in smart phone technology is particularly convenient to society through the way that you can easily record videos, which would be very handy if you were a student in a lecture, or a businessman in a meeting: it means that you no longer have to strain your hands writing endless pages of notes.
The impracticality of a hands-free kit when driving or doing any other kind of activity that requires use of both your hands has been abolished through the innovative design and user interface, which is entirely speech recognition.

There are downfalls to this design, however, as the lack of buttons means that if there is an issue with the speech software, you're in a spot of bother. As well as this, the placement of the screen being so close to the eye could cause damage to the eye if exposed to the device for a lengthy period of time. It could also cause danger as the screen may obscure proper vision.

Facebook Fridge

It's the year 2013 and technology has been advancing at an incredible rate over the past decade or so, with massive advancements in smart phones and social networking being one of the fastest to grow.
Alas! These smart phones are not the only devices capable of social networking: Samsung has come out with a fridge that holds WiFi capabilities. This means that it can email you when the time for re-stocking the fridge draws near, with what foods you need to buy. It has WiFi access and an Operating System, and these combined allow you to even program your fridge so that it automatically orders your groceries for you from an online delivery service on a weekly basis.

 The "App Fridge" also allows you to write memos and store photos, rather than have your kitchen look messy and covered with tacky fridge magnets from holidays and gift shops, that hold up scribbled notes and torn photographs. This way of organising your fridge means that the everyday homeowner can have a more convenient lifestyle particularly for those juggling work, a home and children!

The affect that this 'Wi-Fi' Fridge would have on businesses is not a very substantial one, unless the business specializes in catering such as bakeries, restaurants and other small establishments. Most larger establishments have industrial sized refrigerators and this tiny-in-comparison fridge would not be appropriate. However, this innovative design with it's convenient applications could be imported into industrial sized appliances for easy stock managing, which would therefore improve the company's efficiency.