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Philips, Intel To Team On Patient Data Device

Posted by SIM on March 3, 2007

From Herald news services
Sunday, March 4, 2007

Royal Philips Electronics NV and Intel Corp. plan to launch a wireless, handheld device to assist doctors and nurses in recording and storing patient information.

Philips, one of the world’s largest makers of medical equipment, said the device, including a touch screen and digital camera, had numerous uses. Among them: “to reduce medication errors, positively identify staff and patients, fill out charts, capture vital signs, write up reports and validate blood transfusions, as well as (provide) the ability to closely monitor the healing of wounds.”

Medical professionals would use the devices to relay data to and from a patient’s file on the spot. Perhaps most importantly, it will be “medical grade compliant,” said Philips spokesman Ian Race. “It’s easy to sterilize because it is sealed.” That’s key because in many wards, sanitation rules put many doctors’ personal digital assistants off limits.

Localized snapshots coming to the Weather Channel:

Something seems to be missing from online weather maps.

They show major highways and town names. But have you ever seen one get detailed enough to show neighborhoods and street names and, by extension, truly localized weather?

The Weather Channel is unveiling a product Monday that could change that.

The Atlanta-based cable channel has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to offer detailed road maps combined with satellite imagery. The result is an interactive Web map that lets users zoom in to get a localized snapshot of current weather. That is, to see how it’s affecting their neighborhood – not just the city as a whole.

The interactive map can be found on the channel’s online site,www.weather.com. It has a sliding bar that controls the view of the weather, along with tools that let users pan around the map.

“Earl Grey, hot, bot”:

Japan is pretty serious about robotics. If the droids are going to fit in, they probably need to learn the Japanese custom of serving tea.

Fortunately, researchers at the University of Tokyo are exploring just that. In a demonstration this week, a humanoid with camera eyes made by Kawada Industries Inc. poured tea from a bottle into a cup. Then another robot on wheels delivered the cup of tea in an experimental room that has sensors embedded in the floor and sofa as well as cameras on the ceiling, to simulate life with robot technology.

“A human being may be faster, but you’d have to say ‘Thank you,'” said University of Tokyo professor Tomomasa Sato. “That’s the best part about a robot. You don’t have to feel bad about asking it to do things.”

“Second Life” brings on the noise:

The virtual 3-D world of “Second Life” has always been a place where people could gather and communicate – but only by silently typing notes to each other. In attempt to add more realism, “Second Life” is about to get a whole lot noisier.

Linden Lab, the company behind “Second Life,” says it is implementing voice-over-Internet software that will let the thousands of people online at any given moment talk to each other over their computers’ microphones and speakers.

One key feature will be something called spatial audio. To mimic sound in the physical world, the ability to talk and hear conversations will be contingent on the separation between people in the virtual environment, said Joe Miller, a technology executive for Linden Lab. A group close together will be able to chat normally, but once a certain distance is reached, not even shouting will be enough, Miller said.

Add Ning to the social networking list:

Web browser pioneer Marc Andreessen helped bring the Internet to the masses during the 1990s. Now the Netscape Communications co-founder is trying to help Web surfers build online communities outside the walls of leaders MySpace.com and Facebook.com.

Andreessen’s vehicle this time around is Ning Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup that he began in 2005 with former banker Gina Bianchini.

After months of fine-tuning, Ning is finally ready to make its big push with a free toolkit designed to make it easy to launch a social network with a few mouse clicks. Ning’s package includes all the social networking staples – videos, photos, music, forums, personal profiles and blogs.

Although both MySpace and Facebook have become smash hits by offering the same features, Andreessen is convinced people dislike the big social networks’ one-size-fits-all approach. With Ning’s products, even technology neophytes can customize social networks around narrowly shared interests, such as a sports team, church group, hobby or TV show.

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