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Gamer Dies From DVT

Posted by Andrew at 12:30 AM on August 1, 2011

The BBC is highlighting a campaign to warn gamers of the risk of deep vein thrombosis caused by long gaming sessions in a sitting position. Chris Staniford died earlier in May from a blood clot which formed in his leg before moving to his lungs. Chris was a keen gamer and would play his Xbox 360 for up to 12 hours at a time.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can happen when people stay still for long periods, typically sitting, and there have been several cases involving long-haul flights. It’s easy to see that certain games and consoles can lead to prolonged sitting and presumably the motion-controlled games are suitable antidote.

Chris was 20 when he died and DVT is easily avoided by short breaks and exercise, so it makes sense to highlight the risks to the millions of gamers out there. Microsoft also has a website, Play Smart, Play Safe that provides guidance to parents and gamers on a range of issues that can affect players.

Zeo: Your Personal Sleep Coach

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 1:42 PM on February 14, 2011

Zeo

Carissa O’Brien visited the Zeo booth at CES 2011. Zeo is a device that acts as a personal sleep coach. Better sleep means a better you. When you sleep poorly it can effect your health, your energy level and your productivity. The way Zeo works is you wear a headband at night that tracks you brain electric signals. In the morning that information is then transferred to the bedside display. It can tell you how long you slept, how long it took for you to get to sleep and how good you slept. You can then take that data to the Zeo Web site and it will give you tips on how to get better sleep.

The device is available through the Zeo Web site, Amazon and Brookstone for $199.00. Zeo announced an integration with Dailyburn an online fitness platform thru their open api at CES 2011.

Interview by Carissa O’Brien for Geek News Central.

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TabSafe Medication Management System

Posted by Andrew at 3:29 PM on February 13, 2011

Carissa talks with Jim from TabSafe about their award-winning TabSafe Medication Management System. Aimed at keeping an ill person at home when they would otherwise have to go into care, it not only reminds the person when to take their medication, but it also records vital readings such as blood sugar level and blood pressure, and prepares them for the physician to give a picture of wellness over time.

TabSafe is modular to cope with multiple prescriptions. For as-needed medication, it monitors the frequency of use and will prevent overdosing by refusing to dispense the medication when it detects excessive use.

The setup of the prescription regime is programmed via the TabSafe website so it can be done by the carer or the patient. If the medication isn’t taken by the patient, an alert is sent by phone to the carer.

Priced at $1099 for purchase or $50 per month rental. Available now from their website.

Interview by Carissa O’Brien for Tech Podcast Network.

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GE Healthcare Reader, Capture Station, Quietcare, Intel Healthguide

Posted by tomwiles at 4:05 PM on February 9, 2011

Carissa O’Brien interviews Scott from Intel GE Care Innovations. Scott demonstrates the GE Healthcare text-to-speech reader in conjunction with the Capture Station.

Quietcare is a monitoring system for those living in assisted living facilities.

The Intel Healthguide is a remote monitoring unit that enables medical staff to do remote monitoring and interaction with patients in their own homes via the Internet, including video calling.

Interview by Carissa O’Brien of Geek News Central.

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TabSafe Medication Management System for Independent Living

Posted by Andrew at 3:21 PM on February 8, 2011

Andy and Esbjorn interview Chris Morgan and James Chiavetta from TabSafe, who demonstrate their Medication Management System, which won a Design and Engineering Showcase Award at CES.

TabSafe is an in-home medication dispensing system aimed at keeping seniors and chronically ill at home, rather than taking them into care or assisted-living accommodation. Apparently 1 in 4 people have to move out of their homes because of problems taking medication.

The system comprises there parts – a base unit, a medication cartridge and a personal health website. Where needed, multiple medication cartridges can be used for different prescriptions. The system is programmed with the time and frequency of medication dispensing and when the time comes, the patient is alerted via a tone and a customisable voice prompt to take their tablets.

If the patient doesn’t take their medication on time, the carer is alerted by the system via their mobile phone.

The personal health website is used by the carer or patient to program TabSafe but information is returned from the TabSafe to the website so a time-based view of the medication dispensing can be seen and passed to their physician. TabSafe connects to the Internet via router but it has a backup connection through the standard telephone system.

Chris and James also discuss some of the challenges developing a home medical device to the market, including legal issues and failsafes.

On sale now for $1099 plus $10 per month for the personal health website.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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Altorr Automated Door Opener

Posted by tomwiles at 3:07 PM on February 8, 2011

Bradford Clough discusses the Altorr Automated Door Opener along with a number of other products that incorporates voice control to assist those with heavy physical challenges such as quadriplegics.

Altorr makes a variety of devices that can enable those with extreme physical challenges to live a more independent lifestyle. Their products include a device that can interface with infrared remote controlled devices along with Zigby home networked devices for an extensive array of voice commands, such as turning lights and fans on and off, setting temperatures, controlling televisions, etc.

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Pomdevices’ Sonamba Helps Carers and Seniors

Posted by Andrew at 9:54 AM on February 4, 2011

On the first night of CES, Andy talks to serial entrepreneur, Ajit Pendse, CEO of Pomdevices about Sonamba, a product aimed at helping older people stay in their own home when otherwise they might have to go into a care facility.

The Sonamba Internet-connected tablet is intended to be used by the elderly person for daily communication with family and reminders about medications. It also acts a base station for other devices in the home that monitor activity elsewhere, e.g. in the bathroom. Panic buttons can be used to summon assistance in emergencies.

Caregivers can install an app on their iPhone that shows the activity in the monitored home and also make changes remotely to alerts and other settings.

Available now from a variety of resellers, with many different purchase options, but starts from $69 per month.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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Independa Smart Reminders for Forgetful Relatives

Posted by Andrew at 3:35 PM on January 25, 2011

Todd talks to Kian Saneii, CEO of Independa, a reminder service aimed at care-givers for elderly people, helping them remember to take their medication and to keep appointments, thus keeping them in their own home that little bit longer. Under the overall brand of Smart Reminders, Independa is launching three products, Smart Calendar, Medication Reminder and Life Stories.

The way it works is that the care-givers use Independa’s portal to setup the reminders for the relative, who is then reminded at the right time. Now the smart bit is that the older person doesn’t need to know anything about computers – the reminder is delivered to them by telephone. And to backup the reminder, the person has to confirm that they’ve taken their medication or else a further call is made to them a little later. Depending on the study, around 24% of medications are simply forgotten to be taken.

Life Stories is a little bit different but great idea. The care-giver places a call through the Independa system to their relative and asks him or her a question, like “How did you meet Mom / Dad?” or “What did you do in World War II?”.  The ensuing conversation is recorded and can be passed onto the rest of the family. Brilliant.

Available from now, with a six week trial period. Smart Reminders is $19.95 per month for an annual plan and Life Stories is $19.95 for 20 minutes of recording.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Esby Larsen of MrNetcast.com

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PixelOptics’ Electronically Focussing Eyeglasses, emPower!

Posted by Andrew at 9:08 AM on January 25, 2011

If you wear glasses or are getting to a certain age where you need glasses to read, then you need to watch this video – it shows the future of eyeglasses.

After 11 years of research, PixelOptics have developed the world’s first electronically focussing glasses, emPower!, that automatically adjust the strength of the lens depending on whether you are looking into the distance or trying to read a book. The front of each lens is covered with a thin LCD film 3 microns (3 um) thick that can adjust the refractive index and power of the lens. The glasses themselves have a built-in inductive rechargeable battery that will last three to four days on one charge, but most people will charge them every night while they are asleep. Even if the battery runs out, the glasses will still work as ordinary spectacles at their default strength.

Cost is about 30% over a premium pair of spectacles with progressive lenses.

Totally amazing.

Interview by Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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WellDoc Medical Coaching Software For Better Patient Outcomes

Posted by tomwiles at 8:28 AM on January 24, 2011

Anand Iyer and Chris Bergstrom of Welldoc, Inc. (www.welldocinc.com) present Welldoc Coaching Software for phones that helps patients with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes report their ongoing self-monitoring statistics and other relevant data to their physicians, thus helping the patient remain in compliance to their medical treatment program with an eye towards better patient outcomes.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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