Thursday, January 29, 2015

Birds of Prey with Head Mounted Camera...


I found this pretty interesting.  Obviously with the proliferation of wearable cameras to capture our every moment, you knew someone was going to put one on an animal at some point.

I'm pretty sure we can learn a lot about all kinds of zoological things utilizing this in the future.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Microsoft Announces AR System Hololens


I absolutely, *love* Ironman.  For those of you who have seen the first one, you will remember Tony Stark interacting with his design software as the designs floated in the air in front of him.  At the time I thought that was some pretty CGI, now it turns out, Microsoft is about to make that a reality.

The Microsoft Hololens will add AR or Augmented Reality to your world.  Curious about what that means?  Just  watch the video.  It explains it better than I ever could.  Enjoy!  Oh, and I'm buying one of these.  I just need to know where to send my money...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Internet Brands Acquires Sesame Communications


Best-in-Class, Cloud-Based Patient Engagement Solutions Firm a Valuable Addition to Internet Brands’ Rapidly Growing Health Portfolio
LOS ANGELES, CA–(Jan 26, 2015) – Internet Brands today announced that it has acquired Seattle-based Sesame Communications, a leading provider of cloud-based patient engagement and digital marketing solutions for the dental and orthodontic industries.
Founded in 1999, Sesame Communications is one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the United States. It serves thousands of dental and orthodontic practices with products and services that help them grow their practices.
Sesame Communications joins Internet Brands’ rapidly growing Health portfolio, which includes the Internet’s leading collection of web presence solution providers for health professionals. These include Officite, eDoctors, TherapySites, iMatrix, and Baystone Media.
“Sesame has built an incredibly nimble and innovative business that owns its category and has literally transformed the way dental practices do business,” said Bob Brisco, CEO of Internet Brands. “Sesame’s best-in-class products and services are a valuable addition to our Health portfolio.”
Differentiating Sesame Communications in its category is the company’s proprietary suite of patient engagement and communications solutions. These include patient scheduling and appointment reminder systems, online bill pay and financial reminders, and portals that allow patients to view their appointments and full online health histories. The company also offers traditional web presence services including website design, SEO, and social media support.
Sesame Communications will continue to operate from its Seattle headquarters following the acquisition. The company was represented by Cascadia Capital LLC in the transaction.
About Internet Brands
Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., Internet Brands® is a fully integrated online media and software services organization focused on four high-value vertical categories: Automotive, Health, Legal and Home / Travel. The company’s award-winning consumer websites lead their categories and serve more than 100 million monthly visitors, while a full range of web presence offerings has established deep, long-term relationships with SMB and enterprise clients. Internet Brands’ powerful, propriety operating platform provides the flexibility and scalability to fuel the company’s continued growth. For more information, please visit www.internetbrands.com.
About Sesame Communications
Sesame Communications helps dental and orthodontic practices harness the power of the Internet to accelerate new patient acquisition and transform the patient experience. The company supports thousands of practices in their efforts to grow and increase profitability in the digital age. The Sesame 24-7 platform provides an end-to-end, HIPAA-compliant system tailored to the unique and specific needs of dentistry. An Inc. 500|5000 company and 4-time winner of the Pride “Best of Class” Technology Award, Sesame is recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. For more information about Sesame, visit www.sesamecommunications.com.
- See more at: http://www.sesamecommunications.com/news/internet-brands-acquires-sesame-communications/#sthash.xGVfmKUn.dpuf

Monday, January 26, 2015

Leatherman Introduces Wearable Tech Repair Device

I want one of these things so bad I can almost taste it...

Behold the Leatherman Tread Bracelet.  The company says it will be available this summer... I'm already in line...

I could go on and on, but instead, here's what the company has to say:

“The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said President Ben Rivera. “I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying a knife, when what they had actually seen was my Skeletool. I was unwilling to give it up, so they made me take it all the way back to my hotel room. I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security.” When he returned from his trip, Rivera, who began his tenure at Leatherman Tool Group 24 years ago as an engineer, began by wearing a bike chain bracelet to see how it would feel. As his thoughts took shape, he brought his idea to the engineers at Leatherman who helped fast track his plans.

The Tread bracelet began taking shape. Each complex link was metal injection molded for strength and intensity. The bracelet was crafted to be fully customizable with slotted fasteners, so the user could rearrange links, add new ones, or adjust for wrist size to ¼”. Even the clasp is functional with a bottle opener and #2 square drive. Other link tools include a cutting hook, hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker.
“I began wearing prototypes myself to test comfort and usability, and to ask for feedback,” said Rivera. “Folks immediately associated the bracelet design with a watch and asked, where’s the watch? We decided to make a timepiece an optional part of the Tread.”
A version of the Tread bracelet that includes a watch will be available in Fall 2015. The Leatherman TreadTM QM1 will feature a unique Leatherman-designed and Swiss-made timepiece with precision quartz movement. A shock resistant sapphire crystal ensures scratch resistance for heavy duty wear, and the curved watch limits reflection and increases outdoor visibility.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Worst Password List Released

Another year, another list of bad passwords.

Here they are in order:

1. 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 1234567890 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)
8. baseball (New)
9. dragon (New)
10. football (New)
11. 1234567 (Down 4)
12. monkey (Up 5)
13. letmein (Up 1)
14. abc123 (Down 9)
15. 111111 (Down 8)
16. mustang (New)
17. access (New)
18. shadow (Unchanged)
19. master (New)
20. michael (New)
21. superman (New)
22. 696969 (New)
23. 123123 (Down 12)
24. batman (New)
25. trustno1 (Down 1)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Core3dcentres® NA Recognized as Authorized Milling Center for Thommen Implant System Abutments




Las Vegas, NV – January 20, 2015 – Core3dcentres® and Thommen Medical are pleased to announce that Core3dcentres has been recognized as the only Authorized Milling Center for Thommen Implant System custom and hybrid abutments in North America. Core3dcentres has undergone a rigorous certification process (including machined samples, material handling and product training) to ensure their Milling Centers are delivering custom and hybrid abutments, using genuine Thommen material, meeting the high standards and quality that Thommen demands.
Both Core3dcentres and Thommen Medical are very excited by this partnership as it opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces both companies’ commitment to using the best technologies, materials and processes available in the market today.
For more information on Thommen Implant System Abutment products from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit www.core3dcentres.com; or contact us toll-free at 1-888-750-9204 or by email at InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com.
About Core3dcentres®
With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres offers the one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in dentistry’s most rapidly growing market segment with greater precision, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant-crown solution, Core3dcentres supplies a full range of digital solutions, all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges.
As an authorized milling partner for the Thommen Implant System, Dentsply CELTRATM Duo, VITA Zahnfabrik, Ivoclar VivadentTM, BioHorizons® and 3M LavaTM as well as a Cadent iTeroTM model milling center, Core3dcentres® offers access to all of the leading brands (CELTRATM Duo, VITA ENAMIC®, IPS

e.max® CAD, Telio CAD®, ZenoTec®, LavaTM) supported by continuing education, technical assistance, validated workflows and fast turnarounds.
About Thommen Medical
Thommen Medical is a Swiss designer and manufacturer of dental implant systems with a reputation for precision, quality and functional design. We are committed to creating products that satisfy our customers' high standards for safety, aesthetics and predictability.
The Thommen Implant System is based on more than 35 years of clinical experience. Our ongoing, intense collaborations with world-renowned clinicians and academic institutions enable us to provide easy to use and extremely precise solutions. As a result, our Thommen Implant System has become well-regarded for delivering superb clinical results and outstanding aesthetics to patients.
Thommen Medical world headquarters is located in Grenchen, Switzerland. The production of the Thommen Implant System takes place at the company’s own manufacturing facility in Grenchen. Thommen Medical has subsidiaries in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Benelux, United States and Canada. Distribution partners represent Thommen Medical in other major markets of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
To learn more, please contact your local Thommen representative or visit
www.thommenmedical.com 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

American Academy of Periodontology to Host Technology-focused Conference in Chicago


Dental team collaboration, shared learning are among event highlights
 

Chicago, IL (January 20, 2015)
—The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will host its annual Spring Conference at the Hilton Chicago on May 2-3, 2015. This year’s theme, “Embracing Technology to Enhance Your Clinical Practice,” will equip periodontists, general dentists, hygienists, and office staff with the insight on how to integrate the latest advancements in diagnosis, treatment, practice management, and communication systems within their practices. 

“Recent technological strides in dental treatment, practice management, and communication have created new opportunities for both periodontists and general dentists,” said Joan Otomo-Corgel, MPH, DDS, president of the AAP. “The conference is designed to provide dental professionals with tools that can further optimize patient care.”

The one-and-a-half day educational and interactive conference offers attendees a comprehensive look at how technology affects traditional collaborative dentistry. The event’s impressive roster of speakers will lead sessions on the following topics:

  • The power of the dental team collaboration in a digital world
  • Technology’s impact on enhancing treatment, including diagnostics and imaging 
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Digital restorative dentistry
  • And much more!

Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 8.75 continuing education (CE) credits.

Registration fees for media representatives attending the AAP’s 2015 Spring Conference will be waived, granting access to all sessions. Presenters and AAP representatives will be available for on-site interviews, filming, and photo shoots, which must be scheduled in advance with AAP Public Relations staff. For press credentials, contact the Academy’s Public Relations Department at 312-573-3243 or mame@perio.org. For more information about the AAP’s Annual Spring Conference, visit www.perio.org, or e-mail meetings@perio.org


About the American Academy of Periodontology:
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,300-member professional organization for periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.