Friday, October 31, 2008

FDA Approves Painshield

This is an interesting new product I came across that just received FDA 510K clearance. Attach the adhesive pad to the affected area and it will decrease pain and inflammation. Although no dental uses are listed yet, I can see this being handy for treatment of myofacial pain among other things. Here is the press release:

22 October, 2008

Portable solution for effective localized pain management

Nesher, Israel, NanoVibronix, a medical device company, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510K clearance to market PainShield™ MD, a diathermy device used to treat pain. PainShield is the first hands-free, patch-based device, thus allowing for an entirely new dimension in ultrasound treatment of pain and soft tissue healing. The PainShield consists of a disposable patch connected to a portable reusable driver and propagates therapeutic ultrasound waves to the desired area of the body.

NanoVibronix President and CEO, Dr. Harold Jacob, stated, "PainShield MD, which implements our unique low frequency, low intensity ultrasound platform, is the first product from our pipeline to be cleared for marketing in the USA and represents a major milestone for NanoVibronix. NanoVibronix has created a platform that changes the way pain, the most common medical complaint, is managed. Our simple-to-use, portable device can treat pain locally including tendonitis, other musculoskeletal disorders, and post operative pain."

Dr. HM Adahan, Head of Pain Rehabilitation Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital, Israel, commented, "The PainShield appears to present a simple, elegant, economical, and effective solution to many of the most painful and common ailments that I treat. It also encourages patient independence and reduces the costs of therapy by promoting clinician supervised home based care".

Dr. Jonathan Rosenblum, Director, Diabetic Foot Service; Shaarei Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel said, "My experience with PainShield MD has shown that it is highly effective in treating painful foot disorders including heel spur syndrome, tendon disease and wound pain." Dr. Rosenblum added "I am currently performing a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of PainShield on patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers and initial results are very promising." "PainShield MD addresses many of the shortcomings of traditional therapeutic ultrasound and various other therapeutic modalities."

About the Company

NanoVibronix, located in Nesher Israel, develops products that implement its proprietary therapeutic ultrasound technology. The company has also developed a unique line of catheter based disposable ultrasound devices designed to treat catheter associated injury including pain, discomfort and biofilm formation. The first two products in this category are the UroShield™ for in-dwelling urinary catheters and NG-Shield™ for in-dwelling Nasogastric tubes.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Anantomage InVivo 3D Software


I had a demo this evening of the InVivoDental 3D software and came away very impressed. Although the demo was only about an hour I got a nice overview of the product.

It allows for complete 3D treatment planning for implant placement. This means you can select your brand and size of implant then literally put it into the volume and orient it in all 3 dimensions. This allows the doctor to do all of the difficult aspects of planning the case in the software which means more predictable surgical placement. The benefits are easier and more precise placement of the implant.

There are a variety of views available and the overall "feel" of the software is pretty straightforward and easy to use. Especially of interest is the software's ability to stitch images together. If your CDCT machine does not provide a full volumetric scan, you can take two scans of the patient (one of the upper portion of the skull and one of the standard portion usually obtained). The software can then merge (stitch) the 2 images together. Although this isn't always a necessity, it's nice to have when you need it.

There are lots of other good features, but I won't go into all of them here. The price is less than $10K US. If you currently have a CBCT unit and want to upgrade your software or if you are sending patients out for scans and want to do more treatment planning on your own, take a tour of InVivo. I think you will be impressed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

JVC pulls the plug on the VCR - literally!

We all probably knew it was inevitable. After all, time, tide, and technology wait for no man. Yesterday, JVC the company that invented the VCR announced that they are no longer manufacturing the device.

Now I think it's safe to say that most of us have moved on from that format and probably haven't even thought about using a VCR in several years. I've kept a couple around the house simply because the younger Fluckes use them to watch VHS tapes given to them over the years. Personally, I can't remember the last time I actually used one of them.

However, if you are someone who has a lot of treasured family memories on tape, you should probably be looking at buying a backup device or having the videos transferred to some type of digital medium such as DVD's. I'm sure that some of you have wedding videos or videos of your children that you would hate to lose.

JVC will continue to manufacture their combination DVD and VHS units for a while longer, but the writing is now on the wall. The original time shifting device is now in its death throes. Time marches on.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NEC prepares new P221W LCD monitor for market

Available in December for a shade under $650, this new monitor from NEC offers some pretty nice specs. A 22 inch monitor might be a tad big for over the patient use, but this is definitely something that could be used for consults or the desk of someone who needs lots of screen real estate. Specs are listed below.

  • 1,680 x 1,050 native resolution
  • Wide color gamut achieves 96 percent coverage of AdobeRGB
  • Internal 10-bit programmable lookup tables (LUTs)
  • S-PVA LCD technology, which provides for the widest viewing angles available with minimal off-angle color shift
  • AmbiBright automatic brightness adjustment
  • 1,000:1 typical contrast ratio
  • 16ms response time
  • 300 cd/m2 typical brightness
  • XtraView+ 178° (88°/88°/88°/88°) viewing angle
  • ECO Mode and carbon footprint reduction
  • Analog and digital input signal
  • Four-way ergonomic stand (tilt/swivel/pivot/height-adjust)
  • Optional Soundbar 90

Monday, October 27, 2008

Clean Machine Now Avialable from Amazon

I've mentioned Clean Machine here before. The PC Concierge gets rid of all kinds of nasty things your computer doesn't need as well as making your computer (PC or Mac) run better. Check out what it does:

FAR HILLS, NJ--(Marketwire - October 24, 2008) - Clean Machine Inc., a global provider of remotely administered PC security and performance management services, has teamed with Amazon.com to make its highly customized PC Concierge service -- a preventative service to protect computers from common performance and security issues -- available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Clean Machine's unique and highly efficient model for service delivery is the lowest-cost, quickest, safest and easiest way to keep computers running fast and safely. New and current PC, Mac® and peripherals owners can purchase the service on Amazon.com for $119.99 annually to receive relief from the adware, spyware, viruses and other performance and security problems that continually plague PC users.
Clean Machine software comes on a USB drive that is shipped to customers, and allows consumers, small businesses and other computer users to proactively prevent malfunctions from occurring to their PC or Mac. Customers also receive unlimited repairs, advice and helpful tips from their own personal technician. Clean Machine has the most advanced security in the industry. It includes strict privacy policies to assure consumers that their information is safe and secure, and a five-part security program that is backed by AIG.
"As the leader in online retailing and consumer electronics, we are very pleased that Clean Machine services will now be available to Amazon.com customers," said Larry Gordon, Clean Machine CEO. "We want to enhance the online shopping experience and other computing experiences for Amazon.com's millions of customers as much as possible. Clean Machine was founded because the average home-based and small business PC user is looking for simplicity, performance and value. In these tough times, computer owners don't want to pay up to $250 and sometimes more to get their computer fixed. Clean Machine provides a much lower-cost alternative while offering substantially more service and better value."
The highly-trained Clean Machine PC Concierge uses the most advanced software and tools to remotely:
-- Scan Macs and PCs for viruses and spyware
-- Remove offending programs
-- Enhance Mac and PC security, speed and performance
-- Optimize hardware and software performance
-- Fix problems and offer personalized advice
-- Provide a detailed report and improvements recommendations
-- Six times per year customized preventive maintenance
-- Overnight service

The result is a frustration-free experience and a protected, high-performing computer.
"Many of the services Clean Machine offers are the kind of standard checks that all of us probably should be doing on a regular basis but don't," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst with Parks Associates. "In addition to checking for and eliminating malware, running disk defragmentation and ensuring the proper configuration of applications such as Windows Firewall™, Clean Machine also provides important customer assurance features. Features such as the detailed activity log that shows exactly what services were performed by the PC Concierge, and providing clearly defined security and privacy practices (including carrying significant liability insurance) are critical components to building consumer confidence in the effectiveness and safety of remote support providers."
About Clean Machine
Clean Machine Inc. is a NJ-based and incorporated company that helps consumers and small business owners easily manage and protect their computing environments safely and cost effectively. The company is has a unique, powerful and inexpensive PC concierge service. Specifically, each customer is assigned a highly-trained tech concierge who remotely examines their computer system on a scheduled and very secure basis. The PC concierge will immediately fix software-based problems and prevent new threats to the customer's computing environment including offensive pop-ups, browser redirects and slow performance, and then provides a detailed report. Clean Machine's proprietary Radar™ technology (Remote Access Detection Audit and Repair) allows its expert technicians to remotely resolve any problems, eliminating the need for customers to go through the frustrating process of speaking with a tech support expert, and still having to do the work themselves. In other words, the Clean Machine PC concierges do it all. For more information on Clean Machine please visit http://www.pccleanmachine.com

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Action Sports Wearable Video Camera

Since it's the weekend, I always try and dig up something fun to show. This definitely makes the grade in that department.

his small, lightweight, shock-resistant, and waterproof video camera can be clipped to a helmet, handlebar, ski pole, snorkel, or just about anywhere else, allowing you to capture hands-free video footage while snowboarding, skateboarding, skiing, cycling, or snorkeling. With a 53" field-of-view for wide-angle shots, the camera takes pictures or records videos at 30 frames per second and includes 32MB of internal memory, which can store up to 1,158 VGA pictures or 11 minutes of video at 320 x 240 QQVGA or 640 x 480 VGA resolution. It has an SD card expansion slot so you can add up to 4GB of memory for 3 1/2 hours of additional video storage. Its 1 1/2" TFT LCD allows you to preview your videos and pictures, and the camera connects directly to a television for video playback, or footage can be downloaded to a computer via USB cable (requires Mac OS 10.4 or Windows® XP/Vista). Camera mounts include a U-shaped clip and hook-and-loop fasteners to grip arms, legs, helmets, or bike frame. Includes RCA and USB cables. Camera and remote both require two AA batteries. Ages 8 and up. 4 1/2" L x 2 3/4" W x 2 1/2" H. (4 1/2 oz.)

It's available from several websites. Just search Google for "Action Sports Hands Free". Enjoy!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Comcast Begins Rollout Of Extreme 50 Mbps High-Speed Internet Service

I cna still remember when I bought my first 56k modem and couldn't believe tehe screaming fast download speeds. Compare that to the newly announced 50mbps service from Comcast. This connection will more than dwarf the speeds of T1 connections.

Here are all the details:

Comcast, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced it is making the leap from broadband to wideband with the launch of next-generation DOCSIS 3.0. With wideband, Comcast will introduce a brand new echelon of Internet speed tiers, which will redefine the customer experience online and create a platform for Internet innovation in the years ahead.

In the next few weeks, Comcast’s new services will be available to millions of residential homes and businesses in parts of New England, including the Boston Metropolitan region and Southern New Hampshire, as well as areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey. These services also will be available in the Twin Cities where wideband was launched earlier this year. Comcast plans to continue to roll out wideband across its footprint and expects to reach more than 10 major markets and pass nearly 10 million homes and businesses in the next several months.

With wideband, Comcast will offer among the fastest speeds available today, including the Extreme 50 tier at up to 50 Mbps. It also will enable Comcast to double speeds for the majority of existing high-speed Internet customers at no additional cost.

“Wideband is a game-changer for the industry. With wideband running over our next-generation fiber-optic network, we can greatly enhance our customers’ online experience immediately. And these speeds are only a preview of what’s to come—wideband will provide the capability of delivering dramatically faster speeds in excess of 160 Mbps in the future,” said Mitch Bowling, SVP and General Manager, Comcast Online Services. “Today’s announcement reaffirms our commitment to offer more speed to more homes than any other U.S. Internet service provider.”

As part of the wideband deployment, Comcast will launch two new premium speed tiers to its residential and business class customers. Both services are ideal for households or businesses simultaneously using several computers or Internet-connected devices. They also will appeal to those who simply want some of the fastest speeds available in the U.S. today:

New Residential Tiers
• Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at $139.95/month.*

• Ultra, offering up to 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed at $62.95/month.*

With Extreme 50, Comcast customers, for example, will be able to download a high-def movie (6 GB) in about 16 minutes, a standard-def movie (2 GB) in about 5 minutes and a standard-def TV show (300 MB) in a matter of seconds. Customers with Extreme 50 also will be able to download digital photos, songs and games faster than ever.

In addition to the new speed tiers, Comcast also is increasing speeds for most of its existing customers.

• Performance tier customers will benefit from doubled downstream and upstream speeds, offering up to 12 Mbps and 2 Mbps, respectively.

• Performance Plus customers will be upgraded to Comcast’s Blast! tier, which will double their download speeds to up to 16 Mbps and provide up to 2 Mbps of upload speed.

Plus, with PowerBoost® technology, customers are able to enjoy even faster speeds to download and upload files such as videos, games, music and photos.

New Business Class Tiers
Business customers will benefit from wideband with increased efficiency and productivity. Customers can sign up for the Deluxe 50 Mbps / 10 Mbps tier for $189.95/month, which includes a full suite of features and support. As part of their service, Comcast Business Class customers receive Microsoft Communications Services, providing corporate-class e-mail, calendaring and document sharing, as well as additional benefits such as firewall protection, static IP addresses, multiple e-mail addresses and business class 24/7 customer support. Existing business class customers also will receive complimentary speed increases—speeds on the Starter tier will be doubled to up to 12 Mbps / 2 Mbps and a new Premium Tier also will be introduced, offering speeds up to 22 Mbps / 5 Mbps for only $99.95/month.

To find out when wideband will be available customers can visit www.comcast.com/fastestfast or call
1-800-Comcast.
*Pricing for residential customers and requires subscription to Comcast Cable service.

Friday, October 24, 2008

DroboApps make the Drobo even *more* appealing

The good people at Data Robotics are now bring DroboApps to the masses. Theses applications get your Drobo to do even more than you thought possible.

You can turn your Drobo into an iTunes server, a BitTorrent sever, and a FTP server just to name a few. The only downer is that it requires a Drobo NAS adapter which carries a $199 price tag.

For more info and the available apps, click here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

iKey brings BT-87-TP keyboard to market


iKey has a sweet new keyboard that seems to be built to thrive in a dental environment. The new keyboard is called the BT-87-TP (don't these people think about the names of some of these devices?) Despite the confusing and hard to remember name, this baby has some serious things to offer in the clinical dental environment.

Check out the press release and see why I'm excited about the potential for this device.

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- iKey, LTD officially released a
new industrial keyboard featuring Bluetooth(R) wireless technology. It is
the world's first fully sealed, wireless industrial keyboard with an
integrated touchpad.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081021/DA40465)

The new BT-87-TP keyboard is specially sealed to be dust proof and
submersible. It features an integrated touchpad and 87 keys, including 12
function keys.

"The key difference between the BT-87-TP and our other wireless models
is the Bluetooth(R) technology," said Joel East of iKey Business
Development. "It does not require a dongle or other external receiver and
will connect easily with any Bluetooth(R)-enabled computers, allowing users
to carry the keyboard from workstation to workstation."

The compact case design and internal Bluetooth(R) module make the
BT-87-TP highly portable. It can be easily mounted or carried and can
connect to any Bluetooth(R)-enabled computer. This makes the new mobile
keyboard an ideal fit for material handling, medical, food/beverage
processing, and other environments where rugged flexibility is important.

Measuring roughly 12" x 7.75" x 2", the BT-87-TP is designed for
mobility. The industrial keyboard features a rugged ABS polycarbonate case
with an easy-to-clean silicon rubber key overlay, and is built to withstand
harsh, dirty, dusty, wet, and corrosive environments.

Additionally, the keyboard can be used with enclosure-housed computers
and machines that are separated by a barrier for safety, security, or
environmental reasons. Each BT-87-TP requires two AA batteries.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Panasonic's new medical Tablet PC?

This leaked photo is reportedly of a new medical Tablet PC coming in the not too distant future from Panasonic. I love Tablets and this one has a special secret. Rumor has it that it is running on the new Intel Atom processor. What does that mean, you ask? The Atom does not need any ventilation, and that, my friends, means the device can be made waterproof. Imagine being able to completely disinfect or wipe down the unit with no risk of damaging sensitive internal parts.

No word yet on cost or availability.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kingston to release 32GB Jump Drive


Kingston is known for storage and memory. They are now bringing the largest jump drive in company history to market. The 32GB DataTraveler 150 is a monster capacity drive the size of a pack of gum.

"The new DataTraveler 150 has broken through storage barriers by
allowing users to store all their digital files -- business or personal --
all under one roof," said Mark Akoubian, Flash business manager,
Kingston(R). "As file sizes increase especially with content such as music
and photos, the need for small form factor storage drives with high
capacities will continue to go up. The DT 150 certainly addresses those
needs today."

Kingston's DataTraveler 150 is fully compatible with Windows Vista, XP
and Windows 2000 as well as Mac OS X 10.3 (and above) and Linux 2.6 (and
above). As with all Kingston USB drive products, the DT 150 carries a fully
guaranteed five-year warranty and 24/7 tech support.



DataTraveler 150 Product Features and Specifications:
-- Capacities*: 32GB
-- Dimensions: 3.06" x 0.9" x 0.47" (77.9mm x 22mm x 12.05mm)
-- Operating Temperature: 32 degrees F to 140 degrees F (0 degrees C to
60 degrees C)
-- Storage Temperature: -4 degrees F to 185 degrees F (-20 degrees C to
85 degrees C)
-- Simple: Just plug into a USB port
-- Convenient: Pocket-sized for easy transportability
-- Guaranteed: Five-year warranty
-- Compatible Operating Systems: Windows Vista(R) (Windows ReadyBoost(TM)
not supported), Windows XP (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000 (SP4), Mac OS X
v.10.3.x and higher, Linux v.2.6.x and higher

*Please note: Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and
other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more
information, please consult Kingston's Flash Memory Guide at
Kingston.com/Flash_Memory_Guide.

The drive should be available at a price of $139.00

Monday, October 20, 2008

Maxtor BlackArmor for encrypted backups

Maxtor has developed a backup drive that ensures HIPPA security and any other security too, as a matter of fact. The BlackArmor drive is a portable USB hard drive that ensures data encryption on a hardware based level. What does this mean? Basically it means that the security is stored on the hardware and not on the drive. If the drive is removed from the enclosure it's completely unreadable and in the enclosure its secured using government grade AES encryption at the hardware level.

It's available in 160GB and 320GB drive capacities, but only runs on the Windows platform. This is because an unlocking utility is required. I'd think it would run OK with Parallels on a Mac, but I'm not sure. If you're looking for the utmost in security for you data, look no more.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

HP to begin manufacturing Touch Screen Notebooks

HP is a company on the move. They are now at the top of the heap for notebooks; selling more notebook computers than any other manufacturer. They use innovative design and their hardware has proven reliable.

HP is also beginning to market new desktops that feature touch screen technology called TouchSmart. This allows you to move objects around on the screen with the tips of your fingers. Now the company is bringing this same amazing technology to their line of laptops.

Rumor has it that the new laptops will be on the market before the end of the year. There is also rumors of a touchscreen cell phone as well.

GENIUS ANNOUNCES A LINE OF NEW METALSTRIKE PC JOYSTICKS FOR FLIGHT SIMULATOR GAMES

Genius (www.geniusnetusa.com), a division of KYE Systems Corp., announced today a new gaming joystick series that helps simulate a real-life flight experience. Each joystick in the MetalStrike series has a turbo function, while the MetalStrike FF and Pro joysticks feature a force feedback function that lets the user feel the affects of simulation games by causing a vibration when the user bumps, crashes or shoots when playing air combat games that simulates real flight action.

The MetalStrike Series joysticks have 13 programmable buttons, an eight-way “point of view” hat switch, and a turbo function for auto-repeat so the user can fly their aircraft just like a real plane. Each joystick has a four-axis design including the rudder, which is ideal for simulated flight games and provides Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, and Power controls. In addition, the Genius MetalStrike FF and Pro Joysticks feature an innovative air control function, which includes three levels of air control to keep hands cool and dry for longer playtime while feeling every bump and shake of the flight.

The MetalStrike 3D Joystick is priced at $26.99 USD, the MetalStrike Pro (featuring different levels of vibration feedback) is priced at $39.99 USD, and the MetalStrike FF Joystick (featuring force feedback) is priced at $69.99 USD. The MetalStrike PC Joysticks Series are currently available at New Egg.com, Amazon.com, Comp USA, Mac Mall, Tiger Direct, Buy.com or other retailers and distributors listed at http://www.geniusnetusa.com/buy.php.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Cool Covers for your Kindle



Stylz has come up with a nifty idea. They are manufacturing and selling a line of premium covers for Amazon Kindle users. The covers are leather with crocodile elements and white stitching.

  • Genuine leather
  • Trifold
  • Cut outs for creditcards, businesscards, memorycards and other documents like boarding passes or notes
  • Innovative holding system
  • Cut out on the back for on/off buttons. Switch the buttons without taking the Kindle out of its cover.
If you are interested, take a look at the product (available for pre-order) by clicking here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Epocrates gets an upgrade for Blackberry OS

Epocrates Rx Pro drug and ID guide is now available for BlackBerry devices. Plus, pill pictures, MedMath tools and memory card support are new and free!

The Epocrates Rx Pro software for BlackBerry puts continually updated peer-reviewed drug information at your fingertips. Epocrates information has been shown to:

Improve patient care and safety
Save time
Reduce administrative burden
Enable confident clinical decisions
Our information is developed by healthcare professionals, with this edition specifically formatted for BlackBerry devices.

*Special features include Pill ID, which enables you to identify a pill based on its physical characteristics, plus pill pictures within the drug monographs.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Logitech Gyro Mouse MX Air

For the last several years, I've recommended the Gyration Gyro Mouse. now there is a competitor on the market. This is the Logitech MX Air. The device works as a standard laser based mouse on any surface so that it functions as any other mouse would. However, if you pick it up, its motion sensign technology allows you to control your cursor as you move the mouse through the air.

Although Logitech is marketing this mouse for use in home theaters, it would be also be a good solution in the treatment area. This allows the doctor, hygienist, or assistant to leave the area behind the patient and sit in a face to face position to do patient education, co-diagnosis, etc. The freedom this kind of technology brings can be invaluable when it comes to helping to educate your patients.

The price is in the $100 dollar range.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nokia N810 WiMax Edition

Sprint has already brought city wide WiFi (called WiMax) online in Baltimore and more cities will be added soon. There will be WiMax enabled laptops as well as USB hardware add-ons that will allow laptops to connect just like mobile broadband services, but the device is the picture above is a handheld device specifically designed for the mobile user in a WiMax area.

The Nokia N810 WiMax Edition isn't a PC, but it works as a device for those mobile in a WiMax environment. Features include:

  • Internet calling with integrated webcam
  • E-mail
  • 2GB of internal storage and memory expansion slot for up to 8GB
  • Easy transfer movies and music from your PC
  • High qualitly stereo speakers
  • Integrated GPS
  • Map Application with your area maps

This could be a nice device for someone on the go with a WiMax connection.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Needle-less Injections on the Horizon?

Although it is only in prototype stages at this point in time, a Japanese engineer may have discovered a way to do away with the needle part of the injection process.

Called "Mother's Kiss", the device uses tiny plastic ampules to deliver medications without the need for the needle. This could be a big change for the entire medical field. Needle phobics (and there are many folks with this fear) could finally get injections without the fear of the cold steel.

There is a video of the device here on the National Geographic website.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

SureFlap Creates the Hight Tech Cat Door

Here's a pretty cool idea from SureFlap. In the old days, a pet door would keep the elements our, but that was about it. Any pet could simply nose the door open and come on inside. Not the most secure system to be sure.

SureFlap works with your cat's existing RFID chip (you do have your pets chipped, right?) to open the door only to your pets. The idea is a pretty good one. Here is the skinny on how and why it works from the SureFlap website. Read on for details:

Overview
SureFlapTM cat flaps recognise the ID chip already implanted in your cat, allowing access to your pet and making unwanted visitors a thing of the past. Your home becomes a secure environment for your pet, leading to a happier, more relaxed animal.

No need for a collar or tag which can get lost or even worse caught on branches, etc.

Operation
Operation of SureFlapTM couldn’t be simpler. Once the unit is installed and the batteries put in place, the flap can be put into learn mode. The next time your cat passes through the flap, the unique ID code of its chip is put into memory. Now SureFlapTM unlocks whenever your cat wants to come into the house.

Multiple cats are no problem. Up to 32 cats can be programmed into the flap at the same time.

Battery life
Typical battery life is greater than 6-months. A low battery indicator is provided to tell you when replacement batteries are needed.

Manual lock
The 4-way manual lock allows you to lock the door in any combination of in/out. For example vet mode allows your cat to enter the house but keeps him inside for the next trip to the vet.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

MedX Health Brings new Laser to US Market


MedX Health, a company headquarted in Mississauga, Ontario, has announced FDA approval of their Oralase diode laser. The device uses a GaAlAs diode to produce a laser light that cuts inflammation and consequently, pain after dental procedures.

The 200mw device has a rechargeable battery and different tips.

Here is the info from the press release:


About Oralase(TM)
-----------------
Oralase is an ergonomically designed portable low level
laser device that offers dental staff a proven, drug-free
solution to reduce or eliminate pain and accelerate soft
and hard tissue repair. Oralase is designed to effectively
control pain and decrease swelling from invasive dental
procedures as well as
stimulate healing.

About Low-Level Laser Therapy
------------------------------

For more than 35 years, LLLT has been used in Europe,
Australia, Asia and Russia for the treatment of pain
and tissue repair. MedX's LLLT was approved
in Canada in 1999 and in the United States in 2002.
LLLT uses a specific type of light to penetrate the
skin's surface and underlying tissues to stimulate
the body's natural repair processes. The result
is faster healing and reduced pain, swelling and
inflammation. The technology has advanced laser therapy
significantly, and Oralase embodies the new
generation of photobiomodulation technology for
health care today.
About MedX Health Corp. ----------------------- MedX is a leading North American developer and manufacturer of low level laser and light medical devices, including dental, rehabilitation and wound care products. MedX is the world's only company focusing on developing and delivering a broad cross-section of technologies and products involved in healing using light therapy. MedX is committed to advocating for and bringing the non-invasive, drug-free healing nature of light to people seeking relief from pain and other physical ailments.

MedX plans to use the proceeds from its recent public offering to expand its distribution network; support its marketing program; continue development of new dental, rehabilitation and wound care products; undertake research and development for wound care products; and for working capital purposes. In particular, MedX plans to accelerate the development of a new product aimed at the rapidly-growing wound care market: its "Photobandage", a bandage technology that allows a wound to be bathed in light, designed to enhance the healing process. The Company intends to license this new technology to one or more major wound care companies for further development, marketing and sales. For more information, visit www.medxhealth.com.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Novartis Announces Bisphosphonate Webinars for Dentists

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation today announced the launch of a complimentary dental industry-focused web seminar series entitled “Benefits of Bisphosphonate Therapy vs Frequency of Oral Complications: An Educational Program for Dental Professionals.”

A total of thirty 1-hour web seminars (www.oralhealthwebinar.com) are to be conducted between October and December, and will be presented by a rotating roster of clinicians who are leading experts on this compelling and highly relevant subject.

“Benefits of Bisphosphonate Therapy vs Frequency of Oral Complications: An Educational program for Dental Professionals” will cover the following topics that every general practice dentist needs to know:

  • Overview of bisphosphonates and uses in treatment of osteoporosis and metastatic
    bone disease
  • Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) background
  • ONJ frequency in oncology and osteoporosis patients treated with bisphosphonates
  • Review of ONJ studies and management
Please click this link for for more information and complete web seminar schedule.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Endgadget receives confirmation - The Latest Instinct Upgrade Improves the Browser

From Endgadget:

We've been holding off on running this until we got confirmation from Samsung on just what was going on, and now we have it; it's official, folks -- the Instinct's latest firmware update is all about the browser. To quote Sammy, "most of the traits of this upgrade focus on improving the Web browser experience," and the word on the street seems to be in line with that with faster page loading and generally fewer crashes being reported across the board. As best we can tell, it doesn't solve every last issue in the book, but it's awesome to see that Sprint and Samsung seem to be staying on top of this stuff. Have an Instinct? Sound off on comments with your update experiences.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Patterson Dental Releases CAESY Enterprise 7.0

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. announces the release of CAESY Enterprise 7.0, the newest version of server-based patient education software for both operatories and the reception area. More than 80 new and updated presentations in CAESY Enterprise 7.0 promise saved time for office professionals, reduction in the number of repeated procedural explanations, and an increase in case acceptance rates.

New presentations of interest:
Invisible Braces in the Orthodontics section
Thin Veneers in the Esthetic Dentistry section
Hard and Soft Tissue Lasers in the Technology section
Sedation Options in the Pediatric Dentistry section
CAESY Enterprise 7.0 will begin shipping to customers in November.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Amazon Kindle 2.0 really does exist!

There were rumors a month or two ago about the Amazon Kindle being updated. Version 2.0 was rumored to be coming before the 2008 holiday season. However, about as fast as the rumors appeared on the scene, Amazon moved to squash them. They stated that at some point in time there would be another version, but it wouldn't be until late second quarter 2009 at the earliest.

Well, now how do you explain the picture above? Although it's not available yet, the photo is either of Kindle 2.0 or a very good job of faking it.

Rumors are a joystick instead of a scroll wheel, no integrated SD slot (but 1.5Gb of memory), rounded edges, and more ergonomically placed page buttons.

Not sure if this is the real deal, but it is interesting nonetheless.

A special thanks to my good friend David for giving me the lead on this.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Important Information about ePocrates Software

It seems that some of you may be experiencing some problems or potential problems with your ePocrates software. The ePocrates team is aware of this and has offered the following information to help.

Dear Epocrates Customer,

Some customers have reported that certain drug information is missing or that the dosing information is displayed incorrectly. To determine whether you are experiencing this issue, please look-up one or two drugs to verify that the drug exists on your device and that the dosing information is correctly displayed. If you are experiencing incorrect or missing data from your drug look-up, please contact us at 1-800-230-2150 so we may assist you in resolving this issue.

If you would rather resolve this issue yourself please follow these instructions:

From the main Palm application screen, touch the time in the upper left corner of the screen and click Delete.
Find the file “Epocrates Rx” and delete this file.
Sync your device to update Epocrates.
If you need more detailed instructions please click here.

Thank you,

The Epocrates Team

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Western Digital Announces 2nd generation Caviar Green Drive

As Kermit says, "It's not easy being green."  The concept of course is a fairly simple one.  If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.  In the last couple of years I've found myself trying harder and harder to be green.  It's not just good for the environment of the present, but hopefully it makes things easier for our children as well.


Last year, Western Digital began producing "Green Drives" that used less energy.  Although they were the first, others soon followed.  Now WD is announcing their second generation.  Here is the official low down from the company:

Environmental sustainability is important to us at Western Digital. One of the best ways we can make a positive impact on the environment is to help our customers PC, server, consumer electronics and external hard drive manufacturers - offer products that consume less electricity. To that end, WD has designed eco-friendly hard drives with GreenPower™ Technology for WD® desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products.

Based on extensive customer input toward supporting ENERGY STAR 4.0 compliance and incorporating the latest in engineering technology we developed this platform to bring more energy efficient hard drive options to our customers.


It's about the environment

As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. Currently available 1 TB hard drives have a typical power consumption rating greater than 13.5 watts. WD has designed the first 3.5-inch hard drives that deliver power savings as the primary attribute.

Green drives from WD yield average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over competitors' drives while maintaining solid performance.

That power savings equates to reducing CO2 emission by up to 60 kilograms per drive per year - the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 14 days each year. This new platform makes it possible for our energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability and energy conservation.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Evaluating the DreamKeeper DK-400

dreamkeeper dk-400

I've gotten an interesting device to evaluate, and like most of these things, I'm going to use myself as the test subject.

You are probably asking yourself, "What is the DreamKeeper?"  It's an interesting device that is designed to induce sleep by stimulating nerves in the wrist in a way similar to acupuncture.

Many Americans (some studies indicate the number is greater than 50%) suffer from insomnia due to a variety of reasons.  The DreamKeeper aims to help those people by providing a drug-free alternative to traditional cures for insomnia or difficulty falling asleep.

 

Here is some info from the company:

The DreamKeeper DK400 is a sleep-aid device that is designed to help improve sleepiness as well as sleep quality and length. DreamKeeper DK400 is based on traditional Chinese acupuncture principles which have been proven as an effective solution for insomnia for more than 5,000 years.
The DreamKeeper DK400 stimulates the median nerves on the inside of the wrist through gentle electrostatic pulses and adjustable vibration. The median nerves (P6 or Point 6 - Neiguan in acupuncture) have been shown to affect the nerve stimulation responsible for relaxation. In addition, the DreamKeeper DK400 offers a Breath Synchronization Program (BSP), which uses an innovative prolonging massage frequency to guide your breathing pattern into that of a person falling asleep. DreamKeeper DK400 improves sleep disorder problems when used daily for 30 minutes before sleep.
A double blind study showed that stimulating the acupressure point P6 may increase deep sleep up to 14% and extend the total sleeping time by up to 78 minutes. The combination of electrostatic pulses and vibration may also promote blood circulation.
The DreamKeeper DK400 aims to be a drug free solution to sleeplessness and/or frequent awakening during the sleep cycle. The DreamKeeper DK400 is non invasive, non addictive, and has no side effects.

Friday, October 3, 2008

A rechargeable battery that gets 90% of its charge in 10 minutes?

Wow, this seems to good to be true (and maybe it is, at this point who knows?), but Toshiba is announcing a "Super" battery that can do just that. The company claims that a 10 minute charge can give the batteries a 90% of their power.

The battteries, called "Super Charge Ion Batteries" of SCiB have been shown in Chiba, Japan. The batteries should last between 5000-6000 charges which is way more than the current crop of rechargeables which last only about 300-500 charges.

There is no indication when these batteries will hit the market, but if all of this is true, we should be beating a path to the door of the stores that sell them. Fast charging and longer lasting, these things are doublely green and have plenty of juice to boot. Geeks rejoice!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sprint Music no longer playing on your PC after October 15

It used to be that if you had Sprint as your wireless provider, you could download music to your phone and then transfer it to your PC. This would allow you to have 2 copies of the music and it would play on either platform.

If you've been enjoying that option, get ready for the fun to end. As of October 14, Sprint will no longer allow that music to play on the PC. You can still back your music up to a PC, but the music will only play on the device that downloaded it from the wireless Sprint store (meaning your phone). I'm not sure why this is, but the change is coming.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

6 New Accessories Designed for the Mobile Mac by Targus

Targus has announced a group of 6 new devices made specifically for the Mac. They are all part of the "Targus for Mac" line. These new Mac portable devices are (on no particular order)

  1. Bluetooth laser mouse - uses the Bluetooth connection and frees up a USB port
  2. Wireless USB mouse - the mouse even has a small storage area built into it to hold the dongle
  3. 4 Port USB hub - increases the number of USB ports available
  4. Bluetooth Presentation Mouse - the only wireless presenter dedicated to the Mac
  5. File Share Cable - designed to quickly transfer files between two Macs or your Mac and a PC
  6. Chill Mat - USB powered 2 fans to efficiently remove heat and keep your lap cool. Accomodates all Macs up to 17 inches.
More details are available from the press release below:

ANAHEIM, Calif., - September 30, 2008 - Targus Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, announced today it is launching its first line of notebook accessories specifically designed for Mac notebook users. The new family of products is designed from the ground up to deliver a complete suite of Mac-exclusive solutions and includes a Wireless Mouse, Bluetooth® Laser Mouse, Bluetooth Presenter, USB Hub, Chill Mat™, File Share Cable and Privacy Screen. Each product is developed with materials, ergonomic attributes, technology innovations, functionality and aesthetics designed specifically to meet Mac users' wants and needs. Drawing on the popularity of the iPod® Touch, the mice and presenter feature the most current touch scroll technology, delivering unprecedented ease of navigation.

With its first line of Mac accessories, Targus offers Mac enthusiasts cutting-edge products with feature-rich functionality and Mac-focused designs. The new line complements the Apple® style with clean, sleek and trendy form factors that exude simplicity and sophistication. In addition, continuing with Targus' Eco-Smart™ campaign, all the packaging includes eco-friendly materials featuring up to 70% post-consumer paper materials and highly recyclable PET.

"The new Targus for Mac line was created with Mac user input throughout the design and development process, and while it has a distinct Mac aesthetic in terms of look and feel, it offers much more than that," said Bob Shortt, sr. vice president of sales and marketing at Targus. "We designed the functionality required to deliver what Mac users want in their products, like the intuitive interface on the presenter, the smooth-moving touch scroll and the dual programmable buttons that let users personalize their experience."

Wireless Mouse for Mac (Model # AMW43US) and Bluetooth Laser Mouse for Mac (Model # AMB08US)
Both new mice are equipped with the latest in touch technology, our 4-way touch scroll provides smooth, rapid scrolling, move up/down and left/right with just the tip of a finger. Additionally, the mice allow Mac users to personalize their mouse functions with two programmable buttons that instantly give users access to the functions or applications they use most. The ergonomic size and shape of the mice create a comfortable and supportive experience that cradles the hand during use. Equipped with a Power Indicator Light, both mice inform users of low battery power.

The Wireless Mouse for Mac features a RF 2.4 GHz Micro USB receiver, which plugs into a USB port, allowing unencumbered free range of motion; the micro receiver stows conveniently into the Wireless Mouse for travel or storage. 1200 dpi optical sensor technology ensures accurate movement on the screen. The Wireless Mouse for Mac measures 4.64" x 2.51" x 1.45", weighs 4.7 oz and has an MSRP of $49.99.

With top-of-the-line Bluetooth technology, the Bluetooth Laser Mouse for Mac offers the ultimate ease in wireless connectivity and eliminates the need for a receiver, preserving a USB port for other devices. Whether used with or without a mouse pad, the Bluetooth Laser Mouse delivers precise cursor movements with quality 1200 dpi laser technology. The Bluetooth Laser Mouse for Mac measures 4.64" x 2.51" x 1.45", weighs 4.4 oz and has an MSRP of $69.99.

Bluetooth Presenter for Mac (Model # AMP11US)
The first Mac-specific presenter on the market, Targus' innovative Bluetooth Presenter for Mac includes numerous features designed to improve the presentation experience. The intuitive button configuration provides ease of use and prevents accidental button presses, with primary presentation controls such as previous slide, next slide and laser pointer easily identifiable from tactile cues; secondary functions like blank screen and slide show are recessed and out of the way. Versatile functionality switches easily from Presentation Mode to Cursor Mode, for use like a mouse, with touch scroll technology delivering smooth, effortless navigation through lengthy spreadsheets, PDF documents and other projected applications.

Compatible with both Keynote® and PowerPoint®, the Bluetooth presenter for Mac includes remote control for adjustment of volume and other functions plus two programmable buttons that give users quick access to applications or functions of their choice. Additionally, the Bluetooth Presenter for Mac includes a laser pointer, allowing users to call attention to important information within their presentation. Bluetooth technology delivers wireless control of presentations from a distance of up to 33 feet and the Presenter's comfort-conscious design reduces strain due to the ergonomic placement of its buttons. The Bluetooth Presenter for Mac measures 5.1" x 1.65" x .98", weighs 3.7 oz and has an MSRP of $79.99.

USB Hub for Mac (Model # ACH105US)
Expanding user's USB ports to accommodate connection of up to four devices, the one-of-a-kind, stylish USB Hub for Mac supports USB 2.0 and is useful for anyone with multiple connection needs. The convenient wrap-around cable secures around the perimeter for a sleek appearance and protects the hubs from tiny debris or damage, making the Hub a perfect, compact travel companion. The USB Hub for Mac measures 3.5" x 1.7" x .75", weighs 1.8 oz and has an MSRP of $29.99.

Chill Mat for Mac (Model # AWE41US)
Specifically designed for Mac notebooks, Targus' new Chill Mat for Mac has two USB powered fans that are strategically placed for optimal cooling. Users can place their Mac notebooks at a tilted angle for ideal positioning and comfortable viewing on their lap or desktop. The soft mesh bottom allows for optimal air flow for comfortable use on the lap; the powerful yet quiet dual fans prevent heat damage when used on other work surfaces. The Chill Mat for Mac includes a conveniently placed power switch and accommodates up to 17" Mac notebooks. The Chill Mat for Mac measures 15.15" x 11.22" x 1.45", weighs 1.6 lbs and has an MSRP of $49.99.

File Share Cable for Mac (Model # ACC9602US)
Ideal for transferring large amounts of digital content including videos, music, images, or files, the File Share Cable for Mac simply plugs in and starts working without the need to install any software or drivers. Once connected via USB, simply drag and drop files between computers and the transfer is complete. The built-in software allows users to simply plug in the cable between a Mac or PC to another Mac or PC and easily transfer documents or files. The File Share Cable for Mac measures 3.3" x 1.3" x .51", weighs 1.7 oz and has an MSRP of $49.99.

Privacy Screen for Mac
At the local coffeehouse, airport, or in an office environment, keep prying eyes away and your content secure with Targus' Privacy Screens for Mac. By narrowing the viewing angle with microscopic vertical blinds, information is only visible to the person sitting in front of the screen. With the option to attach with the provided double-sided adhesive, for semi-permanent mounting, or transparent tabs that allow for easily sliding it on and off, the Privacy Screen for Mac is easy to take on the road or use in the office. The anti-glare feature additionally reduces eye-strain that can occur from computer use. Available in all three standard screen sizes (13", 15", or 17") the Privacy Screen for Mac also shields screens from unwanted smudges and scratches. The Privacy Screen for Mac has an MSRP of $49.99 for the 13" (ASF133W1US), $59.99 for the 15" (ASF154W1US) and $79.99 for the 17" (ASF17W1US).

All products are backed by a limited one year warranty. These and other Targus' accessories are available at Targus.com as well as through leading retailers, VARs, e-tailers, and direct marketers.