Sunday, November 30, 2008

Zuca for the Road Warrior

I spend a fair amount of time on the road doing consulting, lecturing, meeting with manufacturers, and recently shooting videos for Catapult (more on that at a later date).

Of course, one of the problems with travel (and there are a few!) is luggage. Most of the luggage we carry has a standard design that hasn't changed much in the last 20 or more years. However, there is a forward thinking company called Zuca that has designed luggage for the post 9-11 and frequently delayed traveler. Here is some info from the company:

Developed for the seasoned road warrior, the ZÜCA Pro is a PATENTED new concept in travel that protects your valuable gear and provides a place to sit. You can also use the seat as a platform for carrying additional gear. Measuring 19" x 13" x 10" the Pro fits in the overhead compartment of standard commercial aircraft from 737's up. Easily roll down narrow aircraft aisles with an adult friendly 41 1/2" telescoping ergonomic handle. With the ZÜCA Pro, you will always have the best seat in the house.
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That's right, you can actually sit on your luggage and not worry about tipping or damaging it. Pretty neat huh? The bag is priced at $285 and can be ordered from the website.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Salvation Army is going High Tech for Donations

Welcome to the weekend! Now that the Christmas Season has officially begun, I thought this would be a good day to do a post on how to help others... with a high tech twist.


In the U.S., we're all familiar with the Salvation Army and it's minions of bell ringers. These dedicated folks stand outside stores, malls, etc and ring bells while standing next to red kettles where shoppers can toss in whatever they would like to donate.

The problem with this method of dontating is what if you don't happen to have any cash or change? I know that I tend to use plastic and consequently don't always have cash available for this type of donation. Here's where tech comes in to help.

At some Bell Ringer stations this year, there will be signs giving you a number that you can send a text message to that will charge your cell phone bill $5 and make that donation to the Salvation Army. How cool is that? The system is quick, requires little effort, and helps others.

As the Holidays approach, it's important to think of others. I know the economy has affected some of us negatively, but if you've been fortunate enough to be blessed with good finances this Holiday Season, please consider sharing your blessings with those less fortunate.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tivo Movies on Demand with Amazon

I absolutely love my Tivo. It has truly changed the way I watch TV. AAMOF, I didn't watch much TV until we installed the device a few years ago. The ability to "time shift" and watch your shows when you want to was a huge part of it. When combined with the ability to have the device grab certain titles whenever they were available, any show featuring a specified actor, and the "season pass" option to record entire seasons, this thing became a no-brainer in the Flucke household.

Once the device is activated and on your home wireless network, you can send requests to it over the Internet to record shows. I've actually sent a record request from my phone while having dinner so that I could watch a show when I got home. It is nothing short of amazing!

Now there is an improvement for network connected Tivo's. Amazon, Net Flix, and some other vendors have now partnered with Tivo to allow download and viewing of movies. The process is fairly simple. You need to have an account with the service you want to use, you go to their site via Tivo, select the movie, and select download.

On Wednesday we decided to spend Thanksgiving evening watching a movie. We accessed our Amazon account and selected the movie for download. Once you begin viewing, you have 24 hours to complete the movie before it expires.

Of course you don't own the movie, this is just an easier and more green way to rent them.

The experience was easy and highly enjoyable.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm Thankful for...

I'm taking a technoblogging day off today. Heck, if you're reading this you should too!

However, in the tradition of my favorite sports writer Joe Posnanski, I'm letting you know just a few of the the things I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful for God who helps me through the tough times and smiles with me through the good times. I'm thankful for family - the ones who put up with my crazy traveling, writing, and just plain craziness.

I'm thankful for Barry and Audrey. Their love, warmth, generosity, and kindness have changed my life and my family's life as well.

I'm thankful for my patients who put their trust in me and bring such joy into my life. I'm thankful for my staff who, like my family, puts up with me and helps make my life such a wonderful place to be!

I'm thankful for Don, Gene, Gary, Mike, Mark, Brian, Josiah, John, and all the gang at Goetze Dental. It's nice to feel part of your family. I'm thankful for House and Renner construction and Guy Gronberg for helping make my office dream come true.

I'm thankful for Marty and Paul and our Dental Technology Solutions adventures. Life on the road is never the same whey you guys are not around. I'm thankful for David who keeps the e-mail coming and the IDF going. I'm thankful for Lou, Erin, and Glen. 2009 is gonna rock, I can just feel it. I'm thankful for Christa Lee, Daniel, Rachel, Vicki, and Becky too!

I'm grateful for the Green Monster, summer nights at Kaufmann Stadium, hot dogs, and too many nachos.

And lastly, I'm grateful to all of you who read this blog, read the magazine articles, and come to my lectures. I'm always humbled by your attendance, e-mails, and questions. Thanks for making my life the great journey that it is.

Now go out there and watch some football, eat some turkey, and hug your family!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rumors say Amazon Kindle 2.0 Will Show up First Quarter 09

Pictures of the next generation of the Amazon Kindle surfaced this fall. At first the rumors were that the device would be available for the holiday shopping season, but then Amazon began to vigorously deny those rumors.

This was followed by a bit of speculation on exactly what was going on. It's now starting to clear and point to the first quarter of 2009 for the release of Kindle 2.0 The new device is supposed to be thinner with a redesign of the buttons to eliminate some of the "accidental button pushes" that have caused problems for some users of the first version of the device.

Interestingly I came across a story on Techcrunch that stated Jeff Beezos himself decided to hold the Kindle 2.0 release held back so that the software could be improved. This impresses me as the usual MO is to put things to market to generate sales whether the device is ready for prime time or not. I'm anxious to see what this new generation of Kindle brings. I've been very happy with mine so I'm not sure whether I'll upgrade or not. Of course I always love having the newest gadgets...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another Samsung Instinct Update

Another update has been released for the Instinct. I've scoured the web and can't find any info on it... yet. However my personal experience has been that the browser is much0 faster than it used to be.

I had an off the record statement from one of my Sprint contacts a few weeks ago that there would be much better calendar integration before the end of the year, but I don't notice anything along those lines with this update.

The update takes about 10 minutes to perform. Go to the "Main" screen. Tap "Settings". Tap "General" (4th button down), Tap "Update Software" (1 button up from the very bottom), from there it should take care of itself. You will have to authorize the update, but it basically installs itself.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chrysler putting Net Access in Vehicles

Here is an idea whose time has come. Chrysler is putting "uconnect" in cars. Want Internet access without having to sit in a parking lot and "borrow" a Wi-Fi signal? Read on and get the info:

uconnect web

The Internet is all about keeping us connected and now you can literally take the Web with you. uconnect web[2] lets you turn your vehicle into a WiFi hotspot, allowing you to connect your laptops, iPhones, PSPs and PDAs. With this authentic Chrysler accessory from Mopar® installed at your dealer, each passenger can simultaneously surf the Web, check their e-mail, instant message, download music / photos and play online games, so you'll never be out of the loop again.

uconnect web[2] works with any WiFi-enabled device, no special software or external antenna is needed. Just connect and surf from up to 100 feet away. You get high-speed, secured connection (WEP inscription, MAC address restriction, WAN port restriction, VPN pass through support) from 400kbps-800kbps and can use with all operating systems, including Windows®, Mac OS® X, Linux™ and Solaris™. Subscription required. See your Chrysler dealer for more information

Sunday, November 23, 2008

iBoogie puts the Groove in your Tunes

As the holiday season approaches, many of us will be looking for affordable and fun gifts to give. If you have someone on your list that is a bit goofy and a music lover, you can do worse than the iBoogie. It is a combination speaker and stick figure dancer. The little red LED dancer moves and grooves as the music plays.

The device plugs into any mp3 player, computer, or music device. It's powered by 3AAA batteries and is affordable at $19.95

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Movie Camera that could Fit Into a Pack of Gum


Welcome to the weekend and fun technology posts.

See the gum package above? The black device above it is a movie camera. Although not available yet, this tiny camera will record full motion video. Developed by a company called Swann, this camera weighs 7 oz. It records onto a MicroSD card and can record up to two and a half hours on a 2GB card.

It runs on a lithium ion battery that can be charged through a computer USB port via a cable.

James bond would be proud.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Password Security?

Here is an interesting site that will help you with testing your passwords. One of the ways hackers gain access to accounts is through what is known as a "brute force attack". The best passwords are always random letters, symbols, and numbers, but many find these hard to remember and go for more simple versions.

The Hackosis Brute Force Calculator will figure out for you how long it would take someone to access your account. Very cool. Think you need a stronger password? Enter the new idea and see if it scores better.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration and the Academy of Laser Dentistry are hosting a joint symposium on the uses of lasers and other light-based technologies in dentistry. The symposium will take place on Monday, December 8th, in Building 2, Room 2047 of the FDA facility in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Specifically, the symposium will provide an overview on the impact that light-based technologies are having on dentistry, including how lasers and light-based technologies interact with oral tissues, the impact they presently have in the practice of dentistry and other healthcare professions, and the future potential of these technologies. The presenters will be some of the most respected thought leaders in their respective fields, and will include practicing clinicians, academicians, and researchers from around the country.

The series presentations will start by reviewing what has happened over the nearly fifty years since the laser was developed in 1960. Discussions will include the science, research, and utilization of lasers and light-based technologies, their present roles, and the potential for additional applications in the future by dentists, dental hygienists, and other oral healthcare providers.

In addition, research and applications for hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and related head and neck structures will be presented, including the use of lasers and light-based technologies in surgical, preventive, diagnostic, and potential healing applications.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

  1. Introduction & Overview

  • 8:00 am – 8:15 am: Welcome and Introductions; The Roles and Missions of the ALD and the FDA

Moderators: Ronald W. Waynant, Ph.D., Senior Optical Engineer, FDA/CDRH and Donald Coluzzi, D.D.S., Editor in Chief, The Journal of Laser Dentistry; Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  • 8:15 am – 8:45 am: An Overview and History of the Impact of Light-Based Technologies in Dentistry

Presented by Terry D. Meyers, D.D.S.

  1. Light-Based Technology Utilization in Dental Treatment

  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am: Soft Tissue Interactions and Applications

Presented by Michael Swick, D.M.D., Member, Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am: Hard Tissue Interactions and Applications

Presented by Donald Coluzzi, D.D.S. or Michael Swick, D.M.D.

  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am: Break

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am: Preventive Applications

Presented by Peter Rechmann, D.M.D., President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry; Professor and Director of Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am: The Utilization of Light-Based Technologies in the Practice of Dental Hygiene

Presented by Angie Mott, R.D.H., Member, Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  1. The Role of Light-Based Diagnostic Technologies

  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am: Tissue Fluorescence (Autofluorescence)

Presented by Scott D. Benjamin, D.D.S., Vice-Chair of the Education Committee of the Academy of Laser Dentistry; Working Group Chairman, ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products for Dental Lasers

  • 11:30 am – 12:00 noon: Optical Coherent Tomography

Presenter: Craig Gimbel, D.D.S., Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)

  1. The Use of Low-Level Laser Therapy / Photobiomodulation in Oral Health

  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Mechanisms of Low-Level Light Therapy

Presenter: Michael Hamblin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Principal Investigator, Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Light Modulates DNA, RNA and Protein Expression in the Nervous System

Presenter: Juanita J. Anders, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Research on the use of LLLT to Assist in Wound Healing & Research on the use of LLLT for the Reduction of Dentinal Sensitivity

Presenter: Praveen R. Arany, B.D.S, M.D.S., Harvard School of Dental Medicine

  • 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Research on the use of LLLT in Bone Rejuvenation of the Mandible

Presenter: Jerry Bouquot, D.D.S., M.S.D., Professor & Chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, University of Texas, Dental Branch at Houston

  • 3:15 pm 3:30 pm: Break

  • 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: FDA’s Research and Perspective on Light-Based Technology Utilization in Oral Health

Presenter: Ronald Waynant, Ph.D.

  • 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Open Forum Discussion: “The Future and Where Do We Go From Here?”

Moderator: Don Coluzzi, D.D.S.

This one-day symposium in being jointly sponsored by the FDA and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) at the FDA facility in Silver Spring, MD (Washington, DC area) at no cost to the attendees. Registration and 8 hours of continuing education credit are being provided by the ALD. To register, visit www.laserdentistry.org. Please register by December 1, 2008, as space is limited. If continuing education credits are desired, please designate it on the registration form. For additional information, contact Dr. Scott Benjamin (meeting coordinator for the ALD) at info@DentalAIM.com.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NetGear Powerline Adapter

In case you missed it, Ethernet over power lines is a reality. The problem comes when you need a network connection and a surge suppressor. You see, plugging the adapter into a surge suppressor basically removes the Ethernet functionality.

To the rescue comes Netgear. This innovative tech company has released the HDX8111 Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit. Check out the specs:

HD-streaming Ethernet from any electrical outlet!
Turn any electrical outlet into an HD-streaming Ethernet connection ideal for IPTV and video streaming applications. NETGEAR’s Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111) is an ideal solution for connecting PCs, DVRs, set-top boxes, and game consoles to the home network. Simply plug one HDXB111 into an AC outlet near your modem, gateway, or router and the other HDXB111 near the device you wish to network and instantly you can have HD streaming throughout your home. Nothing could be easier than using NETGEAR’s plug-and-play adapters and your existing electrical wiring!

Latest DS2 chipsets and built-in Quality of Service (QoS) ensure fast, high-quality, consistent performance for real-time HD video and audio streaming for a digital media adapter (DMA) like the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000), or for IPTV, Internet gaming, and VoIP calls. With data rates up to 200 Mbps†, large file transfers to networked storage devices like NETGEAR’s Storage Central Turbo (SC101T) can be up to 12 times faster than previous Powerline networking products, all with encrypted security.

Features

  • Up to 200 Mbps† data rates for IPTV, video streaming, and other high-bandwidth applications
  • Pass-thru female power plug to provide noise-filtered power outlet
  • Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) for video, voice, and data
  • Push-button security pairing for ease of setup and use
  • Optional manual or automatic standby functionality for efficient power consumption
  • Simple plug-and-play installation¹
  • Uses existing electrical wiring¹
  • Predictable and dependable network speeds
  • Latest DS2 analog and digital chipsets for optimum performance, powerline-friendly — easily coexists with NETGEAR’s Wall-plugged or HomePlug compatible products¹
  • Compatible with HDX101 Powerline HD adapters

¹An HDX111 may coexist with HomePlug 1.0 products but it is not compatible or interoperable with XE102 Wall-plugged Ethernet Adapter, WGX102 Wall-plugged Wireless Range Extender, XE104 85 Mbps Wall-plugged Ethernet Switch, XE103 85 Mbps Wall-plugged Ethernet Adapter.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Get the remote... it's Domino's

Got a Tivo? Got an appetite? Get Domino's!

Thanks to a new marketing deal, Tivo subscribers can order a Domino's pizza directly from the device. Here's how it works, when you see a commercial or a Domino's product placement during a show, you can use your remote to order a pizza or access an on-demand ordering menu from your Tivo. You'll even be able to track the delivery time.

This is the first time anything like this has been tried. Personally, I thought ordering pizza via text message was cool, but this takes it to a whole new level.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A *very* Secure Portable Hard Drive


Here is a great idea for HIPPA compliance with off site backups. This portable USB hard drive features a keypad that requires the correct pass code to access the 128 bit encrypted data. This line of secure drives is slated to be called "ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive".

The drive will allow pass codes for 1 administrator and 10 users to access the drive. It comes with a built-in USB cable and 2 sizes are available: 160GB for $179 and 320GB for $219. Availablilty will be mid-November (meaning any day now).

If you'd like more info, here is the press release:

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – November 13, 2008: Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive to give customers a secure way to protect sensitive data in a lightweight and easy-to-use design. The award winning, high capacity hard drive, available in either 160 or 320 GB versions, uses a numeric keypad allowing users to type in their passcode to access their data. At less than an inch thin, and approximately the size of a 3 x 5 inch index card, it’s small enough to fit in a shirt pocket.

The new secure hard drive meets the 128-bit advanced encryption security standard to help ensure information remains secure, and real-time encryption means users don’t have to wait for the “lag time” that typically accompanies encrypted drives. The hard drive features full-disk encryption for up to ten unique user ID’s and one administrator, making it an ideal tool for ThinkPad notebook PC users on-the-go or collaborating at work. Additionally, the self-powered hard drive eliminates the hassle of keeping up with power cords, and a convenient built-in USB cable makes transferring data simple and stores in the hard drive’s housing when not in use.

Recognized for its combination of simple-to-use design and advanced levels of security, the Consumer Electronics Association recently awarded the ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive the CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Best of Innovations Award in the Computer Peripherals category.

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize achievements in product design and engineering and are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association. Innovations entries are judged based on engineering qualities, aesthetic and design qualities, function and user value and unique features. In addition to the new hard drive, the CEA recognized Lenovo as an Honoree in the Computer Peripherals category for its space-saving and eco-friendly design of the ThinkCentre M57p Eco ultra small form factor desktop. With the desktop’s vertical stand, users can attach the desktop behind their ThinkVision monitor, saving previous desktop real estate and showing off a clean design.

The peripherals will be displayed at the 2009 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category at the Sands Expo and Convention Center/The Venetian, Booth #72062. Best of Innovations honoree products will also be displayed at the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center, next to Experience CEA and at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 6.

Pricing and Availability[1]
The ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive will be available starting in mid-November at $179 for the 160 GB model and $219 for the 320 GB model1. It will be available through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Vornado TVH 600 Heater


Here in the Midwest, it's starting to look a whole lot more like winter is on its way. Along those lines, here is a device that can help make your cold weather experience just a little more tolerable. Imagine a nice warm room on a cold night compliments of the Vornado TVH 600.

This device features a touch screen, a remote control so that you don't have to go to the device to adjust it, and several safety features. These safety features are: “automatic tip-over protection, a non-glowing heat element, cool touch cabinet, and tight grill spirals that will not burn hands”.

From the company website:

The Vornado TouchStone™ Vortex Heat 600 is the world’s smartest heater. Using advanced technology, the thermostatic remote control of the TVH 600 can be placed anywhere in the room and senses the heat around it. It then relays the temperature reading to the heater to monitor and maintain a more accurate room temperature. An interactive digital touch screen control panel allows precise control and ease of use when selecting the heater settings. Comes equipped with automatic climate control, eliminating hot and cold cycles, maintaining the set temperature using less energy.

Automatic climate control eliminates annoying hot and cold cycles, maintaining the set temperature using less energy. The TVH 600 incorporates Vornado’s signature Vortex Technology to fully circulate the warm air throughout the whole room, creating an even temperature. Includes a Smart Remote which intelligently reads and relays temperature to the unit, for a more accurate temperature reading. The touch screen control panel allows you to easily adjust the settings. Includes multi-level safety protection with automatic tip-over protection, non-glowing heat element, cool touch cabinet, and tight grill spirals to keep even the smallest fingers out of harms way. 2-year limited warranty.

Over the past few years, I've been an owner of several Vornado space heaters and have been extremely happy with their reliability, durability, and performance. Although I don't have any personal hands-on experience with the TvH 600, based on my past experiences, this unit is highly recommended by yours truly.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Superspeed USB 3.0 is set to Arrive Next Week

At long last, USB 3.0 is coming. After almost 3 years of development punctuated by starts and stops, the amazingly fast 3rd generation of Universal Serial Bus, is set to be shown to the world. The announcement will be made Monday at the first SuperSpeed USB Developer Conference in San Jose, CA. The excitement is due to the incredible high speed data transfer that the new standard is said to deliver.

A rumored speed of 4.8GPS will make USB 3.0 a must have for those of us with tons of data to transfer or backup. The new BUS speed will blow you away with it's speed. WinHEC 2008 has a a brief performance comparison sample for data transfer of 25GB HD movie:

  • USB 1.0: 9.3 hours
  • USB 2.0: 13.9 minutes
  • USB 3.0: 70 seconds
This means that rather than replicating your image database, most offices could creat a fresh backup every night and have it take less than 3 minutes to transfer. Scary huh?

I say bring it on. I've got lots of gigs to transfer & backup.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Converting Web Sites to PDF Documents

Have you ever had the need or desire to grab an entire website for future reference? This can be especially handy if it is a site that provides info that you might need when you (gasp) have no Internet connection.

Fortunately, this process is now an easy thing to do thanks to Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.

If you're interested in learning how to do this, PC Magazine has a great online tutorial. Click here for all the info.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Panasonic Toughbook H1 Mobile Clinical Assistant


For those of you who want a nice mobile solution for around the office or taking notes at a lecture, read on.

Panasonic is back with yet another Toughbook for those who work in tough and rough conditions, and this time round it is the Toughbook H1 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) that targets the medical fraternity. It comes with a digitizer by InPlay Technologies, GOBI-enabled broadband, and dual hot-swappable batteries to keep you going long after the average notebook has given up the ghost (battery-wise, of course). Check out the rather impressive list of specifications below :-

  • Genuine Windows Vista Business with Service Pack 1 (with Windows XP Tablet downgrade option) - I'd take the downgrade as I have nothing good to say about Vista
  • Intel Atom 1.86GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 80GB hard drive
  • 10.4” XGA sunlight viewable 500 NIT Dual Touch LCD screen (1024 x 768 resolution)
  • InPlay Technologies digitizer
  • Anti-reflective screen treatment
  • Integrated 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Contactless smartcard reader
  • RFID reader
  • MIL-STD-810F and IP54 compliant
  • 3 foot drop approved
  • Magnesium alloy chassis
  • Sealed all-weather design
  • Rain-, spill-, dust- and vibration-resistant
  • Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/draft-n
  • Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR connectivity
  • Optional integrated WWAN/Gobi-enabled mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)

You won’t be able to get your hands on it just yet, although it will be out in January with a starting price point of $2,799.

Tip of the electron to Gotta be Mobile

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Can a computer help monitor home-bound patients health care?


There are an increasing number of folks who are not mobile and need help with their healthcare. Up until now the solution has been a traveling work force of nurses and support staff. However, it looks like Intel is putting a wrinkle into this with a great idea using computers to help those who need help.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 10, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced its Intel® Health Guide, a care management tool designed for health care professionals who manage patients with chronic conditions. The Health Guide represents Intel's entry into a new category of personal health systems that go beyond the simple remote patient monitoring systems available today.

The Intel® Health Guide, which received 510(k) market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July, is a comprehensive personal health system that combines an in-home patient device - the Intel® Health Guide PHS6000 - as well as an online interface - the Intel® Health Care Management Suite - allowing clinicians to monitor patients in their homes and manage care remotely.

"The Health Guide is a step forward in offering more personalized and effective management of chronic health conditions in the home," said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of the Intel Digital Health Group. "Intel has spent years researching the needs of both caregivers and patients, and we are now moving to launch a series of products that will help extend care from the hospital to the home. Our products will help address the challenges of an aging population and rising rates of chronic disease."

Intel is collaborating with health care industry leaders around the world to validate the clinical benefits of the Health Guide for a wide range of chronic disease conditions and health and wellness applications. Pilot studies in the United States are currently planned with health care organizations such as Aetna, Erickson Retirement Communities, Providence Medical Group in Oregon and SCAN Health Plan. The goals and objectives are to assess how the Health Guide integrates with different care management models in the home. These first studies focus on the ability to demonstrate improved health outcomes for conditions such as heart failure, diabetes, hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Customers such as Advanced Warning Systems, Inc., (AWS), a provider of health care discovery products and web-based services, monitor people for acute cardiovascular symptoms that can cause sudden death. AWS will use the Intel Heath Guide to connect with a targeted class of users, including retired athletes and post-war veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the highest incidence of cardiovascular related illnesses.

The Health Guide promotes greater patient engagement and more efficient care management by enabling communication between patients and health care professionals and providing clinicians with access to the most current, actionable data. This solution offers interactive tools for personalized care management and includes vital sign collection, patient reminders, surveys, multimedia educational content, and feedback and communications tools, such as video conferencing and alerts. Clinicians have ongoing access to data so that they can better manage each patient's conditions while patients benefit from customized care in the comfort of their own living room.

Intel is working with leading health care organizations that have an understanding of health care delivery to develop unique patient care plans as well as multimedia educational content for chronic conditions. Specifically, Intel is working with the Mayo Clinic to have licensed educational content from MayoClinic.com made available to customers using the Health Guide. In addition, Intel is working with the American Heart Association to create care plans based on the organization's treatment guidelines for a pilot project for the ongoing management of patients with heart failure. The intent is to help health care professionals monitor patients and remotely manage their care in accordance with science guidelines and also to provide patients with ready access to credible and targeted education material. Intel has also hired a team of clinical experts to provide a range of professional services to enable health care organizations to successfully integrate the personal health system into their current disease management programs and models of care.

Additionally, Intel plans to use the core technology components of the solution to build products targeted for new areas such as independent living and programs for health and wellness management and to support new devices such as mobile phones and handhelds.

American Medical Alert Corporation, a national provider of remote patient monitoring devices and 24/7 health care communication services, will be the first U.S. market channel partner for the Intel Health Guide. By adding the Intel Health Guide to its portfolio of offerings, AMAC will be further equipped to provide its customers with the best in care management technologies. The Health Guide is designed to be used by health care professionals to manage their patients at home and is not currently available for general consumer purchase.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Scoop on Dentrix G3

In case you hadn't heard, here's what's new in DENTRIX G3:

· On-line Patient Questionnaires (with eCentral your patients can complete on-line)

· Re-tooled Document Center (yes you can attach a pdf file, and more!)

· Integrated Patient Education (with Guru... actually ships with Guru player and standard library)

· Re-designed Perio Chart (more modern look, more flexibility)

· And about 396 other features and enhancements (more than 4,000 different user enhancement requests were satisfied with this upgrade)

· Lab testing shows the chart is 33% faster than the DENTRIX G2 chart, which is good news

You can learn much more about DENTRIX G3 at www.dentrix.com. Feature details and system requirements can be found there for your convenience.

Remember, if you're currently subscribed to a Customer Service Plan you received DENTRIX G3 automatically as part of the many benefits of being a subscriber. Some other benefits of being subscribed to the plan include toll-free technical assistance, a basic website, access to the DENTRIX knowledgebase, access to more than 41 on-line training courses, 1GB of eBackup, The Computerized Dentist newsletter, and preferred customer discounts.

What's the one other reason to upgrade?

The one other reason why you want to upgrade to DENTRIX G3 now is because DENTRIX G4 is completing its testing this month. Upgrading to DENTRIX G3 now will give your team time to learn the new features above and then be ready for the new features found in DENTRIX G4. Some of our customers will receive DENTRIX G4 before the end of the year; most will receive it next quarter 2009.

DENTRIX G4 is a version of DENTRIX that every one of our customers will find real. How so? Because every feature and enhancement was requested by our customers. In short, the top customer-requested enhancements is the feature list for DENTRIX G4--a list 230 features long! Watch this message board for more information soon!

Dentrix Users Conference: The Business of Dentistry

Another quick note: The 2nd annual Dentrix Users Conference will be held at the lovely Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas June 11-14, 2009. Please mark your calendars today and reserve time for you and your staff to sharpen your DENTRIX skills, network with other DENTRIX practices, learn valuable business skills from the most respected consultants in the profession, and see the classy side of Vegas. More will be posted as soon as the website goes live. The first users conference in Snowbird was extraordinary. See www.redrocklasvegas.com for resort information.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Western Digital creates Set Top Media Box

As our lives become more digital, we're all saving more and more data on portable hard drives. This is especially true if you are keeping lots of video and music. Of course, watching or listening on your computer isn't always easy, convenient, or the best experience for this type of thing. To the rescue comes the WD TV HD Media Player from Wester Digital. The company, a leading manufacturer of hard drives has now brought to market a device that you can connect your hard drives to and show all your content on your TV. Cost is $130.

Combined with a My Passport portable drive (sold separately), this player is the most convenient way to play HD movies or user-generated videos, listen to high-quality digital music and show high-resolution slideshows of your family photos on your TV. Also works with popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.

Designed for My Passport, works with many other USB storage devices - Play content from most popular USB drives,and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.
Full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p - Experience the spectacular picture quality of HD video and crystal clear sound clarity of digital audio. Use the included remote control to navigate through your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated HD menus.
Collect without limits - There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.
Advanced navigation
  • Thumbnail and list views – Browse your content by filename or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art.
  • Media Library – This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view your content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date.
  • Search – Search by genre, title, artist, filename and partial filename.
Photo viewing
  • Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
  • Zoom and pan
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Movie viewing
  • Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
  • View subtitles
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Music playback
  • Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Access two USB drives simultaneously - Two USB ports on the player let you connect two USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. Our Media Library feature aggregates the content on both drives into one list sorted by media type.
HDMI and composite video connections - The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.
Includes free media conversion software - ArcSoft MediaConverter™ 2.5 -- a fast, easy-to-use application that converts photo, video, and music files into formats optimized for use on the WD TV HD Media Player.
Ultra-compact design - Fits easily into your entertainment center.
Ideal For
Hassle-free playback of HD movies, home videos, digital music, and photos on your TV.

System Requirements
  • My Passport portable hard drive or other USB storage device with supported video or audio content stored on it.
  • Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections

Package Contents
  • HD Media Player
  • Stand for My Passport portable drive
  • Compact remote with batteries
  • Media converter software (Windows only)
  • Composite AV cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick Install Guide

Saturday, November 8, 2008

CEREC Optispray for Fast and Accurate Digital Impressions and Quality CAD/CAM Restorations

CHARLOTTE, NC – October 29, 2008 – Sirona Dental Systems, LLC (Nasdaq: SIRO), the company that pioneered digital impressions more than 20 years ago and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, recently introduced CEREC® Optispray, an advanced contrast medium in a convenient spray canister to enable easier and more precise optical impressions and, ultimately, the most esthetic and functional CAD/CAM-produced dental restorations possible.

“The use of a contrast medium has been providing CEREC users with highly accurate digital impressions that require a minimal number of scans for more than 20 years,” said Sirona Dental Systems, LLC USA President, Michael Augins. “Optispray simplifies this proven process and takes it to the next level.”

According to Dr. Sameer Puri of Tarzana, CA, “Eliminating the need for compressed air lines and clog-prone nozzles to deliver the contrast medium is a major breakthrough. Because the CEREC user is untethered, maneuverability is greatly improved for more accurate impressions – even for the most hard-to-reach posterior areas.”

Optispray was specially developed by Sirona’s in-house R&D department for use with the CEREC dental CAD/CAM system, and provides the following unique benefits:

• Consistency – Consistently easy, fast, and accurate application.

• Precision – Thanks to its thin, homogeneous contrast layer, Optispray delivers superior digital
impression results

• Ergonomic – Spray head can be turned or angled to the desired position, depending on application (mandible/maxilla).

• Patient Experience – Patients will appreciate Optispray’s pleasant spearmint scent and taste.


Preliminary reviews of Optispray have been very positive. According to Dr. Adamo Notarantonio of Huntington, NY, “As a CEREC owner, I have used all of the powdering devices on the market and I can honestly say, Optispray gives me the most consistent images, and is by far the easiest to use as well."

CEREC Optispray comes in 50ml canisters, including two application nozzles, has a two-year shelf life and is available exclusively through Patterson Dental Supply. For more information, call your local Patterson sales representative or visit www.cereconline.com.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thanks for a great CB-500 3D event!

A big thanks to all the attendees and especially to Goetze Dental for a great GX CB-500 event last night in my office in Lee's Summit, MO. We had a great time and it's always fun to show how this amazing technology can change and impact a dental practice from the moment it is installed.

In the not too distant future, this amazing technology will be commonplace and very well could become the standard of care when dealing with implant placement and 3rd molar extractions.

As a doctor that uses this technology on a regular basis I'm continually amazed at what can be seen, diagnosed, and treatment planned when all of the information is readily available and presented to you visually.

We'll be having more of these events in the future so if you missed this one, keep checking the blog (or even better, subscribe to the RSS feed) and we'll keep you updated. You owe it to yourself to look into this technology. Even if you don't purchase one, sending patients out for scans is a great idea. We are currently performing scans for other offices and would be happy to do them for your office as well. Call 816-525-7373 for details.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Gendex GXCB-500 3D Event at my office Tonight!

Tonight (November 6) at my office in Lee's Summit there will be a special demonstration and discussion of the Gendex GXCB-500. This event is sponsored by Goetze Dental.

We'll be having food and discussion why the GXCB-500 is the perfect solution for doctors looking to incorporate conebeam volumetric imaging into their practice. Goetze is my favorite supply company and will have representatives there to answer all your questions. I'll also be available to answer questions from a user's perspective.

If you'd like to attend, please call Goetze Dental 800.692.0804

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Now AT&T is planning on capping broadband usage

In another example of doing exactly the opposite of what customers want/expect, AT&T is experimenting with capping broadband Internet usage. Personally I think simply adding another more expensive tier to service is a much more friendly way than appearing to threaten the entire customer base.

Here is what they have to say:

AT&T is conducting a market trial in Reno, Nevada to evaluate a usage-based model that could potentially help address today’s trend of explosive bandwidth usage. The trial may be extended to one other market by the end of the year.

Beginning Nov. 1, 2008, new AT&T High Speed Internet customers in Reno will receive a bandwidth usage amount ranging from between 20 Gigabytes (GB) and 150 GB, depending on their broadband speed tier. Later this year, existing AT&T High Speed Internet customers in Reno will become a part of this trial if their monthly usage exceeds 150 GB in one month. These customers will receive a usage amount of 150 GB per month.

Once they're a part of the trial, customers will receive a one month grace period the first time usage is exceeded. Thereafter, customers will be charged $1 for every GB over their determined usage amount. All customers in the trial will receive a bandwidth measuring tool so they can track their usage. We will let all impacted customers know about the trial specifics at least 60-days ahead of any overage charges. We’ll also proactively let customers know each time they reach 80 percent of their usage amount. We will not terminate service due to customer usage.

We have previously stated that some type of usage based model, for those customers who have abnormally high usage patterns, seems inevitable. A small group of customers are using the majority of bandwidth on our network. In fact, almost 50 percent of total bandwidth is used by just five percent of customers – customers, for example, who are uploading and downloading the equivalent of more than 40,000 YouTube videos or 40 million e-mails a month. This kind of heavy usage has an impact on all of our customers.

This trial will help us evaluate ways of dealing with surging usage trends while continuing to meet customer needs for a high quality broadband experience at an affordable price.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

R.I.P Circuit City?

Rumors have been swirling for a while that Circuit City is struggling to stay afloat. Now comes the rumor that the electronics giant will soon be closing 155 stores. This tidbit has been verified by Google Finance. This is supposed to be done by December 31.

It's a bit of a sad day for me as there is a Circuit City not far from my home and I'd much rather go there for a purchase than the local Best Buy which I absolutely refuse to enter due to their incredibly poor customer service to me over the years.

I'm sure the present economic conditions aren't making things any better for Circuit City, but here's hoping they get things straightened out.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Palm Treo Pro is Coming to Sprint

Rumors are hot that the Palm Treo Pro will soon be available on the Sprint network. Sprint has yet to make any announcement to that effect, however, some nosing around the Sprint website has turned up the above drop down menu with the device listed.

No word at this time on availability but confidence is pretty high that it will be here in the not too distant future.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Oakley Brings Bluetooth to Sunglasses

Here's the cool and fun product for the weekend. The O ROK Pro bluetooth sunglasses from Oakley allow wireless connection to your mp3 player and your phone simultaneously. This is a pretty cool idea for those of you who are gadget fanatics and don't mind looking like you are part of the borg.

Imagine the following:

You’re on your lunchtime bike ride, listening to your favorite tunes. The music is wirelessly streaming from your iPod® and playing through your sunglasses. Built-in speakers give you crystal clear sound, and the wires that used to hang from your ears have been replaced with something that doesn’t snag, tangle or tie you down: open air.

You decide to play your favorite song and crank the volume for the inspiration that will get you up the next hill. No need to dig out your iPod®. You simply push buttons on your sunglasses. It’s total wireless freedom, and because the controls are part of something you’re already wearing, you have instant access.
Now the music pauses automatically and you hear a soft ringtone over the speakers. You press a button on your sunglasses to answer the incoming call. No need to fumble for your mobile phone. The call comes through your eyewear so your hands are free, letting you continue the ride.

Once your call is finished, the music automatically resumes playing through your sunglasses, right where you left off, without forcing you to fumble with controls or fish out earbuds. And you wonder how you ever survived the age of wires.

Introducing O ROKR™ Pro, the latest in the Sport Performance line of eyewear from Oakley and Motorola. O ROKR™ Pro wirelessly streams digital music, and even lets you control the music wirelessly. Just use the buttons on the frame to select songs on your Bluetooth® Stereo-enabled mobile phone or your iPod® equipped with an ODIO™ iA50 Bluetooth® adapter. O ROKR™ Pro also offers the convenience of hands-free wireless communication with your compatible mobile phone — which means it works as a Bluetooth® Headset except there’s nothing to clip on your ear, and the conversation comes through crystal clear in both ears.

Best of all, O ROKR™ Pro integrates these technologies from Motorola with the world-class innovations of Oakley eyewear. Total freedom in a lightweight sport-inspired design, the frame resists sweat and includes user-changeable lenses with the clarity of HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS® (HDO®) and Oakley HYDROPHOBIC™, a permanent lens coating that repels water, skin oils and dust.

Absolute music freedom with no wires or cords to dangle and tangle.
Advanced sweat-resistant design, optimized for sport use.
User-changeable lenses that allow you to change your look or adapt quickly to any environment.
HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS® (HDO®) for unbeatable clarity that surpasses all ANSI Z87.1 standards.
Patented XYZ OPTICS® that give you razor-sharp vision, even in the lens periphery.
Oakley HYDROPHOBIC™, a permanent lens coating that repels water, skin oils and dust to help keep the optics crystal clear.
Premium sound quality and an easy-to-use interface that gives you full wireless control of your music and your mobile phone.
Pure PLUTONITE® lens material that filters out 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm.
Materials and geometries that meet all ANSI Z87.1 protection standards for both high mass and high velocity impact resistance.
The ability to hear your mobile phone conversation in both ears, unlike conventional Bluetooth® headsets.
Durable and lightweight O MATTER® frame material that achieves a lower overall weight than the original O ROKR™ — less than the weight of an empty CD jewel case.
Custom Mylar® speakers with six directions of movement for precise positioning.
Bluetooth® 2.0 for the latest in wireless technology.
Up to 5 hours of playback time on a single charge.
Three-color indicator light to show battery level.
Easy pairing capability.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Could a Bodily Fluid "credit card" Type Swipe Provide Rapid Diagnosis?

A couple of researchers at the University of Utah have come up with a way to analyze different bodily fluids (including saliva) using a credit card type swipe and the same electronics interface for hard drives & mp3 players. Maybe this gets us one step closer to the mythical Star Trek Tricorder.

The device can be used in lots of applications including veterinary medicine.

Oct. 30, 2008 - University of Utah scientists successfully created a sensitive prototype device that could test for dozens or even hundreds of diseases simultaneously by acting like a credit card-swipe machine to scan a card loaded with microscopic blood, saliva or urine samples.

The prototype works on the same principle - giant magnetoresistance or GMR - that is used to read data on computer hard drives or listen to tunes on portable digital music players.

"Think how fast your PC reads data on a hard drive, and imagine using the same technology to monitor your health," says Marc Porter, a Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) professor of chemistry, chemical engineering and bioengineering.

Porter is the senior author of a pair of studies demonstrating the new method for rapid disease testing. The research will be published in the Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, issue of the journal Analytical Chemistry.

"You can envision this as a wellness check in which a patient sample - blood, urine, saliva - is spotted on a sample stick or card, scanned, and then the readout indicates your state of well-being," says USTAR research scientist Michael Granger, a co-author of the research. "We have a great sensor able to look for many disease markers."

Unlike lab tests today, results could be available in minutes, not hours to weeks.

Porter and Granger conducted the research with John Nordling, Rachel Millen and Heather Bullen at Iowa State University in Ames - where Porter once worked - and Mark Tondra, then at NVE Corp., in Eden Prairie, Minn.

The Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative seeks to create new high-tech jobs by recruiting world-class research teams to develop products and services that can be commercialized to start new businesses and stimulate Utah's economy.

Homeland Security, Environmental Monitoring, Veterinary Medicine

The prototype card-swipe device consists of a GMR "read head" and sample stick. Right now, the device is about the size of a PC. But Granger says that when it is developed commercially, the GMR sensor device will look like a credit card reader.

Porter expects a more advanced version will start being used to test farm animals for diseases in about two years, and a version for human medical tests might begin clinical evaluation in five years, perhaps sooner if pursued by certified laboratories.

"We also think it has homeland security applications," Porter says.

A card swipe device could be taken into the field, where a sample card or stick "could be dipped in groundwater, dried off and read in our device to look for E. coli, plague, smallpox or other suspects on the homeland security list," he says.

Granger says cards with GMR sensors also could be used for environmental monitoring of various toxins or toxic chemicals in an office building's water or air.

The new research showed the method was very sensitive, detecting as few as 800 microscopic particles that mimicked disease-related substances.

GMR's capability to detect a single particle of a biological substance "is just over the horizon," which could be used to test blood or other samples for viruses that can cause disease in minute concentrations, Porter says.

Card-swipe testing devices would be inexpensive because they use existing, inexpensive hard-drive technology, Granger says. "The price would be such that small diagnostic labs could buy them, and eventually your local pharmacist could have one," Porter envisions.

Porter says a sample card swiped in a GMR sensor device conceivably could hold 1,900 different samples for testing, but that in most medical settings, less than a dozen tests would be needed. Nevertheless, "you eventually might test for hundreds of proteins or other compounds in the body when profiling a person's health," he says.

Turning Nobel-Winning Knowledge into Medical Technology

The new testing method makes use of "giant magnetoresistance," or GMR, a phenomenon discovered independently in 1988 by Albert Fert of France and Peter Grünberg of Germany. They shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.

Magnetoresistance is the change in a material's resistance to electrical current when an external magnetic field is applied to the material. That change usually is not more than 1 percent. But some multilayer materials display a change in resistance of as much as 80 percent. That is giant magnetoresistance.

Porter says GMR "is an ultrasensitive method to detect magnetic footprints," and is used to read data from computer hard disks and from MP3 music players.

According to the Nobel Foundation: "A hard disk stores information, such as music, in the form of microscopically small areas magnetized in different directions. The information is retrieved by a read-out head that scans the disk and registers the magnetic changes. ... A read-out head based on the GMR effect can convert very small magnetic changes into differences in electrical resistance and therefore into changes in the current emitted by the read-out head. The current is the signal from the read-out head and its different strengths represent ones and zeros."

In the first new study, Porter, Granger and colleagues set the stage for using GMR devices to test medical, environmental or other biological samples.

The prototype reader had four GMR devices: two sensors to detect changes to the magnetic fields of the sample spots, and two "reference elements" to distinguish how magnetic measurements were affected by temperature changes as opposed to the presence of disease indicators in medical samples.

The prototype does not yet look like a credit card reader or card-swipe device. Instead, it is used to "read" a Pyrex glass sample stick about three-quarters-inch long and one-eighth-inch wide. Biological samples can be placed on the sample stick, which then is "scanned much like a credit card reader," Porter says.

In the first study, instead of holding blood or other medical samples, the sample stick had 15 raised spots of iron-nickel "permalloy," a magnetic material that produces a magnetic signature read by GMR sensors.

"We are simulating a signal to test the card-swipe device," Granger says. "It's not a real sample."

The study determined how measurements by the GMR sensors - the heart of a future card-swipe device - can be calibrated to account for variations in the size of the permalloy spots, the amount of separation between the sensors and the sample stick, and on the angle of the sample stick as it is scanned by the sensors.

Those factors determine how consistently and accurately a card-swipe device would detect minute amounts of substances associated with diseases.

Simulating a Disease Test

In the second study, the sample stick's alloy spots were replaced by the material that would be used on real medical test cards: microscopic spots or "addresses" of gold that were no longer than the smallest known bacterium. The widths were varied to test which size of addresses could be "read" most accurately.

A substance named biotin or vitamin B-7 was bound chemically to the gold spots on the sample stick. Tiny drops of magnetic particles coated with streptavidin - a protein found in eggs - were placed on the gold spots.

"The gold address has no magnetic signature," Granger says. "Once the particles are bound to it, GMR picks up that magnetic signature. It's a proof of principle."

The experiment was repeated hundreds of times with different concentrations of magnetic particles bound to the biological substance.

"We could detect as few as 800 magnetic particles on an address," Porter says. "We believe that with further development, we can get down to single-particle detection."

The Utah scientists cite examples of how a GMR card reader might be used medically for humans and animals:

  • Current tests for prostate specific antigen (PSA) - an indicator for possible prostate cancer - only look for "free" PSA but not for other forms. A card-like sample stick with multiple "addresses," each with an antibody that binds to a different kind of PSA, would be able to test a blood sample for multiple forms of PSA and for their relative abundances, and thus be more reliable in predicting prostate cancer, Porter says.
  • "The same approach can be used to screen patients for other cancers or heart disease," Granger says.
  • A rapid, card-reader test for genital or oral herpes could help reduce the number of Caesarean sections. If obstetricians suspect maternal herpes, they sometimes do C-sections to avoid transmission to the newborn, Porter says. A conclusive, rapid test for herpes can tell doctors if a C-section is really necessary.
  • Porter envisions GMR sensors as tools for personalized medicine, in which "you want to establish everybody's baseline with various health markers" - tests for various diseases and disease susceptibilities. Then, people would monitor health changes by periodic re-testing in a doctor's office, pharmacy or perhaps at home.
  • GMR sensors could provide rapid detection of porcine parvovirus, a respiratory infection that kills pigs; feline calicivirus, which does the same to cats; and bacteria that cause Johne's (pronounced yo-knees) disease, a fatal wasting disorder in dairy cows that costs $1.5 billion annually in the United States.