Saturday, January 31, 2009

Is Google online storage an option we'll see soon?




As the world continues its foray into everything digital, backups must become a more and more focused part of our endeavors. I currently have about 4 terabytes of storage and a lot of it is there simply to make sure I have adequate backups.

One of the things that Apple has come up with semi-recently is Mobile Me. It's a backup service that places all of your data (of your choosing) on the web where it can be accessed via a web browser, iPhone, etc. It also helps keep contact and calendars in sync. It's a nice last line of defense in backing up.

Now I'm hearing rumors that Google will enter the online backup segment. It seems that recently the Mac version of Google's Picasa photo service has a menu option under "Move to Collection" called "Google Web Drive".

With Google's already massive amount of web services including G-mail, Picasa, iGoogle, and others it would make sense that online storage would follow in making people's web experience even more Google centric.

The image below is a screen capture from Google Pack where you can see within the code that the product may be called GDrive and has a fairly complete description. (Image courtesy of SlashGear)

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While Mobile Me is nice and Microsoft has a 5 GB online backup service called Live Mesh in beta, I've got to think that a Google product would be more successful given Google's presence and name recognition.

As with all rumors, only time will tell. However, G-mail users already have 7.2 GB of storage for e-mail. How hard could it be to offer a massive amount of storage for each person with a Google account. Google is a company that makes their web aps easy to use. Here's hoping that they make it work.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Western Digital Announce 2 Terabyte Hard Drive


Where will this all end? Hopefully it won't. Western Digital has announced a 2 terabyte hard drive. That's right, it's roughly 2000GB!

I remember when I installed my first 1GB drive in the 90's and a snooty tech illiterate friend told me, "No one will ever fill 1 gig. Why did you waste your money on that?" For the record he was wrong and I love being right.

Anyway, hard drive capacities keep expanding. In dentistry there was once concern that all of our images would cause storage problems, but that fear died a few years ago. Now we can be sure of plenty of storage and adequate room for backups.

Here is a great quote from Mark Geenen, President of Trend Focus, “While some in the industry wondered if the end consumer would buy a 1 TB drive, already some 10 percent of 3.5″ hard drive sales are at the 1 TB level or higher, serving demand from video applications and expanding consumer media libraries. The 2 TB hard drives will continue to satisfy end user’s insatiable desire to store more data on ever larger hard drives.”

Here are the specs from the Western Digital website:

Reduced power consumption - WD has reduced power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to standard desktop drives with the combination of WD's IntelliSeek™, NoTouch™, and IntelliPower™ technologies.
Helps enable eco-friendly PCs - WD Caviar Green drives yield an average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over standard desktop drives making 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.
Cool and quiet - GreenPower™ technology yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.
Massive capacity - Capacities up to 2 TB offer the most available capacity for storage-intensive programs and space-hungry operating systems, like Window Vista®, with plenty of room left over for photos, music, and video.
Perfect for external drives - External drive manufacturers can eliminate the need for a fan in a high-capacity product with a WD Caviar Green drive, the coolest and quietest in its class.
IntelliPower - A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.
IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration. View demo >
NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) - Employs PMR technology to achieve even greater areal density.
StableTrac™ - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations. (2 TB models only)
Low power spin-up - WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads.
Advanced power technology - Electronic components deliver best-in-class low power consumption for reduced power requirements and increased reliability.
Ideal For

Environmentally friendly PCs and external storage requiring lower power consumption and cool, quiet operation.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kindle 2.0 on the Near Horizon?

Well it looks like Amazon may be getting ready to take the wraps off the Kindle 2.0 e-book reader. The device has been rumored for quite a while now with pictures appearing as early as late summer/early fall 2008.

Now Amazon has announced a press conference for February 9th in New York. The last time Amazon had a press conference in New York? You guessed it... the day they announced Kindle 1.0 The company is being very tight lipped about what the meeting is about, but the rumors last fall was the the next version of Kindle would be appearing in the first quarter 2009.

While I love my Kindle, I'd be less than honest if I didn't say there are things about it I'd like to change. One of the things I'm interested in is will there be a trade in for old devices? Not likely, but I can hope.

The press conference is set to be held at the Morgan Library in midtown. A library for a press conference? Do we even need to speculate on what this means?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The joys of a Dual Wavelength Laser

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I've had a Lares Powerlase AT for 4 years and I have been extremely happy with my purchase. The device is reliable, requires no maintenance, and works phenomenally well. I also love it because it is an Er:YAG and an Nd:YAG laser all in one unit. Clinically this has some distinct advantages that save time for both the patient and the doctor.

Here is a story from yesterday: A crown prep was being performed on a tooth that had a good sized area of caries on the distal. The area had been filled with an overgrowth of hyperplastic gingival tissue. The area was prepped with a handpiece to ideal form. Next the Er:YAG was used to quickly remove the hyperplastic tissue. Then the Nd:YAG wavelength was selected. The tissue was contoured to an ideal shape and form and the margin was troughed for definition in the impression. Since the Nd:YAG is attracted to dark color, this was all done in a field with hemostasis. Past experience tells me that there will also be minimal post-op discomfort if any at all.

After the laser, a buildup was placed and the prep completed. A beautiful impression was obtained and the temp was fabricated. Total laser treatment time was about 5 minutes. Having both lasers in the same unit made this treatment quick and easy with minimum setup.

Lasers allow us to do amazing things. If you have been thinking about a laser for your practice, I highly encourage you to explore your options.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jump Drives & Social Engineering

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Social engineering is effective because frequently the weakest link in the security chain is the human element. Along those lines here is a bit of a horror story featuring high tech and deceit.

It seems that some nefarious types are now leaving jump drives laying around in parking lots, office building lobbies, etc. When someone picks them up and plugs them into their computer, the drive installs a trojan horse that begins recording all types of private data and sending it over the Internet to the crooks who put the drives out there to start with.

It's unfortunate that we have to so paranoid about this type of situation, but they are documented. They DO happen. It seems the best defense is to simply buy your own and never pick one up.

It also makes me a bit paranoid with all the jump drives that I receive from manufacturers with product info on them.

Monday, January 26, 2009

I'll be at the Gendex Booth at the Yankee Dental Congress this Week




For those of you who will be attending the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston this week, I will be speaking in the Gendex booth on Friday and Saturday. I'll be covering my experience with the GX CB-500 cone beam unit.

If you're planning on being at the meeting, please stop by and say hello. If you are considering purchasing a 3D Cone Beam unit, you can hear me do a brief presentation on why I chose to install the CB-500 in my office.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pirated iWork 09 contains Mac Trojan Horse

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Even though this doesn't count as a fun weekend topic, I think it bears mentioning to those of you who are using Macs and looking to save money by cutting some security corners. Usually we Mac lovers have very little reason to be concerned about security issues like viruses, etc but every once in a while a problem comes along that reminds us no one is immune.

It seems that a pirated copy of iWork 09 that can be downloaded for free comes with a little surprise that means its not really free after all. The program also contains a payload of the OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Trojan Horse. It was spotted by Intego on January 21. Here is what the Intego website has to say:

Exploit: OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Trojan Horse

Discovered: January 21, 2009

Risk: Serious

Description: Intego has discovered a new Trojan horse, OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, which is currently circulating in copies of Apple’s iWork 09 found on BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software. The version of iWork 09, Apple’s productivity suite, are complete and functional, but the installer contains an additional package called iWorkServices.pkg.


When installing iWork 09, the iWorkServices package is installed. The installer for the Trojan horse is launched as soon as a user begins the installation of iWork, following the installer’s request of an administrator password. This software is installed as a startup item (in /System/Library/StartupItems/iWorkServices, a location reserved normally for Apple startup items), where it has read-write-execute permissions for root. The malicious software connects to a remote server over the Internet; this means that a malicious user will be alerted that this Trojan horse is installed on different Macs, and will have the ability to connect to them and perform various actions remotely. The Trojan horse may also download additional components to an infected Mac.

Intego is issuing this alert to warn Mac users not to download iWork 09 installers from sites offering pirated software. (As of 6 am EST, at least 20,000 people have downloaded this installer.) The risk of infection is serious, and users may face extremely serious consequences if their Macs are accessible to malicious users.

Intego VirusBarrier X4 and X5 with virus definitions dated January 22, 2009 or later protect against this Trojan horse. Intego recommends that users never download and install software from untrusted sources or questionable web sites.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Innermost Half Pint Glasses

Welcome to the weekend edition of the blog! In keeping with the tradition of cooler more fun posts on the weekend, I present the Innermost Half Pint Glass.

These aesthetic lovelies are provide a pretty cool view of your libation as long as it isn't clear. I love the idea of seeing my Guinness floating in air. That being said they would probably be a big hit at a party where the "meal in a can" malted beverage might not fit in.

They are a double walled half-pint glass that has a layer of air between the glass walls to help insulate the beverage and therefore help it keep its optimal temperature. Never mind the insulation (which makes sense), I'm just enjoying the floating effect. A set of 2 will set you back $32 and they come gift box.

If you would like to order them, click here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

President Obama is keeping his Blackberry

I've been following the saga of our new President and his Blackberry addiction for a while now. The rumors were rampant that the texting and e-mailing would have to stop after the oath of office for several reasons.

One was the security of being able to locate the President due to his cell phone signal - this seems to have been overcome with a secure version of the Blackberry. The second concern was that presidential communications are considered part of the public record and that all his electronic communications would fall under that.

It turns out that the federal law actually exempts any "personal records" that do not relate to the president's official function. Therefore personal stuff is safe.

President Obama has wanted to use the Blackberry to keep in touch with those outside his immediate circle and hopes its use will keep him grounded. In a recent interview with CNBC he stated:

"It's not just the flow of information. I mean, I can get somebody to print out clips for me, and I can read newspapers. What it has to do with is having mechanisms where you are interacting with people who are outside of the White House in a meaningful way. And I've got to look for every opportunity to do that--ways that aren't scripted, ways that aren't controlled, ways where, you know, people aren't just complimenting you or standing up when you enter into a room, ways of staying grounded."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated the decision to allow Obama to keep a smartphone is "a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends. Use will be limited and the security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate but to do so effectively," Gibbs also said. "And to do so in a way that is protected."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Daschle discusses His vision for Healthcare

Here is an interesting tidbit from the new administration courtesy of the AGD:

The Secretary-designate of Health & Human Services, former Senator Thomas Daschle, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to begin the first step in his confirmation process. Mr. Daschle, who also has been named by President-elect Obama as the head of a new White House Office of Health Reform, discussed in very broad terms his vision for overhauling the nation’s health care system.

Specifically, Mr. Daschle promises to focus on covering the 47 million uninsured Americans, altering the Medicare reimbursement system to focus more on prevention and to pay providers for “episodes of care,” and investing in HIT in order to develop a national system of interoperable electronic medical records.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pottery Barn selling charging station


Here is a nifty idea. The gadget pictured above is a charging valet. It has a dock for your iPod and speakers so you can play your iPod while it charges. There is also a power strip to plug in other chargers and then a way to hide the wires so that just enough sticks out to plug into your devices.

If you have lots of gadgets to charge and are currently fighting the "battle of the wires" this looks to be a nice solution. Price? $74.99

It certainly beats to pile of spaghetti that many of us have managed to create!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ioSafe Solo protects your backups in more ways than one



As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of a workable and reliable backup strategy. One of the most important parts of that strategy involves taking a backup offsite with you. If your backup is in your office and a natural disaster occurs, it will do you no good.

Of course all of us make mistakes on occasion and even though we know we're supposed to take that backup home with us, sometimes they get left behind.

The ioSafe can help in that regard. This external hard drive is fireproof up to 1500 degrees and waterproof up to a 10 foot depth for 3 days.

It is available in 500GB, 1 TB, and 1.5 TB sizes. This handy USB 2.0 portable drive should be taken offsite with you, but if you forget it's nice to know the odds of it surviving a disaster are much better than other pieces of gear. It's also affordable with the 1.5 TB edition selling for only $299.

More info is available on the company website.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dell announces 256GB Solid State Drive as laptop option

Progress and father time just keep marching along. Not long ago I was touting the advantages of SSDs (Solid State Drives) for their durability. Of course that was when I was touting the unbelievable 30GB model. Now Dell can give you one in your new laptop with a capacity of 256GB!

SSD's are a great option because they have no moving parts (think jump drives and/or flash memory) so they are much more durable and not subject to nearly as much damage if dropped or bumped.

I'm still thinking that at some point, the normal hard drive we've all known will cease to exist and be replaced by the SSD. Personally I can't wait. The failure rate has got to be lower due to the lack of moving parts.

The option from Dell will set you back $4oo. As an interesting aside, 6 months ago a 128GB SSD from Dell was $450. As progress marches on, prices keep falling.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sapient to bring Touch Screen Vending Machines to market

Vending machines contain a lot of amazing technology. This includes scanners to read dollar bills, robotics that select the beverage, and in some cases I've even seen machines that are connected to the Internet and accept credit cards.

Now Sapient is bringing Coke machines to market that are touchscreen. Basically the entire front of the machine is one big touchscreen. Customers can actually rotate the bottle on the screen to read ingredients, see the whole label, etc. It will even be one of the credit card accepting types. Sources say it should be seen in the US soon. Personally I'm thinking these machines will see a definite spike in business from people who are willing to buy a drink just to get a chance to play with the new machine. I know I'd be willing to plunk down a credit card and buy a Coke just so I can spin the bottle on the screen.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Trispecs Bluetooth Sunglasses

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Welcome again to the weekend edition! I'm just back from a trip to the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention in Denver.

The featured device for today is the Trispecs bluetooth sunglasses. Although I'm a devoted Oakley fan, I've got a lot of respect for the fashion and technology that is shown in these high tech fashion accessories.



Trispecs are a bluetooth device that can be paired with your bluetooth enabled phone or music player. If your phone has music capabilities built-in you can switch between the two. From their website: "Blending designer sunglasses, stereo headphones, and Bluetooth headset functionality, TriSpecs are the hottest way to connect to mobile phones and music players. TriSpecs engineering allows you to switch between voice communication and stereo sound for a great music experience using button controls on the glasses."

They combine dual microphones, dual speakers, and Bluetooth to allow you to look good and still be connected. Pretty cool huh?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Stryker Endoscopy Launches the World’s First High-Definition Wireless Surgical Display

I just stumbled across this and was really amazed by it. These companies have worked out a way to get a 1080p image transmitted wirelessly for less clutter in the OR. This could definitely be something we'll see available for dentists and consumers in the future. Here is the press release:

Santa Clara, Calif. – December 30, 2008 – AMIMON Inc. is pleased to announce that Stryker Endoscopy, a division of Stryker Corporation, has launched the world’s first high-definition (HD) wireless video display for the operating room. Stryker Endoscopy’s WiSeTM HDTV is embedded with AMIMON’s wireless HD technology. AMIMON has granted Stryker Endoscopy exclusive access to AMIMON’s technology for the medical endoscopy market.

“Stryker Endoscopy is known for providing Best-in-Class high-definition visualization for surgeons,” said William Chang, Stryker Endoscopy’s Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer. “Only AMIMON’s High-Definition Wireless Technology is capable of transmitting the surgical video with no perceptible lag or interference throughout the entire operating room. This will allow surgeons greater flexibility in positioning the surgical display while operating. In addition, the hospitals and surgery centers will save the hassle and cost of routing DVI cables through the ceilings and overhead booms.”

“AMIMON’s High-Definition Wireless Technology is gaining strong industry support and is setting the standard for wireless HDTV connectivity,” said Noam Geri, AMIMON’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “Several major CE manufacturers are currently offering a full range of products based on AMIMON’s technology. AMIMON is proud to have worked with Stryker Endoscopy in enabling the use of its technology to meet the demanding needs of medical visualization.”

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Digital Handwriting from Talario

If you are wanting to move into a paperless office environment but can't think of a good way to get all your paper forms, health history info, etc into a digital format that patients can still fill out, explore Xpaper from Talario.

This turnkey system comes with a special digital Logitec pen and software that allows you to print forms on a paper with a special almost invisible array of dots on it. The pen has ink and is used just like a normal pen. However, it also has digital sensing built in which allows it to see the grid and remember what the pen is doing. When you are done with the pen, dock it to your computer via USB and the document is automatically downloaded and created in a pdf format.

Sound interesting? I'll be putting it through its paces in the next few weeks. I should get the install done early next week and will report back once I've had adequate time. If it works as advertised, this could make things much easier.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Acer is releasing Aspire Netbook with 10 inch screen

acer netbook.pngIf you've been thinking about a netbook portable computer, here is some news that may interest you. Acer will launch a version of their device with a 10 inch screen in February. It will be available in white, red, or my personal preference... black. The best part? The rumored cost is just $399.

It is also rumored to have 2GB of RAM, a 1024x600 screen resolution, and a 1.6Ghz processor. Pretty impressive stats, especially with that low price tag!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Best in Show Award at CES goes to new Palm Pre Smartphone

I've been a big fan of Palm for a very long time. I was one of those geeky early adopters that bought one of the very early Palm Pilots (back before Pilot Pen sued and they changed their name to Palm). I would eagerly await the release of each new device and spend time at stores looking at them as I decided which one I just had to have.

When the Treo line was introduced I was in heaven and bought each one as they became available. That changed last year. I had been using my Palm Treo 700P for a couple of years. The device was semi-buggy and had seen better days. However, there really hadn't been an OS update in years and the iPhone was changing the world. I still liked the Palm and was comfortable with the OS, but it just wasn't the device I needed or wanted anymore. Palm had been passed by which was sad because it was a genre they pretty much had invented. I bought a Samsung Instinct.

Now, Palm has come roaring back. Their latest device is the Palm Pre and features a slide out keyboard, brand new OS, and lots of other great features. The device was impressive enough to win Best in Show at the CES. Welcome back Palm! I didn't think you had it in you!

Read the full press release from Palm here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Prodrive Offers an Improvement over Traditional Air Driven Turbines

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This week I will be putting the Prodrive System through its paces in my office. Prodrive is a unique system. They have changed the turbine and the chuck in the traditional air driven handpiece.

The bur is triangular in shape and engages a triangular shaped chuck. This decreases slip in the chuck and increases the amount of torque a handpiece can generate since none of the rotational energy is lost due to bur slippage. It should also decrease bur whip since the bur spins more concentrically due to greater engagement with the chuck.

The burs are machined to fit the chuck like a hand in a glove. This unique bur and turbine system may very well change the way we deal with handpieces in our profession.

I had a hands-on with the system last week in a lab environment and came away impressed. This week I'll be putting a Kavo adapted handpiece into a side by side comparison with an "off the shelf" Kavo system. I'll let you know my findings by the end of the week.

If you'd like to see more info on Prodrive, you can check out the company website.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pogoplug will Allow you to access your USB Drives from Anywhere

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If you've got data that you need access to no matter where you go, Pogoplug may be just what you are looking for. The device allows you to plug in any USB data storage device (hard drive, jump drive, etc) and then have access to the drive over the Internet.

The device plugs into an AC outlet and connects to your router. After the device is setup, the files are available via your browser from any computer. Supposedly that's all there is to it. Plug it in and your files are accessible through your browser from the Pogoplug website with no additional monthly charge!

The device is slated to be available in March for a price of $79. For that small amount, I'll be sure to have one.

You can get info from the company website, but the info there is sparse at this time.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

ReBit Backup - A Time Machine for Windows?



As a Mac user (but not a Mac snob) I love the simplicity of the Mac backup program called "Time Machine". Basically it works like this:
1. Add a portable hard drive
2. Designate it as the drive for Time Machine
3. Everything gets backed up and organized with little or no intervention on from the user.

Now from CES (Consumer Electronic Show) comes ReBit for Windows. The device is rumored to be a very similar system for the user of Windows based PC's.

Here's how the company describes it:

When your hard drive crashes, you lose a lot more than data. Rebit protects everything with complete computer backup. In one instant, your important documents and information, including entertainment files, photos, video, mp3s and financial programs can be lost. But you also lose your operating system, applications, software, settings, bookmarks, drivers and configuration settings. The Rebit hard drive backup system automatically works to save your entire computer environment when you plug it in. Transparently, and continuously.

The Rebit back up hard drive is always working so yourbackup files are always up-to-date. Any recent changes you've made, programs you've installed, or documents you've saved are reflected in the current back up hard drive. You never need think about what type of data you want to protect, Rebitis always the perfect defense. Ranging from 80 GB to 500 GB, you can be sure Rebit will backup all of your data, and Rebit PC backup makes room for the most recent documents so the drive is always current and never fills up.

Rebit PC backup is an external hard drive that can be used to backup a desktop or a laptop PC. It simply sits next to your computer, plugged into a USB port and automatically backing up your data and your entire PC continually, and without any effort.


In my opinion, this looks to be a nice way to keep yourself free from worry. However, i've had no personal experience with the device. More info from the company website.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Dentrix Announces Business of Dentistry Dentrix Users Conference

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This year's Dentrix Business of Dentistry meeting is scheduled for June 11-13 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. I've stayed at the Red Rock and trust me when I say, it's beautiful!

The meeting will feature lots of sessions presented by some of dentistry's best known speakers including Lois Banta, Michael Schuster, Sally McKenzie, Mary Govoni, and others.

If you are a Dentrix user, this is a must attend kind of meeting. You will walk away with tons of information on how to make the software and your practice more efficient.

For information on registration go to www.businessofdentistry.com and click on the register now buttton.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Eye-Fi Now Uploading Videos to YouTube

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I've reported on the Eye-Fi here before. It's a great device with the ability to store images in your digital camera and load them via WiFi on your computer the moment you take them. Snap a pic and in a few moments it's on your desktop and it's all done with the card that is storing the pictures. Slick huh?

Well now they're doing something even more impressive. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, Eye-Fi will introduce the ability to upload video. That's right, you'll be able to shoot a video with your digital camera and send it to your computer or YouTube. The company is even preparing to allow support of full HD video. Now that's a great idea!

No word on pricing or availability of this newest version yet.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sirona Introduces CEREC® AC Powered by Bluecam: The Most Advanced Dental CAD/CAM System Available



For over 20 years, CEREC has been the name most associated with CAD/CAM in dentistry. Yesterday, I spent my lunch time watching an online demonstration of the newest CEREC version. It features a re-designed acquisition unit and much more. Read on for details from the press release.

CHARLOTTE, NC – January 5, 2009 – 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, today launched the CEREC AC (Acquisition Center) powered by Bluecam, which marks a significant technological advance in chairside CAD/CAM.

At the heart of CEREC AC is the Bluecam handheld acquisition camera, which uses a highly visible blue light LED (light emitting diode) to capture digital impressions. Sirona’s Bluecam is superior to other digital impression technologies on the market:

• Captures more detail than any other camera on the market
• Easier and shorter acquisition times because the camera acquires the image automatically—it senses the right time to capture the image, and does so without intervention from the user
• Provides a uniform field of illumination for increased precision
• Captures half-arch and full-arch impressions with unparalleled speed — half-arch impression in 40 seconds; full-arch impressions in 2 minutes.

The optics used in the Bluecam handheld camera have been optimized for a higher depth of field and accuracy, and have been coupled with increased computing power to display the most crisp, detailed digital impressions possible, which yield the most precise 3D digital models.

According to Sirona Dental Systems, LLC USA President Michael Augins, “CEREC AC uses advanced blue light LED technology to harness the full potential of digital impression taking. Thanks to Bluecam, capturing half-arch and full-arch impressions and then creating multi-unit restorations of the highest esthetic quality is a reality. CEREC AC also provides dentists with a variety of configuration, budget price point and practice integration options, thus making CAD/CAM available for everyone.”

CEREC AC is designed to meet the needs of any dental practice. It is the only CAD/CAM system that
delivers access to efficient, precise, and affordable CAD/CAM solutions, including the newly-introduced Pay as You Go pricing option. CEREC AC provides dentists with access to a multitude of CAD/CAM advantages not available from any other CAD/CAM manufacturer, including the following:

• The most comprehensive array of CAD/CAM solutions available
• Connectivity with current and future digital dental technologies, processes, and procedures
• Full-range capability – Everything from single-tooth to full-arch digital impressions

CEREC AC powered by Bluecam has been thoroughly field-tested and clinician comments have been unanimously positive.* According to Dr. Sameer Puri from Tarzana, California, “The CEREC AC is very precise and efficient. The image quality is extremely clean and it produces highly accurate restorations. The ease with which images can be captured is a major advance— anything from a single tooth to half an arch can be captured very quickly and precisely. Having used the CEREC AC for a while, I cannot imagine practicing without it.”

CEREC AC powered by Bluecam is available immediately for sale exclusively through Patterson Dental in the following product configuration options:

• CEREC® AC and MC XL Milling Unit
- Speed—ideal for the high-productivity practice: six minutes for a full-contour crown,
3-4 minutes for partial coverage.
- Choices—the most material options available to satisfy virtually any restorative indication. CEREC is the only system that mills every chairside material from VITA®, Ivoclar Vivadent®, and 3M™ ESPE™.

• CEREC® AC and MC L Compact Milling Unit
- Compact— The original economical workhorse
- Choices—the most material options available to satisfy virtually any restorative indication. CEREC is the only system that mills every chairside material from VITA®, Ivoclar Vivadent®, and 3M™ ESPE™.

• CEREC® AC with Pay As You Go Affordability
- Fully-functional CEREC AC at a minimal capital investment with the Pay as You Go option
- Purchase milling Access Keys, pre-loaded with 200 units
- Can be paired with either MC XL or MC L Compact milling unit

For more information about CEREC AC Powered by Bluecam or to schedule a free demonstration, call your local Patterson sales representative or visit www.cereconline.com.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Enhance Your Clinical Skills and Develop Financial Freedom at Cosmedent’s Center for Esthetic Excellence

Here is a press release I received today from Cosmedent:

Cosmedent’s Center for Esthetic Excellence (CEE) announces its new courses for 2009. The CEE features the most comprehensive courses in direct resin bonding and offers many unique lecture/hands-on programs designed to enhance your clinical skills and enable you to achieve financial freedom during these economically challenging times. With a world-class faculty of some of the top 100 lecturers as identified by Dentistry Today, Cosmedent’s CEE is dedicated to the continuous advancement of esthetic dentistry.

For information, or to request the current 2009 calendar of courses, contact Erika Heier at The Center for Esthetic Excellence at 800-837-2321. Or visit www.cosmedent.com.

Charge your Gadgets with Solar Panel Glasses


Now you can soak up the rays in more ways than one. These glasses have photo-voltaic cells on the lenses. You can see through them, but they convert sunlight to electricity and use it to charge your battery operated gear. The glasses, called SIG, or “Self-Energy Converting Sunglasses”have solar cells made of dye on the lenses.

There is a cord that comes off the arm of the glasses and plugs into your power hungry gadgets to provide them with a free recharge. While I'm more of an Oakley guy, I've got to admit this technology has got me interested. It would be nice to spend some time pool side and not worry about losing the charge on the phone or iPod.

I can't find any information on when they'll be available or the rumored cost, but if I find out, I'll let you know.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Jaw Infection From Fosamax More Prevalent Than Thought

This well written article is from emaxhealth and sums up this info as well as I could have. Here is the latest info on ONJ:

According to a report published January 1 in the Journal of the American Dental Association, women are at risk from jaw infection, even with short-term use of commonly used osteoporosis drugs. Fosamax, used for osteoporosis treatment, is the 21st most prescribed drug on the market, according to statistics from IMS Health.

The new study usurps previous information, stating that the risk of jaw infection from osteoporosis drugs is "negligible". The current study suggests that jaw infection leading to osteonecrosis (bone destruction), is more common that suspected. Women are especially at risk following invasive dental treatments, such as tooth extraction and other mouth surgery with even short-term use of osteoporosis drugs.

Parish Sedghizadeh, assistant professor of clinical dentistry with the USC School of Dentistry says, "Here at the School of Dentistry we're getting two or three new patients a week that have bisphosphonate-related ONJ, and I know we're not the only ones seeing it." A major concern stems from the fact that few physicians warn women of the risk of jaw infection when taking osteoporosis drugs.

Studies from the American Dental Association found that nine out of 208 patients from the school of dentistry, who took osteoporosis drugs for any length of time, developed osteonecrosis of the jaw. "We've been told that the risk with oral bisphosphonates is negligible, but four percent is not negligible," says Dr. Sedghizadeh.

When women take osteoporosis drugs, mouth bacteria become more resistant to antibiotic treatment. Bisphosphonates stay in the body for a long period, enveloping bacteria within a matrix that protects the infection from the effect of antibiotics. The result of osteonecrosis of the jaw is bone destruction from lack of blood supply. Osteonecrosis causes the bone to collapse, and literally means "bone death".

Many dentists have suspected that osteoporosis drugs cause jaw infection to a greater degree than pharmaceutical companies have led us to believe. Dr. Sedghizadeh hopes further studies will be conducted to confirm their findings.

Women should be cautioned about the risk of jaw infection, or osteonecrosis, when taking osteoporosis drugs, even for short-periods of time. If you take Fosamax, or other drug for osteoporosis, make certain you tell your dentist before undergoing any dental procedure.

Source: Oral bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw

Sunday, January 4, 2009

LG Announces a Mobile Phone Watch with 3G Capabilities

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Keeping with the watch theme of this weekend's posts, I humbly present the LG 3G watch. Dubbed the LG-GD910 (who comes up with these model names anyway?) the device is truly a phone on your wrist.

With the Consumer Electronics Show launching, we'll be seeing lots of gadgets, some practical and some not so much. The device has a tiny 1.4 inch touchscreen that even features built-in video conferencing (I'm not sure how you're exactly supposed to video conference from your wrist. I have a hard enough time staying in front of a non-moving webcam.)

It also has an MP3 player, text-to-speech functionality, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The face is 0.6 inches thick which, for the digitally impaired, is just a bit over 1/2 inch. It's also water resistant although I personally would do everything within my power to keep such a device from getting even the least bit damp.

The best part for me is the speed. Its rumored to be capable of 7.2Mbps.

Although this is speculation I'm pretty sure this will require recharging ala the old Spot Watches. I've never been a big fan of that as I tend to have a watch on at all times and I don't relish the idea of one I have to recharge.

However, this is definitely a cool piece of technology. Maybe someday we'll all be wearing something similar.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

USB Jump Drive... in a watch?

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It's the weekend! And you know when the weekend rolls around, I always try to find some fun items to write about. Today, it's a James Bond worthy item that is even affordable. I'm a huge Bond fan and it probably has a direct correlation to my love of gadgets.

The photo above is definitely "spy worthy" but it's also a handy device to make sure your important backups aren't lost or misplaced. With concerns over HIPPA and data security, keeping track of both your data and the hardware it is on is of prime importance.

So, on to the gadget! The watch pictured above is not only a fully functional time piece, it also has a storage bay that will hold a 4GB capacity USB flash drive. The drive appears to be custom made to fit into the watch so not any old drive will do. It appears to be easy to remove and replace. I also like the appearance of the time piece. Most geek watches appear to be just that, but this one has styling that would make it easy for most to wear.

The device is only $49.99 and is available from Think Geek.

Friday, January 2, 2009

The iLuv iHD171 iTunes Tagging Radio




Here is a neat idea for the music lovers who read the blog. The iLuv company has come up with a nice music system that incorporates several great features. The device pictured above is the iLuv iHD171 HD Radio. It has a docking station on top that is compatible with iPods as well as iPhones allowing a connection as well as charging the device.

It also has 2 alarm clocks and a TV output so that you can watch videos from your iPod on a nearby television. It also has a AM/FM receiver and a display that shows the song title. However, that's not all. The iHD171 also has support for HD Radio and perhaps the neatest feature of all if you own an iPod.

The iHD171 has a feature called iTunes Tagging. Basically what that means is that when listening to a HD broadcast, the user can "tag" a song and save the info on any connected device. This allows you to have the information available if/when you are ready to download the song.

It should be available soon. The rumored price is $199.00

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Zune MP3 Players Mysteriously Stop

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If you own a 30GB Zune, you have probably noticed that it now refuses to work. Not to worry, this is a weird bug that is affecting all of these devices. It seems to be something related to the internal clock and how it handles leap years. Weird as it seems, this is sort of a delayed Y2K kind of bug. Anyway, there is a fix. Read on for the details from the Zune Technical Team.

Early this morning we were alerted by our customers that there was a widespread issue affecting our 2006 model Zune 30GB devices (a large number of which are still actively being used). The technical team jumped on the problem immediately and isolated the issue: a bug in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year. That being the case, the issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009. We expect the internal clock on the Zune 30GB devices will automatically reset tomorrow (noon, GMT). By tomorrow you should allow the battery to fully run out of power before the unit can restart successfully then simply ensure that your device is recharged, then turn it back on. If you’re a Zune Pass subscriber, you may need to sync your device with your PC to refresh the rights to the subscription content you have downloaded to your device.