Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
This evening at 7:00pm Central I'll be participating in a Tweet chat on digital imaging including 3D cone beam.
If you are interested in participating, follow @DPRLive on Twitter.
This will be a first for me and I'm personally curious to see how I'll do responding with the limited amount of characters that Twitter allows.
Join in to learn about imaging and to see how I manage!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Today I received a box from UPS that contained the latest devices from Air Techniques... The Polaris intraoral camera and the Spectra digital visual caries detection system.
I've used the original versions of these devices for a few years now. In fact, in 2007 I conducted the FDA 510K Clinical Trial on the Spectra.
As a diehard user of digital devices that improve patient care, I'm always on the lookout for better devices, better techniques, and better materials that improve clinical outcomes.
For the next few weeks, my clinical testing will be focused on these two devices. I'll let you know how they did after I've had adequate time to put them through their clinical paces...
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Security systems, whether they are professionally installed or do-it-yourself systems, are complicated, require lots of equipment, and can be quite expensive. Piper started because we thought a lot about what is wrong with security systems presently. False alarms, long contracts, expensive, complicated, ugly, and most importantly a real lack of visibility into what exactly is happening at home when you’re not there. Also, for people who live in apartments and small spaces there are not a lot of options available.
Combining security, high quality video, and home automation just makes sense. You can’t get real peace of mind without actually seeing what’s happening at home, and the possibilities for making your home more secure and interactive really open up when you add automation to the equation.
The National Crime Prevention Council of America found that apartment dwellers face a 85% higher chance of burglary than other types of housing, and since then numerous insurance brokers have reached similar conclusions. The main reasons for this crime are the lack of exterior control and landlord indifference.
It’s a troubling reality that most people in rental homes can't expect landlords to agree to a security installation and in the rare case the landlords give permission, it is just too expensive to contemplate.
Piper changes this equation and provides millions of people the opportunity of a real solution and for the first time, one that is simple but powerful. And not just apartments, but any type of home or small business can benefit from the simplicity and power of Piper.
Home, away and vacation security modes are created and monitored by simple to use rules. Record video, sound the siren or keep the system in stealth mode so you can quietly monitor the intruder.
Motion and sound detection - Piper will record a video and notify you if motion is detected or a loud sound occurs. It can even tell you when a smoke or fire alarm goes off.
Piper extends the performance of its security system by adding Z-Wave sensors or switches to security rules. Monitor doors and windows and turn lights on if an intruder enters your home.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Ritter is pretty much the "grandfather" of dental equipment. The company has been making equipment for dentists and dental offices for over 100 years. In fact, the first dental chair with a round base was produced by Ritter. All previous dental chairs had 4 legs!
To celebrate their 125 year history, the company is embarking on a 125 city tour. Read on for all the details.
The 125-City “Ritter Road Show” Kicks Off in September and Continues for National 15-Month Tour
San Antonio, TX – August 22, 2013 – Ritter Dental USA, a leading dental equipment manufacturer with a 125-year legacy of innovation, quality and reliability recently announced its plans to launch the Ritter Road Show, a dental exhibit scheduled to visit 125 cities throughout the United States.
According to Ritter Dental USA’s CEO Fred Battah, “It’s not every day that a dental company celebrates a 125 year anniversary. We’re going on the road to celebrate the past, and share our vision of the exciting future of Ritter Dental USA.”
Each Ritter Road Show event will be hosted at a local venue, and will include three basic components; innovation, education and fundraising.
The latest Ritter innovations will be showcased in a dedicated display area at each Ritter Road Show event and will include:
- ¥The Superior and The Excellence Dental Units – Made in Germany and recently-introduced in the U.S.; these dental units represent the perfect balance of technology and comfort, while still being price-sensitive for today’s economy.¥The Ritter Implant System – Precision and price-designed to meet the standards of the most experienced implantologist. Made in Germany using Grade 5 titanium.
- ¥Digital Abutment and Crown System – Powered by 3Shape and putting digital impressions and CAD/CAM technology within reach of every dentist.
- ¥Ritter Instruments - Forged from German steel, the Ritter instrument line offers quality and precision for general practitioners, specialists and hygienists.
- •Dentist-Direct Zero %, In-House Financing - For qualified buyers.
“We’re making a very strong effort to show the latest Ritter innovations to dentists who may not have an opportunity to attend the big dental meetings,” says Battah. “We’re taking our trade show booth to you!”
Education will consist of two optional, but essential courses authorized by the American Heart Association that are required for every member of the dental team:
- •Basic Life Support Health Care Provider CPR & AED Course
- •Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Course
“The best price we’ve seen for both of these courses is $80.00,” explains Battah. “Our discounted tuition is only $40.00 per person. We’re keeping $20.00 just to cover our cost for the course materials, and donating the remaining $20.00 to local dental societies for their local charitable programs. Dental professionals can direct their donations to their local societies during the online registration process.
For every dental professional who pays the $40.00 tuition fee for the CPR/AED and blood borne pathogen safety courses,” adds Battah. “Ritter will give a $40.00 product voucher – Making the courses virtually free!”
The Ritter Road Show will also include training for dental equipment technicians which is mandatory to become authorized Ritter Dental Technicians. “It’s all part of our goal to expand our dealer network to better serve the Ritter customer base on a local level,” says Battah.
Ritter’s fundraising efforts will be directed towards local dental societies located in the 125 Ritter Road Show destination cities. For every local dental society member who pays the $40.00 tuition fee for the CPR/AED and bloodborne pathogen safety courses, $20.00 will be donated to their local society to fund local charitable programs.
According to Battah “This is a targeted, grass roots approach to fundraising. Our preliminary discussions with local dental societies have been extremely positive.”
For more details about the Ritter Road Show, including dates, locations and registration, visit www.RitterRoadShow.com. For company and product information, visit www.RitterDentalUSA.com or call toll-free 855-807-8111.
About Ritter Dental USA
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Ritter Dental USA is the sister company of Ritter Concept GmbH, which is headquartered in Germany and designs and manufactures, world-class dental equipment that includes treatment chairs, stools, operatory lights, autoclaves, compression/suction units, instruments, radiography equipment, intraoral cameras and implants. For more details visit www.RitterDentalUSA.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The NSA has Access to 75% of All the Internet Traffic in the US According to the Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The new Iris from 3D Robotics is a compact, ready-to-fly, fully autonomous aerial vehicle designed specifically for the consumer market. Iris provides point-and-click mission planning with 127 configurable waypoints that can guide it from take-off to landing, all from your mobile device or computer. Sporting a stylish and sleek body that resists crash damage, Iris is designed with a wide angle between the front arms to provide a clear view for its on-board camera -- an optional GoPro Hero 3 ® can be included with the package to capture your favorite moments from the most unique angles.
These pre-ordered Iris vehicles are intended for developers and experienced operators who wish to participate in the development of this exciting product. While these vehicles will arrive fully operational and ready to fly out of the box, users should be prepared for small firmware updates and other minor enhancements in the field. Users of this product will be invited to participate in a stand-alone discussion group regarding the product, and will receive high-touch advanced support through our community.
Iris includes an impressive list of features:
- Multiple control options provide redundancy and flexibility: RC, computer, phone, tablet
- Built-in data radio for real-time mission monitoring, data-logging, and control
- Powerful cross-platform ground station/mission planning and analysis software that runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, providing simple point-and-click programming and configuration
- Mobile apps allow intuitive “draw a path” mission-planning
- Picatinny rail mounting system integrated in the arms provides painless mounting for future accessories (stay tuned!)
- Camera options include a live video link with programmable on-screen-display, and will soon support a fully integrated stabilized camera gimbal with autopilot control
- GoPro® compatible camera mount
- Available with a 9-channel RC transmitter pre-programmed for the most popular flight modes.
- Pre-programmed GPS waypoints allow for professional-grade mission capabilities, such as: mapping, scripted cinematography, scientific research, and other applications where repeatable flight plans are required
- Robust arms and feet produced from Zytel Nylon® for the ultimate in wear, abrasion and impact resistance over a wide temperature range. They are easily and inexpensively replaced if required
- Auto takeoff and landing along with Return-To-Launchpoint command at the press of a button or under programmable failsafe conditions
- Follow Me function for the ultimate "selfies". In this mode, Iris will follow (at an adjustable distance) any ground station device equipped with a GPS antenna and one of our 3DR telemetry/control radios
- Geo Fencing provides a virtual box to keep your drone within a user-selectable space
- Failsafe programming options bring peace of mind in the event of lost control signal, GPS or low battery conditions
- External micro-USB port
- RGB LED for status and orientation
- Buzzer for audible status and warning messages
- Safety switch adds a second level of protection against inadvertent start-ups
- Open source flight code, ground station software and electronics are all freely distributed under standard open source licenses. This means that Iris' capabilities are always improving and expanding with a simple firmware update!
- Motor to motor dimension: 550mm
- Height: 100mm
- Weight (with battery): 1282 grams
- Average flight time: 9-14 minutes
- Standard battery: 11.1v 3.5Ah lithium polymer with XT-60 type connector, weight 262 grams
- Propellers: (2) 10 x 4.7 normal-rotation, (2) 10 x 4.7 reverse-rotation
- Motors: AC 2830, 850kv
- Telemetry/Control radios available in 915mHz or 433mHz
- Autopilot: Next generation 32-bit autopilot using a Cortex M4 processor
- uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer
Pre-orders for Iris will begin shipping September 16th. These pre-ordered vehicles are intended for developer level users who are familiar and comfortable with operating multi-rotor vehicles from 3D Robotics. A full consumer release of the product will follow shortly thereafter.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed a new material to make smart windows even smarter. The material is a thin coating of nanocrystals embedded in glass that can dynamically modify sunlight as it passes through a window. Unlike existing technologies, the coating provides selective control over visible light and heat-producing near-infrared (NIR) light, so windows can maximize both energy savings and occupant comfort in a wide range of climates.
“In the US, we spend about a quarter of our total energy on lighting, heating and cooling our buildings,” says Delia Milliron, a chemist at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry who led this research. “When used as a window coating, our new material can have a major impact on building energy efficiency.”
Milliron is corresponding author on a paper describing the results the journal Nature. The paper is titled, “Tunable near-infrared and visible light transmittance in nanocrystal-in-glass composites,” co-authored by Anna Llordés, Guillermo Garcia, and Jaume Gazquez.
Milliron’s research group is already well known for their smart-window technology that blocks NIR without blocking visible light. The technology hinges on an electrochromic effect, where a small jolt of electricity switches the material between NIR-transmitting and NIR-blocking states. This new work takes their approach to the next level by providing independent control over both visible and NIR light. The innovation was recently recognized with a 2013 R&D 100 Award and the researchers are in the early stages of commercializing their technology.
Independent control over NIR light means that occupants can have natural lighting indoors without unwanted thermal gain, reducing the need for both air-conditioning and artificial lighting. The same window can also be switched to a dark mode, blocking both light and heat, or to a bright, fully transparent mode.
“We’re very excited about the combination of unique optical function with the low-cost and environmentally friendly processing technique,” said Llordés, a project scientist working with Milliron. “That’s what turns this ‘universal smart window’ concept into a promising competitive technology.”
“From a materials-design perspective, we’ve shown that you can combine very dissimilar materials to create new properties that are not accessible in a homogeneous single phase material, either amorphous or crystalline, by taking nanocrystals and putting them in glass,” says Milliron.At the heart of their technology is a new “designer” electrochromic material, made from nanocrystals of indium tin oxide embedded in a glassy matrix of niobium oxide. The resulting composite material combines two distinct functionalities—one providing control over visible light and the other, control over NIR—but it is more than the sum of its parts. The researchers found a synergistic interaction in the tiny region where glassy matrix meets nanocrystal that increases the potency of the electrochromic effect, which means they can use thinner coatings without compromising performance. The key is that the way atoms connect across the nanocrystal-glass interface causes a structural rearrangement in the glass matrix. The interaction opens up space inside the glass, allowing charge to move in and out more readily. Beyond electrochromic windows, this discovery suggests new opportunities for battery materials where transport of ions through electrodes can be a challenge.
But for Milliron, the research journey is even more satisfying than either basic scientific discovery or technological advances alone.
“The most exciting part has been taking this project all the way from synthesizing a new material, to understanding it in great detail, and finally to realizing a completely new functionality that can have a big impact on technology,” says Milliron. “Taking a materials development project all the way through that process is really quite remarkable. It really speaks to what we can do at Berkeley Lab, where you have access to not just the scientific facilities but also to people who can inform your perspective.”
The work at the Molecular Foundry was supported by the DOE’s Office of Science.
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The Molecular Foundry is one of five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs), national user facilities for interdisciplinary research at the nanoscale, supported by the DOE Office of Science. Together the NSRCs comprise a suite of complementary facilities that provide researchers with state-of-the-art capabilities to fabricate, process, characterize and model nanoscale materials, and constitute the largest infrastructure investment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The NSRCs are located at DOE’s Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge and Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. For more information about the DOE NSRCs, please visit http://science.energy.gov.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. For more, visit http://www.lbl.gov.
DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit the Office of Science website athttp://science.energy.gov.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Another month, another dose of Glass goodness. Here are a few of the new features we’re releasing...
Now on Glass
As you go about your day, Google Now delivers helpful cards with information you need, before you even ask. Now, when you swipe backwards on the touchpad, you’ll find even more useful information like:
Restaurants, hotels, events - Be reminded of dinner reservations, hotel bookings and concerts. You’ll see these reminders for places that sent you an email confirmation.
Movies - Find showtimes and movie information for nearby theaters.
Emergency alerts - Change your plans on the fly when severe thunderstorm or flash flood warnings are in effect.
These new cards join other useful Now updates, including:
Traffic - Get traffic conditions and alternate routes before you leave for work.
Weather - Know how to dress before stepping out the door.
Sports - See live scores for your favorite teams.
New voice commands
You can now add voice commands from other services to the main menu. To kick things off, we’re introducing two new voice commands: “Post an update” (first supported by Path), and “Take a note” (first supported by Evernote). Updates and notes are just the beginning; soon you’ll be able to use your voice to trigger all sorts of services. We’ll keep you posted (pun very much intended) as we roll out more.#canttouchthis
If you’re a developer, check out how to enable these commands for your service. Details here:developers.google.com/glass/contacts#declaring_voice_menu_commands
Video Player: Find the right moment
Now when you’re watching your videos or video updates from CNN, you can tap to pause, play and swipe to fast forward or rewind, letting you skip to the moment you care most about.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I was drawn to the 200M Casio G-Shock Aviation Solar Atomic Multiband GW3000B-1A for a couple of reasons. The 1st being that the watch receives a time signal from the US atomic clock. This means you never have to set the watch as it receives a radio signal and then adjusts itself accordingly. The 2nd is that the face of the watch is a solar panel that allows the battery to recharge any time the watch is in light.
This means that once I configured it for my time zone I never have to set it *and* the battery never goes out. Add to that the fact that I love the way it looks and it's a great watch for me.
It also has all the functions and versatility of a G-Shock which means it has multiple time zones, Date, Water Resistant 200M, Perpetual Calendar, Alarm, and a Chronograph. It will definitely hold up to whatever I can throw at it.
If you are looking for a timepiece and you like the looks of this one, as far as what I think of it… It is *highly recommended*.
For years the wireless phone market has been a race between Blackberry, Windows, Apple, and Android. When Apple released the iPhone, it was such a dramatic change from the options consumers had at the time, that it quickly became "the" phone to have. However, competition is a good thing and soon other companies were working on software & devices to compete with Apple.
One of those companies was Google who purchased the company that had created the original Android OS. Google had a pretty smart business plan which was to give the software to handset makers and then make their money on their core business of advertising.
This effectively setup a situation similar to Windows & Apple in the PC days with Microsoft letting lots of hardware companies make Windows PCs while Apple made all hardware themselves. This lead to Windows dominance in the market.
It looks like the same thing is now happening in the handset market with Android being available from many different manufacturers while Apple keeps its iPhone in-house. This has lead to consumers having tons of choices for Android and only one choice for iPhone.
Most consumers are not diehard fanboys & will simply buy what works, what is affordable, and what is readily available. In short, they don't care about the OS, they just want their device to work. This is now showing up in a big way when you look at the market numbers.
The latest released industry percentages show Apple with 13.2 percent of the market in Q2 2013 which is down from 16.6% in Q2 2012. That's a drop of 3.4% in the last year, which is significant. At the same time Android has increased from 69.1% to 79.3%. So while Apple has a drop, Android has seen a huge gain.
Of course, this is only for phones. In the tablet world Apple is running circles around all comers including Android. However, they once also rang rings around everyone in the phone world too.
Interesting to say the least...
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The Only Source for Milled Full Contour Gold Crowns and Bridges
Pittsburgh, PA (August 6, 2013) – Atlantic Precious Metal Refining (Atlantic), a Pittsburgh-based precious metal refinery serving dental professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce the launch of Strategy Milling©, a revolutionary state-of-the-art milling center providing dental professionals convenient, affordable, and never before available milled full contour gold crowns and bridges. Powered by Atlantic, this revolutionary milling center saves the dental professional time and money, provides superior restorations with the unsurpassed accuracy of digital, and eliminates unwanted and expensive onsite alloy inventory.
“We believe that no posterior restoration compares to a noble gold restoration,” remarked Scott Mappin, VP of Operations at Strategy Milling. “After years of research and development, we can now fill a huge gap in digital dentistry by providing milling capabilities dental professionals won’t find anywhere else. Strategy Milling allows us to provide stunningly accurate gold restorations with outstanding marginal integrity requiring minimal finishing and polishing, all at a very competitive price.”
By utilizing Strategy Milling’s services, dental professionals will save a substantial amount of time while reaping several economic advantages. There is no longer a need to stock unwanted and expensive alloy onsite as customers are billed for only the alloy used as each gold crown is milled. Moreover, bench time formerly dedicated to the many time consuming tasks of preparing gold restorations (i.e. waxing, spruing, investing, burnout, casting, divesting, etc.) can be spent on other tasks.
All milled restoration cases received by Strategy Milling are returned to the customer quickly and efficiently within a 24-hour timeframe. Specifically, any order received by 12:00 p.m. Eastern time during regular business hours Monday through Friday will ship the following business day. Moreover, the delivered restorations require minimal finishing and polishing resulting in additional time savings.
For more information about Strategy Milling, please call Scott Mappin directly at 802-999-5577 or visit www.strategymilling.com.
For more information about Atlantic, please call 800-289-9293 or visit www.apmr.com.
About Atlantic Precious Metal Refining
Atlantic Precious Metal Refining (Atlantic) is a Pittsburgh-based precious metal refinery owned and operated by a U.S. Air Force veteran and former dental laboratory technician. Proudly serving clients from across the U.S. and around the world for more than 25 years, Atlantic processes a variety of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium materials including: crowns, bridges, sprues, and casting buttons; bench, floor, and carpet sweeps; dust collector bags, vacuum bags, suction unit tubing, and filters; flatware, jewelry, and more. To learn more, please visit www.apmr.com.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
New E-Type Low-Speed Motor System Provides Same
Rugged Reliability and Performance of the Titan® 3
Malvern, PA (July 31, 2013) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to offer the new StarDental® Titan® E-Type Motor and attachments. The new Titan E-Type Motor is an adaptable low-speed motor built on the reliable foundation of the Titan® 3 motor and is designed to work with all standard E-Type attachments.
Designed with a new look on the outside, the Titan E-Type Motor has the same durability and reliable low-speed performance of the Titan 3, a classic industry standard among dental professionals for superior low-speed operation since its inception in 1969. The Titan E-Type Motor features a new lightweight aluminum exterior, yet has the traditional core design of durable stainless steel.
Engineered with exceptional balance for superior control, the Titan E-Type Motor displays consistent performance with both forward and reverse functions and is built to withstand conditions under higher torque requirements without stalling. The versatile long-lasting motor delivers high performance ranging in speeds from 100-20,000 RPM.
The Titan E-Type Motor provides innovative LubeFree™ low-speed performance that greatly reduces maintenance time and the high cost of repeated lubrication. Available in both fixed back end and swivel connections, the Titan E-Type Motor is compatible with all ISO standard E-Type contras and attachments including straight nose cones, contra angle sheaths, and bb latch angles.
For more information on the new StarDental E-Type Motor and all DentalEZ offerings, please call 866-DTE-INFO or visit www.DentalEZ.com.
About DentalEZ® Group
DentalEZ® Group is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovative products and services. Encompassing six distinct product brands — StarDental®, DentalEZ®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®,NevinLabs™ and Columbia Dentoform® — DentalEZ® Group manufactures everything in the operatory, from handpieces to chairs to vacuum systems to dental simulation models, creating a complete line of products to elevate the health, comfort, and efficiency of the dental operatory. For more information, please visit www.dentalez.com.