Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Genius Announces a New Noise Cancelling Headphone

The Genius company makes good devices and keeps the prices reasonable. Over the years I've had a chance to evaluate several of their products and they are always a value for the price. Although I haven't had a chance to try these new GHP-04NC headphones, I would expect them to be a winner for the $50 price tag. Here is the info from the press release:

MIAMI (March 31, 2009) – Genius (www.geniusnetusa.com), a brand division of KYE Systems Corp., has announced a new headphone designed to block outside sound for entertainment fans who are interested in what is playing rather than hearing extraneous sound. The GHP-04NC launched today with a revolutionary sound blocking feature that cancels out background distraction noise allowing only the music to be heard. Built for comfort and long wear, the GHP-04NC is the perfect headphone for PC gamers, music lovers and movie buffs that travel or work/live in a noisy environment.

Built based on the “superposition principle,” The GHP-04NC is designed with an inverted version of the noise signal to cancel outside noise when two identical sound waves combine. This result is destructive interference, the most effective way to cancel noise from low-frequency sources. To create great sound quality for the sound that can be heard, the GHP-04NC uses a 40mm unit driver. The padded swivel ear-cup can be adjusted to fit any face contour and the soft headband sponge and leather ear pad are ideal for long time wear. Perfect for trains, airplanes, subways and dorm rooms, the GHP-04NC helps fade away background noise for up to 50 hours of uninterrupted enjoyment on just two AAA Alkaline batteries.

Priced at $49.99, the GHP-04NC comes complete with a 6.3mm dual-plug stereo adapter that can connect to a variety of flight audio sources and a travel leather bag. Interested shoppers can go to New Egg.com, Amazon.com, Tiger Direct, Buy.com or other retailers and distributors listed at http://www.geniusnetusa.com/buy.php. More information on all of Genius’ headphones and products at www.geniusnetusa.com.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Samsung jumps into the ebook reader market with Papyrus

I love my Amazon Kindle. I bought one on a friend's recommendation last spring and I was hooked within a day or 2 of trying it. I'm almost ready to buy the Kindle 2.0 just because it's newer and maybe a tad better.

However, there are other options out there, and here is one. The Samsung Papyrus. Samsung makes nice products and this one is definitely interesting. The device is currently not on the market and will be released in Korea first some time this summer. It should appear in the U.S. a little after that, but there is no firm U.S. release date.

It will have a touchscreen and comes equipped with 512mb of memory, but no memory expansion slot.

As more and more companies get into the ebook reader business that shows that there is definitely a market for these devices. Ask someone who has one and you'll more than likely hear how easy it is to get hooked on them. My take is these things are the iPod of the folks who love to read.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sprint expanding 4G Clear Wimax service to 10 Cities during 2009 Calendar Year

A couple of years ago, Sprint began working on a project it called "Xohm" which would be the company's 4th generation (4G) wireless network. As they project progressed, they merged it with Clearwire and changed the name to "Clear". The wireless broadband service has been rolled out slowly to ensure getting the kinks out and it's currently only available in Baltimore.

Now we get word that Sprint is planning on adding 10 more cities to the list. They are (in alphabetical order) Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Forth Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, and Seattle. Next year, that will also expand to Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. I'm not sure why we can't have KC on the list. I mean, we're the home of Sprint. What gives?

Anyway, here's hoping it works. I love the idea of wireless broadband everywhere!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Western Digital Mybook line now at 2 Terabytes

For those of you who have seen my speak about backing up your office data, you already know I'm a big fan of the Western Digital MyBook line. Although not tiny, these drives are certainly durable and provide tons of space for the price.

Imagine my delight and surprise when today I noticed that Western Digital has now expanded the MyBook line to increased sizes of 2 Terabytes! Phenomenal!

These rugged and reliable devices are great for allowing you to keep your data backed up and offsite where it is safest.

Prices range from $329.99 to $379.99 which means these monster drives are affordable too. If you've got a lot of data to protect, these are highly recommended.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Blockbuster Titles now Available on Tivo

I wondered where Blockbuster went. There used to be 2 of their brick and mortar stores within a 3 mile radius of my house and now they are both gone. Of course, their business model has changed and with that change they don't need nearly as many retail stores.

Now Blockbuster has forged an alliance with Tivo to list their titles for a rental fee of $4. Users of the Tivo service can select from the Blockbuster menu and then download a movie for viewing.

Tivo also offers this service through Amazon (I've tried it and it works well) and Netflix as well.

The ability to download and watch is pretty amazing. It certainly beats going out when all you want to do is stay in (especially when there is a predicted huge snow storm coming to the heartland today).

I'm not sure what Blockbuster brings to this deal that Tivo didn't already have with its other partners, but choice is always a good thing.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Air Techniques Polaris Intraoral Camera

If you don't currently have an intraoral camera, my advice is to get one immediately. Only about 50% of offices have them and I can't understand why that number isn't in the 90% range. Humans are visual creatures and the ability to explain complicated health situations is so much easier with pictures.

Air Techniques has had their Acclaim camera on the market for a while now and it is a good, reliable, and easy to use device. Now they've taken things to the next level with their newest camera called Polaris. I got a chance to see and try it at the Chicago MidWinter and came away impressed. I'm expecting a unit any day now to put through the paces in my facility and I'll report back when I've had some clinical time with it.

The device has lots of features, but the one I'm most impressed with is that the head of the device swivels so that you can take pictures of upper and lower arches with the same fulcrum. It's a great idea and a great example of thinking "outside the box" which I really love doing.

Here is the info from the company website:

Polaris, a new generation of intraoral cameras, combines exceptional image quality and ergonomic excellence.

The camera's patent-pending 330 degree swivel head enables you to capture all angles with ease and the rounded, ergonomic design make Polaris easy to hold and operate. Polaris’ optical glass lens has tremendous depth of field. All objects from 4 mm to 25 mm are automatically in sharp focus. The sharpness and true-to-life soft tissue color make Polaris a valuable diagnostic tool and a fantastic aid to patient presentation. Two models are available to suit your needs. Polaris USB provides power and data transfer in a single computer connection. And, Polaris Universal offers multiple connectivity options including USB 2.0, S-Video, and Composite Video Outputs.

    Polaris USB:
    Dimensions: 8 7/8" length, 1.08" diameter (handpiece)
    Weight: 3.7 oz (handpiece)
    Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels
    Video Outputs: High Speed USB 2.0, Video
    Illumination: Ultra-bright white LED lamps
    Image: Normal, not mirrored

    Polaris Universal
    Dimensions: 8 7/8" length, 1.08" diameter (handpiece) / 5.7" length x 3.8" width x 1.5" depth (control module)
    Weight: 3.7 oz (handpiece) / 8 oz (control module)
    Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels
    Video Outputs: High Speed USB 2.0, Video, S-Video, Composite Video
    Illumination: Ultra-bright white LED lamps
    Image: Normal, not mirrored

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cosmedent Announces New Nonofill/Microhybrid Diamond Polishing Kit

Cosmedent is excited to introduce a new diamond polishing kit that will help you create a beautiful luster on all nanofill and microhybrid composites. These polishers are great for final contouring, finishing and polishing and will help make characterization on esthetic restorations easy. Included in the kit are 9 reusable burs, one point, cup and wheel of each grit; Coarse for initial contouring, medium for finishing, and superfine to develop a final polish. All items are also sold individually.

To order Cosmedent’s Nanofill/Microhybrid Diamond Polishers call Cosmedent toll-free at 800-621-6729 or visit www.cosmedent.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

USB Rota-Rota Hub could help crowded operatories

For those of you who are currently using operatory computers and are suffering from a lack of space or if you considering computerizing the treatment areas, this device looks like a great space saver. It combines 3 USB 2.0 connections that rotate for the best access with card reading slots that will accomodate the majority of solid state memory cards currently in use. It also has 2 analog thermometers (one in Fahrenheit and one in Celsius). While I don't think the thermometers will be a great help clinically, the compact package could be very nice.

I'm always on the lookout for space saving devices like this to help you get as much real estate from your workspace as possible. The device is also affordable with a list price of $15. More info is available here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Impressions from the Hinman Meeting

I just returned yesterday from the Thomas P. Hinman meeting in Atlanta. The Hinman is a wonderful meeting and if you've never attended you really do owe it to yourself to go. Here are my overall impressions after spending time there and having a chance to discuss things with both attendees and vendors.

Atlanta was in tiptop shape for the meeting. Although there were stories swapped about last year's tornado, the weather was beautiful and everything was ready to go. I didn't get to hear attendance figures, but things looked very busy.

Attendees were excited about being at the Hinman meeting and are excited about practicing dentistry and caring for their patients. Economic doom & gloom talk seemed to be non-existent (at least I didn't hear any).

Vendors reported good sales with no mention of a struggling economy. Attendees seemed to be interested in purchasing. Several of the vendors I talked with reported sales higher than they expected. Traffic on the show floor was good for most of the meeting and overall vendors were very happy.

I was fortunate to have some time in my schedule to visit the show floor and I got a chance to see an interesting idea in endo that is being developed. I can't say more about it yet, but it looks promising at this point and as soon as I can, I'll make a post on it.

In closing, thanks to all the of the good people at the Hinman dental society for such a wonderful time and thanks to all of you who were gracious enough to attend one of my lectures. I had a blast!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thumb tack microphone for iPod Nano

Here's a nifty idea for those of you wanting to use your iPod for voice recording. If you have a Nano 4G or a Touch 2G simply placing the microphone into the device will convert it to voice recording.

They are only 12.99 and for those of you who like the idea of voice recording (you do have an iPod right?) this is a great solution. For all the details go to the website.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Portable ECG unit for Offices & Mobile Practices

This is GE Healthcare’s MAC 800 portable ECG system. The device recently received FDA approval. It has all the features of a full sized unit, but weighs in at around 7 pounds including the battery. At that weight, and with a built-in handle, the device truly is mobile. The Li Ion battery provides 2 hours of use and will fully recharge in 4 hours. Data can be transfered via SD card, serial port, or over the office network. It will output data in either XML or PDF format for universal storage and data retrieval.

No word on the cost, but if you have a need for a portable ECG, this one should do nicely.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Snooper Pet Tracker does just what it says

If you have a pet, chances are at one time or another, you've lost that beloved friend and have been panic stricken as you try and locate them by driving aimlessly through the neighborhood. Snooper is trying to put all of those fears and wasted nights to rest with a nifty gizmo that allows you to track lost pets with the use of high tech.

The Snooper Pet Tracker is a small unit that attaches to your pet's collar. It has a built-in rechargeable battery (15hrs of usage per charge). It uses a combination of GPS, GPRS and GSM technology so you can monitor the unit at any time by simply accessing Snooper's FREE on-line mapping facility or on your own mobile phone with suitable mapping installed. Simply call the device from your mobile phone and the your Pet Tracker will return the co-ordinates of it’s position via an SMS message.

The best part is that there is no monthly fee. The user is charged by the number of SMS messages they request. The device is currently available over the web. Pricing and ordering are available here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

FDA recall of Welch Allyn AED's

Three Class 1 Recalls: Welch Allyn AED 10 Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and MRL JumpStart AED
Date Recall
December 15, 2008
Welch Allyn AED 10 Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and MRL JumpStart AED

To view the serial numbers that are affected by this recall, please read the company’s press release that is included below.

These AEDs were manufactured from October 3, 2002 through January 25, 2007.
This device is used by emergency or medical personnel, or by others who have completed CPR AED training courses. It is intended to treat adults in a heart attack (cardiac arrest). The device analyzes an unconscious patient’s heart rhythm and automatically delivers an electrical shock to the heart if needed to restore a normal heart rhythm.

Recalling Firm:
Welch Allyn Protocol, Inc.
8500 SW Creekside Place
Beaverton, OR 97008
Reason for Recall:
The device may experience:

Low defibrillation energy delivery
Unexpected device shutdown, and/or
Inadequate filtering of electromagnetic noise
These issues could lead to a sudden stoppage of the device, may prevent defibrillation of a patient in cardiac arrest, which could lead to death.
Public Contact:
Customers who have the recalled devices should contact the company at 1-888-345-5356 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Customers may also visit the company’s recall website at www.welchallyn.com/AED10Recall for more information or to learn if their unit is subject to this recall.
FDA District:
FDA Comment:
The company sent a recall notification letter to distributors and customers on February 26-27, 2009.

To read the company’s press release, please go to: www.welchallyn.com/pressroom/releases/2009/AED10_Recall_03-10-2009.htm

Class 1 recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious injury or death.

Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by FAX.

Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm
Mail to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
FAX: 1-800-FDA-0178

Monday, March 16, 2009

Submarine Flash Drives!

Although it's currently not yet available, I was really impressed with the design of these USB flash drives. They are in 1GB and 2GB models and are designed to resist the little mishaps that we all put our gadgets through.

The tough outer cover is resistant to being cracked or scratched and true to its submarine look, the K95 flash drive is even water resistant. The colors make them catchy and hard to lose. As much stuff as I have banging into each other in my briefcase, this would be a nice device to have.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Google Maps now shows even more of Mars

Last month the good folks at Google released Mars in Google Earth 5.0 However, demand for these images amazed even Google so there was an immediate effort to improve the feature set. As of March 13th these features are now part of the program.

1. Live from Mars
2. Historical Maps
3. Guided Tours

This is definitely some pretty cool stuff and well worth a look even if you have only a passing interest in The Red Planet.

The full blog post from Google that lists all of this in greater detail is available here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Streaming Movies and TV may be coming to the Wii

I love it when the titles of posts rhyme. Unfortunately, it happens with great infrequency. Anyway, back to the topic of today's post. A recent interview by Variety of the president of digital media for Lionsgate covers the subject of the Wii as a distribution channel for his company. The best part for Wii owners is that he feels it will happen this year. Here is the quote:

"The thing that is clearly a force in digital are the game devices. I think when we see the Wii come into the market with the ability to stream movies, which I think is maybe going to happen as soon as this year, I think that’s going to be a big marketplace for digital distribution."

Needless to say this would put the Wii in competition with the XBox 360's video marketplace.

With all the digital devices being connected to TV's now, it's pretty easy to see that content companies are looking at them as a way to get their media in front of consumers and are embracing lots of different ways to do that. The are currently 12.6 million Wii units currently in the United States (which is about 4 million more than Xbox 360).

The real downside will be the Wii is not high def and doesn't have hard drive space, but I'm willing to bet that those problems have already been overcome if Lionsgate is looking at 2009 as the launch date.

Got a Wii? Stay tuned!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sirius-XM Announces Development of iPhone Ap

Sirius-XM iPhone.jpg

This is an interesting tidbit and I have to give the folks at Sirius-XM credit for some good thinking... if it works. One of the ways satellite radio was attracting customers was to have new cars roll off the assembly line with satellite radios installed. A free introductory subscription was given with the purchase of a new vehicle and it was hoped that during the free subscription, the owner would become hooked and then pay for a subscription.

This model seemed to work fairly well until the economy affected new car sales. Suddenly the pipeline of potential new subscribers waned and the company was left looking for another way to attract new customers.

This week during the company's earnings conference call, several mentions were made of an application being developed that will allow the satellite broadcasts to be streamed to the iPhone and iPod touch. The application should be available sometime in the second quarter of this year.

I find this interesting since for me, an XM subscriber for several years, one of the biggest complaints I've had is the reception of the device when I'm mobile. I intentionally purchased on of the units that could be carried in your hand, but the signal quality when not connected to a good antenna is dicey at best. The idea of delivering the programming via something other than a satellite signal is a great one for me. I've always got my cell phone with me and I'd much rather carry only one device. Although the price of this service is yet to be announced it bears following if you're a fan of satellite radio.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

MyMusicSite.com offers cash prize for the most unique viral video

If you've ever had the desire to be a video director/creator, here is your chance. The site MyMusicSite.com is a web site that serves as a distribution channel for independent artists who are looking for ways to get their music in front of the paying public.

To help promote the site, the company is sponsoring a viral video contest. Here are the details:

WHAT: MyMusicSite.com is offering a $500 cash prize to the creator of the best viral video posted to YouTube. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive FREE publicity on the MyMusicSite.com front page and will also be featured in their own PR campaign announcing their win and highlighting their video creation. Be as creative as you want! Our only requirement is that MyMusicSite.com is either mentioned in your Video or has our URL displayed. Get noticed now!

WHEN: Contest starts today, March 11th, 2009 and ends 60 days from now (May 11th)

WHERE: YouTube links should be sent to contest@mymusicsite.com

WHY: MyMusicSite.com is an online Web site dedicated to independent artists. The company is reaching out to talented people who are looking to showcase their talent and promote that independent spirit. The company is looking for the most creative video that promotes that fun independent vibe and feel. A $500 cash prize, valuable exposure on the company Website, and a dedicate PR campaign to promote the video and creator will be presented to the winner in May.

ABOUT MyMusicSite.com
MyMusicSite.com is an online music community to help independent artists sell and promote their own music. Artists can sell individual songs, albums or even have their fans, friends and family be able to instantly create ringtones for their original music. MyMusicSite.com also offers you the ability to shop for independent music and discover new and hidden talent. Be the first to hear the hottest songs that can be tomorrow's mega hit songs. For more information, visit http://www.MyMusicSite.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Southwest Wi-Fi now in Testing Phase

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I've got to hand it to Southwest, the discount carrier has done a really good job of trying to cater to the geek and business traveller. In the last couple of years, charging areas have cropped up at all the Southwest gates I've been around including the latest round of big comfy chairs with built-in power.

Now they are going to the extra mile (or extra miles) and testing inflight wi-fi for passengers. The service is currently available on on 4 of the company's 737 jets, but if you manage to hit the jet lottery (the fleet is 536 planes) you can currently get free wi-fi.

The service is a partnership with Yahoo and uses satellite connectivity for the net connection. Although there is no guarantee that this service will go fleet wide, the company says:

"Internet access will be free during this evaluation period. We will be surveying Customers throughout the evaluation to get input on various aspects of the product and help us determine whether to equip the rest of our fleet with this cutting-edge technology. So if you are on one of our Wi-Fi planes, we'll be asking for your feedback!"

I'm sure if the service is well received, they will begin expanding it. I just found out on my way back from Chicago, that Southwest is now only taking credit cards for drinks which is a big step forward as well. A "cashless" airline with Wi-Fi. Now if I could only convince them to have a club area where I could relax while I wait for my flight...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Seagate demonstrates blazing fast HDD speeds

In the quest for more speed, an amazing thing has been announced. Hard drive company Seagate and chip manufacturer AMD have a prototype Baracuda hard drive with an AMD chipset that will transfer data at a blazing 6gb/s. How amazing is that?

This is basically double the speed of current SATA drives. What's even better is that this isn't some demo shown in a lab somewhere with a due date sometime when the kids graduate from college. These drives are slated to be available in the first half of 2009. That means sometime in the next 3 months or so these bad boys will be available. Wow!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Confirmation from Microsoft. You WILL be able to remove IE 8 and other components

It is now officially confirmed. In the next version of Windows that will be released ( Windows 7) the end user will be given the ability to remove certain components that, up til now, have been permanent parts of the Windows OS.

The list includes the following:

  1. Windows Media Player
  2. Windows Media Center
  3. Windows DVD Maker
  4. Internet Explorer 8
  5. Windows Search
Since many of us install other programs we prefer to use over those listed above, it's nice to finally be able to get rid of them without problems.

More details and the full nitty-gritty is available here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Belkin helps hide your power strips

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If you have a need to hide your power strips, here is the device you need to know about. I mean, how many of us can look around and see at least one of those with wires galore pouring out of them? I'm really fond of a nice clean look in the clinical environment and in some office settings, I know it's impossible for you to find a place to hide everything.

The device pictured above is the Belkin Conceal Surge Protector. The little box closes up to hide the power strip and plugs leaving only the cords to see.

Here's what Belkin has to say about it:

Out of the way.The Belkin Conceal Surge Protector organizes your cables and keeps them out of view with a unique closing cover. Designed to safeguard your electronics, computers, and appliances, the Conceal Surge Protector can sit on the floor, out of the way, or out in the open. Your cords remain organized and secure in their sockets, and outlets stay out of reach of kids and pets.


* Provides an innovative solution to cable clutter
* Grounds AC power through 11 surge-protected outlets (6 regular, 4 BlockSpace, 1 convenience)
* Provides 1-in/2-out phone/fax/modem protection
* Comes with a $300,000 Connected Equipment Warranty

Oh, and the price is $49.99 so its affordable as well.

You can order it here.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

MediSlate releases new medical Tablet PC

If you are wanting to be mobile in your office environment, I highly recommend a Tablet PC. With good wireless coverage, these devices can allow you to be truly "on the go".

Now MediSlate has a new offering, the MCA i1040XT (can't we come up with more simple model names please?) This device is designed for a hospital environment and has lots of nifty features including:
- 2 hot swappable battery packs
- charger stand with second batter charger (optional)
- Drop rated to 4 feet (nice!)
- Wi-Fi, BlueTooth and optional 3G WWAN
- Sunlight readable 10.4 inch screen
- Touch screen technology that will even interact with a gloved hand!
- Bioauthentication throught a fingerprint reader
- case will withstand surface disinfection with standard cleaners

More info from the press release:

Torrance, CA, March 4, 2009 —

TabletKiosk®, a leader in mobile computing solutions, today announced the new MediSlate™ MCA i1040XT, the only mobile clinical assistant (MCA) featuring a sunlight readable 10.4 inch resistive touch screen. The MCA reference architecture developed by Intel® and based upon significant ethnographic research, workflow studies and conversations with healthcare professionals worldwide; was created specifically for the rigors, needs and workflow of the clinical environment— whether that is a ward, clinic or emergency room.

Built for today's demanding healthcare environments, MediSlate™ MCAs were designed to improve workflow efficiencies, ease clinician workloads, and help reduce medication and administrative errors by utilizing an array of data and image capturing technologies. Traditionally, healthcare professionals had to rely on paper charts, stationary desktop PCs and equipment wheeled around on bulky carts to help them complete common activities such as taking medical histories, monitoring medications, reviewing test results and x-rays, and patient charting. Using a MediSlate™ MCA in tandem with their existing EMR systems, clinicians and administrators are able to perform all of these same tasks easily and directly at the point-of-care, allowing them to spend more of their time interacting with patients.

The MediSlate™ MCA i1040XT, powered by Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology, is a versatile and full featured computing device that is housed in a specially sealed, semi-rugged, smooth surface case that is drop-resistant and spill-proof enabling it to be easily wiped clean and disinfected to help reduce the spread of germs. Also, with its integrated 2D/1D barcode scanner, 2.0 megapixel web-enabled video camera, biometric fingerprint reader and a 13.56MHz RFID reader built into its ergonomic handle, the MediSlate™ MCA i1040XT is a mobile, easy to carry, point-of-care device that clinicians can use to enter data, verify patient identification, verify themselves as authorized care givers, and scan pre-printed labels from patient ID bracelets, medication packaging and blood vials.

“Intel's ethnographic research with healthcare professionals and commitment to improving quality of care for patients worldwide ultimately led to the development of the Mobile Clinical Assistant reference platform. Our goals continue to be reinforced as technology companies, including TabletKiosk, introduce their own innovative MCA devices,” said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager, Intel Digital Health Group. “As awareness for the MCA platform continues to grow, we look forward to more and more clinicians having the opportunity to take mobile point of care to the next level.”

For maximum durability and usability, the MediSlate™ MCA i1040XT is available with a shock mounted 80GB, 1.8” SATA HDD (standard) or 1.8” 32GB Solid State Drive (special order) and is powered by an Intel® Core™2 Solo ULV processor. Configured standard with 2.0GB DDR2 SDRAM, dual band Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n (Draft 2.0), integrated Bluetooth® and two (2) hot swappable Lithium-Ion batteries (standard), MediSlate™ MCAs offer uncompromised computing power along with a broad range of essential technological capabilities to keep doctors and nurses current and connected wherever their work takes them.

“Launching the MediSlate™ MCA i1040XT as the newest addition to Intel's mobile clinical assistant reference platform reflects TabletKiosk's firm commitment to the healthcare market,” said Martin Smekal, president of TabletKiosk. “The purpose built functionality of the MCA platform, combined with the MediSlate MCA's built-in compatibility with existing PC based EMR systems and its familiar touch screen interface, delivers new possibilities and efficiencies for improving patient care by enhancing the workflow of nurses and clinicians.”

Friday, March 6, 2009

DentalEZ announces NuTorque handpiece system

As technology continues to permeate further and further into the "everyday" aspects of dentistry, we are seeing even the lowly handpiece elevated to the point of microchip control. Here are the details of the NuTorque system that was announced at the Chicago MidWinter Show last week. This continues my attempt to keep you all informed of some of the new cutting edge products from the show that was held last week.

Malvern, PA (March 6, 2009) — DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, recently unveiled the latest in its growing line of StarDental® products at this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the NuTorque™ programmable electric handpiece system.

Recently granted approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the NuTorque™ Programmable Electric Handpiece is StarDental’s most intuitive electric handpiece system.

The NuTorque system is a highly intuitive electric handpiece. Dental professionals will experience maximum control with minimum effort using NuTorque’s unique easy-to-use touch screen display. The system’s touch screen capabilities make every procedure more efficient and productive.

Benefits of the NuTorque system include:

• Auto-reverse, auto-reverse forward, and auto-reverse stop
• Torque control ranges from 0.1-3.0 Ncm with capabilities of 384 Ncm
• 27 (+2) possible reduction ratios
• Fully customizable presets
• Flat screen easily wipes clean for better asepsis and a sharp display
• Brushless motor is extremely compact and fully autoclavable

The NuTorque system provides maximum flexibility for a wide variety of individual solutions. The customizable touch screen display includes numerous useful options, such as three general procedure memory presets for common practices such as cavity preparation, caries removal, and polishing; a speed/RPM display; an FO light; an on/off water spray; and an attachment
gear ratio indicator.

Moreover, the main display also provides a detailed and customizable Set-up Mode and ENDO Mode, which includes five endo memory presets that can be individually designed and tailored to fit various endodontic procedures.

The NuTorque is also equipped with a brushless motor that is extremely compact and lighter than existing electric motors currently on the market. Measuring in at a mere 4 inches and weighing less than 99 grams, the balanced, lightweight micro-motor of the NuTorque enables the dental professional to maneuver comfortably and effectively throughout the oral region.
With the NuTorque system, dental professionals are provided the freedom to perform various individual procedures while delivering consistent speed and powerful torque on both high and low speed settings. The 50 dBa whisper-quiet, vibration-free motor system is also easily adaptable to existing standard delivery units. Moreover, NuTorque’s micromotor is fully autoclavable.

In addition, NuTorque attachments feature lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant titanium housings that provide a firm, tactile grip. The light weight grants the handpiece exceptional balance and helps reduce hand and wrist fatigue.

A number of attachment features include:

• Push-button autochuck for easy bur placement/removal
• Quick, simple connections with 360-degree rotation
• A wide speed range of up to 200,000 rpm
• Ergonomic grips relieve user fatigue
• Universal E-type coupling
• All attachments are fully autoclavable

The slender angulation of NuTorque attachments permits excellent intraoral access and superior sight lines.

StarDental’s NuTorque system has a three-year warranty on the control box unit, a one-year warranty on the motor, tubing, and attachments, and a one-year warranty on the transformer.

For more information on the NuTorque electric handpiece system and a full listing of attachments, please call 866-DTE-INFO, or log on to www.dentalez.com.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lares Introduces XD-2 Diode Laser

I saw this device on Saturday and sent a photo out via Twitpic, now here is more information. Lares Research has been in the laser business for over 10 years. They started out by selling an Nd:YAG (I bought one of the first ones) and then entered the hard tissue market with the fastest cutting Er:YAG laser about 5 years ago.

This is the first diode that Lares has ever sold. It's affordable and at 2 pounds you can easily move it around the office. Here is the press release:

Chico, CA: March 4, 2009— Lares Research has introduced the XD-2 Diode Laser, an exceptionally lightweight and portable laser system. With the XD-2, clinicians can offer a comprehensive range of soft tissue procedures without having to make a major investment. The laser is manufactured by Fotona, the leading European manufacturer of all-tissue dental lasers.

The Lares XD-2 Diode Laser is an affordable solution for dentists who want to increase the number of services they are able to offer patients. With 7 watts of peak power, the XD-2 can perform procedures such as frenectomies, gingivectomies, crown lengthening, papillectomies, gingivoplasty, treatment of aphthous ulcers, removal of diseased tissue within the periodontal pocket, photocoagulation, soft tissue curettage, and laser-assisted whitening.

The XD-2 is easy to use (there are 4 preset treatment options), and an intuitive operator interface allows the operator to quickly tailor parameters to specific treatments. At just over 2 pounds, the compact, hand-held laser is extremely user-friendly and is an excellent choice for clinicians making their first laser purchase.

Lares is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of oral cutting technology, supplying dentists with precision handpieces and high performance lasers worldwide. The company has been an innovator in the field of dental lasers since it began offering lasers to dental clinicians in 1997. For more information, call 888-333-8440, ext. 2050, or go to www.laresdental.com.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sirona Unveils New CEREC Connect® Models

Here is more news that was made at the Chicago MidWinter meeting last week. Sirona just keeps on improving the whole CEREC family.

Charlotte, NC (March 3, 2009) - Sirona Dental Systems, LLC is pleased to introduce new CEREC® Connect models at this year’s LMT Lab Day Chicago event in February. Available to dental professionals as of May 2009, CEREC Connect models are the key to anything you’ve ever wanted to create. The new models will allow any indication for inLab® users that can be achieved with conventional models. A CEREC Connect articulator system will also be available in quadrant and full-arch structures.

CEREC Connect begins when a digital impression and prescription form are submitted from the CEREC dentist to the inLab laboratory of choice. The dental technician is able to design the restoration on the basis of a virtual model, without the need for a physical model. The restoration is then fabricated on the inLab milling unit. When the case calls for it, a digital impression received from the CEREC dentist can be uploaded to infiniDent, and a highly-precise digitally fabricated model will be sent to the laboratory ready for waxing-up or porcelain build-up.

The fabrication of many restorations requires the use of physical models, such as bridges, PFMs, and gold crowns. In cases such as these, CEREC Connect models help leverage CEREC technology to fully extend the range of indications in your practice. Models created through CEREC Connect are digitally fabricated with the simple push of a button. Dental professionals receive full-arch and quadrant tooth-colored digital models, presented with perfectly ditched and separated dies. Moreover, tedious infection control and messy stone model fabrication are now a thing of the past.

CEREC Connect is the world’s first and only complete online dental communication platform that offers Web-based digital model transmission from the dental office directly to the lab. It saves money by reducing fabrication costs and speeding up the production process. Without the need for a conventional stone model, digital impressions are not subject to damage. The result is superior precision and consistent quality.

CEREC Connect is a complete communication gateway between CEREC dentists and inLab laboratories. It paves the way for the “impression-free” dental practice and a “model-free” dental laboratory.

For more information on CEREC Connect, please call (800) 873-7683 or visit www.CERECConnect.com.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Working with the Eye-Fi card

I've blogged about it here before, but now we're taking it one step further. Last night I was hanging at the Apple store (SO full of techie goodness) when I spied an Eye-Fi card. I grabbed it and soon it was mine. (I also love the fact that the Apple store just e-mails your receipt instead of printing it, but that's another post).

The Eye-Fi is an SD card that is also WiFi compatible. It allows you to put it in your digital camera, snap a photo, and have that photo transferred from your camera to a specified folder on your computer.

I've been wanting to try one out for a while and now I have my chance. I'm going to put it through its paces and then let you know what I find. I'm hoping this makes life much easier for me.

Monday, March 2, 2009

A 1.5 Terabyte Drive for $112.49 Including Shipping!

A big tip 'o the electron to the cheapskate for this one.

You can order this massive Seagate 1.5 TB drive from Dell for only @112.49

Click on the Dell link above and at checkout enter the following code: T4346M$Q6GRJB$

The offer is good until April 4th or possibly until it sells out.

In case you are interested, you can read the info on this drive from the manufacturer, Seagate by clicking here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Impressions from the Chicago MidWinter Meeting

Greetings from the Windy City. As I sit in one of my favorite airport haunts, Harry Carey's at Midway, I thought I'd put my thoughts down on the big meeting that ends later today.

The show floor traffic was very strong on Friday. There were lots of people and the overall mood of the attendees was very good. There were deals being struck and purchases being made. I personally heard very little from attendees about fear of the economy. I think vendors were a tad surprised at the amount of traffic, but many I spoke to said it was a good show and that sales were strong.

Although not dentally related, the weather can be a factor for this show. On Thursday it was mild in temps but thunderstorms in the afternoon made it difficult for some people to get in. Flights were delayed, but the effect wasn't severe. The rest of the weekend was typically cold but with no adverse weather other than the typical Chicago wind.

1. Prodrive - The company that makes turbines with a triangular chuck design to increase cutting efficiency seemed to be making quite a splash. Their booth was steadily busy and there was a buzz about the product on the floor. I've been using their turbines for over a month and am a committed user at this point.More info from the company website.

2. Trimira™ LLC - The company was showcasing its Identafi 3000 oral cancer screening product. It uses a 3 different wavelengths of light to help in visualization of lesions. I had a chance to get a walk-through of the unit and the concept behind it. The device is priced in the $3000 dollar range and the science behind it makes sense to me conceptually. The company is going to get a unit in my hands for evaluation soon so I can put it through its paces. More info from the company website.

3. Myray - This company is a smaller player in the imaging market but they have done a great job of creating some really innovative products. One of these is the WDS (Wireless Digital System). The device uses Bluetooth technology and a digital x-ray sensor. The sensor is attached to a Bluetooth transmitter box. The box sits in a charger until ready to use. Then the sensor is placed in the mouth with the transmitter is held by the patient or set on a nearby counter. When the image is acquired, it is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth to the operatory computer. The receiver is a simple USB dongle that looks just like a wireless keyboard dongle. More info from the company website.

Of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention one of my passions which is 3D imaging. If you routinely read the blog you know I was in the Gendex booth giving talks and answering questions about the Gendex GXCB-500. The interest in this amazing technology is really taking off. On Friday alone I gave over 10 presentations on the device. The booth was routinely full of people with questions or looking to better understand everything the device does. I'm pleased to see that the intimidation factor is rapidly waning and that more and more doctors are embracing cone beam volumetric tomography.

Well that' the brief wrap-up. Overall it was a really great show. If you have questions or comments, please post them.