Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Study: Alcohol Consumption Can Have a Negative Impact on Gum Health Recent Study Published in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) Reveals that Drinking May Increase Periodontal Disease Risk Factors, Exacerbate Existing Periodontitis

CHICAGO (June 29, 2015)—In a recent study published ahead of print in the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers have found that consumption of alcoholic beverages can have adverse effects on the health of a person’s gums, aggravating existing cases of severe periodontal disease or increasing periodontal disease risk factors. Moreover, previous research indicates that poor oral hygiene is a common trait in alcohol users, thus increasing drinkers’ susceptibility for developing periodontal disease. 
“Although the topic of alcohol use and its effect on periodontal health requires further research, this report offers valuable insight on why our patients should care for their gums and teeth, especially if they enjoy the occasional drink,” remarked Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, President of the American Academy of Periodontology.
In the study entitled, “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” researchers assessed a sample of 542 regular alcohol users, occasional drinkers, and non-drinkers both with and without periodontitis. 
Some key findings noted in the study include:
  • The severity of a regular alcohol user’s existing periodontitis correlated incrementally with the frequency of his or her alcohol consumption. As a result, these individuals were found to require additional periodontal treatment. 
  • Drinkers without periodontitis saw an increased incidence of gums that bled with gentle manipulation. 
  • More frequently than the non-drinkers in the study, drinkers who did not have periodontitis presented clinical attachment levels of four millimeters or greater. 
  • Drinkers without periodontitis exhibited a higher presence of plaque than their non-drinking counterparts. Study researchers noted that alcohol’s drying effect on the mouth may contribute to the formation of plaque that can trigger an inflammatory response in the gums. 
“Alcohol slows the production of saliva, which helps neutralize the acids produced by plaque, and an accumulation of these acids can lead to the early stages of periodontal disease,” continued Dr. Otomo-Corgel. “For patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease, it’s imperative that they are encouraged to be completely honest about their drinking habits. This information can guide in determining appropriate treatment and next steps.”
A full version of “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” study can be found in an upcoming print edition of the Journal of Periodontology.
For more information about periodontal disease, please visit www.perio.org
About the Journal of Periodontology

Established in 1930 as the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) publishes original papers of the highest scientific quality to support the practice, education, and research in the dental specialty of periodontics. The Journal is published monthly.

About the American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Big Thank You to Ultradent & All Who Attended Friday's Lecture

On Friday, I had a great day in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I was at the Trump Tower Casino courtesy of Ultradent. For those of you who don't know, Atlantic City is the town that Monopoly is based on.

I love doing these types of seminars! The crowd asked tons of really good questions & I'm pretty sure I got as much out of the meeting as they did.

Ultradent always does a really good job of putting these events together and this one was no exception. It was a great venue, great food, and great people were in attendance. If you were there, thanks so much for the hospitality!

This was my second trip to Atlantic City and it just keeps getting better.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cheap Trick & Peter Frampton - The Best Things in Life are, well, 80's

Other than the 60's, there may not have been a better time to have come of age, than the 1980s.

Punk rock like the Sex Pistols, New Wave, lots of avant guard kind of stuff, it was just a great time full of wild and artsy stuff. Add to that the resurgence of the blues with things like Stevie Ray Vaughn and it was just an amazing time for artists.

From that sort of crock pot of artists came a roaring juggernaut called "Cheap Trick". Born in Rockford, Illinois in 1973, the 4 band members created a visual appearance of 2 good looking rock stars (Robin Zander on vocals and rhythm guitar, Tom Petersen on 12 string bass (his own invention)) and 2 nerdy looking guys (Bun E. Carlos on drums, Rick Nielsen on lead guitar).

For some reason this group became one of my favorites and I have been a fan since their early days.

On Thursday June18, here in Kansas City, I got a chance to see them again and they did not disappoint. The bad opened for Peter Frampton and tore thought an amazing set. The guys are all now in their 60s, but heck I'm no spring chicken anymore either. It was a great night outside at KC's Starlight Theater and the weather cooperated.

Suffice it to say, it was a great evening & I came away with some great memories.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Profluorid® Varnish - Light and Tasteful White Transparent 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish

Here's an announcement from my good friends at VOCO.  For patients looking for the protection of fluoride varnish, but with several light flavors, give Profluorid Varnish a try.

VOCO proudly presents Profluorid "operatory ready" SingleDose 200 pack.  Profluorid is a thin, great tasting, white transparent, 5% NaF varnish that has quickly become the popular choice among hygienists and their patients alike.

Profluorid's new 200 pack allows users to position the product within their operatory for easy retrieval eliminating the need for additional trips to the store room.  As a varnish Profluorid seals off the dentinal tubules and offers high immediate fluoride release to relieve hypersensitivity, setting up in seconds after contact with saliva.  Enhanced flow characteristics allow Profluorid to reach areas that traditional varnishes may miss.

Profluorid Varnish has an easy, non-messy SingleDose delivery system making teh application headache free for users which is complented by its low film thickness, light taste, and enjoyable flavors (Caramel, Melon, Cherry, and Mint).

For more information on Profluorid Varnish please visit the VOCO America website.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Range Extender Solves Wi-Fi Problems

Wireless networking has become something that most of us use on a regular basis and, in fact, demand in many public places.  I know when I travel  if there isn't free Wi-Fi in my hotel and in  every airport, I start to wonder about their levels of customer service.

The same goes with our homes and offices.  While I'm still preaching hard wired  ethernet connections for mission critical workstations in the office, Wi-Fi permeates the rest of my world like an invisible fog of connectivity.

Of course, the problem with Wi-Fi is the reliability issue.  Wireless strengths & signals vary & that means a screaming connection in one room can be a squeaky connection in another.

However, I think I've found a solution.  The device pictured above is the Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender.  This little $35 gizmo is the answer to those of you who have ever spent long tedious evenings cursing the 802.11 gods because your connection keeps dropping or is so stinking slow that you could send a fax faster.

The N300 has beauty in its simplicity.  Not visible in the photo above are the prongs that allow this device to plug directly into an AC outlet.  Once it has power, the setup is so easy, it's frightening.  It literally took me about 5 minutes, maybe less, to have it up and running.

In a nutshell, it connects to an existing Wi-Fi network where there is a strong signal and then it becomes a separate router that broadcasts a signal into an area that does not have coverage.

Here's an example.  A Wi-Fi router is on one side of the building and coverage on the opposite side of the building is weak or no there at all.  Placing the N300 halfway across the building allows it to get a great connection to the original router while also covering the portion of the building that had weak or  no coverage previously.

This is a great way to solve the problem for low cost both for the hardware as well as IT budget to deploy it.

It's available from Amazon and other retailers...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fluoride Facts from the American Dental Association

If you've signed up, ADA members can frequently receive an email in their Inbox titled the ADA Morning Huddle.

Personally I find much of the info to be frequently fascinating to me and also educational.  There are often interesting little tidbits of wisdom as well as items that are in the dental news.

One recent edition had some pretty cool stuff on fluoride.

For those of you who are not in dentistry, fluoride is an element that can, simply put, bind to the enamel of your teeth making the resulting enamel much more resistant to tooth decay.  It's simple and effective.  It is frequently found in most municipal water supplies, toothpastes, and other items (such as some mouthwashes).

The ADA Morning Huddle had a quick note about fluoride along with a link for more info.   The info below is from that link & I think it is great information for those of you who are not trained in dentistry.

For the web page, here is the link.  Otherwise, here is what the site had to say:

Nature's Cavity Fighter

Fluoride is a mineral that helps fight tooth decay. It is found in public water supplies, toothpaste and many other dental products. 

Often called, “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen. Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, use other fluoride dental products, and drink water with fluoride you are preventing cavities and strengthening your teeth’s outer surface, called enamel. 

If you have a good chance of getting cavities, your dentist can apply fluoride to your teeth during your dental visit. Your dentist might also tell you to use a special fluoride rinse, paste or gel at home.

Should I brush my child's teeth with fluoride toothpaste?

  • For children younger than 3 years, start brushing their teeth as soon as they start to appear in the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush your children’s teeth twice a day (morning and night) or as directed by your dentist or physician.
  • For children 3 to 6 years of age, use no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and brush teeth twice a day.
  • Always supervise your child’s brushing to make sure they use the right amount of toothpaste and try and get your child to spit out most of the toothpaste.
  • Look for a toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to make sure it contains fluoride and helps prevent cavities.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Android Users Susceptible to Hack

A short post today, but one all of you Android users should read & follow the link.

It seems there is a hack which may allow unwanted users to have access to  your device.

It is described in great detail in this article.  Give it a read & follow the recommendations...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Team i-CAT Heralds Record Success And Participation At The AAO Annual Session

Attendees at the AAO meet and greet “Their Story” participants and support the Milo Foundation, exploring how to save human canine teeth as well as having some fun with furry friends.
Hatfield, PA (June 10, 2015) i-CATTM, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is proud of the success and engaging participation at the 2015 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session in May. The exhibit featured i-CAT’s latest “Their Story” featuring Dr. Sean Carlson and his patient Natalie. As part of his treatment armamentarium to save her transmigratory impacted canines in the mandibular jaw, Dr. Carlson used detailed information gathered from the i-CAT scan. At the meeting, orthodontists were able to meet Dr. Carlson and Natalie and learn about how i-CAT scans can aid in diagnosis so that dentist can treatment plan to allow patients to retain their full complement of teeth.More information on Their Story is at http://stories.i-cat.com/.
For more information on The Milo Foundation’s good works, visit http://www.milofoundation.org
Also at this meeting, i-CAT hosted the Milo Foundation, an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Northern California. Attendees were able to take photos with rescue dogs onsite to raise donations and help promote pet care awareness. Dr. Carlson’s case, which related to saving canine teeth in humans meshed well with the humanitarian effort of helping the animals through the Milo Foundation. This effort raised $3,000 for education, adoption services, and sanctuary for many types of and age of animals at the foundation.
Outreach Coordinator for the Milo Foundation, John Fonseca said, “What a success it was for the Milo Foundation to join with i-CAT at the AAO Annual Session! Our Founder and Director Lynne Tingle and I enjoyed being there with the rescue dogs and meeting so many animal lovers who supported our joint efforts to raise much needed funds as well as awareness about animal rescue. Most special was to see the kindness and affection the attendees showered on the Milo dogs, who lapped up the attention! Thank you for helping Milo and the amazing beings that simply need a chance in a loving home.”
Jessica Kachmar, Marketing Manager for i-CAT, added, “Dr. Carlson and Natalie were so inspiring at our booth. The success of her treatment resulted from a combination of Dr. Carlson’s knowledge and care, effort and energy from Natalie, and quality 3D cone beam scans from i-CAT. We were also so pleased to be able to help raise money for the Milo Foundation.”
To find out more about the i-CAT family of products, visit www.i-cat.com. To see more on Dr. Calrson and Natalie’s story and other extraordinary cases at stories.i-cat.com 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Macs Vulnerable to Hack...

Mac users, myself included, tend to think of ourselves as less vulnerable to security threats.  While that is most likely true... please note the word less in that previous sentence.

The Mac OS still has some vulnerabilities and you can bet that as Macs become more and more popular, more of this bad stuff will arrive.

The latest, and in my opinion scariest, info on Mac Hacks arrived lately and I want to share it here.  It seems there is a way on Macs that were manufactured before the middle of 2014 to have a script loaded into the BIOS of the machine.  The BIOS is the part of the computer that is held in flash memory and actually starts the computer.  It allows the system to find the hard drive, etc.  The gist is that reformatting the hard drive is useless since this hack simply reloads from the motherboard & not the hard drive.

Arstechnica has a great article on it and I suggest everyone, not just Mac people, read it.  If it can happen to Macs then it either is or will affect Windows too...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AirDog is Coming Soon

Get ready for new type of drone.  The AirDog in the video above is the first of a few "follow me drones".

They are autonomous flyers that will follow their owner.  The idea is to make filming of stunts, athletic endeavors, etc easy to film & show.  The user wears a wireless controller on their wrist which allows the drone to know exactly where the owner is and follow them.

You basically put on the tracker, turn on the drone, let it get GPS lock, then push a button on the tracker that tells the drone to take off.  It will then leave the ground and hover until you begin to move.  At that point it will follow above you and at a distance while it films whatever you are doing.

When you are done filming, hit the "land" button on the controller and the drone lands.

Water skiers, mountain bikers, snowboarders & skiers, this is what you've been looking for.  This is really less of a flyable drone and more of a camera platform, but watch the video.  It's pretty amazing how this thing handles.  It should be available August 31, 2015 for a cost of $1295 US.

There is also a "follow me drone" called Lily that will be available in 2016.  Expect more of these as the market expands.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

DEXISTM Releases Digital Imaging Evidence

Here is some interesting info I received from DEXIS...

A study comparing the DEXISTM Platinum Sensor with DEXISTM Imaging Software and the Schick 33 Sensor with Patterson Imaging Software substantiates DEXIS’ excellence for image quality and comfort.

Hatfield, PA (June 2, 2015) DEXIS, LLC, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, has announced the results of its latest round of studies and testing of the DEXISTM Platinum Sensor with DEXISTM Imaging Software. The study compared the DEXIS Platinum Sensor with DEXIS Imaging Software and the Schick 33 Sensor with Patterson Imaging Software. The objective of this research was to quantify the performance of each sensor in a way that allowed for a direct, repeatable head-to-head comparison within the boundaries of their cleared indications for use in key aspects of interest like image quality, consistency, comfort and workflow.

For the purposes of the study, comparisons included visible resolution and contrast, dynamic range, contrast-to-noise ratio as well as images captured at a full spectrum of dose settings. The document provides the findings and then explains why these items are important to clinicians. The results allowed DEXIS to conclude and unequivocally state that, “DEXIS Platinum Sensor excels in visible resolution and contrast,” and “DEXIS radiographs are more consistent and clinically useable at a wider range of exposure settings” — this includes lower doses. The result of a broader dynamic range is that practitioners can benefit from a reduction in the number of time consuming, exposure-related retakes, and patients benefit from the reduction in radiation due to exposure issues.

Further, the double-blind comfort study data yielded this: “9 out of 10 people prefer the comfort of DEXIS.” The timed workflow studies proved that DEXIS offers the fastest workflow in both image capture and image use within the respective software programs*.
Over the years, the developers of DEXIS technology have worked very diligently to research and test our products, so that we can say with confidence that we are offering the “best” technology to dentists,” says John Steck, Vice President of Product Development for DEXIS. “Now, not only can we say it, but we can substantiate our claims with study data. We always knew it, but now we are happy that we can prove it.”
To learn more about this “Evidence” document, download it here for free:

*Data sources: DEXIS Sensor Competitive Performance Study, December 2013, by Brad Carlson, Ph.D., and Scott Kravis, Ph.D.; DEXIS Sensor Clinical Evaluation Report, February 2015, by Christine Hart, CDA, and Lisa Ratnow; Indications for use at dexis.com/ifu 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Keep Your Legacy Tech Working

I'll confess that I am sometimes a digital packrat.  By that I mean I tend to not delete many items (hard drive space being what it is) and I also have a tendency not to want to get rid of hardware either.  The four phones in the picture above were all state of the art when I bought them.  Now this kind of picture usually gets some laughs.

However, there is a great article in the New York Times about people who want to hang onto their legacy products.

Some people have sentimental reasons while some just really are hooked on an older device that they don't want to have to replace.

Because of those needs, there are actually repair folks making a living from fixing old worn out gear.  Check out the article for all the details.  It is definitely worth a read.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Early Bird Registration for Sirona’s CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration Now Extended Through June 15th

Early Bird Registration Extension and Preshow Program Now Available 
as Sirona Gears Up for the Industry’s Largest Dental Educational Festival 

June 5, 2015 – Charlotte, NC – In preparation for its upcoming CEREC© 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration, Sirona Dental Inc. announced today that in addition to an informative preshow program now posted on www.CEREC30th.com, the event’s Early Bird Registration specials have been extended until June 15th, 2015.

Originally set to expire on May 30th, the company that pioneered digital dentistry has decided to prolong Early Bird Registration until June 15th in order to provide dental professionals an extended window of time to purchase tickets at a lower price and take advantage of the many special promotions offered by registering early. 

In addition, a detailed preshow program is now available on www.CEREC30th.com, the company’s dedicated website to all things CEREC 30. The preshow program details each day of the celebration’s jam-packed, three-day schedule and includes: an overview of CEREC 30; dates, times, and topics for each general and breakout educational session; keynote and featured speakers; a star-studded entertainment lineup; hotel information; international attendee information; frequently asked questions (FAQs) and more!

“We’ve included relevant information in the pre-show program that attendees can use to plan their own personal schedule at CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration,” remarked Michael Augins, President of Sirona Dental, Inc. “Guests can attend educational track choices that are exactly the right fit for them including focuses on CEREC, Schick Intraoral Imaging, GALILEOS® Extraoral Imaging, inLab® and orthodontics. Sessions will range from single aspects of digital dentistry to multidisciplinary symposiums that explore diverse clinical solutions, and everything in between! We strongly encourage dental professionals to register now to receive optimum purchase packages.”

The wildly popular, three-day digital dentistry extravaganza is being held at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Hotel in Las Vegas from September 17-19th 2015. Tony Robbins will headline an outstanding lineup of vibrant business motivational speakers including Magic Johnson, a two-time Hall of Famer turned business entrepreneur and philanthropist, and Fred Joyal, renowned speaker on dental practice marketing. Attendees will also enjoy musical entertainment from the Grammy-award winning rock and roll band Train. 

In addition to an impressive lineup of motivational speakers and top-of-the-line entertainment, the CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration will provide up to 18 CE credits across a comprehensive spectrum of digital dentistry topics and tracks, and feature an exhibit hall showcasing top dental companies and their products and services. 

All dental and dental lab professionals are encouraged to visit www.CEREC30th.com before June 15th to take advantage of Sirona’s Early Bird Registration specials.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Introducing SomnoDent Herbst AdvanceTM and the SomnoDent FusionTM

 The Aurum Group® and Space Maintainers – Pacific Northwest are pleased to announce the latest FDA-approved innovations from SomnoMed, the global leader in COATTM (Continuous Open Airway Therapy): SomnoDent Herbst AdvanceTM and SomnoDent FusionTM. These two new innovative options join with the rest of the proven SomnoDent* product line: Flex, G2, Classic, Herbst, and Air.

SomnoDent Herbst AdvanceTM- Visual Calibration Indicator

Available in two models (Classic and Flex), The SomnoDent Herbst AdvanceTM is the first and only intraoral device featuring an easily viewable Plus “+” calibration indicator showing direction of advancement, giving clinicians and patients greater control over OSA therapy. Asymmetry in titration can be a thing of the past - the visual calibration indicator tells you exactly how far the device has been advanced from its start point. Especially when made with proprietary SMH BFlex, the SomnoDent Herbst Advance features a hinge mechanism that is more comfortable in the patient’s mouth; making it easier to remain compliant. With an 8mm range of calibration, chair time is reduced due to minimal adjustment needed and ensuring patients’ continuous therapeutic efficacy.

SomnoDent FusionTM - Ultimate Calibration Flexibility

The new patented SomnoDent FusionTM “fuses” wing and screw calibration technology together in one device, offering longer titration. The calibration flexibility offered in the SomnoDent Fusion means that it does not have to be reset as frequently, and less resets means your patients won’t be without their device during manufacturer adjustments. With exchangeable device wings that are closer to the occlusal surface, patients experience more room in their mouths and less bulk! Along with the flexibility in adjustment, the SomnoDent Fusion provides an 8.5mm advancement – longer than most other dorsal fin oral devices – and quick advancement with interchangeable wings and fine screw adjustments at .1mm increments. The SomnoDent Fusion can also be made with proprietary SMH BFlex material, which creates greater comfort for your patients. Ultimately, the SomnoDent Fusion saves your office time and money with its drop-in fit, along with less device adjustments afterwards.

Contact Aurum Group/ Space Maintainers – Pacific Northwest at 1-800-423-6509 for complete details on the full SomnoDent line-up today! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

3D Printing in Dentistry Will Enable $3.1 Billion in Dental Solutions by 2020

Lately, as the profession has seen several open source CAD/CAM milling systems hitting the market, several people have made a point to ask me "when is 3D printing of dental restorations going to be available".

My answer has always been basically "sooner as opposed to later".  However, gauging something like that is always a bit dicey when you are dealing with materials science, the FDA, and the constantly changing field of technology.

However, we may be closer than any of us imagined.  A story on Yahoo Finance is stating that 3D printing in dentistry could be a $3.1 Billion market in 5 years.

Now, to be clear they are not just looking at restorations, dentures, metal frameworks, etc.  They are also discussing surgical guides, appliances, and the like.

Still, that is a huge number when you take into consideration that very little is being done by printing today.  Most of the CAD/CAM market currently is done by subtractive methods, meaning taking a large piece of material & then machining it down to create the proper shape.

It's an interesting read so if you'd like the whole article, here it is.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lego Releases Lego Worlds... Looks an Awful Lot Like Minecraft...

A few years ago, Lego released an online video game called Lego Universe.  It was a "massively multiplayer online game" (MMOG for short).While not exactly the format of its new game, it did have some of the basic components/capabilities.  It's interesting how sometimes a great idea is just a little ahead of its time.  Thus was Lego Universe.  The game was fun to play for kids, but required a monthly subscription (which wasn't cheap) and it also required a high speed Internet connection to really be any fun.  

It lasted about 2 years and then was shut down by the company.  Lego statement regarding the shutdown was: "Unfortunately, we have not been able to build a satisfactory revenue model in our target group, and therefore, have decided to close the game."

Now, comes a new game...

In 2011, about halfway through the life of "Lego Universe", Mojang released "Minecraft" which rapidly became a phenomenon.  Unlike Lego's offering, Minecraft basically allowed players to build their own complete worlds... using a system that really looked a lot like Lego bricks.  The game became so popular that in September 2014, Microsoft bought the whole thing for 2.5 billion (yes, with a B).

Now, about 18 months later, we see Lego strike back. The new game allows for players to basically build their own worlds... sound familiar?  The game is already available in beta, through Steam for $14.99

So, I'm a fan of competition.  It makes everyone better, and I'm anxious to see what this does for the whole platform.  Often times when a large corporation gets a hold of something new and cutting edge, the edge is quickly lost as creativity gets stunted as a trade off for profits.  However, since this is two giant companies competing for the same space, this may be the exception to that rule as they both battle over the hearts & minds in this space.  It should be an interesting next 12 months or so.

If you'd like more info, there is a nice article at Nerdlist as well as one at Time.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Google Working on Wearable Clothing

At the latest Google I/O conference, the company discussed several upcoming ideas & initiatives.

One which I found intriguing is that the company is working with Levi Strauss & Co on wearable tech.  Here's what it means:

Project Jacquard
Think of this as the game changer in the world of textiles. Whether we’re talking about your sweater, or your jeans, Project Jacquard is the thing that will completely revolutionize the smart world. Specifically, this takes a conductive wiring and feeds it throughout a textile. The end result is an interactive fabric that could be implemented in your jeans, or t-shirt, depending on what the overall goal. The long-term benefits of technology like this reach far beyond the tech community, as the science and medical communities could see significant benefits from this type of technology. Interestingly though, this is something that hasn’t really been pushed or heavily explored to this point – so Google is making a profound step in the right direction.