New App to Disinfect iPads in Clinical Settings

iPads and other tablets are becoming an integral part of daily clinical functioning. If you use your iPad in a hospital setting, it is important to consider that your technology can spread nosocomial infections. Well, there is an app for that. deBac is a free iOS app that can can be used as an effective intervention to reduce microbial load.  A recent study published in JMIR evaluated the application versus no disinfection process and demonstrated 2.7-fold (P=.000670) lower bacterial load on the devices used in the clinical environment that...

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Tracking Brainwaves for Fitness

Funded by Kickstarter, Emotiv Insight is a 5 channel, wireless headset that monitors brain wave activity and translates it into understandable data. The goal of EMOTIV INSIGHT according to the company is to allow you to optimize your brain fitness & performance, measure and monitor your own or your family’s cognitive health & wellbeing, and develop amazing new applications. The neuroheadset is the only device on the market to offer 5 EEG sensors and 2 reference sensors, which provides useful coverage of key sites around the cerebral...

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Rent Your Smartphone’s Lock Screen

How many times per hour do you look at your phone. What if you could get paid for looking at your phone? Locket is a new Android application that will pay you to put advertising on your lock screen. This free app puts ads for products, events, and coupons on the phone’s home screen, and allows the user to choose whether to engage with the ad, or ignore it and simply unlock their device as usual. Either way, you get paid. Each swipe earns one cent with a maximum of three cents per hour. Every friend you recruit to Locket earns $1 extra...

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Tile: The World’s Lost and Found

Tile is a crowdfunded startup company that has a clever idea. They will sell you a small square tile and you can place it on any object that you may want to find – like on your key ring, bicycle, pocketbook, etc. You can locate it using an iOS device. The Tile app tells you how close your are or you can even have your tile give you an audible tone to locate it. What is quite interesting is that if you lost something, for example, your bicycle was stolen, you can potentially find it through the entire tile community near you. Others with...

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Prototype Smartwatch With Health Sensors

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry (aka Foxconn), the main manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, recently showcased a smartwatch that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone. In addition to notifying the user of email, messages, the wearable computing device can be used to measure the user’s vital signs such as respiration and heartbeat, as well as to check phone calls and Facebook posts. The company’s wireless communications and medical research groups also plan to add new features such as fingerprint...

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New WiVi Can See Through Walls

A new system being developed by MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science could give all of us the ability to spot people in different rooms using low-cost Wi-Fi technology. According to MIT Professor Dina Katabi, “We wanted to create a device that is low-power, portable and simple enough for anyone to use, to give people the ability to see through walls and closed doors,” Katabi says. The system, called “Wi-Vi,” is based on a concept similar to radar and sonar imaging.  But rather than using a band of the...

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