A Mawson Trail Meander

Originally posted on 2 l o v e c y c l i n g:
The thermometer on my bars reads 40 degrees. The water in my bottle is warm and has long since lost its ability to quench my thirst but I keep drinking it anyway. I’m parched. Jan slowly pedals ahead, melting into the…

Smart glasses find a very smart application in airports

The Port of Seattle  recently announced a new pilot programme  for Smart Glassses to help people who are blind or visually impaired access a new assistive technology to safely and independently use Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The glasses  connects people who are blind and low vision to certified, live agents via the smart glasses and a…

Signs the textile industry is the next innovation frontier

Last week my family gathered all of the clothing that was too small, too worn or too embarrassing to let me wear out and took it for recycling. It struck me as such a waste in money and energy, for good reason. The production of textiles, from the pesticides we use on cotton fields to…

Growing the Clean Technology industry in BC

The roots of the clean technology industry in BC go back to companies such as Xantrex Technology, Ballard Power, Westport Innovations, Quest-Air, Delta Q,  NxtPhase Corporation and Cellex Power Products.   By 2004 it became clear that the industry was quietly exceeding over $600 million in revenues and employing thousands of people. The Power Technology…

If only they would use their genius for Good not Evil–Maxwell Smart

Age-related  eye disease affect over 100 million people worldwide, a number which is expected to double by 2050!   Of the diseases, Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the working age population.  Early detection and treatment can prevent 98% of severe visual loss resulting from diabetes.   DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company owned…

Making eye care more accessible

Globally, 246 million people have low vision and 39 million are blind.  Incredibly, 80% of ALL visual impairment can be avoided or cured with regular exams and treatment.   Sounds easy,  but challenges such as access to early eye care, its cost and education are hurdles that many people can not overcome. Ophthalight Digital Solutions’…

How digitally mature is your organization and should you care?

The answer is you should care — digital maturity matters.  In general, according to a recent Cap Gemini Consulting study, digitally mature organizations with a strong digital strategy have at least twice the profitability of their peers who lagged behind. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion as to what a Digital Strategy is.  A…

Gyroscopes and a glove hold new promises for Parkinson’s patients

Parkinson’s, a disease that affects one in 500 people, has typically been managed through medication, and more recently deep brain stimulation (implantable medical device)–both having not so nice drawbacks.   The use of wearable gyroscopes is a new approach being taken by a group of students from Imperial College London.   Like the spinning tops…

There is power in using your voice

The California Institute of Technology’s Dr. Choo  has developed a generator that runs off the vocal cords to improve the efficacy of implanted medical devices.   This is not insignificant to the millions of people who have Cochlear Implants, Pacemakers, Implanted Cardiac Defibrillators and other devices that every 5-1o years need to undergo an operation to…

Smart medication packaging helps keep Grandma healthier

Two thirds of Americans over 65 have two or more chronic diseases and require the patient to take 4 or more daily drugs.    Unfortunately they don’t always follow their medical plans, costing  the US healthcare system $290 billion annually and resulting in  10% of the avoidable hospital admissions. For the caregiver, the cost of this…

Stopping the devastation of brain aneurysms

Evasc Medical Systems Corp. is an endovascular medical device company whose primary focus is the development of a unique therapy, eCLIPsTM, which will help the thousands of people whose brain aneurysm occurs where the two arteries meet.   These weak branches often  bulge or balloon out, rupturing and  leaking blood into the space around the brain,…

Capacity building within Industry Canada

Industry Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.  In the Pacific Region office,  the ICT function had just been transferred from  Spectrum,…

Using games to improve stroke recovery

Each year, about 795,000 people in the United States have strokes.  Recovery depends heavily on your ability to access physical therapy.    The Hand Mentor from Kinetic Muscles (KMI) in Arizona, uses gaming principles to encourage people to do the therapy that can help them recover the use of a hand or foot.    Recovery is based…

Using wearables to improve hospital outcomes

Tractivity is a wearable technology  that encourages  patients in a hospital to walk more.  Studies have shown walking only 400 steps extra a day can help reduce a hospital stay by 24 hours. When faced with competitors like Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Apple what is a small tech firm to do? Pivot!    We helped Tractivity…

Small implantable batteries solve big healthcare problems

EaglePicher Medical Power is a world leader in implantable medical cells.  Built out of titanium or stainless steel, these small cells power incredible devices such as Cochlear Implants, Pacemakers, Implantable Defibrillators, and Pressure sensors. EaglePicher Medical is a small division of a large corporation.   They had  excellent technology but were wrestling with the best target…

Giving people back their lives

Medtronic is one the worlds largest producers of cardiac and neurological pacing equipment. Imagine your hands shaking so bad that you can not feed yourself, or not being able to stand anymore because your legs are trembling.  For Canadians who have have Parkinson’s or Tremors, these are real and everyday events. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)…

Accelerating the development of nanomaterials

SFU 4D LABS focuses on accelerating the design, development, demonstration, and delivery of advanced functional materials and nanoscale devices. Growing any business is hard let alone one like SFU 4D LABS  that  provides lasers, nanofabrication  and nanoimaging services to industry and academia. We implemented a strategic planning process that started with understanding why people do…