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…

Five steps to surviving a panic attack

We have all been there—in the middle of a normal day a thought or an event triggers a panic attack.   Sharon Dinur, a Vancouver based Registered Clinical Counselor, suggests five easy steps to moving past the darkness. Talk about it: Contrary to logic, the best thing to do is talk about it with people you trust. You will be amazed how…

When senior managers in professional services won’t share

Professional service firms, in response to an increasingly complex world, have created internal groups that are very narrowly focused.  Based on my unscientific research, it has driven employees to be highly protective of their client contacts. Unfortunately it also leaves a lot of money on the client’s table!   One tactic that professional service firms are starting to…

Tapping into the power of new ideas

For many years immigrants have been coming to Canada and starting their own businesses. For some, it is the only way to earn a living and for others a way to make their entrepreneurial vision a reality.  Either way, between no network in this country, poor english language skills and the Canadian business environment,  many…

The internet of everything: It’s all about power!

For a couple years we have been hearing about how the Internet of Everything is coming. Holding it back, in my opinion, was the power hungry chips that sensors need to send their data wireless. Not any more, Intel now has available an all in one chip the size of a button that does everything…

Google Translate for medical may be bad for your health.

If you happen to find yourself deathly sick and in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe you may want to think twice about using Google to translate the medical information.  A recent study showed that of 260 common medical phrases Google translated incorrectly 143 in African and Asian languages, 100 incorrectly in Eastern European languages and 67 incorrectly…

An accessible tablet where fewer features is the main feature!

Claris is a technology company in Vancouver that gets the power of simplicity. They have developed a Tablet computer designed to do a really good job at helping seniors communicate.  It is easy to do a video call, easy to view photos or do email.    While they are aiming at seniors it is also something to look…

Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet

After 10 years and a cumulative distance of over 6.4 billion kilometres, Rosetta has finally got up with its target.  It has now gently landed while travelling at around 60,000 kph! Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet / Rosetta / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA.

Call for papers: The 4th Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2015)

The 4th Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2015), organized by The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and ten of its member societies,  is a forum for Canadian and International participants to exchange ideas on emerging techniques and technologies for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of climate change. If you have a technology…

A new cardiac defibrillator takes flight, literally.

Finally a drone that is designed to bring life to people.   The  “Ambulance Drone” has a commercial automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) attached to it and actually will fly to the person who needs help.   When it lands, its propellers fold back to get out of the way and electrode pads slide out of the nose with…

Medical device that uses spit, blood and boogers as the interface

A new device called Cue could be the first iOS accessory that uses boogers as a primary user input. The tabletop analyzer brings the power of a medical laboratory into the home and allows people to test their levels of testosterone, inflammation, vitamin D, and fertility with small amounts of blood, saliva, or nasal swabs.   While…