Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Real Social Media Event…in Las Vegas


The  Consumer Electronic Show is an annual exposition and electronic vendor’s delight as well as progressive consumers.

It begins January 8, 2013 and will be held in “sin city”, Las Vegas, NV.

It is well worth including in Digital Health’s Space wrap up for 2012 and the vision for 2013 and beyond.

To whet your appetite for this techno-feast, and to demonstrate the variety of products that will be on display, we've collected nine of the hottest products that we know will be making appearances. Interested in a really smart car, slick new ultra books, or really fast wireless connections? Perhaps you need waterproof earphones, or are looking for a BIG TV set to watch the Super Bowl. Read on to get a taste of what's to come at CES 2013.

Many medically useful devices for medicine are adapted from ‘consumer electronics'.  Even more so now with such examples as remote monitoring blood pressure monitors, glucometers, weight scales, a wide variety of iOS, and Android, made possible and enhanced by general consumer demand and availability in highly visible marketplaces,online at Amazon, Wal-Mart, and other fine virtual shopping malls.

PerformTek Brings Biometrics To Headphones

Valencell's PerformTek biometric system records health and fitness data that ranges from heart rate and speed to the number of calories burned. Licensable to integrate with earbuds, the technology will allow portable music players to provide gym-goers with not only a soundtrack, but also a series of assessments about their performance. Captured data can synch to a smartphone app in real time, which should make tracking progress easy, and armbands and wrist devices are on the Valencell roadmap. The first products should hit the market in Q1.

A new medical device industry has emerged, one which may be regulated and certified by the FDA as well.

Information Week Hardware reports:

CES: Super Bowl For The Tech Industry

Partly a glimpse at tomorrow, partly a tech bacchanalia, and wholly a spectacle, the Consumer Electronics Show, January 8-11, is too large for the Las Vegas Convention Center's 3.2 million square feet to accommodate. More than 3,000 companies display upwards of 20,000 products to ananticipated 156,000 attendees, meaning Sin City's casinos and hotels are as full of Ultra books, tablets and other gadgetry as they are of slot machines and card tables. Even with Apple's indifference for trade shows and Microsoft's scaled-down presence, CES remains the Super Bowl of tech trade shows.

The show is oriented more around consumer electronics than business needs but InformationWeek is there to cover the breaking news. What IT professional's inner geek isn't tickled, after all, by the sight of giant televisions, futuristic concept cars or cameras that let you focus a picture after taking it?

How about this 4K 80 inch television mounted on the wall of your reception area? No more complaints about waiting times:

Plus, the enterprise won't be left out in the cold. One the one hand, there will be no shortage of items destined to be advertised as impulse purchases at a Best Buy checkout counter. On the other, many of the to-be-announced products will factor into lingering questions that affect the workplace, especially in its current, BYOD-driven form. Will the new Ultra books and convertibles threaten the iPod's dominance? How many OEMs are going to embrace new standards, such as 802.11ac and its supercharged wireless speeds? Will Intel make headway in mobile phones?

We may have some answers by the end of CES, but with other, more specific events on the horizon, such as NAB Show and Mobile World Congress, it's possible some queries might persist even longer. But whether it's the maturation of the Internet of Things or whatever Samsung's getting at with its peculiar teaser image of a vertical TV, you can be sure that CES will satiate -- and quite possibly overload -- even the most ravenous followers of new technology.

Waiting between surgical cases or that late patient you are meeting in the E.D. 




Your flight is delayed and you're stuck in the terminal for who knows how long. So grab a Cinnabon, break out the iPad and do a little mind-mapping with CMS's iThoughtsHD, an $11 app for organizing ideas, information and random thoughts

Or  how about

Your pager just went off about your patient in the ICU that had a cardiac arrest, you are across town and the freeway is completely blocked by a 16 wheeler that collided with a ‘Smart Car?  Here’s your solution:


Soon after Apple foisted its lousy iOS 6 Maps app on the public, CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for the debacle and suggested that Apple users try several mapping alternatives instead. One of those apps was Waze, a navigation tool that uses crowd sourced traffic information to deliver the latest updates on accidents, congestion, speed traps, red light cameras and gas prices in your area. Waze also provides spoken turn-by-turn driving directions, and can reroute you to less busy thoroughfares. On the downside, it lacks other information you may expect from a mapping app, such as walking directions and public transportation schedules. And given its crowdsourcing ways, Waze probably isn't the best choice for sparsely populated rural areas.

If you haven’t had enough here, want to learn more, get yourself over to Las Vegas by Monday, but hurry I will be standing in line….first. What a way to start 2013 !

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