The Oculus Rift continues to gain attention as the device that may bring virtual reality to the mainstream. While many believe that the primary, or perhaps only use of this technology is for gaming, there are a number of companies that have been developing on the early stage Oculus that demonstrate that this device may do much, much more in the home. Here is a look at some early endeavors to put the Oculus Rift to different uses.
Here’s a riddle: What’s so small that you can’t see it, but it’s smart enough to run your iPad or stop cancer? If your answer was a microscopic Dr. Sanjay Gupta, well, you’d be right — in a weird way. But the answer we’re looking for here is nanotechnology.
No matter how much we hear about it, nanotech remains something of a mystery. We can’t see it, and we certainly can’t feel it. Scientists say it will be in our medicine, but it’s odd to think of something measured only in nanometers saving your life.
Are we using it in our daily lives and not even realizing it? Better yet, where is nanotechnology? Is the future happening right now, and we’re not even aware of it? The answers to those questions go: yes, everywhere and sort of. Nanotechnology has found a place in consumer products, medical treatment, the food industry and so much more. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly harder to keep track of where nanotech isn’t. And the truth is that the technology’s potential is nowhere near being reached. Many of the big breakthroughs are still being worked out in laboratories. And only some of the simplest forms of nanotechnology have really come to the marketplace.
Telemedicine is improving the quality of health care coverage at remote medical clinics throughout the U.S. However, rural health care isn’t the only system benefiting from the technology. Urban health care providers, and patients, are as well. Based in Cleveland, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) teamed up last fall with HealthSpot, an Internet technology provider, to offer patients access to board-certified pediatricians after hours and close to home.
The technology being used in the Cleveland “UH Stations” is a cutting-edge telehealth system developed by HealthSpot that connects patients to UH Rainbow pediatric experts seven days a week through a private, walk-in kiosk with high-definition videoconferencing and interactive digital medical devices. “HealthSpot stations are an innovative step in providing better care for children,” said Dr. Andrew Hertz, medical director for UH Rainbow Care Connection. “Our goal with UH Rainbow HealthSpot stations is to improve the quality of outpatient care for children, and decrease unnecessary emergency visits and hospitalizations.” The state and federal government are providing funding for the project, as the patients are primarily from families, who receive government-subsidized health insurance, and these patients often head to local hospital emergency rooms with less-than life-threatening emergencies, due to the convenience of them being located in their home neighborhoods.
Even university medical clinics are implementing this kind of virtual medical visit technology. Though university towns are often urban, they also service patients in the surrounding exurban or rural areas. At the University of Virginia health care system, physicians last year conducted 40,000 consults via telemedicine in 40 specialty and subspecialty areas. “UVA has been able to extend its services into hard-to-reach areas, improve the quality of patient care and reduce costs for both patients and the UVA,” David Cattell-Gordon, director of the UVA Office of telemedicine, told FoxNews.com.
Using drop down and fly out menus can help organize the navigational needs of a large site. Links that are of secondary importance can be placed under more high level items. The aforementioned example of “Customer Testimonials” being placed beneath an “Our Company” segment is an example of this.
Oftentimes, these sub-menus are made available by menus that are revealed when a top level link is hovered over. This interaction does not always work, however, and in other cases it becomes a very difficult interaction.
Remember, “hover” states do not exist on touch screens, so if the only way to access those submenus is via a hover action, you will be alienating any visitors on touch screens with this experience. Even if those menus are available, if you go too deep with fly outs, they can become horribly challenging to use. A good rule of thumb when using these menus is to ensure that the options are available in more than one way and to never use a fly out that is more than one level deep.
Start-ups have been in the news a lot in Thailand in recent weeks. The Commerce Ministry has proposed an economic model that includes developing traditional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become smart enterprises and start-ups, and there have been several big start-up conferences in Bangkok. The need for more venture capital is also high on the agenda – Bangkok Bank, for example, is setting up a Bt2 billion venture capital fund (pending Bank of Thailand authorisation) to support start-up investment in financial technology, telecommunications, healthcare and retail.
High tech and low touch leaves patients feeling frustrated and afraid.
I finally walked up to one of the smartly dressed young-ins at the ready to find out when I could expect to see the doctor. She told me it would be an additional 20 minutes so I went outside to put more money in the parking meter and headed back in. When I was finally called back, I didn’t see my oncologist but saw a nurse practitioner who informed me I had a lab appointment an hour earlier that no one told me about and was supposed to have those labs drawn before I saw her. I told her that certainly was unfortunate because God knows, I could have made better use of my time while I was waiting. She also inadvertently revealed things about my diagnosis that hadn’t been shared with me prior that lead to additional testing and more intense life long follow up treatment. Bummer. She seemed to have little understanding of how devastating this was to me. She then escorted me to “Pod 3” where she said someone would help me shortly with the labs and additional imaging. I reminded her I had to leave within 30 minutes and she assured me it would be no problem. I waited at the pod for 20 minutes and nothing happened. I went back out to another hospitality hop to ask what was supposed to happen at pod 3. By this point, I won’t lie, I was wishing the bubbly lass had been holding a tray of martinis. She smiled as she told me I was actually supposed be at the lab on the first floor. I made made my way down to the lab where, I was greeted by more smiling hospitality bots. When I told them I was there for labs, they looked on their technology devices and told me I had been scheduled for an hour prior so now I would have to wait. I told them I was well aware of the scheduling mishap but could not wait any longer and left without the scan or labs. I was in tears because the thing I wanted most out of the appointment was lab draws that indicate a potential recurrence and after 3 hours, left with nothing but wasted time and more fear.