Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury is a big problem nowadays, as people are connected most of the time, and this includes using a computer or a mobile device. The physical consequences of using a device for a long period of time without interruptions are vastly ignored, but the truth is that they are still there!

On this site, I could find some recommendations to reduce the injuries.

Electronical Medical Record or Electronic Health Record

Don’t you think having loads and loads of paper, occupying space in infinite cupboards is not practical? The solution is a step away, with electronical medical or health records. This is an idea that makes all of the patients’ history available on the computer, or even better, online!

In this way, doctors will avoid having to store all of the patients’ history in hardware, instead, it will be always handy and compacted into hard drives or solid state drives, from where you can search for a specific patient using hot words, for example. This is much faster and much more practical than having it on tedious drawers which are difficult to organize and it’s difficult to find stuff on them.

On top of the simple history of the patients’ health complications, illnesses and injuries, radiology images and information about test results can be stored as well! In fact, laboratories could simply send this information by e-mail or, if preferred, through the web in an encrypted way, for the doctor to store it in his or her computer or on the cloud, and be able to take a look at it, from anywhere!

Here’s some further information about this system.

Individualized IT Solutions for Disabled People

I found this website from a company which is dedicating to enable disabled people to use devices in the most advanced way they can. In order to do so, they are developing software specifically thought for disabled people, for them to interact with existing devices in a wise way. Accessibility and assistance software is being created by Nuance to help disabled people communicate with the world as any normal person would do. Interacting with devices with speech for blind people, with the eyes for people without arms, with the fingers and by listening (text to speech technology) for deaf people are some of the examples of this technology.

Moreover, smartphone operating systems such as Android and iOS are starting to come with accessibility options for disabled people, such as text to speech, and what’s its reverse, speech to text and assistive touch which tells the person using the device, by making use of the device’s speaker(s), what he or she is touching.

This video shows the accessibility options on Android OS.

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The Depletion of Resources

As this article says, resource depletion is not an issue right now, but it will surely be in the future, as the current production models are very resource-hungry and are using up many of the world’s resources. The resourcefulness of our planet is coming to an end and it will be a big issue. Consumption as we know it nowadays will have to eventually change yes or yes, because of the absence of some resources.

Furthermore, I found a horrifying image that shows an approximation of how many years will resources used in the everyday life last.

I think the article is reliable because it is posted in the BBC’s webpage, which is a very important informative organization.

Whale Satellite Tagging

I found a page describing the uses and purposes of tags in whales, and how people can track the whales as they glide through their natural habitat. This is helping the conservation whales as well as the human knowledge about them and their way of living. But, as the webpage states: “Further work is needed to improve the scientific and conservation value of this technology.” what this means is that sometimes the tags stop working, and, therefore, the research is stops abruptly. Maybe sometime soon these devices get updated and these type of problems are solved.

In this image taken from the page mentioned above, the whole path taken by many whales is shown in the Gulf of Main, in the United States.

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Remote Sensing Devices

I found an interesting webpage on RSDs.

The page explains that remote sensing devices are used to measure the emissions of vehicles. It uses infra-red and ultra-violet beams to measure the gas emissions and can be placed both on fixed land or on the vehicle itself, from where the emissions have to be measured.

On the following image taken from Smogtips, the measuring and analyzing processes are explained.

As the picture explains, if the toxic emissions are too high, the car owner will receive an email to be able to join a free repair program.