AccuVein AV400 Uses Infrared Technology to Find Veins

Very cool technology that’s sure to make a big difference for medical professionals and patients alike!

Company Website: http://www.accuvein.com/

Via KSLA:

The system is designed to help healthcare professionals locate veins for venipuncture. It uses a safe beam of light, projected onto a patient’s arm, to reveal a map of the peripheral veins on the skin’s surface. 

According to a statement released by Willis Knighton, venipuncture is the most common invasive medical procedure worldwide with an estimated 2.7 million procedures conducted every day in the United States alone. Studies reveal that up to one third of attempts to access a vein fail the first time, creating unnecessary patient discomfort as well as additional costs. Improving first-stick attempts is a major goal for healthcare providers around the world.

Even the most experienced healthcare professionals can have difficulty accessing veins safely and quickly the first time. While this will be available for use on adult and pediatric units throughout the hospital, the patient care staff will find it especially helpful with patients who are dehydrated, obese, have low body temperature, whose veins roll and those who have had frequent venipuncture during treatments.

"This is going to be good for the nursing staff but even better for our patients," said Georgia Stephens, MSN, RN, patient care coordinator for staff development at Willis-Knighton Medical Center. "It illuminates the arm so the veins are easy to see. The AccuVein System does not touch the patient. Its use will enhance the comfort and safety of the patient and increase nursing efficiency."

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Cruise Ship Robot Bartenders Provoke Questions About Work And Play

by Michael Keller

A thirsty vacationer on Royal Caribbean’s next cruise ship, the Quantum of the Seas, will belly up to a bar staffed by robots. The company announced this month that it is installing the Makr Shakr bartending system on the ship, which is expected to set sail starting in late October.

Guests will be able to choose drinks from a tablet at the bar and customize them as they see fit. Once the order is submitted, the Bionic Bar’s robot arms will spring to action, producing a precise and consistent drink.

“We were determined to take the best advances in modern technology, turn them into shipboard WOWs, and take the frustration out of the vacation,” said Royal Caribbean chairman and CEO Richard Fain in a statement.

The Makr Shakr project was conceived and designed at MIT’s Senseable City Lab. According to the artists and engineers behind it, the robot is more than just a bartending automaton. Instead, it is meant to open a discussion and explore the role of advanced manufacturing, consumption and leisure—three things that are set to change with increasing deployment of automated systems.

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Pearl S. Buck

Riding the Creative Rollercoaster

A nice video produced by now-here that summarizes creative leadership in two minutes.

Via Now-Here:

Riding the creative-rollercoaster allows teams to step into the unknown, hold creative tension and allow newness to emerge. This is the difference between flat-lining (playing it safe and doing what you’ve always done) and learning how to ride the highs and lows of the creative process.

The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership: Episode 2, COMMUNICATION
Please join us as we welcome special guest, Perry Baldwin, COO of The Family Room, to the show. In this episode we’ll dive into why creative leadership begins and ends with superior communication. We discuss the importance of vision, leading through objectives, accountability, and more!
You can follow The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership series here.

The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership: Episode 2, COMMUNICATION

Please join us as we welcome special guest, Perry Baldwin, COO of The Family Room, to the show. In this episode we’ll dive into why creative leadership begins and ends with superior communication. We discuss the importance of vision, leading through objectives, accountability, and more!

You can follow The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership series here.

Camera Robot Made For Disney Now Inspects Bridges

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by Michael Keller

Bridges are made to transport vehicles, not to make it easy for inspectors to do their job. That’s why inspecting the undersides and support pillars of tall ones is no easy task, either requiring people looking for problems to perform feats of contortion or the structure to go without review.

But infrastructure left without scrutiny is infrastructure bound to fail. In the case of the reinforced concrete that makes bridges, the test is a fairly straightforward one.

Inspectors use a device that checks for unseen corrosion within the concrete. The tool is an electrode attached to a wheel that detects big differences in electric potential within the material. This is a sign that corrosion—either from deicing salt that eats away the steel inside or atmospheric carbon dioxide that seeps in and changes the concrete’s chemistry—has set in and needs to be monitored. 

The question is just how to get to those hard-to-reach spots. Now engineers and roboticists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) have developed a solution. 

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