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Issue 9 • Date Sept. 2003

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  • Doctors at a distance [telemedicine]

    Page(s): 44 - 47
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    Medical care seems to be moving further away from the patient as family doctors and hospitals consolidate their operations into fewer, larger units. At the same time, advances in information and communications technology offer new opportunities to deliver healthcare where it is needed, even when doctor and patient are physically separated. Applications of telemedicine as it is called, have been developed across a wide range of clinical disciplines and for purposes as diverse as providing decision support for doctors in military field hospitals, for sending electrocardiograms from ambulances and cutting waiting lists for dermatology appointments. This diverse and growing range of activities could deliver real medical and economic benefits. View full abstract»

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  • The obsolescence minefield

    Page(s): 29
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  • Sharper sight for surgeons

    Page(s): 40 - 43
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    Terahertz radiation could become a new weapon in the fight against cancer, thanks to its capacity to identify minute variations in soft tissue undetectable by other imaging methods. The radiation excites interactions between adjacent molecules and it's the secondary radiation produced by these molecular vibrations that provides the basis for cancer detection. The resulting spectral 'fingerprint' serves as an indicator of epithelial cancers (cancers in the area near the surface of various tissues such as skin, breast, prostate etc). This article describes Teraview's imaging system, its development and challenges to be overcome. View full abstract»

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  • Modern warfare

    Page(s): 18 - 19
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    Protection and 'soldier modernisation' were just a couple of the key themes a defence exhibition held in London. In particular this article discusses a guided missile system for ship protection known as SeaRAM and also systems for protecting ships from sea-surface and underwater attacks. It also discusses FIST, Future Integrated Soldier Technology which will wire up the squadie with a reliable power source for communication systems. View full abstract»

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  • A kinder cut [robobtic surgery]

    Page(s): 48 - 51
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    Robots can make surgery quicker, cheaper and safer. So why aren't they in every operating theatre? Basic technological development is still required, an understandably conservative medical profession has to be 'won over', and healthcare planners must be convinced of the financial benefits. Perhaps the best hope for the medical robotics business is the increasing role of market forces within healthcare systems. In an increasingly competitive healthcare sector, robots could offer hospitals a way of attracting potential patients. Last, but not least, patients must be convinced that they'll be safe in a robot's care. View full abstract»

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  • The father of LabView

    Page(s): 30 - 33
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    National Instruments (NI) prides itself on the way it changed the measurement and automation world for engineers. But, it took a lot of guts and brainpower according to the founder, Jeff Kodosky. LabView is a graphical control, test and measurement environment development package. It is one of the most widely used software packages for test, measurement and control in a variety of industries. LabView was first launched in 1986, but has continued to evolve and extend into targets unimaginably out of reach before for such packages, including field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), sensors, microcontrollers and other embedded devices. However, even though LabView is now NI's flagship product, it was not the first one to be created by the firm. It took nearly ten years before NI had this best-seller, the name of which is now almost synonymous with the company. This article discusses the development of NI and LabView. View full abstract»

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  • Destination: home

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    Consumer electronics manufacturers are cautiously moving towards mass-market home servers that bring digital content and access together in one device at the heart of a home entertainment network. There are plenty of products that merge types of digital content: camera phones, DVD/Hard Disc Drive recorders, camcorders that play MP3 files, and so on. Consumer electronics companies are pushing the idea of digital convergence but feel the public isn't yet ready for this ultimate aim. View full abstract»

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  • Wearable computing struggles for social acceptance

    Page(s): 24 - 25
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    Popular images of wearable computers have ranged from the Dick Tracy watch through to the surgical implants of fetishistic Star Trek baddies-The Borg. The cartoon detective's watch, in particular, has reached iconic status among the electronics community. It is seen as marking a key stage in miniaturisation, with conferences often hosting panel sessions on when we will see the watch become a practical reality A more practical reality for researchers in wearable computing is: would anyone want one, even if we could make one? The problem that faces those searching for commercial applications for wearable computers is where technology crosses the bounds of social acceptability and fashion. View full abstract»

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  • News

    Page(s): 10 - 16
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  • Leading from the front [Sir David Brown]

    Page(s): 34 - 37
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    Sir David Brown is the chairman of Motorola UK and the IEE President for 2003/4. This article outlines his life and career in engineering in various industries and the excitement that has come from working at the forefront of engineering. Sir David has worked for Plessey working on the Ptarmigan digital military radio system, for STC working on advanced data switching, as a software manager, and a sales and marketing manager, and finally for Motorola working in GSM. Sir David's involvement with the Faraday lectures and his views on the proposed merger between the IEE, IMechE and IIE are mentioned. View full abstract»

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