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Issue 17 • Date Oct. 2009

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  • Engineering & Technology

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  • Page plan

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  • Editorial

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 2
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    WE DISCUSSED and dismissed a lot of other ideas for this month??s cover before settling on our high-tech home help making tea and getting it so wrong. The terminology around disability has always been controversial; the term `differentlyabled people??, for example, which was coined in the 1980s by the US Democratic National Committee, never really seemed to catch on. Our main problem was hitting o... View full abstract»

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  • News - [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 4 - 8
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  • Analysis - [briefing in depth]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 10 - 11
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    Late in November 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gathered world leaders in New York for a day-long pre-Copenhagen meeting to mobilise political will for a deal on climate change because he felt that negotiations were becoming worryingly bogged down. View full abstract»

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  • Letters - [opinion feedback]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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  • If you ask me - [opinion first person]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 14
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  • The matter of the heart - [engineering wellness]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 16 - 19
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    In this paper, the different aspects of a heart model including electrical activity, blood flow, and behaviour at cellular level are presented. Heart modelling has become a driver for systems biology aiming to make medicine more analytical. Its therapeutic potential for planning surgical treatments and drug developments are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • The bigger picture - [engineering wellness]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 20 - 22
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    It is unlikely anyone undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan would describe the experience as pleasant. Having to lie very still in a narrow tube for anything up to an hour, while the machine loudly bangs its way through the scanning procedure, is hardly fun. However, claustrophobia and a tight squeeze could soon become problems of the past as more of the latest generation of 'open' sc... View full abstract»

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  • Protecting david - [engineering wellness]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 23 - 25
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    Patients with fractures and implants may benefit from a new user-friendly stress and strain simulation technology called 'Scan and Solve'. Researchers are developing ways to model, predict, and prevent future lesions, fractures, and stresses that David may face. David, along with many other medical implant and bone injury patients, may benefit from a stress and strain simulation technology called ... View full abstract»

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  • Gadget speak - [consumer technology KIT]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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    THE LATEST iteration of Sony??s PlayStation Portable, the PSP Go, has taken a step closer to becoming a true competitor to Apple??s iPod and iPhone range by making the move from UMD format to digital. View full abstract»

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  • Gadgets: problem or solution? - [consumer tech assitive]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 28 - 29
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    The concern of this topic was whether the consumer technology assisted by the charities would be helpful for the elderly and disabled people. Some technologies mentioned were the use of the telecare, electronic tagging devices, telephone technology and use of Internet. But it was emphasized that the developers and consumer tech should consider that the technology would really be a solution for eld... View full abstract»

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  • Patient, heal thyself - electronics wellness

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 30 - 31
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    Having become a dominant force in the consumer market, the electronics industry is set for a foray into public health. Companies in the electronics sector are seizing on concerns about the rising cost of healthcare, and a focus-shift to from 'sickness' to 'wellness'. It is said that preventive medicine is cheaper than remedial and one way for this is for the public to monitor their health. This pa... View full abstract»

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  • Home help - [electronics assistive]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 32 - 35
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    Technologists have come up with a kitchen that keeps an eye on Alzheimer's sufferers, and bracelets that monitor blood pressure. But will people wear them or reject them? Sharon Ann Holgate asks the question. View full abstract»

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  • A question of balance - [control medical]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 36 - 39
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    This paper presents Pegasus, an electronic sensor-based technology for gait analysis. The technological advances of the sensor are discussed in details as well as its future applications not only for fall prevention but also in injury rehabilitation, surgical assessment , sports performance, and other areas of orthopaedic treatment. View full abstract»

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  • Independence day - [control medical]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 40 - 42
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    Assistive technology (AS), defined as any product and service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people, is presented in this article. The topics that are particularly discussed are: personal control or AS as control system in the most personal sense; funding issues; integrated technologies; and incontinence technology. Out on a hybrid assisted limb is also highlighted. View full abstract»

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  • A quiet revolution - [power wind]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 44 - 47
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    This paper presents the wind turbine noise levels affecting residents in rural areas. View full abstract»

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  • A place in the sun - [power solar]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 48 - 49
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    Nestled on a hilltop above Totana on the Spanish Costa del Sol lies a seven-acre solar oasis. Surrounded by groves of olive trees on the bed of an abandoned reservoir is a 1MW photovoltaic facility that provides power to the local community. Small-scale solar photovoltaic plants are proving to be an effective way of generating electricity locally. View full abstract»

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  • Storage shapes up - [IT data management]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 50 - 52
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    Bandwidth, management tools, and market forces are combining to make it a very tempting time to outsource your storage. The management of enterprise data is an ever-increasing burden to IT operations, and one of the biggest challenges on the IT agenda. Standard thinking characterises data as the product of computerised business environments and applications, but this now represents just one slice ... View full abstract»

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  • Viewpoint - [IT opinion]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 53
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  • From wish list to want list - [IT project planning]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 54 - 55
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    IT projects falter when managers do not properly reconcile contending requirements and expectations. Discovering requirements is a discipline that will help resolve potential pitfalls at the outset. View full abstract»

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  • A kinder cut - [manufacturing green]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 56 - 58
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    As consumers increasingly demand products manufactured with minimal environmental and social impacts, retailers are encouraging their suppliers to improve their environmental and ethical credentials. The article discusses the movement for green garments in Sri Lanka. This movement aimed in combating climate change, reducing waste , safeguarding natural resources and trading ethically. View full abstract»

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  • A chorus of approvals - [manufacturing approvals]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 59 - 61
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    This article has outlined only a small example of product safety standards, but the message is that product approvals are complicated and exist for a good reason. Believing they are quick and simple has all too often proved be short-sighted and expensive, so it is worth having or hiring an experienced set of eyes to review the project before it is completed ideally at the start of a project, or be... View full abstract»

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  • Healthcare to go - [comms healthcare]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 62 - 65
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    This paper presents MobiHealth system, a mobile health care service which enables remote patient monitoring and treatment by combining advanced wireless communications with a wireless body area network linked to sensors. The paper also discusses the service platform architecture, trials, engineering challenges, and future plans and applications of the MobiHealth system. View full abstract»

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  • Creeping connectivity - [comms connections]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 66 - 67
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    This paper discusses the connectivity of consumer electronic devices to a network. For example, the mobile phones which connect to the cellular network, and personal computers which connect to Ethernet and Wi-Fi networks in order both to reach each other and to access shared resources such as printers and Internet. View full abstract»

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Engineering & Technology is the IET's flagship magazine featuring analysis, news, innovation announcements, job advertisements and careers advice.

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Dickon Ross
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