2012
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After 30 years of discourse, there is broad consensus on the importance of electronic medical records (EMRs). It’s a fundamental topic in any discussion about improving healthcare quality and reducing costs. The potential benefits of EMRs are clear:

• Reduction of duplicative tests
• Reduction in administrative overhead
• Reduction in medical errors

Why then, have there been no significant results that support this reduction in cost? We believe the reasons lie in the fact that the system is only as good as its weakest link. Current EMR systems offered by healthcare providers are fundamentally limited because patients receive care from multiple sources, and there is no evidence that these multiple parties can integrate the information in an effective ...

The Challenge

X-ray radiation exposure is a major concern for millions of travelers, baggage handlers, and workers in the medical industry and industrial and homeland security sectors. In 2011 the European Union has banned backscatter machines in airports due to uncertain X-ray radiation exposure, but in the United States and many other countries they are still in use. Other sources of X-ray radiation can be from building security scanners and the natural environment. Over exposure is shown to cause thyroid dysfunction and cancerous cell growth among other illnesses. A University of Berkeley study cites that “over 50% of the death rate from cancer, and over 60% of today’s death rate from ischemic heart disease are induced by X-rays in ...

Zebedee is a small hand-held device that consists of a lightweight LiDAR scanner with 30m (100ft) maximum range and a industrial-grade MEMS inertial measurement unit (IMU) mounted on a simple spring mechanism. As an operator holding the device moves through the environment, the scanner loosely oscillates about the spring, thereby producing a rotation that converts the LiDAR's inherent 2D scanning plane into a local 3D field of view. With the use of proprietary software, the range measurements can be projected into a common coordinate frame to generate an accurate 3D point cloud in real-time. To achieve this result, the software must estimate the six degree of freedom (6DoF) trajectory of the scanner on top of the spring solely from ...

The development of the ZeeEye UAV provides environmentally friendly production and low-cost lightweight, durable proprietary CBM™ materials.

Technical Abstract:

As UAV technology is rapidly evolving to meet specific operational requirements, the ZeeEye combines three high power and money saving technologies which provide the ZeeEye extended flight endurance.

The ZeeEye UAV and launch platform is easily transported by one person ‘backpack’ style. The ZeeEye UAV is stored in its container which doubles as its launch platform. The UAV doesn’t need to be removed from its transporter/launcher prior to launch, as both wings of the UAV rotate forward and deploy automatically upon exiting its container. The command and control system is state-of-the-art with the ground control station stored in the transport ...

In every field and in every country, there is a desperate need for leadership. And with millions of people homeless and unproductive, housing design demands a new vision and a fresh approach.

With at least 30 million existing shipping containers that can be easily repurposed, and small-form wind and solar dropping in cost, the time to change the housing dynamic is now. In effect, it would be open-source, modular housing. Improved insulation, grey water plumbing, thermal glass, and whatever else that works best can be used to upgrade. Containers can be purchased for less than $1,000 in some cases. But how to implement such a vision?

In the US, there are millions of veterans, highly trained and ...

Your vote can help wean the world off of fossil fuels by using pellet stoves to power vehicles and machinery and generate electricity. Pellets can be made from any locally available renewable fuels, including trash, manure, bedding, food waste, etc., turning waste disposal problems into valuable fuel resources.

The Zero Pollution Engine™ (ZPE™) is only truly a zero pollution when powered by solar, geothermal or waste heat. The ZPE™ is better for the environment and your pocket book than any other engine because all other engines must burn something all the time, but the ZPE™ can be heated with the infra red (IR) heat energy in sunlight. On a sunny day, you go for free. Optical fibers will be ...

Modular panel truss bridges are used worldwide to bridge gaps in the road network. Often based on the WWII “Bailey Bridge” design, these structures are deployable in weeks. These structures can be “launched” (installed) from one bank across a gap. This feature is especially useful in establishing new or emergency replacement spans.

With modifications, this type of structure can deploy in hours or days rather than weeks. My proposal is to deliver pre-assembled, reduced-width (‘zipped’) sections to the site. This moves most of the labor-intensive, dangerous assembly process to the period before the deployment. The result is reduced deployment time and cost due to lower labor and equipment use. Costs due to loss or lack of a bridge would ...

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