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Doctor Google Glass

Philips and Accenture have collaborated to propose one of the first applications of Google Glass to the healthcare sector.

By linking real time data from Philips Intellivue patient monitors to the Google Glass display, doctors would be able to wirelessly receive vital patient data via Glass.

It’s suggested that the wearable technology would provide doctors with improved mobility and an increased focus on the patient, as they would not have to look away from the operating table to check vital signs. The technology would also enable doctors to obtain pre-surgery data on their way to the operating room.

Although more work on efficacy and accuracy is required to meet regulatory requirements, it’s an exciting development in the future of healthcare.

Watch the proof of concept video below to see how it would work.

App of the week

Pic Your Travel

Pic Your Travel is a photo upload platform built for Heineken. People are asked to participate by taking a photo abroad with a Heineken, and uploading it, to go into the draw to win a trip for 2 to a destination of your choosing.

An easy-to-use uploader with social functionality adds each image to the globe for others to see.

The 3D globe animation shows night and day of the 2 hemispheres really nicely, and allows you to explore over 1,100 images in 108 countries to date.

Photos can be uploaded via Facebook, Instagram or your computer, and then shared. Wins are selected based on the number of votes at the end of the campaign.

The site is a fun way to get the travellers amongst us sharing their destinations while promoting a brand. The idea ties in nicely with the Heineken tagline, “open your mind”.

I don’t know about you, but browsing the globe has given me itchy feet and a thirst!

Login using your heartbeat

There’s a lot of talk these days about wearable technology, finger print scanners and NFC, and even devices that combine more than one of these elements; for example, the NFC Ring.

The Nymi is a new device in this area (to be released early 2014). It doesn’t have a finger print scanner; instead its unique identification method uses your individual electrocardiogram (ECG or heartbeat).

Once this device has detected your cardiac rhythm it can be used to access a range of devices from your smartphone to unlocking your car, and to do things like open your boot using the integrated motion sensor.

Check out the video below for more potential applications.

App of the week

Pocket Casts 4

Pocket Casts 4 has finally been released for the iOS platform after appearing on Android earlier this year. With the update comes a redesigned interface that mixes with the latest version of Apple’s iOS 7. It looks stunning and fits in nicely with the new design and animations used throughout the system.

Pocket Casts has all the usual functionality that you would expect from a Podcasting app, along with a few nice extras too. Your subscriptions can be synced across devices and platforms (own an iPhone and an Android tablet, not a problem). It will also sync the position of the podcasts you’ve been listening to. Using a new feature of iOS 7, the app will also download podcasts in the background without needing to load it up, so the latest episodes will always be there waiting for you.

Download the app on iTunes and Android.

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Take a mini holiday with layover app

Smart Layover is a handy app for frequent flyers, helping travellers make the most of layovers in more than 140 airports in cities around the world.

By entering in the details of your stopover – including the airport, date and duration – the app provides suggestions of things to see and do in the vicinity.

To help fill the hours between flights, the app points out short-term hotel rooms, nearby attractions, sightseeing tours, activities and events in the city you’ve stopped over in, as well as exclusive deals at the airport terminal.

The app can used by travellers planning in advance how to spend their time on a stopover, or, to get last minute recommendations by those experiencing delays in transit.

The app is available free on iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

TV Ratings

NRL Grand Final scores top spot

All People National – Free to Air Station Audience
Rugby League Grand Final – Sunday Network 9 2,179,000
The X Factor Live Results – Monday Network 7 1,457,000
The Blacklist – Monday Network 7 1,445,000
Fleet Review Spectacular – Saturday ABC Network 1,433,000
Nine News – Tuesday Network 9 1,315,000
Dancing With The Stars – Tuesday Network 7 1,302,000
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Wednesday Network 7 1,302,000
The X Factor Live Performance – Sunday Network 7 1,246,000
Rugby League Grand Final Entertainment – Sunday Network 9 1,233,000
Nine News – Monday Network 9 1,223,000
Source: OzTAM 01/10/13 – 07/10/13