Staff picks for the week of May 16, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralHappy Friday! This week we’re talking origami robots, the benefits of buying used electronics, and more. Wrap up your week by checking out what’s new in technology with our staff picks!

Origami robot may operate from inside the body (Read by Camillia S.)

A tiny, foldable robot made out of dried pig intestine will soon be able to operate from inside the body — untethered. It’s swallowed as a capsule, which dissolves to allow the origami robot to unfold and get to work. Researchers are expecting the robot to be able to repair wounds or remove small objects that were accidentally swallowed. The demonstration looks like a Lego being jostled around a cavity, but is interesting nonetheless. If any advancement in science can help alleviate doctors’ stress and give them more time to tend to life-threatening matters, then I’m all for it! (more…)

Staff picks for the week of May 9, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralHappy Friday! Wrap up your week by checking out what’s new in technology with our staff picks!

These grad students didn’t know their teaching assistant was a robot (Read by Camillia S.)

I completed my grad school education last year, and after reading this article, I’m wondering if one of my online course instructors had some robotic assistance as well. Grad students at Georgia Tech were floored when they found out the teaching assistant (TA) they had been interacting with, named “Jill Watson,” was a robot created on the IBM Watson platform. The professor already had eight TAs, but with 300 students every semester and a whopping 10,000 messages in the online forum, the team needed a hand. A virtual one. This is just one more example of how AI is impacting our lives and how it’s here to stay. (more…)

In strong Q1, SHI opens new Integration Center, doubling our capacity to deliver integrated software and hardware solutions

Earnings-releaseWhat’s spacious enough to house 630,000 laptops, is secured with advanced facial recognition controls, and can process over 3,500 systems, servers, and devices a day? It’s SHI’s own Integration Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, the most efficient and secure site in our company’s history.

After opening in February, the state-of-the-art facility doubled SHI’s capacity to warehouse, configure, and ship mobile devices, end-user systems, and advanced data center hardware solutions. Take a look: (more…)

Staff picks for the week of April 25, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralHappy Friday! Wrap up your week by checking out what’s new in technology with our staff picks!

Comcast will let you replace your cable box with an app (Read by Camillia S.)

Comcast looks to be the first TV service provider to switch to an app-based cable platform. In other words, they’re getting rid of the cable box — you know, the one you have to take time off of work to get installed. Now customers will be able to access their channels on their smart TVs, and mobile or streaming devices. The shift is the cable company’s answer to the young demographic that’s cutting the cord in favor of streaming devices and standalone subscription services. I think the switch is genius because as a “young person,” I enjoy the convenience of app-based entertainment on my phone, but I also like the randomness of television and surfing the channels.

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Staff picks for the week of April 18, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralTechnology plays roles both practical and pleasing, from keeping our skies and our payments safe to making life more enjoyable through headphones that know exactly what sounds you don’t want to hear. Read on for your weekly dose of tech news, including these stories and more!

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The ailments and issues that health care IT professionals are most concerned about

health care ITThe operating room is the convergence of intelligence and technology. The computers, devices, and software that make up the operating room and your doctor’s office, as well as the latest trends in health care, were on full display at HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this month. This year’s conference was attended by more than 45,000 health care IT professionals who were ready, willing, and eager to learn how to collaborate better and improve patient care through IT solutions.

Throughout the conference I met with people from all areas of health care — from providers to payers to vendors. Here are three key takeaways. (more…)