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The healthcare sector has relied on technology since its inception. As we move towards smart cities—smart cars are already here—we’ll eventually see the smart hospital becoming the norm. We’re not quite there yet, but there are digital and technology trends pushing their way forward in the healthcare sector that will make our (and our doctor’s) lives easier. We’ve come a long way from the first digital X-ray machine. The following digital and technological innovations are already here, and they’re not going anywhere.
Heart Attack Detection on Your Wrist
The last two years have seen the smart watch go from a niche piece of jewellery to something everyone is wearing. Current smart watches give you the opportunity to leave your phone at home and still make calls, send texts, listen to your favourite podcasts and track your exercise. However, we’ll soon see smart watches getting a health-related makeover. Sensors are being added to our watches to allow them to track more than our heart rate; we’ll be able to know if we’re at risk for heart disease or going into cardiac arrest. Who knew our smart watches would one day be able to save our lives?
Improved Scheduling Software
Hospitals and clinics used to rely on manual data entry and written calendars to schedule appointments. Now, tracking and booking appointments is easy with advanced scheduling software. Patient information is centralized in one location, giving healthcare professionals access to digital files so they don’t have to record anything by hand. Moreover, this software automates everything from appointment reminders to record keeping and billing. Patients will get health information and reminders through SMS or email, and can even schedule their appointments online.
Stay in Your Home Longer
When we reach our golden years, we often have to sell our homes for the sake of our health. This will no longer be the case, as smart homes are quickly becoming the preferred choice for the elderly. With fall detection monitoring, emergency services available through voice command, and the ability to contact your doctor via your smart watch, selling your home when you get older will be a thing of the past.
Digital health interventions like the ones mentioned above will only get stronger as technology improves. The healthcare sector was one of the earliest adopters of the digital world, and this industry will continue being on the forefront, using new tech to saves lives.
With 2018 already in full swing, technological advances are bringing amazing innovations to the bluetooth smart market. Look out for smarter, better, faster, stronger devices, wearable tech for your health, and even makeovers for our remotes. New year, new trends. Let’s see what’s in store for us in 2018.
Better Remotes: Control in the Palm of Your…Voice
Remotes are a part of our lives. They allow us to control everything from our heat, to our TVs, to our lights. Instead of pushing buttons to change the TV channel or adjust the temperature in our homes, we’re going to be able to just ask. We’ve already got Alexa, but now more companies are jumping on board to give us voice controlled remotes. We’re now looking at palm-sized remotes that can sit anywhere in the room and still understand your commands, even if you’re a few feet away. Soon you’ll be able to turn your lights on and off by simply waving your hands, but for now, you’re voice is all it takes.
Sleep Tech: Snooze Your Way to Better Health
Wearable tech is something the health industry has been embracing in the last few years, but now, you can embrace it while you catch some Z’s. Sleep tech will be all the rage this year because we’ll be able to track our snooze habits without having to do anything except sleep. Soon we’ll be able to discover medical conditions like sleep apnea and other breathing issues simply by wearing a small piece of tech to bed. Smart beds are coming too, which will make finding your sleep number a breeze.
Charging Through the Air: Power Your Phone Without Plugging It in
Charging your phone without a power cord or dock? Look for wireless charging as 2018 rolls on. With electricity being sent through the airwaves, you’ll be able to charge your phone without plugging it in or placing it on a charging dock. But don’t throw away your chargers, as this technology isn’t widely available on the smart market yet.
Wireless Kitchen: The Future of Cooking
We can’t all be Food Network stars, but with the wireless kitchen coming to the smart market this year, we’ll be able to equip our homes with appliances that tell us when we’re out of milk. Furthermore, the kitchen will feature counter surfaces that double as cooktops and smart tech that doesn’t need to be plugged in. Imagine being able to run your coffee maker, microwave and slow cooker at the same time, without having to deal with blown fuses or a mess of power cords everywhere?
The ever expanding bluetooth smart market will only get better with time. With the technological advances 2018 is bringing us, I can’t help but ask, can flying cars be far behind?
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are an essential part of the creation of any electronic product. To help you understand how important PCBs are, below are ten things you didn’t know about them.
They’ve been around since the 1930s.An Austrian inventor named Paul Eisler created the PCB while working on a radio. He fled Vienna in 1936 to escape persecution by the nazis and went to London. While in the UK he couldn’t find a job, which led him to spend his time inventing, and thus, the printed circuit board came to be.
PCBs aren’t actually green. Printed circuit boards may look green but they are not. Green is, in fact, the colour of the solder mask, the thin layer of polymer that protects the PCB from oxidation.
Everything has a PCB. Most of the electronics you own have a printed circuit board. Everything from your computers to your smartphone to your microwave contains PCBs. Basically, if it uses electricity to function, it has a printed circuit board.
PCBs don’t use wires. To transmit energy from one component to another, PCBs use tracers instead of wires. The tracers are made of copper to ensure that energy gets to where it needs to go.
Personalization is allowed. When designing a PCB, most people stick to the script because it is more cost effective. However, for a price you can personalize a printed circuit board to whatever specifications you need.
They’re shrinking. As our electronics get smaller, so do PCBs. Technology moves fast, and PCB design has to keep up with it, resulting in smaller, more efficient boards.
They have many components. PCBs contain several components, and each of those components has its own properties. PCB components include resistors, capacitors, inductors, relays, batteries, ruses, potentiometers and transformers.
The white parts are called the silkscreen. On a PCB there are white etchings on top of the solder mask. This is called the silkscreen because that was the process used for printing back in the day. Nowadays, printing is done digitally with inkjet printers.
Surface mount technology is becoming the norm. SMT is quickly turning into the favourite manufacturing technique to create PCBs. Instead of using through-hole components, SMT glues the components onto pads on the surface of the board.
Physics plays a key role in their design. Ohm’s Law, a facet of physics, outlines the relationship between current, resistance and voltage. When designing a PCB, this must be kept in mind, because the electrical current must be proportional to voltage and resistance. If you don’t follow the laws of physics, you won’t be able to design your board.