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March 31, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunu Band: Human Echolocation

From the Economist's 1843 magazine:

The Sunu Band is a silicone strap roughly the size of a fitness tracker that emits ultrasound waves.

It senses how far away objects are by measuring how quickly these waves bounce against them and return.

The user receives this information through vibrations: the strap buzzes more the closer objects are.

The band can detect objects the size of a coin from up to 16 feet away.

The inventor, Fernando Albertorio, a sight-impaired entrepreneur based in the U.S., hopes soon to link the device up with Google Maps data and provide vibration-based directions.

For the estimated 285 million visually impaired people worldwide, Sunu offers greater independence.



March 31, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

It doesn't get any better than this

March 31, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: Actually, there's no ventilator shortage — Part 2

Yesterday's Part 1 offered a simple low-tech solution to the acute shortage of mechanical ventilators for patients requiring controlled ventilation.

A reader demurred:


An Arab proverb applies:

The dogs bark, and the caravan moves on.

Last night reader Rocketboy_X commented thus:

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I had my Crack Research Team©® drill down and sure enough, they discovered that New York's Governor Cuomo is thinking along exactly the same lines as me.

From a March 28 CNBC story:






Note to Governor Cuomo: Perfect is the enemy of good (enough).

I would add that it doesn't require being in the National Guard to squeeze an breathing bag 10x/minute: as I noted yesterday, anyone who can make a fist can do it.

With an experienced nurse, respiratory therapist, or doctor directing, there's no reason why a bank of Ambu bags, protected and separated from intubated patients by plexiglass dividers, couldn't deliver artificial respiration 24/7 to multiple intubated Covid-19 patients in the event machines aren't available.

This just in two hours ago:

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March 31, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Pepperoni Pizza T-Shirt

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From time to time I get an email from a reader asking where they can get a cool T-shirt like the one I'm wearing in my YouTube channel profile pic (top).

Your wish is my demand — wait a sec... never mind.

If you can't be me, you can be like me.

Which is plenty close enough, trust me on this.



March 31, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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