Through The Looking Glass

For the most part, the consensus on the new Google Glass technology is a, “cool concept, looks funny”. For those who don’t know, Google Glass is a new breed of  technology that allows the user, through voice and button commands, to control a heads-up display, or HUD. The idea is the user has the ability to access and interface with the internet at any time, in any place, without the added necessity of picking up a phone or a laptop. While interesting, the practical applications of this technology have not been fully explored.

However, Philips Healthcare has put together a proof of concept video, which demonstrates the medical possibilities for this new technology. Before and during surgery, the medical professional checks the patients’ vital signs and and pertinent information, all hands-free. This product is not yet available, rather an informational video meant to “explore the potential of connecting Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring solutions with Google Glass technology.” This concept could possibly lead to integration of Google Glass into everyday life.

What Sparks Our Fire: The future of integrating cutting edge technology into important professional fields such as medicine.

Would you trust a doctor using Google Glass to monitor your vital signs?

Shockingly creative

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There are shocking new developments in neurological creative stimulation. Dr. Sharon Thompson-Schill, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, has concluded that sending very low doses of electric current into our brain’s prefrontal cortex can actually increase our creativity.  As an example, Dr Thompson-Schill shows people tennis balls and asks their first thought. Those participants not hooked up to electrodes typically answer, playing tennis, but those hooked up to electrodes might be more creative, proposing to cut the tennis balls in half and put them on the ends of chairs to make the chairs slide easier. The boost in creativity lasted the length of time someone was hooked up to the electrodes, and did not last more than an hour after.

What sparked our fire: Physical stimulation used to fire creative neurons.

Does this discovery shock you?


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