Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift

A robot travels automatically inside Nagoya University Hospital carrying a load of drugs and test samples. (Ayako Tsukidate)

Nagoya, Japan once had a whole museum dedicated to robotics, so it comes to no surprise (at leas to us here at The PractitioNERD) that a local hospital will add robots developed by Toyota Industries — a subsidiary of the automaker that produces auto parts and electronics — to its medical staff. While these bots won’t be conducting surgeries (yet, anyway), come this February, four robots will be deployed at Nagoya University Hospital will transport medicine and test samples from floor-to-floor for a one-year trial period during its 5PM to 8AM night shift. Should the trial succeed in assisting the staff during times when fewer people are walking the floors, the hospital may elect to deploy more units. Continue reading “Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift”

Julian Treasure Asks Architects in TED Talk to Use Their…EARS?!?

Practically any conversation involving architecture involves space, place, form, experience, and meaning, which derive from architecture’s sensory experience involving light, touch, smell and sound. The latter of the senses is to topic of the TED Talk given by sound expert Julian Treasure, as he petitions architects to design for our ear. The basis of this plea on how the quality of a building’s acoustics affect us physiologically, socially, psychologically and behaviorally.   Continue reading “Julian Treasure Asks Architects in TED Talk to Use Their…EARS?!?”

DjavadMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health; Now, Say That Five-Times Fast.

The DjavafMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is designed to be a translational research facility defined by present and future medical practices that interact and collaborate under both patient care and research.  The facility, to be located at the University of British Columbia (UBC), located in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is designed by Stantec, who aimed to consider all of the spatial dynamics of the building and be able to coordinate interaction between the centre’s researchers and clinicians. The DjavadMowafaghian is 134,500 square feet facility that and includes exam/consultation rooms, patient and animal MRI capabilities, a brain tissue and DNA bank of samples collected from consenting patients, lab benches, and a full conference centre.

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The eT-Shirt, A New Advancement for Monitoring Patients

Scientists and researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid created this particular high-tech tank top with a number of health monitoring tools embedded into the clothing’s fabric. These tools include: a removable thermometer, accelerometer and a GPS chip (which is actually housed in a pocket, but will be sewn into the fabric in later versions of the eT-Shirt). The creators of the eT-Shirt have … Continue reading The eT-Shirt, A New Advancement for Monitoring Patients

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