Tech Tuesday: New Cast and XP Replacement?
3-D Printed Cast uses ultrasound to speed healing By Michelle Starr of cnn.com
A stylish-looking 3D-printed cast for broken bones uses an ultrasonic pulse generator to help stimulate the growth of new bone.
The Osteoid cast by designer Deniz Karasahin — winner of a prestigious A’ Design Award — takes the same basic idea of a custom-built 3D-printed cast and refines it. As well as having a snap-together design that can easily be removed, the cast is well ventilated, minimising smell and itching, and waterproof, meaning the patient would not have to worry about getting it wet.
The big addition, though, is something called a LIPUS generator. Standing for “Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound”, it attaches to the cast and sends pulsed ultrasound into the affected area — a therapy that has been proven to speed the regeneration of damaged bone.
(Credit: A’ Design Awards)
“For single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce the healing process up to 38 per cent and increase the heal rate up to 80 per cent in non-union fractures,” the description reads.
Guilty! I’m one of the masses that are still using that beloved old windows system, XP. Being one of the millions of poor in the United States, I cannot afford hundreds and thousands on a new Windows 8.1 Surface tablet nor on any of the multitudes of other 8.1 computers in existence. It isn’t a matter of being ‘anti-technology’ or a tech troglodyte, as so many tech heads are crowing about.
It’s about being poor–plain and simple. There is no money, no savings, no jobs, no grants out there to help us poor to upgrade, that Microsoft created because their bottom line was dropping.
Introducing this Asus Chromebox! At $179 it is a steal–if it lives up to it’s promise and hype. It would take a few months to save even that, but this is looking pretty good. All most of us really need is to access a word program, the internet and maybe a calendar.
From their ad:
With easy out-of-the-box setup, integrated virus and malware protection and feature-enhancing updates, ASUS Chromebox starts up in seconds to get you to your favorite websites and apps instantly. And why a box? Because with a box it houses a processor powerful enough for ultrafast multitasking performance in Chrome OS and the connectivity options to choose your own screen size, connect to multiple displays at once and even attach to any VESA-mountable monitor or HD TV. All this starting at only $179, ASUS Chromebox is the always-new computer that just makes sense.
Small in Size, Big on Features
It may be the world’s smallest Chrome computer, but ASUS Chromebox is big on connectivity. It comes with high performance 802.11 b/g/n dual-band wireless, four USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer, HDMI and DisplayPort for connecting to the latest displays and HDTVs, including support for dual displays and an SD card reader for easily accessing stored photos and documents.
Thanks out to Darin McClure and Jonny D. Moore for the heads up on the articles!