Technology continues its expansion into more and more facets of our life. Even churches are increasingly beginning to turn towards electronic communications for help in spreading their message. Emails and social media, for instance, help keep the flock up to date about the church community. But the latest trend is using large television screens that replace traditional bulletin boards. This allows more information to be conveyed using colorful displays and PowerPoint presentations to members.
Show us a friend or family member who genuinely does not want to get a new Smartphone or tablet this holiday season, and we’ll show you someone who probably isn’t being honest about their holiday wish list. Or any device that has a digital display screen. Because not only do these devices provide endless hours of fun and distraction—they’ve also become practically indispensable for everyday living.
Fall is here once again which means cold and flu season is not far behind. For restaurants and stores it can be a difficult time of year. Customers come in with all types of germs, colds and even the flu. These germs can pass from customer to server or store clerk. And the touch screens we use for order entry or credit card checkout will be full of germs that will transfer from one user to another.
As the healthcare field continues to embrace the technology of touchscreen devices to enhance patient care and make the work environment more efficient, various recent studies have revealed that computer monitors, laptops, tablets and other displays are spreading germs and harboring harmful bacteria. Since individuals use these types of devices throughout the average day, and many of them are shared by multiple doctors, nurses and other professionals, a build-up of fingerprints and contaminants is common. As a result, frequent cleaning is often necessary to prevent streaks, glare, and most importantly- the spread of germs.
Even though the incredibly advanced technological work they do on a daily basis has literally been changing the lives of disabled people for nearly three decades now, the Fairfax, Va.-based LC Technologies, Inc. is not the sort of tech firm most digital natives are intimately familiar with.
If you walk into a hospital, doctor’s office or emergency care facility you will be surrounded by electronic devices at every step during your visit. Some facilities employ tablets or monitors to register your check in instead of the old paper and pen method. Once you are in an examination room you will find monitors and instruments with LCD displays to provide information to the doctors and nurses caring for you. If you are having a procedure done you will find displays in the surgical suites to monitor your vital signs and in teaching hospitals, televise the operation so students can see the procedure close up. And if you find yourself staying in the hospital you will notice that there are numerous monitors in the room to read out your vital signs and the staff is walking around with electronic tablets and mobile computer carts to review your progress and make notes in your electronic chart.
The Microsoft XBox E3 conference kicked off with a huge press conference introducing new games by Microsoft. The presentation was also streamed live to over 1.7 million viewers. See presentation here.
We are once again entering the election cycle. Primaries are scheduled over the next couple of months and November is not that too distant in the future. Many municipalities have been upgrading their voting equipment, exchanging their old punch card or click-type booths for electronic touch screen machines.
As the weather gets warmer you will notice that restaurants, large and small, are adding outdoor dining areas on the sidewalk. You will also notice that many establishments have adopted electronic ordering systems indoors. These terminals make it easier for servers to take orders and send orders to the kitchen, speeding up service and the delivery of your food. For the outdoor tables many restaurants are adopting an exciting new technology: wireless points of sale POS. A wireless POS system, such as Micros Oracle, TouchBistro, Boxy POS, BIM POS, ShopKeep, or eZeeBurrp, makes employees’ lives easier by relaying orders directly to the kitchen, as they’re taken from the table. All a restaurant needs is a WiFi network throughout its building, and communication between the kitchen and the front of the house is easy.