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  • Affordable Kids' Wheelchair

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2015 All Rights Reserved Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU
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    Thanks to BYU engineers, Tanner Jensen can cruise around the neighborhood with a small, light, and very inexpensive wheelchair.  This battery-operated wheelchair is made from a PVC-pipe frame that can be adjusted as he grows.  The wheelchair is powered by a 12-volt 5Ah sealed-lead acid (SLA) battery which is available at Batteryheads.com.

    The BYU mechanical engineering students who designed the chair have meet an great need in the medical community.  The chair can be folder and easily placed in the trunk of a chair, eliminating the need for a mechanical lift.

    Best of all, the instructions to build the affordable chair are offered free online at openwheelchair.org.

  • World Photo Day


    World Photo Day 08.19.15 (blog)Join photographers from around the world in a celebration of photography on August 19.

    The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World".

    It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn't the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as 'View from the Window at Le Gras' using a process called Heliography.

    August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:

    - The Daguerreotype was the first practical photographic process. - The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.

    (information from worldphotoday.com)

  • Is Untrained CPR better than no CPR?

    Each year approximately 300,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Many of these people do not survive as it can take too long for EMS to get to them.  Within just 10 minutes a person will die if they do not receive help quickly enough.  People who receive CPR from a bystander in these critical few minutes are three times more likely to survive. Continue reading

  • QardioArm--Managing your Heart Health in a Smart Way

    QardioArm is a smart blood pressure monitor that connects wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet.  QardioArm is controlled from a free iOS app which automatically tracks your measurements and uploads them to a dedicated cloud service where the data can be shared with your family, friends or doctors.  You are always in control of your information and you decide who sees it.  Provided you give them access, your doctor will be able to view your information on their iPad or on a web app using their regular browser.  By catching unusual trends early and sharing your information with your health professional, you can take preventative action before any condition becomes serious. Continue reading

  • The Top 10 Tech Trends of 2014!

    Since the release of the iPhone in 2007, mobility has completely taken over the technological landscape. Early smart devices now seem primitive, with new models featuring greater speed, longer battery life and improved functionality. This revolution is by no means over, as is evident based on the top tech trends of 2014. Continue reading

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