Interview with PS3 Move’s R&D lead Dr. Richard Marks: Sony lead R&D manager and inventor of the EyeToy Dr. Richard Marks talks about new technology that improves the PS3’s 3D interface and makes Sony more competitive with Wii-maker Nintendo in the exergames market. Dr. Marks wants his company to enable non-Sony technology developers, such as universities, to create rehab and other non-gaming applications for his devices.
Nike teams up with Polar for heart rate monitor: Nike and Polar introduced the Polar WearLink+ heart rate monitor. Under a new deal between, the Beaverton, Ore.-based sneaker maker and Polar, a manufacturer of heart-focused athletic training technology, runners will be able to use their Nike+ iPod Sport Kits and Nike+ SportBands with Polar’s Wearlink+. Athletes wear the sensor around their chests, and the device wirelessly tracks their heart rate while transmitting it to a Nike+ iPod Sport Kit or SportBand.
One-touch connect now available for docs using iPhone pharma app: Doctors using Epocrates now have the ability to connect directly to Pfizer through the Epocrates application on their iPhone. When healthcare professional have a specific question about a specific drug, they can reach a specialist simply by hitting a “Call Pfizer…” button on the drug’s profile page within the Epocrates application on their phones. The feature is currently available on the Epocrates drug profiles of about 40 Pfizer products and will be available from other manufacturers in the future.
The iPhone has a “Retina Display?”: Is apple’s new “Retina Display” as crisp as eyesight? Apple’s nomenclature suggests that the latest version of their smart phone creates a resolution as clear as the image our own eyes create for our brains. Coming from a company like Apple, this is probably a marketing ploy, but MedGadget’s doctors break down the trendy consumer technology-makers claims. Apple says the “pixel density of an iPhone 4 — 326 pixels per inch — makes text and graphics look smooth and continuous at any size.” MedGadget’s opthamalogical analysis suggested Apple is both right and wrong. However close the resolution is to human eyesite, the high quality image may enable the phone to become more useful for mobile medical imaging applications.
A weekly roundup of new developments in wireless medical technology and mHealth, by MedGadget.com.