Category Archives: Pointer to the future

Northern Ireland Technology Showcase

Invest NI is holding a cross sector technology event to provide innovative and practical technology solutions to help local companies address business challenges. The idea behind the event is to provide ‘a platform for technology to enable Northern businesses to … Continue reading

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26pc of smartphone users to give their parents their old devices

Silicon Republic reports on recent research research from mobile operator Three, that a quarter (26pc) of people in Britain are likely to hand over older technology and smartphones to their parents as a result of having received new devices for Christmas. … Continue reading

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Does Good Design Increase Profit?

This week’s blog by Nick O’ Shiel, Chief Executive, of Omagh Enterprise Company, focuses on the importance of design as a way to increase profit. Nick contends that design has become not only a source of competitive advantage for companies but … Continue reading

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Innovation in Health is a necessity not a luxury, says Poots

Embracing and encouraging research, innovation and new technology is central to reforming our Health and Social Care (HSC) service and bolstering our economy, Minister Edwin Poots said today. Briefing the Assembly on promoting innovation, the Health Minister said: “There are … Continue reading

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A helping hand for med tech

Silicon Republic features a piece on the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, who are working with clinicians and companies to develop medical devices and technology platforms. One of the technologies called the ‘haptic hand’ is a sensorised glove that’s designed to … Continue reading

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Connected Health: Are we at the Tipping Point, or Another False Dawn?

University of Ulster press release following Professor Norman Black’s talk ‘Connected Health: Are we at the Tipping Point, or Another False Dawn?’ the latest lecture in the NISP CONNECT, Frontiers in Science & Technology series which took place last Thursday November 29, … Continue reading

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Health Hack NI 2012

Health Hack NI is an opportunity for healthcare professionals working with developers and designers in an informal and non-commercial environment, to create innovative software that improves healthcare. The idea behind the event which will take place in Belfast next month, … Continue reading

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The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2013

The fourth annual Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards, will be held in Titanic Belfast, March 2013. Indigenous and international organisations, small, medium or large, who are operating throughout the island of Ireland, and who promote service, product or operational innovation are invited to enter. … Continue reading

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Industry Workshop – Enhancing Longer Living in Smarter Places

The Netwell and CASALA research centres based at Dundalk Institute of Technology have organised an industry workshop event, ‘Enhancing Longer Living in Smarter Places’. The focus of the workshop will be to explore the establishment of a new ‘Technology Gateway’ … Continue reading

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Telehealth in Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Chrys Meewella from the TANN England site picks up on an article in today’s Guardian Healthcare Network, by Dr Frank Casey, describing a telehealth application deployed by the Clark Clinic in Belfast.

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Hospital recruits ‘telepresence’ robot

    A Northern Ireland Health Trust is the first in the UK to use a robot which allows intensive care specialists from one hospital to remotely assess patients in another. The ‘telepresence’ robot enables doctors to examine and interact with … Continue reading

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The ‘electronic skin’ patches that can tell when you’re ill

This recent piece from The Independent looks at ‘electronic skin patches that monitor a patient’s health while at home’. The tiny patches, reportedly ‘about as a thick as a human hair’ contain tattoo-like sensors that wirelessly diagnose health problems. Read more

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Queen’s university scientists make Wii game for elderly

BBC News Northern Ireland recently included a piece on how Queen’s University Scientists are designing and testing computer games using the Nintendo Wii to improve the physical and mental well-being of older people. The short video is worth watching, if only to … Continue reading

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DecaWave: Indoor location tracking to within 10cm

Silicon Republic has reported on Irish fabless semiconductor firm DecaWave’s development of their low-cost wireless sensors for accurately tracking an object or person. Key features include its ability to locate objects indoors to a precision of 10cm, and to communicate at … Continue reading

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Cloud Computing for your Digital Breakfast

This CBI-eircom NI Digital Breakfast event aims to help local businesses understand the value of cloud computing technology. It takes place on Tuesday 6 September 2011 from 08.30 at W5 at the Odyssey in Belfast. The event costs £30 for CBI … Continue reading

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