New Technology, New Surprises

Technology in recent times has grown to such a level, that you get almost everything at your finger tips. Electronic gadgets have replaced people in many places. Earlier, we used to go to meet friends, run around in the park, share a coke. These days, all we do is ping someone in yahoo or tweet in a networking site. Gone are the days, when you could go to your friends’ place without having to inform them about your arrival.

Technology is also a nice way to connect, learn and explore. One of the recent developments of technology is e-learning. E-learning is learning by the use of digital tools and content. Simply known as learning through computers.

E-learning is such a huge jump in the world of education. There was a time when certain subjects or certain courses were not available to us, as we could not find anyone who could teach us. With technology, this gap has been bridged. E-learning helps us learn just about anything at anytime and at any place. The education system is fast changing to e-learning, wherein many schools are changing over to E-learning for certain subjects and topics. Students can learn just about anything, right from how a cell phone works to how to fly an aircraft.

Many corporate companies are using e-learning as a tool to improve their employees knowledge without having to travel far.Video conferencing is yet another tool which provides a virtual meeting place. This reduces the cost incurred by a company on travel, stay and hiring professionals to teach.

The Camera and the Influence of Digital Technology

In the study of the camera, digital technology influence comes from a variety of different sources to give rise to modern digital photographic capabilities. Some of these technologies are then advanced in special niches to create new advances in science. One of the best examples of this exchange of digital technology is the CCD or Charge-coupled device. This is the digital technology breakthrough that made the digital camera possible.

When light strikes the CCD surface, it frees electrons to move around and those electrons accumulate in capacitors. Those electrons are “counted” at regular intervals by a circuit which dumps the electrons from each point on the CCD surface. When all of these measurements are combined, a picture can be instantly reproduced as a “virtual mosaic” of the individual point measurements. This is the picture we see. The more points of measurement found on the CCD, the higher the “resolution” of the resulting picture.

When building a highly specialized camera, digital technology such as this opens new doors which are not possible with film based technology.

In dentistry, an X-ray machine can be converted to a digital camera with a CCD which is sensitive to the photons that make up the X-ray spectrum. Instead of imprinting an image of X-ray on film, developing the film and finally reviewing the tiny film image, modern X-ray cameras can instantly display an X-ray image on a computer screen as the CCD processes the array of photon measurements. This not only saves time, but also produces no waste in the form of exposed film and development chemicals. So with this frequently used, specialized camera, digital technology creates improvements in a dentist’s practice and protects the environment.

Another specialized camera that benefits from digital technology is the telescope. Traditional cameras, mounted to telescopes collect points of light and expose the film. This can provide more sensitivity than the human eye to faint points of light, but brighter points of light can also obscure fainter ones by “washing out” the image. With the application of digital technology the film camera is replaced by a digital camera using a CCD. The CCD can continue to receive and measure photons indefinitely. This means the process is a continuous measurement in contrast to the more simple exposure of a piece of film. Computers can then electronically filter out brighter sources of light making possible the detection of very faint points of light in the sky and even the study of celestial objects by the detection of the shadows they cast instead of the light they give off. By comparing the light collected over time, digital technology also allows this digital camera to detect distant objects by inferring their presence.

These are just two examples of how cameras are influenced by digital technology. New applications and even new science can result from such seemingly small advances in technologies that don’t seem to be related at all. Think on this the next time you examine your own digital camera.

Gen Y Forces Retailers to Keep Up With Technology, New Stuff

The next time you see a member of Generation Y, show some appreciation.

In Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail, Kit Yarrow and Jayne O’Donnell say today’s teens, tweens and twentysomethings “were the least likely to cut back spending after the onset of the 2008 recession.”

What’s more, Yarrow (a consumer researcher and chair of the Golden Gate University psychology department) and O’Donnell (USA TODAY’s retail reporter) say the 84 million Generation Yers born from 1978 through 2000 are so influential they’ve changed shopping for all consumers. They call Gen Y “the taste-makers, influencers, and most enthusiastic buyers of today,” who will become “the mature, high-income purchasers of the future.”

Because of Gen Y, we have:

• More creative, technically advanced websites (50% of retailers redesigned their sites last year).

• A wide availability of online customer reviews (Gen Y writes half of them).

• A faster stream of product introductions (Gen Y gets bored fast).

• Bigger, more comfortable dressing rooms (Gen Yers like to bring in friends to review outfits).

Generalizing about any group this size is risky. And making broad declarations about this generation is especially dicey, because they pride themselves on being unique. Some Gen Yers loathe brands that others in their cohort love. Some prefer thrift-store finds to name brands. But the authors have done their homework. They surveyed 2,000 Americans, conducted 11 focus groups, interviewed hundreds of Gen Yers, spoke with retail executives and spent lots of time in malls.

They found that Gen Y not only decides what they’ll wear but often what their parents and grandparents will wear. The authors cite a Denver high school senior who persuaded her 70-year-old grandmother to get Uggs and her 93-year-old great-grandmother to shop at Chico’s while teaching her 50-year-old mother to text pictures so they could “keep each other in the retail loop.”

Says General Motors’ sales and marketing chief Mark LaNeve, “Younger people teach us what’s cool.” One of the book’s most intriguing findings is the “gaplet” between Gen Yers over 20 and under 20, which makes it hard for retailers to aim messages at the entire group.

Many older Gen Y members grew up without iPods or computers in their bedrooms and shopped within limits as teenagers. By contrast, most of today’s teens have cellphones (what the authors call “their third hand”) and high-speed Internet connections. The word “recession” isn’t in their vocabulary.

“My younger sister is way more into stuff than I was,” says Regina, 25, of San Francisco. “She not only wants more, she’s so much more particular about what she wants. I see young kids with $300 jeans and Coach bags.”

Recent sales figures, however, suggest that even Gen Y is feeling the economic pinch. Sales for four of the five favorite tween girl brands (Abercrombie, American Eagle, Hollister and Target) fell in August vs. a year ago. Only Aeropostale saw sales rise. Analysts attribute that bump to the chain lowering prices. The authors say Aeropostale’s success is partly due to having dressing rooms in the center of stores, letting Gen Y customers be the center of attention. To paraphrase Freud, what does Gen Y want? The authors say:

• Websites with free overnight or second-day shipping.

• Brands that resonate with them, through hip celebrities or causes.

• To be asked for their opinion.

• Fun shopping experiences.

• “Fast fashion” – pop-up stores and limited-edition items.

New Dental Implant Technologies

Conventional dental implants involve a procedure that lasts six months or more. The implant is placed, and allowed a period of six months to integrate with the bone and heal before it is crowned. Advancements in new dental implant technology have resulted in ‘immediate loading’, making teeth implants a one-day procedure.

Recent Advancements

Modern implant technologies have revolutionised the way tooth replacement is performed. Improvements in coating technology, advances in the shape and thread designs of implants and three dimensional scanning systems are some of the radical changes that are changing the way implants are done.

Improvements in Coating Technology: New methods of coating technology have made it easier for dental implants to assimilate with the jawbone, thereby enhancing their stability and durability. One of the latest developments in the field involves the coating of dental implants with a bone material that is synthetic in nature. This helps the implant to incorporate better into the jaw bone.

Three Dimensional Scanning System: A 3D dental CT scan uses Cone Beam Volumetric Technology (CBVT). It allows the scan to be performed with the patient in a sitting position, offering a clear view of where exactly the implant should be placed. The quality of the scanned image is excellent and the extent of the patient’s exposure to radiation is reduced.

Tooth Implant Shape and Thread Designs Advancements: Implant thread design has a major impact on primary implant stability. Modern dental thread implant technology offers maximum primary contact, enhanced stability, increased surface area of the implant and easy integration with the bone without any stress. This advancement in implant technology minimises bone loss.

Screwless Dental Implants: Another recent advancement is single tooth dental implantation without the use of screws. This novel technique offers a clipping mechanism to bond the abutment and the material of the crown.

Immediate Loading or Osseointegrated Implants

Osseointegration refers to the fusing of the dental implant into the bone. The success of new implant technology depends on effective osseointegration. Modern implants are made up of two parts – the implant proper or artificial that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone and held in place with tiny titanium screws, and an abutment which connects the root to the crown.

CT Scanning Technology

The 3D dental CT scan is used to image the mouth and the implant is then positioned appropriately. CT Scans enable cosmetic dentists to fully plan a complete tooth implant procedure before the dental surgery. The cosmetic dentist is able to view a detailed three dimensional image created by the scan from any direction possible through 360 degrees. With conventional techniques there was a need for the dental surgeon to detach the gum tissue from the root and jaw bone and use probes to accurately measure the thickness and density of the jaw bone. With this new dental implant technology there is no waiting period involved, the procedure is often referred to as ‘Teeth in an Hour’.

The Future of Tooth Implants

Recent advancements in the design of Teet implants and components used have enhanced the flexibility of the procedure so that the implant specialist to can customise it to suit the patient’s bone structure. Research carried out at the Medical Centre of Columbia University resulted in developing new dental implant technology which uses stem cells to grow a dental implant in the mouth. This technology is in the very early stages and the research showed that it was possible to grow a fully formed tooth in approximately nine weeks form the implant procedure.

Online Technology Offers New Online Learning Opportunities

Online technology, especially with internet enhancement, enables the world to be connected. Border and geography are no more an issue in the online world because everyone from anywhere can meet together at a place called the internet. The enhancement of online technology shortens the distance between people all around the world and at the same time it creates new form of online learning opportunities.

It does not like the old day when people only learned at physical schools that had fixed schedules. With the enhancement of online technology, education can be done online. Online education has been introduced for decades. In the earlier stage of introduction, online education has faced a lot of technology limitation that slowed its growth, but following the enhancement of online technology for broadband internet connection, it has taken a big step to grow as one of the preferred education options for students to pursue their degrees.

Online technology also makes possible for learning and working to be done simultaneous, instead of asynchronously. In the old day, working individuals who were thinking of earning a career related degree had to quit their job or taking unpaid leave if they want to study full-time. Or, they need to scarify their family time to take the evening classes on a related degree program. Both options need you to scarify either your current job or your family time. But, online education enables you to perform both work and study at the same time. With a proper time management, you can keep your current job and carrying out family obligations while getting a degree online. Online technology has created a new learning opportunity for working individuals, encouraging more and more adult learners who have entered workplaces for years to go back to school and learning at virtual world from anywhere and at any time.

In the old day, you might have to go to library or bookstores to find references for knowledge when you need it. You have to go through page by page to find the required information that might take up a lot of your time. With online technology, new learning opportunity can be reached at a finger tip. The internet is full of knowledge and information that cover almost anything on the earth and out of planet. There are zillions of pages, but you can find the required information easily with the search features available with some simple mouse clicks.

New learning opportunities brought by online technology not only benefit students and working individuals, but also stay-at-home moms. With online technology, full-time moms now can learn new knowledge and improve themselves with the necessary knowledge to stay at the edge of the modern world. They can even learn how to earn an income online with home-based businesses and generate an income stream to support their family.