Hearing help in the developing world: An unconventional approach

Bill Hodgetts, an audiologist at the University of Alberta, has a big idea!  Bill would like to develop an app that tests hearing and then use the ipod as a hearing device, as a personal amplification system!

He writes:

Hearing loss and deafness affect at least 278 million people worldwide, two thirds of whom live in developing countries with limited care. My idea is to use an iPod touch to test hearing (point of care diagnostics) and then use the same device and headphones as a personal amplification device to give people greater access to the world of sound.

So, if you agree that this is a good idea, please help Bill to get funding by visiting the website and clicking “like”!

Shazam! A Projector Is Shrunk

Thanks Susan Burwash for this link…
The New York Times

Published: November 5, 2008
Optoma Pico really shines.

The Walkman put a stereo system in your pocket and changed the game forever. A modern digital watch has the computing power of a roomful of 1950s computer gear. And people are watching TV shows these days on iPods about the size of a business card.

Enormous feats of shrinkage like that don’t come along very often, though. So when they do, you sit up and take notice — as you will the first time you see the Optoma Pico Projector ($430 list price). It’s a long-awaited, much-rumored projector about the size of a cellphone: 2 by 4.1 by 0.7 inches, weighing 4.2 ounces.

A pocket projector? Are you kidding? This isn’t just a new product — it’s a whole new product category. To read the whole article click on this link