You have a business. A clinic, a practice a surgery, whatever. You have clients who pay the bills. Clients don’t show, clients don’t pay. Your business suffers.
Diarybook is a service that reminds your clients about their appointments ahead of time, so that the incidences of DNAs (Did Not Attends) is greatly reduced.
But here is the good news: For the Free Plan you do not have to pay a subscription, just for texts that you send out at 8p (+VAT) each; you can have up to 100 clients on your account; you get 10 free sms reminders a month; you get access from any computer to an easy-to-use, personalised automatic reminder service; your clients appreciate the extra service.
If you want to upload more contacts, the Bronze Plan is a mere £50 per year.
It really is a no-brainer www.diarybook.co.uk.
In recent times, besides computer systems being vulnerable to hacking, other items are now targets such as your TV, your mobile phone, and toilet! Yes, toilets can now be hacked. Not your everyday humble toilet bowl, but a new range of Bluetooth toilets developed by a Japanese company Lixil. The toilets can be controlled by an Android App to lift and put down the toilet seat, flush, an air-dry function, and to play music during your ablutions. It has been discovered however, that the ‘My Satis’ app Bluetooth PIN is hard-coded to ‘0000’ thereby enabling anyone to download the app, and within range of these toilets to control their behaviour while in use. Tickles the imagination doesn’t it? The picture of someone you dislike (or perhaps your evil boss) being forced to listen to ‘rawhide’ while you control the seat and flushing actions, will put a smile on your face, even if Bluetooth toilets are not in the budget plan in the near future.
In June of this year RTE reported that the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group carried a loss of €3m due to missed appointments in outpatient services. More than 38,000 people did not attend their scheduled appointment despite being written to, and where a mobile phone number was given, a text message reminder sent. The group said it cost €3,067,280 in lost time preparing for these appointments.
The Hospital are currently conducting a campaign to reduce the waiting time for appointments and are allocating appointments to those who have been waiting the longest time. However, the ‘no shows’ are creating an administrative blockage in reducing the backlog. The hospital has introduced a dedicated call centre for patients to ring to postpone or reschedule appointments in an effort to get over this problem.
DiaryBook is a system specifically designed to be flexible and to reduce ‘no shows’ for small and large practices. It records the status of every appointment made to your practice or clinic. If a patient or client does not show for a scheduled appointment you can record this by using a simple icon so that the next time they make an appointment you can urge them to confirm or cancel beforehand, saving you valuable time and money. The system is free to use for smaller practices (except for text messages that you send), leaving you in control of what you spend. It’s well worth looking at if your business is appointment dependent.
Travellers can now publicly share SMS messages such as “we’ll miss you”, “goodbye” and “welcome home” on two large digital screens at Brisbane Airport.
The airport is the first in Australia to introduce the LED screens in the international departures terminal. The personal messages will be displayed between 7.30am and 11am each day.
Shops at the airport can also target Chinese and Korean tourists with bilingual advertisements timed to flight schedules on the screens. Local and international weather forecasts will also be displayed.
No doubt it will not be long before such installations find their way into Europe.
We all know the expression, ‘a watched kettle never boils’ and indeed it does seem like that as we loiter close by the thing that will soon fix our caffeine craving. Freeze dried granules of coffee provide an instant coffee solution to the even longer process of powdered coffee beans given time to release its potency and turn the water into a well-earned cup of coffee. Enter a new meaning to the term ‘instant coffee’ and ‘real’ coffee at that, the ‘Raspberry Pi’.
To show off their new cloud texting platform, the Raspberry Pi, Zipwhip built their technology into an Espresso Machine enabling you to text your order to an espresso machine while you take those extra minutes in bed. The Textspresso coffee machine takes orders such as a single, double, or triple espresso, from a smartphone or desktop texting interface such as Diarybook or Iflow (parent company of Diarybook) to the Textspresso’s designated phone number. The machine texts back when it starts your order, and then lets you know when it is finished frothing. Instant Coffee!
Of course there are some finer details to be worked out such how the coffee makes its way into a cup if you are not there to insert it, but it’s a start and it shows how SMS texting still continues to offer modern day solutions to modern lifestyles.
How is it that we can never smell our own odours? We are the nearest to ourselves after all, and yet bad breath, B.O., and smelly feet seem to elude us unless someone has the brass neck to tell us. I have been in the position of having to tell someone about their B.O. and seriously it is not worth it, the wrath of God might have been easier to deal with. So why not get a robot to do it? A perfect solution…..and leave it to the Japanese to invent such a thing.
Kaori-chan, a decapitated mannequin head sits atop a pink box, and smells your breath. Those brave enough to try it simply blow into her face. As a robot she does not spare your feelings and responses range from the blunt, “Yuck, you have bad breath!” to an embarrassing, “Emergency! There’s an emergency taking place! That’s beyond the limit of patience!”
The invention came from a group of students at the Kitadyushu National College of Technology calling themselves ‘CrazyLabo’. They have also created a dog robot that smells your feet, and depending on the odour will cuddle up to you or bark and lie down.
The idea came when CrazyLabo president Kennosuke Tsutsumi visited the Tohoku region, which was hit by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011. Wanting to create something that could cheer people up, he collaborated with a team at the Kitakyushu National College of Technology to collect odor samples and program the robots. Ten students wore the same pair of socks for two days, and ate foods with stinky ingredients like garlic, to iron out the robots’ four point scale criteria for analysing smells.
They should come as standard in any office environment.
When we think of mobile phones and healthcare, we tend to think of apps or add-on devices, not the mobile phone light feature. But it was this very feature that saved a simple operation from getting very messy. Earlier this week Egyptian doctors had to complete a gall-bladder operation on a 60-year-old lady, by mobile phone light, after an electricity outage half way through the operation. Efforts to get the back-up generator working had failed.
Egypt is currently witnessing almost daily power cuts as part of the government’s scheme to reduce pressure on power stations during the summer months. Qena Governor Adel Labib has ordered an urgent investigation.
Is there any end to mobile phone usages in the area of healthcare?
In a Ted Talks piece I heard Sir Ken Robinson talk about how young people do not wear watches anymore, even though back in the day, it was almost a rite of passage to be in possession of a watch. Sir Ken suggests that young people cannot be bothered with a single function device anymore. Unlike the humble watch that just tells the time, mobile phones have numerous functions, and Apps help to keep it entertaining and dynamic.
It was bound to happen, however, that the watch would reinvent itself, and it now comes under the category of ‘wearable technology’. The Pebble Watch is one such tech accessory that is stylish, tells the time and also acts as a bluetooth device that communicates with your phone. Apps suitable for The Pebble are coming on stream all the time. The most recent one that I favour, is one developed by Toronto-based developer and entrepreneur Alex Kennberg. It is an app that takes you through a standard 7-minute workout (made popular through media coverage in recent times), and once downloaded, can work entirely independently from your phone. An in-build vibrator motor alerts you when changing from an exercise to a rest or vice versa, so that you can follow along without having to constantly look at your wrist. It also uses e-paper technology which means that you can read it outdoor even in the sunshine. This is just one of many health and leisure related uses for Pebble for the cyclist, runner, golfer, music-lover. The days of single functioning are gone for the watch, we are entering the Star Trek era and look forward to the time when we can legitimately use the term “Beam Me Up Scottie”.
The Pebble retails at 200 Sterling on Amazon.co.uk
A recent study has shown that people with left-brain dominance tend to use their phones to talk and listen with their right ear. The dominant side of your brain is where your speech and language centre resides. 95% of people are left-brain dominant, and those people tend to be right-handed, and the opposite is also true for people who are right-brain dominant. In the study it was found that 70% of those surveyed (700 online surveys) held their mobile phone up to the ear that was on the same side as their dominant hand.
Why would this be of any significance you might ask? Apparently, in the case of patients about to undergo risky brain surgery, this information could help doctors to quickly and safely locate and protect their main language centre. There is what’s known in medical terms as a ‘Wada’ test that can determine this, but “The Wada test is…….invasive and risky,” the Study author, Dr. Michael Seidman says, “But by looking at how a person uses their cellphone, which side they listen in to, you can get shorthand insight into brain dominance. It’s not a foolproof guarantee, but I would say it’s a pretty reliable and safe way of going about it.”
Another aspect of this study could also help in determining if there is an association between mobile phone usage and cancer. Doctors are still unable to determine if there is an association, it is, as yet, too early to say. But if it was found that there were greater incidences of cancer in right-brain, head and neck than there is currently, it might indicate a connection.
The jury is still out on this one. But for those who like to play it safe though, check out the tawkon.com app.
If you like to have the odd sup of alcohol and to be able to drive home afterwards without the fear of being stopped and asked to blow into a bag, there’s an App for that (surprise, surprise). Well not quite an App, more of a plug-in with an App. Alcohoot is a devise with a high grade sensor that plugs into the audio jack of your Android or iOS phone. When you blow into it the App reads the result of the sensor and lets you know if you are within the limit. Not only that, the App has added features that give you the kind of information you need when out on the town, such as the nearest takeaway and taxi rank. It is designed to be more attractive than other such devices on the market, and more accurate. The developers are looking for backers, and hope to start shipping in September of this year (for US market anyway). If you are interested in investing, you can for as little as $75, log on to www.alcohoot.com.