E-community Post: The world of 3D printing; embedded transforms M2M; mHealth app market prediction

June 1, 2013 OpenSystems Media

‘Will 3D printing change the world?’

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Will waiting for an organ transplant donor really become a thing of the past 10 to 20 years from now as the red hot 3D printing trend forges on? The new “Will 3D printing change the world?” video produced by the Off Book arm of PBS explores the disruptive technology, shedding light on a possible future where 3D blood vessels or skin tissues could be printed from living cells, where healthy replacement tissues for the heart could be printed, or entire organs could be printed using any individual patient’s genetic makeup. 3D printing techniques from Japan aim to eliminate old-school black-and-white sonogram photos of a baby in-utero, by instead printing a 3D model of the mother’s torso that shows the child’s actual form. Countless other industries will also be affected by 3D printing, and MIT scientists are even working to develop a 3D printer capable of printing food. But in the meantime, issues such as 3D printing’s effect on copyright and patent laws, economic scarcity, manufacturing, and the rules of consumer and brand engagement are evolving.

Watch the video: http://opsy.st/19XIONR

Embedded industry upgrades M2M networks

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications strategies and cloud computing are transforming industrial interconnects from an assortment of fragmented, proprietary technologies to open standards easily integrated into new designs. In this webcast you will learn how M2M technology allows embedded design teams to contain costs, improve security, enable remote management, and maximize system availability.

Presented by: Eurotech, ThingWorx

Watch it on demand any time: http://opensystemsmedia.com/events/e-cast/archive

Roving Reporter blog: Hardening infrastructure against attack with Intel vPro and Intel Intelligent Systems Framework

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As industrial designers incorporate remote, fully interconnected factory equipment to reduce costs and simplify maintenance, the exposure to data disruptions or system cyber attacks becomes apparent. According to the 2013 Internet Security Threat Report published by Symantec Corporation, manufacturing was the most-targeted sector in 2012 with 24 percent of all attacks, compared with 15 percent in 2011. Consequently, designers are devising techniques to protect vulnerable elements. The Intel Intelligent Systems Framework can be used to simplify connecting, managing, and securing embedded devices by leveraging system processors with Intel vPro.

Read the blog: http://opsy.st/19pB1L5

$26 billion in mHealth app services predicted by 2017

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As the smartphone/mobile connected device app trend continues to explode, the mHealth (mobile health) industry is following suit, with mHealth app services anticipated to climb to $26 billion worldwide by 2017, according to research2guidance’s recent “Global Mobile Health Market Report 2013-2017.” Top mHealth app creators garner more than 300,000 paid and 3 million free iOS app downloads within the United States. Other countries’ and other platforms’ statistics differ but also indicate that mHealth apps are on the rise, the company says.

Fifteen percent of mHealth apps are geared toward healthcare professionals, such as the Medscape app, pictured, published by WebMD and utilized by more than 3 million healthcare professionals using iPads, iPhones, iPod touch, and Android-based devices. Medical apps for healthcare pros typically include those for healthcare management, remote monitoring, and Continued Medical Education (CME).

Additionally, 42 percent of the 97,000 mHealth apps residing in major app stores currently require payment for downloading. However, this percentage is slated to drop to 9 percent within the next five years, when 84 percent of the mHealth application sector’s income will result from products like sensors and mHealth-related services.

Sharon Hess (Managing Editor)
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