3M Technology Changing Medicine

Some of the cool stuff we are doing at 3M in software are some of the industry’s best kept secrets.  One example is our Littmann 3200 Bluetooth Stethoscope.  My team worked with the division to create this system.  This telemedicine technology is some really cool stuff.  Here’s a link to a great video about this project.  Also, it’s getting some great press from healthcare leaders, highlighted by a great post coming out of Microsoft.

We’ve got several more examples of great software technology coming out of 3M.  Stay tuned as I intend to share more about what we are doing!

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Some Great Exposure

I have been enjoying the following video representing one of the projects I have been working on this year.  This is from Health Tech Today, hosted by Dr. Bill Crounse from Microsoft.  I had the privilege of interacting with Dr. Crounse this year on several occasions, resulting in the creation of this video describing the Littmann 3200 Bluetooth Stethoscope from 3M.  This turned out great, I thought.

My team has been working on this technology this year, and we are really excited to get this exposure.  Enjoy!

iPhone 4 – The First Week

First, let me admit that I like Apple stuff.  I had a Gen 1 iPhone, and I have numerous iPods in the house, plus a couple of Macs, plus my iPad.  So, even though the critics came out early with the antenna issue, I still was determined to get my new iPhone.  Finally, after a three week wait it arrived.

After I got everything synched from my old iPhone, I started using the device.  I immediately noticed the faster processor.  I also really like the user interface feature adds with the multitasking (double-click the big button) and the folders (drag one icon onto another to create the folder).  I used the video camera right away to tape my daughter’s theatre performance.  The HD quality is impressive, and it was SO easy to get the video to You Tube.  The second camera is cool, but our corporate firewall blocks the FaceTime call (big shocker), so I haven’t been able to test that as of yet.

The big question I get when showing my device to my fellow propellor-heads is around the antenna.  The bumpers I got for free from Apple.  I haven’t had any issues with dropped calls as of yet — my old device did drop calls regularly.

The only issue I have had is with the email application.  It seems to hang somewhat so messages are delayed in hitting the Inbox even though the message count shows new messages.  I also had a sent message hung up for a few hours earlier today.

On the application side, I downloaded the geocaching application (Geocaching.com) which works great with the GPS.  I am looking for a good (and cheap) turn-by-turn application, so comment below if you see one.

I used the Bluetooth audio with my wife’s Ford Fusion and its Microsoft Sync system (affectionately known as our $25k MP3 player).  It was pretty easy, but I don’t get to use all of the cool controls Sync offers.   Also, I bought a Bluetooth headset for hands-free calling in my truck, plus for mowing the lawn and exercise.  It works great!

All in all, it has been a great experience.  I had been waiting for this upgrade for a while, so it was a welcome upgrade.  Can’t wait until more people I know get the iPhone 4 so FaceTime calls become more prevalent.  Will the AT&T network hold up?