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Logitech To Launch Pro Webcam for Apple’s Pro Display XDR By January 2020

4K Pro Magnetic Webcam

Apple’s new $4,999 Pro Display XDR is well-equipped with many fascinating features and high-end specifications, but one thing it lacks is an inbuild webcam for making video calls. However, Logitech has come up with a great solution to this problem. With its new 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam, Logitech has filled the void on the specification sheet for Apple’s new display. This $199.99 accessory is specially developed to enable video calling with Apple’s new display.

As the name indicates, this webcam can be fitted to your display monitor without any clips or other mounts. It gets magnetically attached to the display with the help of a stand designed to perfectly fit the monitor. The magnet which is meant to catch hold of the display is sufficiently strong and stays attached even if you rotate the screen in any angle or in a portrait mode. Also, the device can be tilted up and down, and hence you can shoot with a perfect pose for your next video chat.  The device is designed using RightLight 3 technology which automatically regulates lighting to suit your situation. On the other hand, the company has made available a Logitech Camera Settings app which lets you customize and adjust color intensity, brightness, contrast, etc. to make you look perfect on camera. Though the device is a bit higher on the price, it is worth buying for Apple’s Pro Display XDR.

The webcam supports video-conferencing apps including FaceTime, Zoom and Skype. Several technological developments and new product launches in the webcam industry is expected to boost the global market size of webcams in the next few years, says a report by Big Market Research. Additionally, the growing necessity of workplace communication with colleagues and professionals from distant locations is fueling the demand for webcams all across the world. Apart from Logitech, there are many market player’s dominating the webcam industry some of them are Microsoft, Hp, D-Link, Lenovo, and Philips.

Moving on to the technical specs of the device, Logitech said that the 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam is equipped with 4K video streams and has two integrated microphones with noise cancellation. This device is connected to the display and the computer with a USB-C to USB-C cable which is provided along with the device.  In order to match the rest of your setup, the device is designed by keeping in mind the Apple-esque anodized aluminum finish.

Logitech’s 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam is likely to be released sometime in January 2020. However, it is now available for preorder from Logitech’s website. It seems a little strange that Apple didn’t provide a webcam in the Pro Display XDR, but the company’s main purpose behind this $5,000 monitor is to offer professional services for film editors, photographers, and rendering suites, and hence, it mainly focuses on visual performance for this product.


Ref: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/12/10/21007602/logitech-4k-pro-magnetic-webcam-apple-display-xdr-mac-pro


Top 5 Trending Healthcare Apps for Patient Engagement

Trending Healthcare Apps

Emergence and implementation of technology in the healthcare industry has made a huge difference in the patient health. Apart from making things easier for the hospitals, doctors and staff, the apps have increased the engagement level of the patients with its transparent approach.

Healthcare consumers are increasingly using technology to manage their health, and from year to year the numbers in stats are only growing from year to year—if talking about mobile, the usage of this channel increased from 36% in 2016 to 46% in 2018. (Source: Accenture 2018) With the rise of smartphones and its increased usage, almost 100% of the population will get access to the changing healthcare industry in a few years. And this will lead to the growth of the healthcare app market. According to a research conducted by Research Dive, the patient centric healthcare app market is projected to reach $57,493 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 34.8% from 2019 to 2025.

The revolution in the digital health care has changed the way the hospitals work. It also brings in the potentials to provide improved health outcomes, lesser costs, increased access to healthcare, and reduced splurging of time.
Here is a list of apps built with an aim to redefine the healthcare industry:

1. AirStrip:
A unique mobile application platform, AirStrip offers perfect coordination between multiple devices and care served by healthcare professionals. With the help of a smartphone or a tablet, the data stored in medical devices and monitoring solutions can be retrieved by using this elegant application. AirStrip also has inbuilt hospital mobile app features. Such features help medical professionals to access the information related to the patient and his ailment, add info, and make acute care easier during the post-operation session.

2. CareAware:
CareAware is another amazing product from the house of Cerner which offers a complete mobile solution. This app helps in managing clinical communication with the use of a single device. From multiple teams such as ancillary teams to care-taking staffs, the relevant features of this app is undeniable. The ease of efficient communication through this elegant software is contributing to improve the facilities. This app provides access to patient data such as vitals, allergies, measurements, and medical history to its users.

3. MyChart:
This is one of the most recommended mobile healthcare apps for patients. With the help of this brilliant platform, the patients can access their health-related information such as consultation results, test results, medications, immunizations, and health conditions indications. This platform specially helps to manage and confirm appointments. The patients can also pay their bills via this app and keep track of their healthcare finances.

4. ITriage
ITriage offers a unique step-by-step guidance system helping the patient to get rid of the ailment in the most effective way possible. It can also guide the patient whenever he needs to see a doctor. The appropriate navigation system proves helpful for the patient to reach the required destination. This app also allows the patients to find and review claims. Any information regarding the patient can be stored with absolute security with the help of this application.

5. DSS Inc.
Specially designed for medical professionals, DSS Inc. offers electronic health record focused mobile features. The features DDS offers have proved to be beneficial in managing and providing proper care, and safety to the patient by maintaining even the worst condition. It also offers an official platform with an automated billing system, scheduling, mobile care management, and various other features that hospital needs every day.

Optics research receives a boost through new water-based optical device


Scientists have published a study in OSA Continuum where they have revealed insights about the mechanism of Pockels effect in a new type of light modulator.

According to researchers behind the study, Pockels effect has only been observed in only a special type of crystal, which is costly and hence difficult to use. However, they observed such an effect in the top layer of water when it is in contact with an electrode, showing a glimmer of hope for scientists trying to create simple optical devices. Although the Pockels coefficient (a measure of the Pockels effect) was an order of magnitude greater, it turned out that because this effect was generated only in the thin interfacial layer, this called for a highly sensitive detector.

Scientists created a setup with a transparent electrode on a glass surface in water, and an electric field was applied to it. The interfacial layer (also called the electric double layer or EDL) is only a few nanometers thick and shows different electrochemical properties than the rest of the water. It is also the only part of water where Pockels effect can be observed under an electric field. The scientists used the concept of total reflection to create a large angle at the interface between water and electrode. They observed that when light travels through the electrode and enters the EDL, changes in the refractive index of both layers can modify the reflected signal.

Since the refractive index in the transparent electrode is larger than for both water and glass (1.33 and 1.52, respectively), the amount of light reflected at both ends increases, thereby causing a more enhanced Pockels effect. This was important because a large, more enhanced signal would mean that even low-sensitivity devices could be used to measure it. Moreover, because the experimental setup is not complex, consisting of only a transparent electrode dipped in water containing electrolytes, this method is much simpler to use. Not to mention, water is an inexpensive medium, resulting in a low-cost process overall.

This new method of modulating light serves as a better alternative to existing ones, especially owing to advantages like low cost and easier detection. Not only this, Prof Tokunaga and his team believe that by uncovering new mechanisms of light modulation, their study will open doors for more advanced research in this field.