Archives October 2018

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RK-3328 Development Board

As time marches on, builder and developer boards must adopt new technology and improve to provide builders a capable platform. The latest model in the popular “Raspberry Pi” line, the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, for example, features a 64-Bit Cortex A-53 Processing unit that supports a wide array of in-demand developer functions. Longtime followers of Estone Technology know that we manufacture boards for industrial operations and commercial designs – the same ease of use and adaptability with a more robust construction and parts designed for extreme duty, focused around practical commercial applications. The newest Raspberry Pi offers a variety of excellent features supported by its new processor, but Estone Technology’s newest boards operating on the Rockchip RK3328 processor offer another level up for product designers.

RK3328 SoC Processor Map

Like the Broadcom processor in the Raspberry Pi, the RK3328 processor is a Cortex A-53, quad core, 64-bit chip. It can be paired with multiple types of DDR3 and DDR4 RAM, including mobile-optimized LPDDR3L RAM which the Broadcom chip does not support – perfect for tablet and portable device applications. Moreover, the Rockchip processor offers an on-board MALI-450MP4 GPU and a multi-media processor expressly designed to encode and decode 1080P and 4K Video streams and high quality audio streams – perfect for commercial/industrial applications that will have customer and public facing software. On-board HDMI support also eases graphics software and hardware integration.

Designers creating home-video and home-entertainment devices, devices in the new home-assistant category, and IoT enabled devices will find the Rockchip based system extremely beneficial to their designs. It harnesses plenty of power in an efficient manner, especially for multi-media functions.

Product designers working with Rockchip devices also find an advantage in software development, as Rockchip provides open-source software on Github, and maintains a Linux wiki, making it easy and cheap for developers to create and modify software that will work fluidly with Rockchip processors. Contact Estone Technology today to find out more about our newest development boards featuring Rockchip processor technology.

Exactly What Are Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records

Simply stated, Electronic Records regarding one’s health and heathcare both fall into the categories of EMRs and EHRs, but there’s more division than that, and it’s important for practitioners to be aware of the differences when making a decision on technology for their medical practice. The two types of records are discussed below, in addition to discussion about what type of technology works best for each.

Electronic Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records are exactly what they sound like. Electronic versions of traditional paper medical records. Every time a doctor has recorded symptoms or ordered a test, the medical record is placed in the patient’s file. EMRs make that information available in a digital format that doesn’t require pulling a patient’s file before an appointment. It also becomes much simpler to search a patient’s history for specific tests, procedures, or results from a given period of time.

Electronic Health Records

EHRs are very similar to EMRs, and typically contain all of the information found in an EMR – but these records are built to go beyond. In addition to data recorded and provided by doctors and hospitals, EHRs often include data from laboratories, clinicians, specialists keeping their own records, and more. EHRs provide a more complete view of a patient’s health history to practitioners, allowing better health outcomes.

Choosing an Electronic Record Type for Your Practice

Providers considering a move to electronic health records will want to consider a few things:

  • What type of data their doctors, nurses, and professionals need to access.
  • What type of data their doctors, nurses, and professionals need to record.
  • What methods are best for recording the data in question.

For a general practitioner, where doctors and nurses are likely to record patient data directly in the same room, a terminal-based stationary computer system with a keyboard and mouse layout is likely ideal. However, for hospitals and specialty clinics, where caregivers are likely to record information while working directly with patients, a more portable system is advised. Many locations interested in more comprehensive Electronic Health Records will want to consider a tablet based recording system.

Estone Technology offers a variety of medically certified tablet systems perfect for EHR duty, like our new MD-100 Medical Version 10” Tablet. Find out more about what this portable, tool-packed, easy charging, and long life tablet can do for your practice.

3D Molded Touchscreens

Formed, Shaped Touchscreens Appearing in Vehicle Control Market

As we’ve covered previously, touchscreens offer many advantages over traditional, analog input and interface tools. They consume less space, can offer different tools and functions based on current needs, and can be easily updated and changed whenever needed. However, they do have a couple of drawbacks, especially for cases where visual attention needs to be elsewhere. For instance, it is unsafe for a driver to take their eyes off the road to adjust their vehicle’s stereo systems or climate control systems. In these cases, a touchscreen control can be problematic.

3D Molded Touchscreens

At CES 2018, vehicle infotainment system makers delivered on a new concept taking advantage of the latest in touchscreen technology – the molded 3D screen. Haptic feedback has already been commonplace in devices for some time, creating a feeling of “clicking” a button, but now, devices will be able to offer sensations like scrolling or moving sliders along real 3D surfaces that still update their looks based on the current control structure and other factors.

Of course, the technology still has limitations, as the screens cannot change their 3D forms along with the graphics displayed, so software will need to be designed with HMIs that integrate the molded areas into each function – or those areas of the screen will become useless during some functions. Naturally, various deice manufacturers will want to custom design their 3D molded screens to their own software designs.

Oleophobic Anti-Fingerprint Film

October 2018 Whitepaper – Touchscreen Coatings

Touchscreen devices are everywhere and because of that, different screens face different demands. Fortunately, with the right films and coatings, your touchscreen can be prepared for anything. Learn more about anti-glare, anti-reflection, depolarization, and oleophobic screen coatings with this month’s Estone Technology whitepaper.

PDF Link – October 2018 Whitepaper

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