University of New Mexico sues Intel

The University of New Mexico lawsuit claims the microprocessor giant infringed on the school’s patented double-patterning lithography used in chip manufacturing.

Chip makers around the world have sought new ways to manufacture chips as the transistors and other components on them become smaller to fit into smaller devices.

Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy confirms the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has received the complaint but says there won’t be any immediate comment.

The president and chief executive of the university’s technology transfer division, Lisa Kuuttila (KOO-too-lah), says the research developed at the university in Albuquerque has helped the semiconductor industry build circuits that feature smaller and faster semiconductors.

The University of New Mexico’s patent arm, STC, said it was “reluctant” to turn to the courts to settle this issue, but did so after contacting Intel and coming to the conclusion they had “no other recourse.”

A New Digital Signage Technology


A new product called The Eco-Flight Board provides hotels, airports, conference centers, convention centers, and other venues located near airports a direct feed of flight departures that are displayed on LCD screens for easy viewing.

Eco-Flight Board technology uses a non-PC-based player that uses less than four watts of power per screen. This amounts to a savings of approximately $250 per screen per year over standard PC technology.

Also, since the Eco-Flight Board is a non-PC technology it is low maintenance, easy to install and it eliminates excessive wires, unsightly boxes and ventilation worries.

“This is an economical way of providing flight information that saves money and is low-maintenance,” says Andrew Hoffman, VP at Noventri, a digital signage company located in Maryland.

Graphic Recording To Capture Meetings in Captivating Way


Meeting planners often overlook a key to a successful meeting: how to capture what was said so that participants can move ideas forward. Murals drawn on rolls of paper in real time, or graphic recordings, provide a solution that is more engaging, relevant, useful, and impactful than traditional meeting capture media such as transcription or videography.

When digital photos are taken of the murals they can be easily shared and posted on websites, be converted into postcards or used in campaigns.

“No one is really going to watch the whole video of an 8-hour meeting. Transcripts are tedious to read, too. What graphic recording offers is a way to keep the memory of the meeting alive. Digital photos of the murals can be distributed over the web and by email to reach participants and stakeholders almost instantly. The charts work as an executive summary, with key points presented in an engaging way,” says Diane Cline, President, Over The Horizon Consulting, LLC.

A graphic recorder is trained to transcribe aural expressions into visual masterpieces in real-time. How does a graphic recorder do that? Using symphonic listening skills and active listening, the graphic recorder writes down the key points of a conversation, transforming audio to visual.

The graphic recorder serves as a sense-maker and thinking partner, filtering the flow of spoken words into an essential distillation of key points.

“Consultants who try to draw their own flip charts are doing themselves a disservice. They are turning their backs to their clients and wasting time scribbling while they could be training or presenting.” says Diane Cline. By using a graphic recorder, the consultant or facilitator can focus 100% on their job, and leave the recording to a professional scribe. The handwriting is usually neater, and the final product appears much more polished when a graphic recorder is hired.

Graphic recordings capture conversations, make stories visible, and meetings memorable.

High-Tech Resources for Caregivers


Today’s caregiver may be juggling a career, family and personal interests, in addition to being responsible for an elderly loved one’s health, safety and well being. Fortunately, advances in technology are making it easier to manage information, schedule appointments and medication reminders, and monitor the whereabouts of family members. All these tools will help a loved one remain in his own home longer. Whether you use a smartphone or prefer a home computer, there’s something for every caregiver.

Internet resources

StrengthForCaring.com: This Web site offers resources and peer support for caregivers. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, it includes feature articles, expert advice and an online community where caregivers can connect.

ActiveCare: A site that offers tools to help seniors remain active and independent, it includes a Personal Assistant Link (PAL) Handset, which is a combination cell phone, GPS locator and emergency fall detector, at a cost of $59 per month.

Emergency Alert and Response System (EARS): This is a pendant and base station that a loved one can use to call for help. Unlike others, this provides a daily check so you know you’re always protected. Visit www.myears.com.

Assistive technology, or assistive devices, is a broad category of independent living aids and adaptive equipment. Assistive technology includes simple devices like hearing aids, canes, magnifiers, pill organizers, and bathing and toileting aids, as well as sophisticated voice-activated computer systems, physical sensors and mechanical hoists. Read more at CareGiverPartnership.com or Caregiver.org.

Google Health: Organize, track, monitor and act on your health information online, and have the ability to share it with others. See Google.com/health.

Smartphone applications

As smartphone technology becomes more open to application developers, users have more options in personalized assistive technologies, location-aware services and enhanced communications. These functionalities are beneficial for baby boomers – according to a Sept. 1, 2010, AARP Bulletin, 60 percent of people over age 65 have cell phones, and as mobile devices grow more sophisticated, boomers, caregivers, and seniors will all reap the rewards, in the form of convenience and increased safety and communication.

iPhone/iPad apps

Caregiver Apps: Dedicated to identifying the best among caregiving tools, this $.99 application helps caregivers with daily activities, such as tracking medications, illness and appointments. Extras include peer reviews and expert advice.

Personal Caregiver: This app includes reminders to take medication and supplements, refill notifications, missed dose alerts and a detailed history. Cost: $3.99.

Caregiver’s Touch: In addition to a $4.99 iPhone app for information management, users also can sync with a Web subscription to store information accessible to family members, health care providers and caregivers. Web subscriptions cost $19.95 per month or $199.95 per year.

BlackBerry apps

My Medical Pro: For $4.99, users can keep track of medical information, such as emergency contacts and physicians, allergies and insurance profiles, as well as schedule reminders for upcoming appointments and tests.

Nurse’s Pocket Drug Guide: This 6th Edition givers users instant access to data on 1,000 of the most commonly prescribed medications, including dosage, side effects and drug interactions. Cost: $12.99.

Pill Reminder: Keeps track of medications and alerts the user when it’s time to take them according to a customized schedule. Cost: $3.99.

Android apps

Stabilix PHR Pro: Track your family’s health records, including blood glucose, blood pressure, calorie intake, cholesterol, and BMI/fat calculators. This app is $3.99, but there is also a lite version you can try for free.

#1 Rated GPS Tracker: Use this app to track family members in real time. The app is free but required a monthly subscription, which includes additional safety features and resources.

Other apps to look for

Search any platform for big dialers and phone pads that turn a phone’s screen into a large-key touchpad – perfect for smartphone users with decreased vision. And, as the WebOS and Windows 7 platforms continue to grow, look for caregiving apps in their catalogs as well.