Saturday, September 30, 2006

Heading to Nextfest

Today I will be attending Nextfest.

Question: Whats is Nexfest?


WIRED Magazine is bringing its vision of a new world's fair to New York City. Experience more than 130 exciting exhibits from scientists, researchers, and inventors around the globe. WIRED NextFest features innovations in communication, design, entertainment, exploration, health, transportation, security, and green living.

Check out more at

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Align Technology Purchases OrthoClear

From the OrthoClear Web Site,

Today, OrthoClear announced that Align Technology - the makers of Invisalign® - has purchased OrthoClear’s intellectual property, including the company’s extensive patent portfolio related to the manufacturing of clear, removable aligners.

As part of this agreement, Align has committed to complete treatment of all current OrthoClear cases at no charge to the treating doctor. This includes cases in the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong.

Doctors may contact Align directly at 888-822-5446 to discuss the status of their cases.


The OrthoClear Team

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Treo 700p vs Treo700wx: which one to buy?

Trying to decide which Treo to buy? Not sure if you want Windows Mobile or Palm OS?
Read this article over at the Technology Evangelist site

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch

Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US' largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple's forthcoming phone. Apple's iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release. As previously reported, Apple's phone will feature a candy-bar design with a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. Robust iTunes and iSync support will also be delivered with the phone.

Read more about it

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Cone Beam CT Scanner On a Pay Per Scan Basis

IMTEC Imaging's ILUMA scanner provides medical and dental professionals the ability to take high-resolution CT scans in the office at a considerable cost and time savings to the patient. The ILUMA scanner is intelligently de­signed for aesthetic beauty, ease of use, ultra high-resolution scans and the safety of the patient. The total scan takes less than 40 seconds to produce an easily maneuverable digital full volume CT image. It is becoming the new standard of radiographic care for patients.

The ILUMA scanner is furnished to the customer free of equipment charges. ILUMA scanner is unique with the concept of only paying for technology as you use it.

Check it our here

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Article and Podcast on Bisphosphonate-Associated Osteonecrotic Jaw Bone

Lexi Comp has a nice article from Dr. Richard Wynn that discusses two seperate articles on ONJ.

Here is the link.

Dentalcast has a podcast on the same topic with Dr. Mark Donaldson.
The podcast can be found via iTunes or directly from

Friday, September 22, 2006

How To: Recover Your Deleted Files

Have you accidentally deleted pics off a media card or quick-formatted your drive, and you want to recover the contents? You may be able to recover your data with these handy tools.

Here is an article telling you how to recover the lost files.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New Perio Treatment Guidlines

The American Academy of Periodontoloy recently published new guidlines for the treatment of periodontal disease. If you would like a copy just send me an email from the Dental Technology Solutions web site.

Want To Try Windows Vista

You can download the latest pre-release of Microsoft's new operating system Vista. Click here to download MS Vista RC1

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Patient Entertainment Glasses

If you don't want to mount over the patient monitors another possibility are the myvu glasses for the video ipods. The glasses produce the equivalent of watching a 27-inch TV from six feet away, with a viewing time of six hours from its rechargeable battery. The glasses will be available this fall for $399.

Monday, September 18, 2006

USB Flash Drive For Office Backups

CompUSA has a 3 Pack of PNY Attache 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drives on sale for $59.99
I use these Flash Drives to back up my practice management data. I can keep over half a years worth of daily Dentrix data on each of these devices. These are simple, fast and not fragile.

Click here for the the direct link

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Orthoclear Virtual Ortho Smile Makeover

Send Us a Picture and We'll Send it Back to You with Straight Teeth!

Your patient can submit a digital picture ( and OrthoClear will show the patient what they would look like with straight teeth.

Submitted pictures must be high quality photos that clearly show teeth (if your mouth is closed, there's not much we can do!).

What is Orthoclear?
OrthoClear is the Next Generation in "Invisible Orthodontics"
OrthoClear manufacturers precision polymer aligners.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Gutta Percha Cutter

I saw this in the latest Practicon catalog and it caught my eye.
I use something similar from Sybron.

Never be without the exact ISO size gutta percha point you need again! The Cut & Fit Gutta Percha Point Size Creator allows you to make 20 different ISO standard sized GP points on the spot with a small inventory of points.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

iTunes Phone In The Future Revisited

I mentioned the other day that an announcement from Apple maybe forthcoming about a cellular telephone. Although there was no announcement by Steve Jobs yesterday, there was the new version 7 of iTunes. Well what is in the iTunes installation but the "iTunes Phone Driver". You cannot install it as it is grayed out but its on the horizon...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Free Conference Calls

Free Conference Calling Anytime, Anywhere!

LiveOffice FreeConferencing is an affordable and reliable way to host conference calls. There is absolutely no catch and getting your own free conferencing account takes less than 30 seconds. To register for free conference calling services, enter your name and email address (use a disposable email address). A free conferencing dial-in number and conference code will be provided to you instantly with immediate access to free conference calling!

A great way to stay in touch with friends, family and staff. You can have a CE Conference Call.
Use an VOIP client like Skype and even the call is free!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Free Zagat To Go Software

Free Zagat To Go software for those with Palm, Pocket PC/Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices are eligible to apply. Also, this offer is not available to existing ZAGAT TO GO subscribers and only one free subscription per individual is permitted.

Follow the link:

'Wireless Digital Dental X-Ray Sensor with Positioning Apparatus' Patent Granted

Dov Glaser of UAppoint was recently granted a patent for this
new device.

The invention is a Wireless Digital Dental X-Ray Sensor with Positioning Apparatus.Exploiting advances in digital photography and radiography, the inventor was able to combine the workings of a digital camera, an x-ray scintillator plate and a set of five oral x-ray positioning instruments into a single universal dental x-ray sensing device, just slightly larger than a conventional bitewing holder. There are several version of the device described in the patent. The common element is having a digital dental x-ray sensor directly connected to the bite block, which in turn has all the necessary electronic built inside the paralleling and targeting portion of the device. In one version there is an onboard display screen and removable storage media, another has the devise placed on a docking station from which dental x-ray images can be printed, transmitted to a computer or the Internet, and yet another version has a built in transmitter that instantly transmits the images to a nearby computer monitor.

The entire press release can be read here.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Transfer Files Between USB Devices Without A PC

Hitch makes transferring files on the go a snap – all without a computer! Hitch can connect USB devices such as digital cameras, digital audio/video players, USB flash drives and more. Hitch is compatible with many brands of digital devices, such as Apple, Creative, iRiver, Samsung, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Casio, Olympus, Panasonic, Philips – virtually any device with a USB connection. The pocket-sized Hitch will transfer music, video, photos, documents, and more.

Hitch not only delivers freedom from your computer, it does so with blazing speed. It will transfer a digital photo in under 3 seconds, while an entire album can be sent in 75 seconds! In addition, there is no better way to transfer digital video from a family outing than with Hitch. A two-hour video file can be sent in 15 minutes!

Costs approximately$130

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Could This Be Apples New Cell Phone

Could this be the new cellular phone from Apple? The iChat is rumored to be announced next week. No real information yet as to whether it will be CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) or GSM(Cingular/TMobile). How smart a phone no one knows but I assume it will be iTunes compatible.

Look for a possible announcement next week along with iPod Nanos up to 8GB with video. These Nanos could be perfect for patient education and entertainment.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Small PC For Dental Treatment Rooms

Here is a new PC that might be good for use in the office. Its small size will allow it to move from room to room.

The UX Micro, which will be available online and in stores for $1,800 in about a month, uses Intel's new Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor for standard PC performance in a 1.2-pound package.

It runs Windows XP Professional and has a 4.5-inch touch screen as well as a small fold-out keyboard for text entry. The PC also has built-in Wi-Fi. A built-in fingerprint scanner can lock up passwords and important data. There is a 1.3-megapixel camera on the back and another camera on the front, with a microphone, for video calls.

Less futuristically, the UX Micro comes standard with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and has a battery life of about 2.5 hours.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Saving Video Is Now Getting Simpler

Here is a product so you can record directly from your Intra-oral camera video of procedures. You can also use it to convert all those home videos on VHS or 8mm tapes and then covert them into a digital format for storing on CD,DVD or hard drives.

Sandisk's V-MATE video recorder. The V-Mate is designed to record directly to a wide variety of memory card formats from any composite video source such as your IO Camera, set-top box, DVD player, or TiVo. The V-MATE features a remote control, on-screen programming interface, and an infrared emitter to turn on your TV tuner device and select the right channel for programmed recording. And MPEG-4 compression delivers about 1.8 hours of playback at the V-MATE's maximum 640 x 480 recording resolution. Available in October for about $130.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Following Up On Cell Phone Security-Resetting Palm Devices

If you own a Treo or other Palm PDA here is the official way to reset the device. The zero out reset should wipe the memory clean. The official Palm website has the How To Reset for the Various Palm devices.

Videos to show how to do various resets can be found here.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

What Secrets Can YOUR Cell Phone Reveal?

Consumers with modern mobile phones may be shocked to find how easily the sensitive, even embarrassing, information stored in their cell phones can be accessed.

The full story is here

Friday, September 01, 2006

samsungs New 10 inch Widescreen TV

Samsung Electronics introduced the largest Mobile TV based on terrestrial DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) with a screen size of 10 inches to provide viewing excitement on the move. This Mobile TV will open up the era where everyone will have their own TV - one for each person. Click on the link for more information.

Back From USVI

Had a great time in St Thomas and St John. Enjoyed the snorkeling and scuba diving. One of the most interesting things in traveling was the space in the overhead bins on the aircraft. With the new security requirements no extra stuff was carried on. It was strange to have my computer bag alone in an overhead bin. Usually people are fighting for overhead bin space. Weather was great and I look forward to another return trip to the Virgin Islands. Next it will be St. Kitts! Now back to our regular programing...Tech Stuff