Advances in Dental Implant Technologies

surgically installed dental implantsWith advances in cosmetic surgery, you’d be surprised to hear that there’s a lot to chew on!

Like any other sphere of life, technology has also greatly impacted health care. And Australians are probably seeing more of such technological advances in use during regular visits to their dentist. More specifically, the use of technology in the field of dental implants is astonishing!

History of dental implants

More than 2,000 years ago, our ancestors in the Mediterranean, Middle Asia, and North and South America laid the foundation for dental implants. There is excavated evidence that ancient Egyptians used stones or carved sea-shells to replace missing teeth. Other discoveries, dating back to 600 AD, show that the Mayans also used dental implants effectively on their population.

It was not until World War II though that army doctor Dr. Norman Goldberg, and subsequently in 1948 in association with colleague Dr. Aaron Gershkoff, successfully produced the first sub-periosteal implant.

Dental implantology had its most important breakthrough in 1965 when an orthopedic surgeon from Sweden, Per-Ingvar Brånemark, placed the first Titanium (Ti) implant in a patient. With the US Food and Drug Administration approving the use of Ti implants, the world of implantology was set on a new course of innovation and discovery.

Technology used in implant surgery

The most significant technological breakthrough in implantology came in 1983, with the development of the Procera precision-guided CAD/CAM software by Dr. Matts Andersson. Today, technology is used at every stage in order to make dental implants safe and successful.

Brisbane, Queensland-based Teeth on Implants specializes in dental bone grafts, which requires a form of dental implant surgery to enhance bone density ahead of dental implants. Using latest medical technologies, dental surgeons are able to reconstruct jaw lines through grafting procedures such as Autogenous, Allograt,Xenograft and Alloplast.

Another area where technology has assisted in the successful deployment of implants is the restoration of gum lines. Alexandra NSW-based BioHorizons provides dental surgeons with breakthrough regenerative tissue technology called AlloDerm.

Using the latest in grafting technology, this surgical process helps restore the gum line in such a way that it addresses the challenge of gum recession and makes for a more desirable dental implant outcome. Alternately, soft tissue/diode lasers may be used to sculpt gum contours in advance of implant procedures.

New technologies that are used in dental implants

Technological revolution in engineering and bio-chemistry has made newer materials, used in manufacturing dental implants, available to dental implant designers. Today’s “bio-materials” are created to ensure better and more longer-lasting implant outcomes. Used in conjunction with other new-age materials, such as Titanium, they are also easier to use and produce lower-maintenance solutions for the patient.

Most dental implants involve careful pre-assessments before suitable procedures are prescribed. The use of x-ray and CT Scanning technology is paramount at this stage. Werribee,VIC-based Lentini Dental uses Digital X-Ray machines for intra-oral and extra-oral examinations, Intra-Oral Cameras and Diagodent (Laser Diagnostic probes) to assist in these pre-assessments and diagnostic efforts.

A New Wave – The Rise Of “All-On-4” Implants

Technological advances in dental implants have now also opened a new door for Australians who are missing a set of upper or lower teeth, and are grappling with the age old question: Dentures or Implants?

The solution: “All-On-4” implants.

The increasingly popular “All-On-4” implants are made possible thanks largely due to state of the art technologies perfected to support the procedure. 3D Computerised Tomography (C.T.) imaging technology, such as that used by Werribee,VIC-based Lentini Dental, enables dental practitioners to measure the density and quantity of a patients’ jawbone, allowing the planning of optimal treatment options.

These technologies also add never-before-seen precision in planning of “All-On-4” implants and, where needed, bone grafting procedures.

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Reverse Osmosis Technology: Under The Sink vs. Whole House Systems (How Do You Choose?)

osmosis tap Every year a number of homeowners consider the question of how to treat their water. Whether this question is raised due to issues regarding the healthy and safety of the water, or a person just wants to ensure the quality, they will begin looking for a device that can purify quickly and effectively. Depending on how much of the house a person wants treated water for, they will purchase either a point of use purifier or a point of entry purifier. Lets take a moment to review what both of these are and how they differ from one another. In addition, we will review which one is best for you when considering a reverse osmosis water filter.

The technology behind this filtration

Homeowners across Australia are starting to see the benefits, both in costs savings and also in health gains, as a result of RO (reverse osmosis) system popularity. A series of fine particle filters are used as membranes in which unfiltered and potentially harmful water is forced through. The end result is clean, purified water on one side, and all the bad stuff on the other.

Behind renewable energy technology, water purification technology is fast becoming a popular topic in the construction industry within Australia and the rest of the world; ignore it and be left in the dark!

The Benefit Of Reverse Osmosis Water Filters

Forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane, reverse osmosis water filters can help to dramatically improve the quality of water by removing contamination. By installing one either under your sink or for your entire house, you can remove odors, metals, and other contaminations. The effectiveness of your reverse osmosis water filter will depend on its quality, on its size, and on the effectiveness of the individual water filters.

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Point Of Use Verse Point Of Entry

If you are considering a reverse osmosis water filter, then the first thing you will have to consider is whether you want point of use or point of entry. Point of use refers to having a reverse osmosis water filter at a particular place in your house.

For example, one of the most common places to have a reverse osmosis water filter is under the kitchen sink. Used to wash dishes and for drinking water, many people see it only necessary to install one there. The reverse of point of use is point of entry. With point of entry, a larger reverse osmosis water filter is installed where water enters the house, guaranteeing that all water is well treated. More expensive, the point of entry method of treating water carries over a range of benefits and drawbacks that depend on your needs.

Your Particular Need

What do you need the water to be purified for? Do you want a source of water in your house that you can drink? If so, having a point of use is perfect. If you want your bathroom sink and kitchen sink to have a reverse osmosis water filter, then point of use still makes sense.

If you want your water to be purified for things like bathing, washing clothes, or for families larger then two people, then it is often suggested to get a point of entry reverse osmosis water filter. Whole house systems are more expensive meaning as a consumer you’ll want to do your research in order to find the best rated reverse osmosis system on the market, however it also guarantees a wider range of coverage that can be incredibly beneficial, especially if there is some contamination that may pose a health risk to you or your family. While it may come with a steeper price tag, the end result is that all water in your house will be cleaner.

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Does the New $100 Light Phone Hail the End of our Tech Obsessed Culture?

While it seems the majority of the world have been becoming more and more obsessed with the latest in technology – specifically when it comes to smartphones – there is growing resistance to counter this trend. An increasing number of people are shunning the connected culture, uninterested in spending countless hours messaging friends from their cell, browsing Facebook on their iPhone, and being contactable via work email 24/7.

a prototype of the Light phoneA recent Kickstarter campaign by Light, to generate funds for their new mobile concept based on “old” technology, and it’s incredible success thus far, exemplifies this. The phone which is the size of a credit card and has a battery that last for up to 20 days, has easily surpassed its funding target with over  30 days left until the campaign ends.

The phone has attracted so much attention due to is versatile nature, and the fact that it can help people disconnect from their digital worlds; something that a lot of people seem to want to do. The phone can connect with the users smart phones so ensure the users never miss a call, but don’t have any fancy gadgetry or complicated applications, so all you can really do with them is call. Being only millimeters thick and the size of a credit card, the light phones aren’t going to weigh you down either.

Take a look at this video from Light, to find out more about their new offering which is expected to be available for sale mid-2016.

The key selling points of the Light phone are obviously its size and the fact that it can help people disconnect from the mobile phone obsessed world while still allowing them to be contactable when necessary. The phone does not contain any really new technology, however it brings about something that people seem to really want, a phone that does just what cell phones were intended to do; make and receive calls.

Another new innovation to hit the cell phone market in recent times is the increase in mobile phone buyback or recycling stores. We’ve noticed a number of these second-hand mobile phone purchasing websites popping up. These sites offer a service where you can sell your old mobile phones for an instant cash rebate; some in-store but most online, for those of us eager to sell their old mobile device or just get rid of the smartphone that’s taking control of our lives to trade up for something like the Light phone.

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The Sell iPhone page on the Sold My Device website. Sold My Device offered the best buyback prices of all the sites we tested.

These online stores will give a refund on most cell models, especially the newer ones. We reviewed a number of the sites and found the best average prices on a cross-section of 5 phones comprised of an iPhone 5, and 6, Samsung Galaxy S4and Note 3 and an LG G3 at Sold My Device.

Some of the buyback stores will not only take the latest smartphones but they’ll also give you a cash refund for your second-hand ipad, tablet or notebook as well! With the constant evolution in technology and the continual upgrading of devices that so many of us are inclined to partake in, it makes sense to recycle our old devices rather than throw them away or have them sitting around in a cupboard in our homes. So many of us have old mobile phones lying around at home, why not get something back for them and help other, less-fortunate people get connected as well.

If you’re in the market for a new phone, be it a Light phone or the latest from Apple, Samsung or LG, do yourself a favour and recycle your old cell phone. Not only will you end up with a bit of cash for your troubles, but you’ll also help to recycle and keep the world in better shape, and help someone else update their own mobile phone.


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The Future of Wireless Technology

Wireless technology has always lagged behind wired technology somewhat. Slower internet speeds, frustrating mobile browsing experiences, cause many users and especially high-end gamers to adopt the ‘wired’ accessories due to concerns over lag issues. Will wireless ever catch up, or are we doomed to live in a world whereby the wired solution will always be one step ahead? Movies based in the future can often be scarily accurate, and how they portray future wireless technology is probably no exception.

Why has Wired Always been Better?

wirelessDuring a thunderstorm you’ll notice that you hear the thunder up to a few seconds after seeing the lightning. This is because sound travels slower than light. This is the basis of the problem we’re experiencing with wireless technology. Light always travels the fastest. This is why optical was such a big deal when they first came out – because they are based on data transmission using light technology in a cost efficient and reliable consumer product.

Much of computing technology today relies on electrical transmission of data, which moves at one tenth the speed of light. It’s widely believed that in the future we will be using computers based on light, and quantum technology. Optical (light) technology has been used for quite a while now, but only for relatively basic applications such as the simple transmission of data from one place to another.

Using this optical technology in more advanced areas is a different task altogether and involves the clever manipulation of light, effectively making the light behave how we choose.

What uses Optical Technology?

Computer mice are a great example of how we use optical technology today. They work using a diode that emits light to determine where the mouse is on your mouse pad, and which direction it’s moving in. This is how your mouse pointer moves across your computer screen.

Newer technology even includes a laser diode for enhanced resolution and precision. This is a selling point for high-end gaming mice which employ the use of ‘DPI’ or ‘dots per inch’. This number has recently gone over the 10,000 dots per inch mark, which effectively translates to 10,000 pieces of movement tracking data per inch. The reason that optical mice often don’t work on glass tables is that the light can’t be beamed back to the mouse, but simply goes through the table and the data is effectively lost.

It’s been around for quite a while too!

That’s right, optical data has been around longer than you may realize, and was even a basis for the way CD players gathered data from CDs to play back on a music. With every new area optical technology has been employed on a consumer grade level, it has changed the product entirely. From cassette tapes to CDs, video game cartridges to CDs and DVDs, and analog sound cables to optical sound cables.

Where is Wireless technology headed?

The University of Minnesota has engineers that have developed a chip which employs the use of sound waves, as well as light waves which are tightly confined together within the same space. This might not sound amazing on its own, but the breakthrough here is that the sound waves are able to control the light waves. This new technology could be used to improve wireless communication systems in the future, along with the possibility of being used with computation in quantum physics. Quantum computers have been considered one of the holy grails of technology and great progress has been made in recent years in making them a reality. There have been some workable models which could be applicable for very specific situations, but nothing that can yet be used on a consumer grade level.

This new chip uses a silicon coating, with a layer of aluminum nitrade. The aluminum is the part that conducts the electrical charge. An ‘earthquake’ like effect is then used to deform the material on the surface of the chip, thereby creating soundwaves which look like an earthquake. This has been done before, but the difference here is that the integration of optical circuits has made the harmony between sound and light much stronger.

What this boils down to, is the faster transmission of data due to the fact that sound and light are now working together and not against one another.

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have also begun looking closer at the possible applications for this chip in quantum devices. Photons are the smallest units of light, and phonons are the smallest unit of sound. In order to apply this chip to quantum devices, the interactions between photons and phonons needs to be better understood.

How Far Away is the Application of this Technology?

No one knows for sure, but progress is being made every day and wireless advancement is believed to be one of the great viable stepping stones by which progress can be made. You may have noticed the computing speed advancement has slowed down over the past couple of years. We’ve somewhat reached a limit in how fast computers can ‘think’ with our current technology. This is part of the reason why research and development is taking place in these areas, in order to overcome these restrictions and barriers currently holding us back.

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Tilt Slab – A New Method means Faster Construction and Lower Costs

When it comes to big dollar industries like mining and construction, small improvements in efficiency can lead to massive overall savings. A recent advancement in concrete construction has helped to collectively save millions of man-hours on construction work and is reducing the costs of building commercial and large-scale residential projects around the world.

Tilt slab construction; also known as tilt up or tilt up slab is a relatively new technology when it comes to building with concrete. The slabs are manufactured on-site on a horizontal concrete slab. Once the concrete has cured the large solid panels are “tilted” to sit in their vertical positions using a crane and held there until other supporting panels or structural components are put into place.

Tilt slab panel being erectedThis technology is gaining popularity due to its economic and time benefits and is now being utilized regularly throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand. Many other areas of the world are embracing this new construction technology as well, however Europe and the majority of Asia have been slow on the uptake, and tilt slab construction is still fairly uncommon there.

One of Australia’s leading tilt up slab construction companies, Vati Projects, have been working on commercial developments using the technology since it was founded. We spoke with them about the benefits and problems associated with this sort of technology.

The biggest issue with tilt up is the need for significant organization and collaboration on the building site as the slabs are molded and positioned. In order for a tilt slab project to be completed successfully there are a number of steps that need to be taken. These are (in chronological order):

  1. Evaluation of the worksite
  2. Engineering
  3. Laying floor slabs and footings
  4. Construction of the tilt slab panels
  5. Placement of structural steel
  6. Embeds and inserts
  7. Placement of the panels
  8. Panel erection
  9. Finishing the panels

The completed panels can be extremely heavy, in some cases weighing as much as 150 tons. A skilled team of construction workers are always necessary to ensure the development and erection processes all run smoothly.

Early tilt-slab construction was boxy and boring, however newer methods have expanded the range of shapes and changed the aesthetic possibilities. As this technology improves even further we expect its use to increase throughout developing nations and into Europe reducing the cost of large commercial building.

For more information on tilt slab construction and its uses take a look at the variety of articles, case studies and photos at

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Top 5 Benefits of LED Lighting

With LED and solar lighting, it’s easier than ever before to save energy, and improve your environment’s lighting conditions. There is a lot of chatter around the benefits of LED light emitting diodes compared to conventional lighting with good reason. LED’s are far and away the most energy efficient solution on the market and with further improvements to LED design as discussed in our previous blog, it won’t be long before production costs begin to fall, in turn passing those savings on to the public.

It’s not just for indoor fixtures either, solar lights using LEDs have improved dramatically over the last few years, to a point where they are comparable to lights using mains power. These high powered solar garden lights are the perfect example, working off as little as 10 watts for 10-12 hours all from the sun’s rays!


1. Energy Efficiency – LED lighting is by far the most energy efficient lighting available. LED bulbs can use about 10% of the power that traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs use and about 50% of the power that fluorescent lights use, for the same lighting result. To give you an example, we recommend that you replace your 50w halogen down light bulbs with our 5w LED down light bulbs. A lot of modern homes these days contain a high number of lights and most of them are running for several hours a day. Reducing your lighting power consumption by 90% can save you big $$$ off your electricity bill, especially with the continually soaring price of electricity. It is not just electricity bills that benefit from the reduced power consumption of LED lighting. Most battery operated lights, such as torches and solar lights, are reaping the rewards of LED lighting also. The batteries in a torch will now last around ten times longer with LEDs than with other bulbs and solar lights using LEDs require a much smaller battery capacity to run them through the night.

2. Long Life – LED bulbs have an outstandingly high life expectancy when compared to their lighting counterparts. Typically, incandescent and halogen bulbs run for about 1,000hrs, fluorescent bulbs can last for about 10,000hrs and a quality LED bulb can last for 50,000hrs. That means if you left an LED light switched on, it should continue running for over five and a half years. Unlike fluorescent bulbs, LED lights are not affected by how many times they are switched on and off. The advantage of longer life does not only mean that you are saving $$$ on having to purchase new bulbs all the time, but you are saving the expense of having to physically change the bulb over frequently. In some residential cases and many commercial circumstances, this can reduce the cost of having to hire electricians and equipment required just to change the bulb.

3. Environmentally Friendly – If you are looking for a way to help preserve our planet for future generations, then converting your lighting to LED is a great place to start. A great advantage of LED lights requiring far less power to operate is that it reduces the amount of power needed to be created by natural resources. LED bulbs do not contain any hazardous chemicals such as mercury, unlike fluorescent bulbs. Even with strict disposal guidelines in place for fluorescent bulbs, reports suggest that up to 17% of the total mercury content is released into the atmosphere when a fluro bulb is broken, which can often happen during transportation to a disposal facility.

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LED fluro (CFL) replacement

4. Health and Safety – As discussed above, fluorescent bulbs contain the toxic substance mercury. Mercury is particularly harmful to small children and unborn babies, but anybody who cuts themselves on a broken fluro bulb can be at serious risk. Fluorescent bulbs also emit UV and are known to cause a flicker effect which can be troublesome for people suffering from epilepsy. Learn how to dispose of fluro lights.

Another advantage of LED bulbs being so efficient is that they emit very little heat. There have been a lot of house fires started by the heat emitted from halogen down lights causing the roof insulation to catch fire. You can remove the risks caused by the heat from halogen and incandescent bulbs by switching them over to LED.

5. Durability – LEDs are extremely durable and can withstand rough and rugged conditions. Their resistance to shock, vibrations and impact damage, along with their minimal power consumption, make LEDs very popular for vehicle and caravan lighting. These features also make LEDs very beneficial to be used in any outdoor lighting that may be exposed to the elements.


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Advancements in Tyre Design push China onto the World Scene

Long gone are the days when people would equate Chinese products with cheap quality goods. Following in similar footsteps to Japan and South Korea before them, who also built their manufacturing base on lower quality consumer goods, and improved their methods and technology over time to become world leaders in their various fields; China is in the process of building a new reputation for itself.

Low cost production has made China an export powerhouse, now the number one manufacturer and exporter on the planet. While this may have begun with counterfeit electronics, machines with cheap parts, technical and lighting equipment of dubious quality etc., this is no longer the case. Many large Chinese manufacturers have seen the benefit in creating higher-quality branded products and building their own reputation around the world to become leaders in their fields.

tyredesignIn no single industry is this more apparent than with Chinese tyres. A host of well-established firms as well as several relative newcomers to the field have seen the benefit in investing in research and development to boost technological innovation and give their brands an edge over the competition. Global tyre manufacturers like Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone have had to suffer a loss in marketshare as an onslaught of Chinese companies push their way onto the growing global market. Fueled by a booming domestic marketing the the ever-developing China and with continual investment back into R&D to upgrade performance, tyre design, and quality, these companies have made a huge impact on the world scene in a veritably short amount of time.

A few of the most notable Chinese tyre brands which you are sure to hear about in the coming years if you haven’t already are: Triangle Tire, who are now in the top 10 tyre manufacturers in the world and Durun Tyre, one of the largest Chinese tyre manufacturers who produce both car and truck tyres and have their DMack tyres used in the World Rally Championships.

These firms invest billions of renminbi each year into further developing their products, marketing, and global reach which is aiding in further increasing their marketshare. Smaller and less profitable tyre manufacturers in countries with higher taxes and labour costs are struggling to keep up with the Chinese powerhouses and their massive production capacities and we expect the Chinese to increasingly dominate the global market in the coming years.

While many foreign brands have moved their manufacturing facilities to China or other countries where taxes, labour and other production costs are cheaper, they are still unable to keep up with the Chinese firms and their massive and ongoing expansions. Several forward-thinking tyre brands saw the threat coming and have built partnerships with Chinese tyre companies to benefit from their growth and investment in research and development.

Well-known brands like Triangle Tire and Durun as well as lesser known Chinese manufacturers such as Windforce, Landsail and Aufine who strongly focus on continual R&D reinvestment are an perfect example of the way China is changing the way the world perceives their products. No longer will Made in China be seen as a negative, and these successful and innovative companies are the reason why.


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The New Data is Big Business

Data is all around us. It always has been. However it is only through the development of the digital age that it has really come into focus. Prior to the past decade, data was mostly considered to be laboratory notes and school science projects, but now it is collected and traded as a valuable commodity. Technology and marketing companies are interested in the collection of all information that can be observed and measured, in the hope they may be able to benefit from it through advertising etc. Personal information is a prime target for collection and something big business and governments are collecting and collating for future reference. While almost unheard of in the ‘90s, data is now an important part of the lives of many of us, and it’s collection and usage affects us on a daily basis.

Why is Data so Important?

So why is there so much focus on the collection of data for analysis? Forecasting is one of the major reasons. People always want to know what is going to happen in the future, and by extrapolating data based on up-to-date information reasonably accurate predictions can be made. Data based forecasting is so important that business proposals in the digital era without any data-backed forecasting are usually seen as being incomplete.

dataA time series is a collection of measurements of well-defined items obtained through repeated measurements. For example, measuring the value of retail sales at any particular store each month of the year would comprise a time series. This is because sales revenue is well defined, and consistently measured at equally spaced intervals. Data collected irregularly or only once cannot be considered to be a time series. A time series can be decomposed into three components: the trend component (long term direction), the seasonal component (systematic, calendar related movements) and the irregular (unsystematic, short term fluctuations). The decomposition is important in data analysis, because what we see in a chart doesn’t necessarily happen in real life. For instance, consider the example of turkey sales over a year. If we look at turkey sales around Thanksgiving, we would estimate that sales were much higher over the entire year than they would be in actuality. Alternatively if we only looked at turkey sales in February we would get a lower estimate than the actual number of sales. This is why it is important to look at an entire time series to get a real long-long term picture.

Data can behave in a large number of ways. Depending on the situation it may have a rhythmic behavior or be highly erratic. It may have a stiff and dull attitude, being insensitive to external influence; or it may have a flexible nature and be very sensitive to externalities. It may also just behave erratically without having any major controlling parameters. We’ve discussed how data can affect a business or an organization based on data forecasting. Now we’re going to talk about the second reason why data is important in business. A collection of data can be seen as more than just a time series chart; people also needs to know what correlation can be drawn from data.

Ellison and Marks brought a simple correlation case in a paper entitled Practical Data Analysis: Business Case Studies, in 2013. They showed a case of data set containing measurements taken on customers at an Australian women’s clothing store that specialises in boho maxi dresses and other gypsy clothing. The variables included number of clothing items purchased,  total amount spent, gender of the bill payer, and day of the week. They wanted to see what variable or variables had or have the strongest influence to purchases. They also compared the amounts spent between women, and the men who were shopping for gifts for women.

From their study we learned that women tended to purchase more expensive items from the store later in the week, possibly due to its proximity to the weekend, whereas men’s purchases were more erratic and did not follow any sort of pattern. For single purchases males spent more on average than females, however women were much more likely to purchase numerous items of clothing. Over the week the study was conducted several women bought over 5 items at a time including boho dresses, pants, tops and accessories, however this was definitely not the norm. Much can be learned about consumer behavior in women’s clothing outlets by reviewing thisstudy, and all of this information is useful for the owners of the store (and their competitors) so that they can adjust their services to work with the data and increase profitability.

It is not just small businesses that can benefit from data. Big corporations have recently come under fire for their collection of people’s personal data. To the point where some people consider what they are doing to be an invasion of privacy. Corporations profit from the sale of personal information that can be used to target people for marketing purposes, to profile them, and for other more nefarious means. Anybody who has heard or the allegations of Andrew Snowden can attest to that.

The Future of Data

It was not until around a decade ago that a new kind of profession was created. These people are named “data scientists”. A data scientist represents an evolution from the business or data analyst role. These people are familiar with statistical analysis and trend prediction and generally have a background in computer science and applications, modeling, statistics, analytics and math. We are talking about a powerful career where people can essentially predict the future, through forecasting and analysis. A good data scientist will not just address business problems, they can also pick the right problems to solve, ones that will bring the most benefit to the organisation.

The work of a data scientist generally covers the following aspects:

  • Formulation of context-relevant questions and hypotheses to correlate with scientific research
  • Interpret data sets for the production of statistical evidence which could then be communicated in written form
  • Build models based on new data types, experimental design, and statistical inference

Aside to the proficiency in computer science, math, and statistics, a good data scientist must have the curiosity, creativity, focus and attention to detail.

Data scientists are always needed as far as there’s data involve in any operation. Companies that hire data scientist include:

  • Federal, provincial/state and municipal government departments
  • Online marketing companies, especially those involved in advertising
  • Transportation companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Insurance, finance, and banking organisations
  • Real estate companies, especially those involved in Managing Property
  • Management consulting companies
  • Advertising agencies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Construction companies
  • Retail companies with potential for repeat customers such as hairdressers
  • Utility companies
  • Oil, gas and mining companies
  • Online retail stores selling repeat purchase items such as t-shirts
  • Hospitals and health care organizations
  • Colleges and universities

The list goes on. As long as it remains lucrative for people to collect data, there will be people collecting it. Right now you yourself are probably included in the datasheets of hundreds, if not thousands, of companies and associations. While you may not be aware of it data is all around you. It can be used to benefit your life, your business and your education however it can also be used to do the opposite. Data is the next big thing in business and our consumeristic societies. Numbers are not just numbers, they can speak. It’s up to us to listen.

Even if you’re not doing it, you can be sure somebody else is.

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Pushing The Limits With Computing Breakthroughs

Computing power generally follows Moore’s Law which in summary states that computing power will nearly double every two years. This means that systems we have today are exponentially more powerful than what we had just 10 years ago. This is enabling many incredible technologies to emerge across a variety of industries. Here are a few new markets that have exploded due to increased capabilities of computers, servers and specialized electronics.

Data CentreI’m sure you have heard the word datacenter before, but how are they changing? You would assume that the size of these locations would decrease as disk drives are able to hold more and all other surrounding components become smaller, but this hasn’t been the case. Hundreds of new advanced datacenters have been popping up all over utilizing advanced hardware and technologies to create the most efficient form of storing and delivering data, whatever that might be.

This is partly in due to many services moving from older style formats to a web based delivery system such as Blockbuster being replaced by Netflix. You can only imagine the amount of traffic and load that is placed on a datacenter to keep up with the number of shows and movies being watched. Something else that has had a heavy influence on the size and capacity of these locations is the gaming industry which has well exceeded the growth rate of Moore’s Law throughout the last decade.

Games such as Minecraft have enlisted tens of millions of players who spend many hours each week playing the game. This is related to the server industry as most games are now installed on a local computer, but played while connected to a server. One datacenter can easily be packed with thousands of different servers running at the same time hosting everyone’s game. In the game of Minecraft, individual players are given the ability to create their own world through a Minecraft server hosting company. allows them to have their world available 24 hours a day 7 days a week as the datacenter team works tirelessly to make sure that the services are always available. It is easy to see why these datacenters are becoming very profitable in a competitive environment and being built on a regular basis.

Another driving factor for the rapid development of computing power is almost comparable to the arms race. In today’s age, there is an competition continuing on from what was seen many years ago, but it much more secretive. One of the most important pieces of a military now is intelligence and information. Supercomputing power has allowed for governments to monitor every single bit of communication taking place all over the world while being analyzed by these systems. On the front it is known as the push for the fastest supercomputer in the world, but we all know what lies beneath the surface.

These advanced computers can perform research, development and analysis of advanced problems that would otherwise be impossible to reach conclusions. Currently, China houses the fastest supercomputer named the Tianhe-2. This isn’t all bad news though, as these systems becomes more affordable, they can be applied in more markets such as healthcare. This would enable researches to enlist to the power of a supercomputer to help solve the toughest health related issues in the world.

Looking forward, there is still much potential and opportunity for intelligent systems to be developed to assist in any of these markets. Right now every device needs to be perfectly programmed to perform a specific task, while computing of the future offers a more flexible and intelligent design, which will be able to adapt to the task at hand.

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LG Innotek’s Breakthrough LEDs

LG Innotek has been making enormous gains in the world of LED lighting since they started LED development back in 2000. Their first major achievement was the development of a mass production white LED chip in 2004, followed by their patented ultra-slim, world first wafer chip on board LED chip in 2009. Fast forward five years and LG Innotek are again creating world firsts. With the help of an Australian company by the name of LED Arts, LG Innotek’s world class LED chip-on-board devices are now 100% replaceable!

The new COB LED lighting boards are available for LED flood lights, LED spotlights, and LED downlights. The new clip-out, clip-in design means that a qualified electrician is no longer required to change the diodes (just remember to turn off the power).

This breakthrough design is a huge step forward in making LED flood lights, downlights, and spotlights even more affordable for the average home owner. Not only do these lights lower energy usage but with the new design, home owners can replace the lights themselves without the need to buy new housings, further reducing maintenance costs.

LG Innotek’s LEDs are also worth mentioning. The announcement of their new high power LED (mainly used in flood lights and spot lights) saw a 30% increase in lumen efficacy when compared to their previous products. These LED chips put out a whopping 167 lumens per watt, moving LG Innotek into pole position for high power LED production.

As with all lighting products in the past, brighter light is usually accompanied by higher temperatures. LG realised that this high power LED lighting could lead to performance degradation over time and built in their new LED epitaxial growth technology which offers improved heat dissipation than previous products, ensuring the LEDs can maintain their intended lifespan of over 54,000 hours (they passed the US EPA tests with flying colours and were awarded an LM-80 rating).


Along with the new diode technology, LG began to assess the optical design of their LEDs to ensure the optical characteristics of the flood lights and spot lights in particular met the requirements of the consumer. To do this a range of illuminance tests were undertaken. Various optic designs such as uniformity, beam angle control, and omni-directional lamp designs were explored and ray tracing simulations were run, along with real view consumer based tests. All this technical research has led to lighting designs that offer the most efficient, bright, and long lasting LED lights on the market. It’s no wonder the likes of Philips and Samsung are scrambling to catch up.

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