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Can technology help the blind to see?

eSight technology to help those with vision impairment

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 253 million people worldwide live with vision impairment. Of these people, 36 million are blind while 217 million have moderate to severe impairment to their vision. Companies are on the quest to develop cutting-edge technology to aid the user when the human eye falls short. Here is what is new in the world of accessible technology for the blind and vision impaired: 

eSight

Toronto company eSight is the brainchild of Conrad Lewis, an engineer who has two sisters who are legally blind. Lewis wanted to use his engineering skills to come up with technology that can enable mobility and versatility for the vision impaired. eSight has a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures what the user is looking at and then uses an algorithm to enhance the video feed and display it on two screens in front of the their eyes. The technology aims to help individuals with their daily life, at school and in the workplace. 

BlindSquare

The area of Yonge and St. Clair is quickly becoming the most accessible hub in Toronto for the blind and visually impaired. Many of the businesses in the area are installing beacons to help blind and visually impaired customers shop at their stores. The beacons work with BlindSquare to send information about the store to the individual’s smartphone via a downloadable app. The information helps the person navigate the store by letting them know where there are fixed obstacles such as stairs, cash registers, doors, etc. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind hopes to install beacons in 200 businesses by the end of 2017.

FeelSpace

The German startup FeelSpace has developed a technology that can help the wearer with their sense of direction. The navigation belt gives the person direction via tactile signals; the belt can be worn while walking or biking. For those living with vision impairment, the belt can help them explore their environment and help them get from point A to B.

OrCam

OrCam uses wearable artificial vision to help the user by converting visual information into spoken word. The attachment fits onto glasses and allows the wearer to get information about text (newspapers, books, menus, labels), recognize faces and identify products and money. The device is meant to assist the wearer in their day-to-day tasks thus allowing for a more independent lifestyle.

Technology is constantly changing and it is exciting to see what advancements are out there to assist those with blindness and vision impairment. With the current advancements in accessible technology, visual hurdles may soon be a thing of the past.

Works cited:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs282/en/

https://www.esighteyewear.com/

http://www.blindsquare.com/

http://en.feelspace.de/en/

https://www.orcam.com/

https://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/7549524-yonge-and-st-clair-moves-toward-full-accessibility-for-the-blind/

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind

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It is Canadian Patient Safety Week! 

Research shows that virtually all critical inpatient events are preceded by warning signs that occur approximately six-and-a-half hours in advance. It is important to know these 10 signs of a rapidly deteriorating patient. 

10 signs of a rapidly deteriorating patient

Source: Canadian Patient Safety Institute

 

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It's moving day at Joseph Brant Hospital!

Staff at Burlington's Joseph Brant Hospital are moving approximately 150 patients to the new Michael Lee Chin Tower. The seven story buidling will feature an expanded intensive care unit, an updated lab and nine new operating rooms. The new wing is double the size of the hospital by over 800,000 square feet. 

The new tower was built with the initiative to reduce wait times and improve patient care.

The cost of the project is $350 million. 

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We are having a job fair every Wednesday this summer!

Come out to our job fair every Wednesday this summer! Spectrum Patient Services is currently looking to fill positions for full-time Patient Transfer Drivers (Medical Transfer Attendants). Drop in for an on-site interview!

Time:
Every Wednesday in August
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location:
221 Bethridge Road
Etobicoke, ON M9W 1N4

Position Requirements: 

  • Resume
  • Updated First Aid and Level C CPR Certification
  • Valid "G" Ontario Driver's Licence
  • Clean and Current Driver's Abstract

Other Requirements:

  • DPT Immunization (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus vaccination)
  • Current Police Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Lift test will be required

If you are unable to join us at one of our job fairs, please send your resume directly to HR@spectrumpatientservices.com

Contact:
Tel: 1-866-527-9191
HR@spectrumpatientservices.com

Hope to see you there!

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Join us at our job fairs!

Spectrum Patient Services is hiring full-time Patient Transfer Drivers (Medical Transfer Attendants). Come out to our job fair for an on-site interview!

Time:
July 19
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location:
221 Bethridge Road
Etobicoke, ON M9W 1N4

Position Requirements: 

  • Resume
  • Updated First Aid and Level C CPR Certification
  • Valid "G" Ontario Driver's Licence
  • Clean and Current Driver's Abstract

Other Requirements:

  • DPT Immunization (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus vaccination)
  • Current Police Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Lift test will be required

If you are unable to join us at one of our job fairs, please send your resume directly to HR@spectrumpatientservices.com

Contact:
Tel: 1-866-527-9191
HR@spectrumpatientservices.com

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Paramedic Services Week: Fact #3

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