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Policy

By Cindy Stevens

T EC H H U B

The Tech Industry
Innovates

 T 

he consumer tech industry is marshalling its entrepreneurial spirit
to develop solutions to battle the
coronavirus. Here is a sample of the inspiring, innovative work that is happening in
diverse areas.
Making Face Masks
Nomad, a maker of consumer
technology accessories including chargers, cases and cables, is
shifting its focus to making medical supplies, starting with face
masks. In an article in Oracle's
Protocol newsletter, Noah
Dentzel, Nomad's CEO and
Co-founder Brian Hahn are working with factory partners in China
and have ordered 50,000 masks.
They also are looking into producing surgery gowns, face
shields and thermometers.

Top to Bottom: Courtesy of Avi Schiffman, Courtesy of BioIntelliSense, Courtesy of Budmen

GM, Ford Produce
Ventilators
General Motors Co., along
with ventilator firm Ventec Life
Systems, has more than 1,000
GM workers making ventilators
at its Kokomo, Indiana, plant.
The automaker aims to begin
mass production and to make
10,000 ventilators a month by
summer. Ford Motor Co. says it
will produce 50,000 ventilators
over the next 100 days at a plant
in Michigan in cooperation with
General Electric's health care
unit. It can then build 30,000
per month as needed to
treat patients afflicted with
the coronavirus.

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3D Printing
Medical Shields
Stephanie Keef and Isaac
Budmen who run Budmen
Printers in upstate New York, are
making medical face shields
from their basement as reported
by CNN. It takes about 58 minutes to 3D print a visor. With 16
printers running around the
clock and volunteers to assemble the products, they have produced nearly 400 shields. Their
database connects those in
need of medical supplies with a
network of other small 3D printers with nearly 40,000 requests
from the medical community.

Pepper can Disinfect
During the COVID-19 shutdown,
robots can go where it's not safe
for humans. Softbank Robotics'
robot Pepper, can be used in
hospitals to communicate and in
airports to limit human interaction. Its 'Autonomous Cleaning
Solution' can help clean busy
public areas like airports, transit
stations and schools without
putting people at risk.

Risk Screening
Humetrix has developed a new
COVID-19 infection risk screening and warning feature for
users of its iBlueButton platform

Top: Avi Schiffman shows off
his COVID-19 tracking website; Bottom: A 3D-printed
medical shield; Left: The
BioIntelliSense BioSticker.

that is focused on the elderly.
The mobile app sends personal
health care guidance and warnings to seniors at risk for severe
COVID-19 symptoms.

The BioSticker
BioIntelliSense developed a
wearable device, the BioSticker,
that detects metrics including
fever, shortness of breath and
coughing, the hallmarks of
COVID-19. The FDA-cleared
BioSticker medical device is
worn on the upper left chest for
remote data capture. It lets users
"stick it on and forget it." The physician prescribed BioSticker is the
first single-use medical device
for up to 30 days of continuous
vital sign monitoring.

Innovation at Retail
Best Buy is offering curbside
pickup service at their retail

stores for tech products that connect, inform and entertain people,
and enable remote work and learning. Best Buy also will open 200 of
its 1,000 stores in May to customers who make appointments for
consultations with sales associates
in addition to resuming in-home
installation, repairs and deliveries.

Free Rides
Uber is ramping up its response
to the pandemic, pledging 10 million free rides and food deliveries
for health care workers, senior
citizens and others affected by
the outbreak.

A Teen Tracks the Virus
17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, from Mercer Island, Washington,
created a website in December to track the coronavirus while it
was still only in China. It tracks deaths, number of cases locally
and globally, has an interactive map, information on the disease and a Twitter feed. It updates every minute, and pulls data
from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease
Control and elsewhere and is used by tens of millions globally.
Access the site at nCoV2019.live

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