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Screen time: Are we experiencing too much of a good thing?

Recently, I was walking my dog, Remi, around a lake and park area and noticed a family of four doing the same. As I got closer, I observed they were all looking at their smartphones while walking. I followed them for some time and noticed they never communicated with one another but kept their attention on their screens.

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Science and technology in the classroom: 3D printing initiatives

At TechOrchard, we advocate for companies of all sizes leveraging technology in ways that can help create efficiencies, increase communication and achieve business goals. Generally, our mission is to do so by augmenting the use of mobile devices. However, we know that there are countless ways businesses are utilizing technology to compete in various industries. In the education sector, it’s important firms connect with students at an early age to foster growth and enhancements in the classroom that lead to bigger successes down the road.

Most would agree that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays a key role in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity. Below is a link to an informational photo slideshow from TechRepublic that shares 10 examples of the use of 3D printing in extending STEM education in the classroom.

Photos: 10 creative 3D printing initiatives in classrooms around the world

By Lyndsey Gilpin | February 17, 2015 | TechRepublic

For more information on the STEM movement, use the additional links below.


SVOne turns the iPhone into an eye test kit

By Antonio Pasolini  |  September 29, 2014  |  Gizmag

Is there anything smartphones can’t do? Besides have taken over our lives as communication and entertainment hubs, a growing use of the devices is in eye healthcare. Guided by a socially-inclusive ethos, New York-based Smart Vision Labs has created a low-cost, portable iPhone-based gadget to help people in developing countries to diagnose vision problems.

The device is called the SVOne and it’s an autorefractor/aberrator that can be added on to an iPhone, transforming the phone into a portable lab. It’s similar to other socially-oriented solutions such as Peek and EyeGo.

SVOne uses a sensor technology called Wavefront, which diagnosesrefractive errors. The software algorithm analyzes the Wavefront data and converts it into lens prescriptions. The data is sent to the cloud from where it can be accessed and reviewed any time by healthcare providers, remote technicians and patients.

A lasting battery is another feature that enhances the portability of the system, as one charge will cover 56 hours of continuous refracting. This makes it ideal for doctors working in less than ideal settings, where costly vision testing equipment is out of reach. SVOne has been successfully field-tested in Haiti and Guatemala.

Founded in 2013, the company’s technology dates back more than 10 years, when founders Yaopeng Zhou and Marc Albanese started to develop an advanced scanning laser ophthalmoscope in a joint program between the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Boston University. Two years ago, when the duo went back to Boston University to develop an ophthalmoscope to help assess damage to the retina caused by diabetes, SVOne started to shape up as a product.

The World Health Organization says there are around 250 million people suffering from refractive error-related blindness in the developing world, where only 16 percent of children aged six and 31 percent of children aged 16 have access to proper eye tests. The lack of a proper diagnosis can impact on a person’s productivity and, consequently, living standards.

Smart Vision Labs recently showed its product at the International Vision Expo & Conference in Las Vegas between Sept. 17 and 19. The company allows visitors to its website, linked to below, to receive alerts about the product’s availability.

Smart Vision Labs’ founders talk about SVOne in the video below.

Source: Smart Vision Labs

TechOrchard hires mobile IT specialist

While mobile technology affords businesses and employees a wealth of new opportunity, it also raises concerns about the security of corporate data and the influx and management of new devices across varied operating systems in the workplace. To continue to serve the growing mobility needs of businesses and organizations throughout the Midwest, TechOrchard is pleased to announce the hire of Sean Barber as mobile IT specialist.

After working for four years in the logistics space, Sean decided to pursue a career in technology. Sean recently completed the IT Administrator track with Centriq Training. He is excited to leverage his business experience and formal technology education to serve TechOrchard’s growing client base.


The TechOrchard Team has more 30 years of experience in strategic process design, information technology and mobility. As the Midwest’s leading mobile strategy company, TechOrchard has developed and deployed progressive road maps for companies in multiple market segments with thousands of devices under management with today’s top MDM platforms.

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