Monthly Archives: February 2017

MWC 17: towards integrated mobility

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El Dr. Josep Lluís Larriba, director de DAMA UPC, a l’estand de cigo! al MWC17.

This week Barcelona is hosting a new edition of the Mobile World Congress. The event’s importance is clearly demonstrated by its figures: 2,200 exhibitors, over 100,000 professionals and 4,000 accredited journalists. The economic activity that takes place over four days is only overshadowed by something that can sometimes appear to be in the background: the relevance of what is presented.

Some years ago, the GSMA Mobile World Congress stopped being just a trade fair on mobiles. The event has evolved in parallel to developments in technology, so that the concept of mobility is no longer an added value, but rather a necessity that opens doors to developments of extraordinary utility…

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“Light! More light!”

The last words that were supposedly spoken by one of the fathers of Romanticism, the German Goethe, could be used to describe one of the studies that I participated in as a researcher at the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (CREB, CIT UPC).

Logically, lighting an operating theatre is no easy business. However, surgeons demand improvements not only in the instruments and techniques they use, but also in the spaces in which they work.

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Alicia Casals, CREB UPC

In response to this need, Doctor Enric Laporte, a notable surgeon with an outstanding career spanning over twenty years in various hospitals in Catalonia, approached CREB researchers to propose a challenge: would we be able to create a system that could improve the current lighting of surgeries?

The aim was to work on a new, more efficient system based on certain requirements set out by the surgeon. Various kinds of lights were needed that could be focused on different points at different times and adapted to needs on the operating table so that the area of interest could be illuminated with the required light intensity. In addition, the system needed to be easy to use…

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