Providing Telemedicine to Peru’s Medical Outposts

Project was part of the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge

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THE INSTITUTEThree health facilities in Peru’s remote Amazon jungle can now communicate with each other and exchange information with a regional hospital, thanks in part to IEEE volunteers. And the volunteers learned a valuable lesson: A large-scale humanitarian project’s success is determined by the level of involvement of the beneficiaries in implementing, sustaining, and expanding it. Technology is just one piece of the overall picture.

The project came under the umbrella of the Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC), a partnership between IEEE and the United Nations Foundation that involved IEEE members, humanitarian aid workers, technologists, and others working on technical solutions for urgent problems that plague developing countries.

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The State of the Transistor in 3 Charts

In 75 years, it’s become tiny, mighty, ubiquitous, and just plain weird

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The most obvious change in transistor technology in the last 75 years has been just how many we can make. Reducing the size of the device has been a titanic effort and a fantastically successful one, as these charts show. But size isn’t the only feature engineers have been improving.

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