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Month: August 2017

“Dent-tech” is Changing the Face of Dentistry

Dental hygiene can be expensive, especially if you are making constant trips to see professionals. In order to help you save smartly, we have compiled a list of four products that will help improve your oral hygiene in the comfort of your own home.

Teeth Whitening Kit

Due to possible genetic discoloration, or too much coffee at work and red wine at happy hour, your teeth has lost its shine. You can opt for a portable and efficient teeth whitening kit that includes gel and bleaching technology. Compact and ideal for those who want to do this at home, this is perfect for anyone who cannot find the time to go to the dentist. There a lot of complete kits online, but if I were you, I would choose the cruelty free and vegan friendly GO GO Smile Whitening Kit.

Electric toothbrush

Plaque grows from morsels of food being left forgotten in the nooks and crannies of your teeth and along your gumline. It’s not like you don’t brush your teeth, but these sections are usually difficult to reach. With a rotating head, the electric toothbrush bristles ensure thorough brushing. Go for the high-tech option to forgo bad breath and bleeding gums.

Sanitation pods

My dad likes to dip his toothbrush in a glass of warm water at least an hour before he uses it, because he “wants to clear away the germs”. If you don’t have my dad’s discipline (I know I don’t) you might want to try these cleaning pods. A clip-on protector for any kind of toothbrush (electric or regular), the “active vapors” will help keep the bristles fresh and clean up to three months.

Water Flosser

Also known as an oral irrigator, this is a cleaning device that emits a thin stream of water which helps clean between your teeth and along your gums to remove food particles and plaque. Although this device has to be plugged into an outlet, requires a reservoir of water and is not as portable as regular floss, this method is more gentle on your gums. It is also good for people with braces or dry mouths.

Next-level Mouthwash

Another product that helps eliminate bad breath (accumulation of plaque and bacteria), is mouthwash. Fluoride mouthwash will help reduce sensitivity and cavities. That being said, you should not dilute mouthwash with water, because you will reduce the amount of Flouride coating your teeth. Some mouthwashes are also available for oral cancer, which help in reducing discomfort and pain. I suggest going for Biotene mouthwashes, which is a combination of an enzyme-based protection ingredient with soothing mouth moisturizers. You can find a lot of effective mouthwashes in your local drugstore.

5 Technologies That Make Parenting Easier

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Raising children is a full-time commitment. Often parents are subject to stress just thinking about their children growing up. Technology is improving the lives of many, and parents are definitely not excluded. Here is our list of 5 technologies that revolutionise modern parenting.

  1. Hatch Baby Rest light

Described by the company as a “Night light, sound machine, and Ok-to-wake indicator in one modern device, designed to control and program conveniently from your phone. Hatch Baby Rest is a combination night light and sound machine that helps children to bed. “Parents can control the brightness and sound from their phone to aid in night time routines.

  1. Owlet smart sock

The owlet smart sock is a sock that allows parents to monitor your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels from the comfort of your home. Helping parents sleep more and stress less, it measures a baby’s oxygen levels and heart rate, and will alert parents if it detects anything abnormal.

  1. Willow milk pump

Despite it’s name, this has nothing to do with breast enhancement or a mummy makeover. Willow reinvented the concept of a milk pump, making it easier for nursing mothers to retrieve milk, and saving time. According to, “the pump fits inside a maternity bra and doesn’t require the use of hands. There are no cords or tubes and it’s much quieter than typical pumps. It also tracks output, while the pump’s bags can be immediately transferred to the freezer.”

  1. Issa Mikro toothbrush

Tooth brushing can be a difficult task for children. The ISSA mikro is a baby electric toothbrush that combines silicone bristles with gentle sonic pulsations, making it a safe, effective and fun way to teach children to brush their teeth.

Mobile applications:

With mobility devices becoming commonplace, mobile applications designed for parents have revolutionised parenting. These are our three favourite applications to help parents in various stages of their children’s development.

  • Sprout Baby

Caring for a child requires a lot of scheduling. Sprout baby lets you log diaper changes, naps, feedings, doctor appointments, milestones, and more. A sharing function allows multiple users to see information on the same child, thereby allowing multiple family members to take care of the child without worrying if the child has been fed, or has had diapers changed.

  • Mama Bear Family Safety

Safety is always in the forefront of parents’ minds. The MamaBear Family Safety app is a way to help protect your family by giving you glimpses of your kids’ activities when you are apart. This app shares their location when they are away from home, and monitors their use of text messages and social media.

  • ChoreMonster

Choremonster is lets parents make a list of chores for their kids and keep track of them. The children have a separate log-in to see the chores, check them off, and earn points. Parents can add rewards that your kids can “purchase” with their points after they have accumulated a certain amount.

Technology has helped parents for generations – the technologies featured have helped parents revolutionise the way they care for their children, taking away unnecessary stress.

5 Rising Aussie Psych-Tech Startups

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With companies like Atlasssian, Envato and Canva being recognised internationally, Australia has proven to be successful in producing groundbreaking tech enterprises. Recently the country is starting to ramp up its enthusiasm for startups, particularly in the health sector. The intersection of tech and neurology or psychology is one trend that has emerged in its healthcare innovation. From web-based mental health services to virtual realities designed to alter your mood, here’s a list of cool Australian start ups in psychology and neurology worth checking out:


Inventium is a consultancy company that helps organizations build a culture that fosters innovation. Founded by an innovation psychologist who authored the books “The Innovation Formula” and “The Creativity Formula”, Inventium drives commercial outcomes in companies using a science-based approach that applies the latest findings from neurology and psychology. Considering that 85 percent of this year’s top 20 Most Innovative Companies have a formal innovation process, the functional diversity that the company’s team of psychologist assemble can result in significant impacts. “People think of innocation as free flowing and spontaneous,” said Amantha Imber. “There’s elements of that, but without structure around it your business won’t be able to harness the innovation and resource it appropriately.” Inventium’s clients include a large number of ASX200 and Fortune500 companies from around the world.


Advanced artificial intelligence has yet to arrive, but technologies like Emotiv gives us a glimpse of what the future might look like. Emotiv uses simple to use, EEG mobile technology that could revolutionise our interaction with the world. Recognized by the scientific community worldwide, the bioinformatics company is working on identifying biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using EEG. The applications is far-reaching, spanning a variety of potential industry sectors from interactive television to psychology and transport safety. The company has earned a handful of awards including Australian International Design Awards and Australian Engineering Excellent Awards.

Smiling Mind

When people think of meditation they tend to think of chanting in the lotus position somewhere in isolation. The truth is, mindfulness can be practiced and cultivated anywhere, anytime, even while doing your everyday tasks. Clinical psychologist and CEO of the Smiling Mind app calls this “informal mindfulness”. This is what he aims to bring into people’s busy lives with the meditation app. The app, which hit over 2 million downloads, teaches people how to turn their daily chores into a form of meditation by approaching them with a self-awareness and curiosity. “We all do things every day to maintain our health and hygiene. What you might not know is that we can choose to do these mindfully by slowing down and focusing on what we’re doing,” Wooten said.

Liminal VR

Taking mind alteration to the next level, Liminal VR allows you a shortcut to augmenting your state of mind through a combination of neuroscience and design principles in virtual reality. The VR induces a range of cognitive and emotional states, starting with calming energy, with the mission of putting people in the right headspace to start their days with. The technology was tested in hospital patients who often spend a long period of time in hospitals with little interaction and feel isolated and lonely. It is hoped that the virtual stimulation will be the perect escape for patients. At the moment, most hospitals and health insurers view virtual reality as too expensive, but the technology is becoming increasingly viable and the healthcare sector is excited about its possibilities of improving the lives of patients across the world.


Uprise makes accessing local counselling and psychotherapy professionals easy. The startup offers companies of all sizes a digital series of therapies, starting with one of the most effective treatments in psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It was founded by a clinical psychologist who has over 10 years of clinical experience treating patients with a range of anxiety and depressive disorders. By allowing people to access CBT with privacy and at a fraction of the and cost, founder Dr Jay Spence hopes to help employees become the best version of themselves and achieve more at work.

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Why UWA’s Comp Sci Students Should Be Mastering Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Azure is undoubtedly a welcome launch for all application developers & IT professionals. It can be defined as a growing ensemble of integrated cloud services that helps to design, execute & manage applications from anywhere. It was initially announced as “Azure” in 2008, then “Windows Azure” in 2010 and finally as “Microsoft Azure” 3 years ago. One of the best parts of Microsoft Azure is that it allows users to build apps with almost any tool and framework. Put simply, it will add a new dimension to the world of app building. Thus, UWA Comp Sci undergrads should hone up their Azure know-how for better career prospects in application development.

Microsoft Azure builds, tests, deploys and manages applications and services via a global web of data centers managed by Microsoft. An advanced digital transformation, it’s backed by all the major features required to design a robust virtual network & deliver applications to a global audience.

Making things faster & easier

Microsoft Azure elevates the productivity level of any app developer. Designed with pre-built templates, integrated tools and managed services, Azure makes it more convenient and faster to build and manage apps. For all three major app categories (web, mobile and IoT), Microsoft Azure is fast becoming the standalone choice for developers

High flexibility

Microsoft Azure is engineered with developers’ convenience in mind. Thus, it is compatible with all major programming languages, operating systems, databases, tools and devices. Whether you have to integrate Docker in Linux containers or build applications with Python or PHP or Java, Azure is flexible with most existing technologies used by IT professionals.

Easy integration with existing IT

Unlike the traditional cloud companies, Azure smoothly integrates with existing IT structure. It is armed with a large web of secured private connections, edgy hybrid database and storage features, data residency and advanced encryption solutions. Thanks to Azure Stack, one can now use Azure application development and deployment into their own datacenter. Simply put, Microsoft Azure allows a broader range of IT options, lowers cost and less complexity.

Robust protection for data

Microsoft Azure eliminates all the usual safety worries of most cloud services. The product assures industry leading data protection and privacy. The company is the 1st cloud company accredited by EU’s data safety authorities given its strict compliance to the EU privacy regulations. Microsoft is also a pioneer in adopting the latest global cloud data privacy standards, namely ISO 27018.

Efficient disaster recovery

Microsoft Azure is powered with geographically decentralized high-speed infrastructure. This design assures excellent disaster recovery, much to the relief of users.

Powered with predictive Analytics

Moreover, Azure is backed by advanced predictive analytics features such as- Cortana Analytics, Machine Learning and Stream Analytics. These analytics services have rendered a new edge to business intelligence, making it smarter and more functional. Users benefit from discovery of amazing business opportunities from their IoT data. Finally, Microsoft Azure also assures easy scalability with packages so that you only have to pay for what you need.

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