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Four Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Medical Industry

There’s no shortage of predictions about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to revolutionize life as we know it. Everything from manufacturing to your coffee pot will be impacted by the influx of sensors and data in the coming years. Nowhere, perhaps, will the IoT have a bigger impact than the healthcare industry. According to Deloitte, within five years, the majority of clinically relevant data will be collected outside of clinical settings.

The IoT, where devices connect directly to data and to each other, is rapidly becoming the new normal. Wireless, sensor-based systems are already at work today and the healthcare industry is moving full-steam ahead towards new products and innovations. A report from states the healthcare IoT market is poised to hit $117 billion by 2020.

Below are four ways IoT will transform the medical industry:

More data – Advances in sensor and connectivity technology are allowing devices to collect, record and analyze data that was not previously accessible. In healthcare, this means being able to collect patient data over time that can be used to enable preventive care, allow prompt diagnosis of acute complications and promote understanding of how a therapy is helping improve a patient’s health.

More reliable results – For some, just the thought of going to the doctor is enough to induce beads of sweat and clammy hands. IoT helps to avoid skewed results from what’s often called “white coat fright.” The panic many feel when entering a doctor’s office can have an impact on blood pressure, heart rate readings and other tests. Wearable devices connected to the IoT provide results collected over a longer period, which could prove more accurate than results based on a single moment in time.

Improved outcomes – The shift towards a more fluid and relevant way of tracking overall patient health over time will offer a more holistic view of the patient. Wireless, sensor-based systems are already at work today, gathering patient medical data that was never before available for analysis and delivering care to people for whom care wasn’t previously accessible.

Fewer errors – The ability of devices to gather data on their own removes the limitations of human-entered data—automatically uploading the data medical professionals need, at the time and in the way they need it. The automation reduces the risk of error. Fewer errors can mean increased efficiency, lower costs and quality improvements in just about any industry. But it’s of particular need in healthcare, where accuracy can be the difference between life and death.

Soon, XYZLife, Kinpo Group’s advanced healthcare product brand designed for the medical/consumer market, will introduce breakthrough wearable IoT technology in the form of a medical-grade necklace and a shirt designed to be worn under clothing. XYZ’s Bio Sensing technology monitors key vital signs and is particularly designed for individuals with a history of heart problems. With these portable devices, users can record and monitor heart rates, breathing rates and EKG anytime, anywhere.

XYZ’s innovations will offer a range of customized information and reports, available via a mobile device, which can be sent directly to your medical professional or emergency contact. With these portable devices, the product is constantly monitoring and alerts you if there are abnormal readings. Recording becomes easy and personal health can be monitored in a more effective and systematic way.

IoT will continue to flourish in healthcare for the foreseeable future.  Sooner than many imagine, we will likely reach a point where your car, clothing, devices and doctors work together so seamlessly to provide a view of overall health that it will be hard to imagine a time without the IoT.


3D printing offers affordable way to make during National Week of Making

This month, students, teachers and adults are gearing up to create, innovate and tinker in celebration of National Week of Making (June 17- June 23).

This year’s festivities continue the initiative that began in June 2014 when President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and issued a call to action that “every company, every college, every community, every citizen joins us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.” Last year, he built on the single event by proclaiming a National Week of Making and inviting people of all ages to hold events around the country celebrating ingda Vinci Minienuity, inspiring creative problem-solving, and supporting opportunities for those from all backgrounds to tinker and make.

Since our inception, XYZprinting has put a spotlight on making and paved the way for hands-on, creative and educational activities, such as 3D printing and robotics, to be affordable and accessible to all. Our recent COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 award win for our $269 3D printer, the da Vinci Mini, recognized the innovation and affordability of our products. And in January, we received the CES Editors’ Choice Award for the Mini. Below are a few other products that can be used to bolster creativity and delight makers of all ages during the National Week of Making.

  • XYZmaker and XYZmaker lite: XYZmaker, a 3D modeling application, and XYZmaker lite, the Windows OS, Android and iOS mobile apps, are the perfect solutions for young designers to edit projects intuitively in the classroom. Both provide a solution and service to expedite the process from design to print.
  • XYZ STEAM: An online curriculum exchange program best-suited for STEAM educators to incorporate 3D printing seamlessly into the classroom. Curricula consist of downloadable 3D printing models, assembly instructions, photos, videos and operation instructions that stimulate learning.
  • da Vinci 3D Pen: Our 3D Pen is a borderless imagination come to life. The PLA filament gets pushed through the tip of t3D Pen imagehe pen so that it comes out melted, but cools quickly so that users can draw 3D objects in minutes. The 3D Pen doesn’t require a computer or software to operate and is great for DIY and craft projects. It’s currently available for pre-order for $49 along with the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro 3-in-1.

We look forward to hearing the stories of the countless leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and educators, in local communities, who will use this week to bring products and inventions to life. Check out our gallery to see how everyone from students to professionals are getting creative with the help of 3D printers and then upload your own photos during the National Week of Making.



Electronics manufacturers follow New Kinpo Group’s footprints to Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is increasingly becoming a popular place for major brands to make gadgets, widgets and all things electronic.

Analysts have attributed the increase to the high-quality labor available in the region coupled with  lower costs and more favorable economic climate compared to China. Although this global market shift is relatively new for many electronics manufacturers, New Kinpo Group (NKG) has long predicted additional EMS growth will be fueled by the Southeast Asia market. This early vision and strategic investment has allowed NKG to develop a vast, stable supply chain in the region.

Although the industry is notoriously slow and often belabored, NKG forecasts more companies will begin to shift operations to the region. Below are three reasons Southeast Asia will continue to grow as a strategic location for electronics manufacturers.

  • Middle class growth – Southeast Asia’s middle class is diverse, confident in the economy and growing more affluent by the day. In 2012 there were an estimated 190 million people in Southeast Asia who could be defined as middle class. According to Nielsen, that number will more than double by 2020, to 400 million people. This will translate into an increased demand for consumer goods.
  • Infrastructure – Global shipping expenses have made it crucial to look for more effective production sites and Southeast Asia is becoming the center of gravity. As a result, the company’s international customers are able to capitalize on our robust infrastructure to better serve local customers. With our extensive knowledge of local markets, NKG is able to vertically integrate stable supply chains and keep our design team close, drastically improving delivery time for our customers.
  • Modern technology – The increasing desire for mobility and productivity coupled with access to more disposable income will continue to drive overall demand for consumer electronics products.  IoT also represents a major opportunity for the region to foster innovation that would create a positive impact not only for consumers and businesses, but also in the education field.

Based in Taiwan for more than 40 years and in Southeast Asia for 24 years, NKG continues to invest throughout the region in order to offer customers greater flexibility, lower costs, faster delivery times, and world-class product quality. Most recently, NKG opened a new factory in the Philippines. This highly-automated, vertically-integrated factory employs more than 8,000 skilled workers dedicated to consumer product manufacturing. Watch the video from our recent grand opening celebration below.

With manufacturing sites located strategically throughout the world—including not only Southeast Asia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia, but also the U.S., Brazil and Mexico—and a vertically integrated model, NKG will continue to achieve lower manufacturing costs and greater efficiencies than other global EMS/ODM companies who are just now realizing the opportunity this vast and environmentally diverse region has to offer. As NKG strategically expands into new markets to best meet the needs of our customers, we expect other manufacturers will continue to follow the footprints along the path we’re forging.