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NWCDC 2022 Technology – My Annual Search For New Ideas

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NWCDC 2022 Technology Search – What I Found This Year

Every year for the past 20 years, I have searched through the vendor booths and sessions at many conferences including this year.  My NWCDC 2022 technology search landed me in the vendor booth section – as every year.

I was supposed to talk at length with one vendor that registered for a booth, but did not show -arrggh!

My NWCDC 2022 technology search turned up a few interesting inventions that were not necessarily AI-based. I spent 6 hours going to each vendor booth and talking about new things.  There is nothing wrong with companies that are performing the same functions year to year.   My walk-through centered on anything new or improved.

If I came across companies that were there for the first time, I encouraged them to try the conference three times to see if it was worth their time and money.   Many of the vendors I found to have some new technology or processes tended to not show up again after the first year.

 Both Had To Do With Improving Permanent Disabilities

Naked Prosthetics

The first company I found in my NWCDC 2022 technology search was Naked Prosthetics.  It provides an easier return to work for injured employees that have unfortunately experienced the loss of partial or complete digits.  Their hand and finger prosthetics were nothing short of amazing.

pic of nwcdc 2022 technology naked prosthetics avocado slicing
(c) Naked Prosthetics – used with permission

This is not the first time I have found the only prosthetic NWCDC technology that was something new.   The picture shows how the fine finger and hand movements cause an injured worker (possibly a restaurant?) to now slice an avocado.  Naked Prosthetics’ website can be found here.

I will very likely return back to this article to add more once I hear back from their marketing department.

I had thought their prosthetics could assist guitarists such as myself – but that is a conversation for another time and place.

One Call Medical and Ricky Parker – Almost Science Fiction

At the Wednesday night Happy Hour function, I met a young lady from One Call Medical who recommended that I check out a session where they invited a double amputee – Billy Parker to present in a panel-type discussion.  I thought that this was going to be underwhelming at best until Mr. Parker demonstrated the dexterity he had with his prosthetics that were beyond anything I have seen in that area.

When I noticed that Mr. Parker’s prosthetics enabled him to do hand gestures while he was speaking, I was amazed at the level of technology that was built into his prosthetics.  This is Billy stirring a pot on the stove.

Billy is a brave guy to stand in front of a large crowd and talks about his injury and his subsequent recovery.   He has made a number of videos of his disability and how he works with his new prosthetics.

The NWCDC 2022 Technology search took me in a similar direction as in past years such as this prosthetic from a past conference.

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