Friday, June 25, 2010

The Future of Trading

You're invited to join our debate on The Future of Trading - Rewiring the Financial Market Fabric. This panel discussion will be hosted in London on July 14. It will debate how the global capital markets have raced ahead with staggering innovation to create an entrepreneurial revolution that is taking place before our eyes in these li...ghts-out, proximity trading centres where machines are talking to machines.

You will have the opportunity to network with industry peers and discuss what has been accomplished to date - and what has yet be achieved in today's increasingly competitive landscape of fragmented markets, dark pools, high frequency trading, and follow-the-sun strategies.

5.30pm - Drinks
6.00pm - Panel discussion
7.15pm - Networking Mixer/Party
9.00pm - Finish

Our Panel:
Moderator, Bob Giffords
Industry Analyst

Alasdair Haynes
CEO of Chi-X Europe

Eric Schwartz
President of Equinix Europe

Hirander Misra
CEO of ALGO Technologies

Dr Robert Barnes
Head of Market Infrastructure and CEO of MTF UBS

Valerie Bannert-Thurner
Executive Director of FTEN

Immersion Partner News

Date Article Partner
Jun 10, 2010

RIO® Robotic Arm System by MAKO Surgical Corp. Wins 2010 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award

Mako Surgical Corp
May 14, 2010

Datel release Wiimote Contender - WildFire FX Controller with Rapid Fire

Apr 29, 2010

Nokia N8: Something Innately Good About It

Apr 09, 2010

Synaptics Fuse Concept Shows the Future of Smartphone Navigation

Mar 26, 2010

CNET's Best of CTIA Awards: Samsung Galaxy S

AME Info
Feb 18, 2010 Synaptics Fuse hands-on [Video] Synaptics
Jan 17, 2010 Visteon Haptic and Spacial Gesture Touchscreen - CES 2010 [Video] Visteon

RIO(R) Robotic Arm System by MAKO Surgical Corp. Wins 2010 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq:MAKO) announced that its RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System has received a 2010 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award. RIO® is used to perform MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, a treatment option for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.

"It is an honor to receive this recognition," said Dr. Maurice R. Ferré, President and Chief Executive Officer of MAKO. "RIO®, which was released last year, represents an important expansion to the previous generation of our robotic arm surgical system, incorporating enhancements such as improved dexterity and a more ergonomic configuration. Additionally, the RIO® is an enabling platform for current and future applications."

The 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award winners were honored at a presentation ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 in New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in conjunction with the Medical Design & Manufacturing East Conference and Exposition (

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition ( is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.

A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine, and diagnostics.

New Challenges in Handheld Touchscreens

from Advanced Imaging Magazine:

By Dr. Andrew Hsu

The wide adoption of capacitive touchscreens has brought new considerations and challenges to designers. Interaction with handheld devices via gestures is gaining more attention.


To enhance the level of physical feedback, designers can also incorporate haptics (touch feedback), also known as “rumble feedback,” “tactile feedback,” and “vibrotactile feedback.” Haptics solutions enhance user feedback to touch input by associating a tactile effect, achieved through an actuator such as a motor, to a particular touch or gesture. Today there are improved haptics solutions, such as Immersion’s TouchSense® technology, that provides a wide library of haptic effects, making it easy for designers to integrate. Imagine subtle exertion when you touch a button icon or scrolling with wheel-like rotation effects can make an interface both compelling and easy to use.

Software design around capacitive touchscreens is more art than science and simplicity is the name of the game. Since touchscreens are complex control systems, the challenge is how to make device interaction intuitive and obvious with clean and elegant design.


Andrew Hsu has been the primary technical contact for Synaptics’ worldwide customers in the handheld space since 1999. He joined Synaptics in 1996 and led the company’s efforts into establishing a presence in the mobile handset market. Hsu developed Synaptics’ ClearPad™ technology, a transparent sensor that can be mounted under curved plastic and glass. He led the marketing for ClearPad, resulting in the first production phone with a capacitive touchscreen, the LG Prada. Prior to his current role, Hsu was a scientist and a design engineer that helped develop the first single-chip TouchPad™ solution for Synaptics. Hsu holds a doctorate in neuroscience and a master’s in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Cal Tech.

Immersion Corp. Started At Buy By Dougherty & Co

Immersion Corp. Started At Buy By Dougherty & Co

Chi-X to Connect North America to European Venues


>>Chi-X to Connect North America to European Venues

The service includes high-speed connections to trading venues in the United Kingdom and Europe from co-located data centers, as well as market data, hosting services, third-party applications and technical support. 

"We are introducing MarketPrizm to North America as an answer to the high cost and resource investment required for trading infrastructure and connectivity in Europe,'' said MarketPrizm Managing Director Nicolas Levy.

The MarketPrizm network and services are geared for all types of electronic trading, including high frequency, algorithmic and other speed-sensitive strategies.


LD4 London Slough is Equinix’s first complete data center built from the ground up in Europe. Every detail was considered in design, planning, and build to ensure Europe’s most advanced data center environment, which hosts the UK’s Equinix Financial Exchange with Chi-X.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

DiData takes stake in Netforce to boost hosting prowess


>>DiData takes stake in Netforce to boost hosting prowess

NetForce boasts a Tier-2, 55-rack facility in North Ryde with an average of 4kVa of power allocated per rack.

Dimension Data will provide infrastructure-as-a-service from within the NetForce data centre alongside cloud computing services delivered from co-location facilities at Optus, Global Switch and Equinix.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Value of Haptics

A summary of published findings on the value of haptic feedback in human-computer interaction

fatter and faster

In the low-tech world, fatter and faster reads like an oxymoron. However, Equinix's chief technologist, Lane Patterson, is appearing on a panel at GigaOM Structure 2010 Conference on Thursday, June 24 (11:20am) in San Francisco to help explain what this means to the cloud computing revolution. In order to reach its full potential, cloud computing is often dependent on one key factor: high-capacity broadband. As customers deploy the cloud they are finding they need ever-fatter pipes and lower latency than ever before. The panel investigates the perspectives from the broadband service providers and broadband technology providers. (See events for additional information)

Erlanger's Jim Brexler Announces 2010-11 Budget To Employees


>>Erlanger's Jim Brexler Announces 2010-11 Budget To Employees

"In the coming months, we will be adding the region's first dedicated pediatric CT scanner at Children's Hospital. We also have plans to introduce the first Cyberknife to the region - an important addition to our cancer program.

On the edge of medical technology -- St. Ann's first in area with 'revolutionary' cancer treatment


>>On the edge of medical technology -- St. Ann's first in area with 'revolutionary' cancer treatment

Cancer surgery without the surgery is coming soon to Mount Carmel St. Ann's.

CyberKnife, a $6.3 million robotic radiosurgery system, has been in use at the hospital since Monday, June 21. The system is one of only two in the state and the first in Central Ohio.

"In my (opinion), it meets the qualifications of revolutionary," said Doug Widman, medical director of Columbus CyberKnife and radiation oncologist at Mount Carmel.


CyberKnife, which is made in Germany and described by Widman as looking like a robot used in automotive manufacturing, also has tighter treatment margins.



Widman said St. Ann's expects to treat 200 patients in the first year of the machine, and most insurance carriers cover the treatment. Because of the high cost of the procedure, all patients most be preapproved.

Georgia's 3rd CK will be installed in Savannah

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>Georgia's 3rd CK will be installed in Savannah **

Georgia Department of Community Health approved Certificate of Need for two CK, in Savannah and Burnswick:

(1) 2010-004 Candler Hospital dba Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
New CyberKnife Unit (BATCHING) Joined (005)
Filed: 2/20/2010 Deemed Complete: 2/20/2010
Joined: 2/20/2010 60th Day Deadline: 4/20/2010
Decision Deadline: 6/19/2010
Site: 225 Candler Drive, Savannah, GA 31405 (Chatham County)
Contact: John Salandi 912-819-2498
Estimated Cost: $6,263,060

(2) 2010-005 Southeast Georgia Health System
Acquisition of a CyberKnife (BATCHING) Joined (004)
Filed: 2/20/2010 Deemed Complete: 2/20/2010
Joined: 2/20/2010 60th Day Deadline: 4/20/2010
Decision Deadline: 6/19/2010
Site: 2415 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520 (Glynn County)
Contact: Carlton A. DeVooght 912-466-3391
Estimated Cost: $4,787,028

CK in Japan – expected to grow from 20 to 100 in 5 years??

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>CK in Japan – expected to grow from 20 to 100 in 5 years??

Japanese love robot and CK is one of their favorites. But they also have strict rules for CK. Although FDA approved CK for treatment of tumors in any location of the body in 2001, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare did not grant the approval until June 2008. Twenty CK (for head and neck) were installed in Japan at that time. There was a very high expectation for future sales after the approval. An old news from July 24, 2008 said: “CyberKnife units are expected to grow to about 100 over five years”.

At the end of 2008, CK in Japan increased to 21. No more were installed in 2009 and first half of 2010. Why sales stalled? Is “100 over five years” over expectation?

News on June 3, 2010 “First CK Treatments Using the Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System Completed in Japan”
may answer some of the questions.

It said: “ In April 2010 fiducial markers that are compatible with the CyberKnife System were approved for use.”

June 2008 – Approved treatment in any location of the body
April 2010 – Approved fiducial markers

I think it is just a slow start, “100 in 5 years” is still a possibility, may be delayed a couple of years because of the recession. ARAY have received 3 new orders in the last two quarters. I hope the approval of fiducial markers has removed the last hurdle.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Georgia's 2nd CK will be operational in Nov 2010

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>Georgia's 2nd CK will be operational in Nov 2010

Southeast Georgia Health System's hospital in Brunswick will soon be one of only two in the state to offer CyberKnife technology, a robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors without cutting a patient.

The health system said the Georgia Department of Community Health approved its Certificate of Need request to offer the CyberKnife.

It should be installed and operational at the hospital in November.

hearing about NY5 and (Possibly) NY6

from webhostingtalk:

Originally Posted by FHDave View Post
NY2 is still a better choice even for financial customers
Actually NY4 has the direct rings now to the NYSE and Nasdaq, cuts latency a few hundred of a millisecond ( which for most of us is nothing , but for traders or financials its pretty important)

And soon youll start hearing about NY5 and (Possibly) NY6 ( since NY4 is pretty much almost sold out)

NY2 Equinix Secaucus NJ

Monday, June 21, 2010

CyberKnife cartoon

Cute CyberKnife cartoon to enjoy on your Monday. It compares the mobility of the CyberKnife with the rigid range of motion on other radiation therapy machines.

from FB

Essex Radez launches Normalized Multicast Feed

from Automated Trader : Co location News

>>As vendor-of-record for delivery of all North American exchange feeds through its Velocitick subsidiary, Essex Radez offers clients the ability to co-locate any number of servers at any of its five data centers: Equinix Secaucus, Savvis/NYSE Weehawken, NASDAQ Carteret, Equinix Chicago, and CBOE Chicago. Additionally, through its private network, the firm provides execution connectivity to all major trading venues and will be introducing a smart-order-routing service in July.

read more at this link.

Do It for Dad Event Raises $355-thousand


>>Do It for Dad Event Raises $355-thousand

Some of the money raised on Sunday will help develop a new "Check Em" Testicular Cancer Awareness Program, which will be launched this fall at St. Pat's High School.

The Do It for Dad event will also support prostate cancer research and treatment and the Cyberknife Technology.