CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

Coronavirus: Spot robot can help reduce contamination of hospital staff

The coronavirus poses big problems in hospitals, where the staff is in constant contact with the sick ... And who in return, can be contaminated by COVID-19. The Boston robotics Spot robotic quadruped could be a solution.
Spot robot can help reduce contamination of hospital staff

One of the golden rules to avoid the spread of coronavirus is to stay away from each other, at least a good meter. But it is an impossible measure to follow in hospitals, where it is obviously essential for nurses and doctors to examine patients. And despite the precautions (wearing masks or visors), hospital staff are among the most contaminated with COVID-19.

Boston Dynamics offers a solution. The Spot robot, whose deliveries have started with the first buyers, can be a useful aid in sorting patients. To do this, the builder has loaned a unit to Brigham Hospital in Boston, where the robot allows caregivers to remotely determine whether a particular patient should go to a certain location.

To achieve this, Spot is surmounted by an iPad: the caregiver can chat with the patient, ask questions and even ask him to take his temperature. Telemedicine on legs, in a way! Normally, all of these operations require up to five people, according to Boston Dynamics. A robot can perform all of these functions without risking contamination of hospital staff.

The manufacturer has not finished with the development of the nursing robot. He is working on the integration of sensors that will allow him to measure temperature, heart rate, respiration, oxygen saturation. Later, Spot can even disinfect the rooms thanks to a UV lamp attached to the back!

And of course, Spot can also adapt to tasks like delivering food, masks, equipment of all kinds for patients in isolation. To help anyone who already owns a Spot, the company provides documentation and technical files to build iPad docking stations and vital signs applications.