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Comment: Re:Cheap Polysomnograph? (Score 2, Interesting) 66

by castoridae (#30945014) Attached to: Monitor Your Health 24x7 With the WIN Human Recorder

There might be all sorts of interesting bio-feedback applications. I was involved with a similar project about ten years ago, and one of our more interesting sessions involved connecting a number of sensors (primarily muscle tension sensors tracking electrical differentials across the skin) to the face of a trombone player who had some nerve damage on one side of his face. He couldn't really feel the "bad" side of his face, but kept adjusting until the readings looked the same as the "good" side, enabling him to play his instrument with somewhat closer to the technique he'd had before his injury/illness.

Comment: Re:d'oh. (Score 1) 266

by castoridae (#30812428) Attached to: Nano-Scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accuracy

First, sorry - I did come across as a troll.

It bothers me to see generalized objections like this thrown up in front of a promising technology & line of pursuit, because it may throw up an artificial objection if enough people latch on. I think it's wrong to assume that the people working on this are idiots and won't apply disciplined engineering, testing, etc., as is done other critical systems.

Sure, there is the potential for bad things to happen, but there is also the potential for very, very good things to happen (e.g. respiroctyes), which I think can easily outweigh the bad (e.g. nano-based viruses) even if they do come to be.

To de-troll my first comment: software engineering isn't perfect. But it's benefits have far outweighed the drawbacks in today's world, and the consequences of failures are not less catastrophic than when put inside the body. Systems software on an airliner comes to mind. Current medical technologies already being put into human bodies also comes to mind.

Comment: Re:you want VCs and an exit strategy, basically (Score 3, Informative) 165

by castoridae (#30626734) Attached to: Finding Someone To Manage Selling a Software Company?

Yes, in principal. But that's not pragmatic - this sounds way too small to interest VCs these days. Speaking from experience, they aren't going to give you the time of day unless you're asking for at least $3M, and ideally more like $5-10M.

I'd suggest local angels (individuals, not angel groups which often think they are VCs and act similarly) if you want, say, $100K-$1M, and friends-and-family or revenue (can be from random consulting while the product ramps up) for less than that.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis